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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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Perfect Dark Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Joanna Dark is about to become a full-fledged agent of the Carrington Institute. Before she does, though, she has one...

Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2005)

Perfect Dark Zero is a prequel to the Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark, set years before the original game. Joanna...

Perfect Dark Zero (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover Outer Sleeve

Xbox 360 (2005)

This limited collector's edition is shipped in a tin case and includes the following:Perfect Dark ZeroBonus DVD with a The...

The Perilous Voyage Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

It's a foggy day in the harbour, and the player is in control of a tall ship assigned the duty...

Persian Gulf Inferno Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

The story is told quick enough: in 1990, terrorists capture the world's largest oil reserve and threaten to blow up...

NES (1990)

When Ronnie the Super Rat radiates earth with a pest beam from his moon base, the world leaders' only hope...

Apple II (1982)

Pest Patrol is a Space Invaders-type game. There are 39 levels of play and each level is made up of...

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005), PSP (2005) and Xbox 360 (2005)

Jack Driscoll, scriptwriter, follows director Carl Dernham and actress Ann Darrow to Skull Island where Dernham intends to film his...

Nintendo DS (2005)

Jack Driscoll, scriptwriter, follows director Carl Dernham and actress Ann Darrow to Skull Island where Dernham intends to film his...

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Signature Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

This Signature Edition contains: The game Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the MovieGold cover artwork with Peter...

Phalanx Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

A futuristic shooter, Phalanx is the name of the prototype starfighter flown by Wink Baufield, a genetically enhanced pilot. It...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Some people have very interesting dreams, and you are one of those people. Your subconscious has created a moon infested...

Phantom Crash Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

In the year 2025 Tokyo changed. Due to air pollution, all the people moved to New Tokyo and the Old...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Phantom-Panzer, the player takes control of an assault vehicle in order to defend their "energy base" at the bottom...

Phase2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Phase2 is a 3D first-person shooter game similar to Zarch. The player controls a spaceship and flies through different environment...

Phaser Patrol Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

In Phaser Patrol you are the pilot of an interstellar spaceship on a mission to defend the Human Federation from...

Pheenix ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Pheenix is a classic shooter, similar to Space Invaders: In five different screens, you have to shoot birds whose droppings...

Phelios Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Set in the world of Greek mythology, Phelios tells the story of a young prince called Apollo, who sets out...

Phenomenon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Phenomenon is a Dutch shareware CD containing public domain utilities, cheats, mods and demos for Quake. Quake is required to...

Philosoma PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

In Philosoma, you blast through 18 vertical scrolling deep space environments in search of the mysterious distress call, destroying enemies...

Phobia Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

The evil Phobos has created 15 planets full of danger, each of them representing things humans commonly fear. The levels...

Phobia II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The follower of the original Alien Phobia, this game is all about brainless shoot'em'up. You are up against the endless...

Phobia III: Edge of Humanity Linux Front Cover

Linux (2002) and Windows (2002)

Phobia III: Edge of Humanity is the third and final game in the top-down shooter series. The player controls a...

Phoenix Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this space simulator game, the player gets to play the role of Beck a police officer, who through an...

Phoenix Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Arcade (1980)

Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and...

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