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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Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

After the events of Wings of Death, the once evil sorcerer Sagyr has been reintegrated into society and only does...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Lethal Zone is a German horizontal shooter in the same vein as the R-Type series of games. You control a...

Arcade (2006)

Let's Go Jungle: Lost on the Island of Spice is an on-rails shooter for one or two players.Players take the...

Leucistic Wyvern Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Leucistic Wyvern is a third-person scrolling shooter reminiscent of Space Harrier. The player controls a wyvern from behind, shooting at...

Level 5 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Level 5 is a 2D top down shooter set in a maze. The player is trapped inside a giant alien...

Leviathan Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Leviathan takes place on isometric science-fiction landscapes where all enemies have to be destroyed. So the player mans a space...

Arcade (1984)

Liberation is a 2D scrolling top down shooter. The game has two sections - first, the player controls a helicopter,...

Liberation Maiden iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), iPad (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Shoko Ozora is the newly elected president of New Japan at a time when the country is being attacked by...

Arcade (1982)

Liberator is rather like a reverse Missile Command. Your guns are at the four corners of the screen. In the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

You are mankinds only hope as huge Motherships and their fighters from the Anconian Fleet are poised to attack and...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Liberator / Space Fiends is a double games pack that contains the following games: Liberator Space Fiends

Liberty Wings iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Liberty Wings is a shooter set during World War II where the player controls a plane. The game mixes three...

DOS (1999)

Liero is like Worms but with players battling in realtime instead of turn-based.At the start of the game, each player...

Windows (2003)

Liero Xtreme is an online multiplayer game based on the original game called Liero. It is also similar to Worms...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The power to Earth is all supplied by one huge power station that orbits the planet but a problem has...

Life Force NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1988), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1986)

In a distant part of the universe, an alien creature called Zelos was born. As he grew so did his...

MSX (1987)

Life in the Fast Lane can best be described as a cross between Trailblazer, for its bouncy ball on a...

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The Galaxy Federation has defeated the forces of the Orn Empire. But the former allies of Orn have united into...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Regulus system has been attacked by alien forces, and you are the only Terran fighter in place to clear...

Light Force Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1989)

This compilation contains four games. Bio Challenge IK+ R-Type Voyager

Lightspeed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

In the future, the Earth is a wasteland, unable to sustain human life any longer. Mankind's only hope is to...

Line of Fire ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Unusually, this Operation Wolf-influenced shoot 'em up sees you start behind enemy lines, and gradually attempting to escape. As you've...

Line of Fire SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

A man by the name of Jack infiltrates an enemy base and discovers a secret weapon. Soon he is hunted...

Line of Sight: Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

You are a sniper of the american 5th special forces compound in Nha Tong, Vietnam. Your mission in simple. Disrupt...

DOS (1990)

Cobra Mark IV multi-purpose General Contact Vehicle is an astonishing stellar vehicle. It's got beam lasers mounted up front and...

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