Shooter

Description

Shooters are action games in which the player character shoots enemies.

The shooting is usually performed with firearms in these games; however, any weapon that dispatches projectiles qualifies, which makes many games (e.g. Heretic) that rely on medieval ranged weaponry or even magical projectiles shooters as well.

There are many shooter sub-genres, including fixed-screen shooters, scrolling shooters, rail shooters, and others.

Since the emergence of 3D graphics, 3D shooters, popularized by Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, have become the leading representatives of the genre. This sub-genre is sometimes referred to as first-person shooter, though this definition is not very precise, since the genre's distinguishing feature are 3D environments, not the perspective; some 3D shooters allow players to switch between perspectives, while others enforce a third-person view.

3D shooters may incorporate elements of other genres, most commonly role-playing (e.g. System Shock games and Deus Ex).
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Insector X Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), NES (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Mecha Insect forces collide in this side-scrolling shooter, set in a garden, passing buildings and other scenery. Fight wasps, bees...

Insects in Space Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Insects in Space is a side-scrolling shooter with similarities to Defender. Insects killed everyone on Earth except a few babies....

Inside a Star-filled Sky Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Inside a Star-filled Sky is a top-shooter set inside maze-like environments. The player controls a creature that can be guided...

Virtual Boy (1995)

Insmouse no Yakata is an action game where the player must survive many mazes filled with mutated monsters. When starting...

Instinct Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Instinct is a story-driven first-person-shooter that takes place in a modern setting. The player will take the roles of three...

Insurgency Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Insurgency is a online-only multiplayer shooter set in the Middle East. Rebels and government troops fight each other on the...

Amiga (1990)

Intact is a vertically scrolling shooter. The player uses a space ship to fly through four levels. Of course there...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

The sequel to Intellivision Lives!, this compilation includes over 30 more emulated Intellivision games, primarily those originally published by Activision...

Intensity XS Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire has conquered most of the galaxy's peaceful species and bio-engineered them into weapons. You are the...

Intensity XS: ReCharge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire is broken and the galaxy is at peace. But a new threat looms. The Mon Saar,...

DOS (1993)

The aliens are here, and they're hellbent on razing city after city to the ground, by indiscriminately dropping bombs from...

Intergalactic Exterminator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Intergalactic Exterminator is a single player variant of Centipede.The object of the game being to eradicate the bugs before they...

Browser (2000)

Intergalactic Invaders is a shooter inspired by the classic Space Invaders. The mad scientist Jocaba, now calling himself Mr. Face,...

Internal Section PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Internal Section is a "tube shooter" in the tradition of Tempest and S.T.U.N Runner. The game uses a flat shaded,...

Interphase DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Dreams are made by The Dreamtrack Corporation, a group of evil subliminal-messengers whose intention is to destroy the minds of...

DOS (1996)

In this game you are overlynx, ancient inhabitant of Earth and Atlantis. Your race is a very peaceful and very...

Interstate '76: Nitro Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Nitro Pack is an expansion to Interstate '76, featuring special missions for Taurus, Jade, and even Skeeter! It also adds...

Interstate '76: Nitro Riders Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Interstate '76: Nitro Riders is a stand-alone version of Interstate '76: Nitro Pack, which is an add-on for the vehicular...

Interstate '82 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Much like the original Interstate '76, Interstate '82 has the player driving beefed up cars and blasting away the enemy...

In the Hunt PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995) and Arcade (1993)

A 2D side scrolling shooter in which you take control of a small attack submarine and engage in underwater combat....

Windows (2000)

Step into the boots of a fireman in this action shooter. The overall objectives are to put out raging fires...

DOS (1989)

The game takes place during the First Intifada, and casts the player as an Israeli soldier who has to stop...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Your mission is to enter a network of caverns on a remote planet and rescue the survivors from the crashed...

Into the Eagle's Nest DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Pandora's first game combines the Gauntlet style with the World War 2 setting, and specifically the Eagle's Nest building which...

DOS (1995)

Into the Sun: Projected Distruction (sic) is a Korean-made horizontally-scrolling shooter similar to IAS. The player controls a fighter craft...

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