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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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Neoclyps Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Neoclyps is a game very similar to the game Defender in concept.It's a side scrolling space shoot 'em up has...

Neo Contra PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Neo Contra is the sequel to Contra: Shattered Soldier. The game is a 3-D Shooter with lots of action and...

Neocron 2: Beyond Dome of York Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In the middle of the 28th century massive warfare and reckless pollution have brought the life on earth to the...

Neon Genesis Evangelion Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a game adaptation of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s manga of the same name which also got an anime...

Apple II (1987)

You are a daring ship captain trying to rid our solar system of the flurry of evil emanating from our...

Nerf Arena Blast Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Nerf Arena battle is based on the play toys of the same name, and combines the blast 'em up action...

Wii (2008)

Nerf N-Strike is a rail shooter game where the player moves through a shooting gallery with different challenges aiming at...

Wii (2009)

Nerf N-Strike Elite, the sequel to Nerf N-Strike, is an on-rails shooter where the player can select their hero out...

Nerves of Steel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Nerves of Steel is set in the near future of South East Asia. From a secret underground complex called the...

PC-98 (1997)

Net Guardian is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up that takes place in a futuristic virtual reality. Criminals have found ways to...

DOS (1998)

Netmaze is a freeware IPX network-only tank game. You and your friends play by controlling your tank, and trying to...

Linux (1994), Windows (1996), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (2006)

Netrek is essentially a "Star Trek" themed multiplayer "team Spacewar", where 2 teams of up to 8 players each command...

Windows (1997)

netWAR was an online-only multiplayer shooter allowing up to 16 players to battle in arena combat. Players could select from...

DOS (1993)

This first-person 3D space shooter that Novell, Inc. released to show NetWare's IPX capabilities has single-player and multi-player modes.During gameplay...

Neuro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Several centuries in the future, Earth is at the center of a galaxy-spanning empire. Most colonies are loyal to Earth,...

Commodore 64 (1989)

It was never going to be an easy job being the commander of the Nebulax Trilogy which contains three hostile...

NeverDead PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

NeverDead is a third-person shooter starring protagonist Bryce Boltzmann. He is a demon hunter of over 500 years old who...

New World Order Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

New World Order is a single and multiplayer first person shooter in a near-future setting. A terrorist organization wants to...

New World Order: Deluxe Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This deluxe edition is a revised and advanced version of New World Order. The game is patched to version 1.42...

New York Bomb Blitz Spectravideo Front Cover

Spectravideo (1984)

In New York Bomb Blitz, the player is an invader from the planet TROK and assigned to destroy the city...

Nexuiz Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2008)

Nexuiz is an open source 3D multiplayer shooter, licensed under the GPL, and has been in development for over 3...

Nexuiz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Nexuiz is a commercial remake of the 2005 open source shooter Nexuiz. In the future, arena battles are broad-casted over...

Nexzr TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

In the year 2012 an alien armada attacked the Earth. Two young pilots were in the midst of a battle,...

NFK: Santa's Gone Postal Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this 3D shooter, the player gets to control a psychotic hunter named Harry disguised as Santa. Harry never liked...

N.I.C.E. 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The sequel to Have a N.I.C.E. day! had a lot of improvements: instead of 3 cars you're now able to...

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