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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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Marathon iPad Front Cover

Macintosh (1994) and iPad (2011)

A security guard was accompanying a group of space colonists on their trip on the huge space ship, the Marathon....

Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Xbox 360 (2007) and Macintosh (1995)

Following the events of the original game, the Pfhor aliens have been defeated and the A.I. known as Durandral has...

Macintosh (1996)

It seemed that you finally escaped Durandal's grasp at the end of Marathon 2, yet for reasons unknown the rampant...

Macintosh (1997)

The seminal FPS series for the Mac gets its own deluxe package--a black box with two CDs inside. The first...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Captain C T Cobra has the task of travelling through planet Mergatron where the jewels of Ozymandias have been placed...

Marauder Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You've landed on an alien planet and penetrated the enemy base defended by armed attack robots. Your mission is to...

Marauder Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

In the game you are descending to a fortified enemy base to eliminate its power stations. The plot unfolds during...

Märchen Adventure Cotton 100% SNES Front Cover

PlayStation (2003) and SNES (1994)

This is the sequel to the original side-scrolling shooter Cotton, and it continues the adventures of the cute young witch...

Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1988)

Märchen Maze ("märchen" means fairy tale in German) is an isometric platform/shooter game loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Märchen Maze is a platform/shooter game and conversion of Namco's 1988 arcade game of the same name. The gameplay remains...

Märchen Veil NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Märchen Veil combines Märchen Veil I and Märchen Veil II into one re-designed game. The story includes both parts, evolving...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1985), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1987)

People inhabiting a world called Felix communicate with gods to divine their future. The king of the Forest Country is...

PC-98 (1986)

Märchen Veil II is the second part of the story that began in Märchen Veil I. The bereaved king of...

March! Offworld Recon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

March! Offworld Recon is a first person shooter that takes place on Mars. When contact with a military research station...

Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This sequel to CTU: Marine Sharpshooter places a player-controlled sniper team in the African nation of Burundi at the potential...

Mario World: Overrun Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

Mario World Overrun is a fan-made Mario game for the browser. The basic gameplay is shooting all the enemies before...

Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

These two games allow you to use the Sega's Light Phaser to your advantage. In Marksman Shooting, you shoot red...

Marksman Shooting / Trap Shooting / Safari Hunt SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

This cartridge bundles three games that all support the light phaser. Marksman Shooting and Trap Shooting were previously available as...

The Mark Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The Mark is an action first-person shooter with a plot about fanatical terrorists planning the ultimate strike. From the son...

Mars Explorer Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), Browser (2008), iPhone (2008) and iPad (2011)

Mars Explorer is an online game for multiple players that combines racing, dogfights and exploration all set on the deserted...

Windows (2010)

Marsh is a Japanese vertically-scrolling 2D shooter. The player can choose from three ships and each has different weapon configurations....

Browser (2003)

Marshie is a marshmallow vampire with a penchant for marshmallows—black and orange marshmallows, that is. The player guides Marshie though...

Mars Matrix Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Mars Matrix is a top-down vertical scrolling shoot-em-up (shmup) game, originally for the Capcom CPS-2 arcade board. It is the...

Macintosh (1998)

The Terran's military bases in the Martian realm have been attacked, and Deimos was the only area not to be...

Windows (2001)

Martian is a freeware crosshair shoot'em up game where the players takes on the role of a hover-tank sent out...

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