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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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Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Invasion 2000 A.D. is inspired by the arcade game Space Invaders and sees the Earth once again invaded by an...

Arcade (1998)

Taking its name from the former Tomorrowland attraction ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, this game is an attraction at DisneyQuest. Players take...

Windows (2000)

Invasion Deutschland is the German version of the Dutch game AmsterDoom. Instead of Amsterdam the 15 levels represent important German...

ZX Spectrum (1982) and ZX81 (1982)

Invasion Force is a fixed screen shoot 'em up where the player, as so often before, has to defend the...

Invasion from Beyond PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Strange sights have been seen in the sky, crop circles appear on the ground. These can only be signs of...

DOS (1995)

This game, despite its cheesy name, is one of the cutest shoot-'em-up style games ever made for the PC. There's...

Inversion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Inversion is a third-person shooter set in the near future and the fictional Vanguard City. Players control the cop Davis...

Windows (2007)

IO is a remake of the Kinetic Designs 1988 Commodore 64 game of the same name. It is a side-scrolling...

IO Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

An enemy has entered your region of space in a mothership, and unleashed foes aimed at destroying you. As the...

I of the Dragon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

I of the Dragon is a 3D action role-playing game with a twist - instead of a measly wizard or...

Ion Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Ion Assault is a twinstick shooter with a space ship, set in enclosed arenas in space similar to Geometry Wars....

Game Boy Advance (2001)

In this Afterburner-inspired Gameboy Advance launch title, a player pilots the SHN fighter through seven pseudo-3D levels. Returning to Earth...

Iridion II Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

This sequel to Iridion 3D is different in gameplay, but twice as much action. Piloting in Kiloblaster Style mechanics from...

Amiga (1987)

Iridon is a traditional, vertically scrolling shooter. The player's mission is simple: destroying 50 huge space ships by flying over...

Arcade (1984)

Big Brother, the robotic overlord, watches his realm with his all-seeing Evil Eyes keeping his servant droids in line. The...

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse: The Return 3DO Front Cover

Windows (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Tetsujin returns in this sequel to Iron Angel of the Apocalypse. The story picks up shortly after the events of...

Iron Brigade Xbox 360 Front Cover second version

Xbox 360 (2011)

After World War I a strange radio signal later just known as the Broadcast appears and kills many people. Two...

Iron Brigade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This Windows version is the first release of the game for the platform and bundles the base game with the...

Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Rise of the Martian Bear is DLC for Iron Brigade. It contains a new campaign set on Mars where the...

Ironclad Wii Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2016), Neo Geo CD (1996), Macintosh (2016), Wii (2009) and Browser (2016)

Ironclad is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up for the Neo Geo CD. Use your war ship to save the Kingdom...

Iron Front: Liberation 1944 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Iron Front: Liberation 1944 could be described as "ArmA II in World War II". The reason is that the game...

Iron Grip: Warlord Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The imperialist Confederation has set its eyes on conquering the band of city-states that make up Atelia. You must fight...

Arcade (1986)

You play the role of a cowboy who must stop train robbers from escaping on trains on various stages. The...

Iron Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Mostly based on the 2008 movie Iron Man, this videogame of the one-man-army hero has been released for seven different...

Iron Man Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Mostly based on the 2008 movie Iron Man, this videogame of the one-man-army hero has been released for seven different...

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