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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The Last Guardian Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1988)

The Last Guardian is a side-scrolling space shoot'em up game. The player is a space shuttle pilot attacking alien spacecraft...

Last Hope Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2007), Neo Geo (2006) and Neo Geo CD (2006)

Pilot your Z-42 Warpstar starfight as Earth's last line of defense against the advance of the Evil Empire. Last Hope...

Last Hope Pink Bullets Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2009) and Arcade (2011)

This game is an updated edition of Last Hope. The game is basically the same, but some modifications have been...

Last Mission ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Arcade (1986)

After some shameful deeds, your people hate you and have put you in exile, but respect your skills as a...

The Last of Us (Ellie Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition comes with canvas wrap packaging and includes: The Last of Us (base game) American Dreams mini comic from...

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition comes with canvas wrap packaging and includes: The Last of Us (base game) American Dreams mini comic from...

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition is exclusive to the US GameStop retailer and includes: Steelbook edition of The Last of Us (base game)...

The Last of Us: Remastered PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2014)

The Last of Us: Remastered is an updated release of the PS3 game The Last of Us. It is identical...

PlayStation 3 (2013)

This edition includes: Steelbook edition of The Last of Us (base game) Full size artbook by Dark Horse (Hardcover -...

The Last of Us PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The Last of Us is a survival horror action adventure game. The story focuses on the two characters Joel and...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

This open-source, freeware remake of the Spanish platform game from 1986 replaces the graphics and sounds with more modern assets,...

Last Resort Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Neo Geo (1992), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1992)

Last Resort is a 1-2 player horizontal shooter game where you pilot a spacecraft across horizontally scrolling cityscapes and wastelands,...

Last Rites DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Zombies have taken over the world and as a commander of Special Forces it's your mission to rescue humanity. Last...

Amiga (1994)

The Last Soldier is a platform shooter game. The main goal of the player is to turn on four reactors...

The Last Stand 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The sequel to The Last Stand picks up after where the first left off as the player is being transported...

The Last Stand Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The Last Stand combines a defense game with zombie survival as the player takes control of a man stranded for...

Windows (2006)

"Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada....

NES (1990)

The Last Starfighter is based on the 1984 movie of the same name. The hero must single-handedly pilot an extraordinarily...

FM Towns (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Last Survivor is one of the earliest 3D third-person shooters, it involves players traversing a maze shooting at opponents. The...

The Last Warrior Apple II Front Cover Illustration accompanying the type-in listing (Compute! magazine, issue 64).

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

The Last Warrior is a space shooter is controlled from the cockpit of a scout ship - the last one...

Lattice PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Lattice is a high-speed abstract rail-shooter. The player constantly moves forward at a rapid pace along straight square pathways connected...

MSX (1985) and FM-7 (1986)

Two jet fighters go on a mission together, each managed and controlled by a different player. The jets can be...

MSX (1988)

Sequel to the successful shoot 'm up Laydock. Again two jet fighters go on a joint mission, each space ship...

LayLa NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

LayLa is on a mission to rescue her friend Iris from an evil doctor who has kidnapped her. This mission...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Arcade (1981)

In Lazarian, the player controls a space ship going through missions to rescue other space ships which have become stranded....

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