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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Kane Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

There are four fairly distinct sections to this Wild West themed action game, two involving shooting and two putting you...

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is the sequel to the 2007 game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. This time...

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Limited Edition includes: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Exclusive multiplayer maps Exclusive Radio Tower multiplayer map 8 exclusive...

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Kane is on his way to the execution with another prisoner called Lynch when the transport gets attacked by a...

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Limited Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

This limited edition comes in a cardboard slipcase and contains: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Soundtrack disc with music from...

Karous Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2007)

In this unique vertically-scrolling shooter you take the role of a mysterious girl named Karous, who commands a tiny fighter...

Kartoffelp├╝ree: Der Gem├╝seshooter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Hordes of vegetables are threatening the earth. Attacking with carrots, green and red pepper and many other units they seek...

Katakis Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Katakis was the first R-Type-influenced side scrolling shoot 'em up. You control the H-75 Eagle Fighter, against the machines which...

Katakis Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Katakis on the Amiga is, like its counterpart on the C64, a shoot'em'up heavily influenced by R-Type.It's a single space...

DOS (1996)

Visiting a pub can be really dangerous, especially when not all arguments are solved by bare fists. The participants aim...

Keio Flying Squadron SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Keio Flying Squadron chronicles the adventures of Rami, the little bunny-suited member of the flying squadron tasked with the protection...

Ken's Labyrinth DOS Front Cover

Linux (2002), DOS (1993) and Windows (2002)

Ken's Labyrinth is a first-person 3D shooter. The protagonist has to escape from an underground labyrinth populated by monsters while...

Kether CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

Kether is a mixture of genres that include space flight, puzzle-solving and corridor shooting. The story takes place in space...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

There are a group of scientists in East Germany who want to defect to the West. Problem is the authorities...

K. Hawk: Survival Instinct Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A budget game from JoWood. Helicopter pilot Kitty Hawk is shot down while trying to deliver a navy SEAL to...

Kiaidan 00 TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

In 21st century, Tokyo was suddenly attacked by combined forces of robotic and organic alien races. A special giant mecha...

Kid Icarus: Uprising Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Kid Icarus Uprising is the third full game in the Kid Icarus series with a story taking place 25 years...

KiKi KaiKai MSX Front Cover

Windows (2004), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), MSX (1987), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1986)

The youngest child of a mysteriously disappeared family didn't join the family on a journey to a far and unknown...

Kiki Kaikai: Dotou-hen NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

A port of the arcade shooter of the same name, Kiki Kaikai Dotou Hen puts you in the shoes of...

Kileak: The DNA Imperative PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Scientist Dr. Kim has taken his experiments in genetic engineering one step too far. A strike team of the International...

Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Killapede is a shooter based on the arcade game Centipede where you have to shoot a centipede like creature which...

Killego Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Killego puts the player behind the gun of a Lego Assassin who must transverse a maze and kill the many...

Windows (2000)

Kill'Em All is a 2D freeware single screen shooting gallery. The player fights against an invasion of cute bunnies. They...

Killer7 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and GameCube (2005)

In an alternate version of the Earth's history, a treaty was signed in the early 21st century, during which all...

Windows (1998)

Killer Bees is a single player shoot 'em up. The game is like many space based shoot 'em ups such...

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