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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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...

DOS (1994)

3-D space shooter a la Wing Commander but on shareware. You are some sort of space marshal/cop, and have to...

Link's Crossbow Training Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Link's Crossbow Training is bundled with the Wii Zapper peripheral and allows players to step into the boots of Link...

Commodore 64 (1994)

Lions of the Universe is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up set in space, with a feel resembling Armalyte in many...

LittleBigPlanet 2: DC Comics Premium Level Kit PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

DC Comics Premium Level Kit is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 set in the DC comics universe. In the new five...

LittleBigPlanet 2: Toy Story Level Kit PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

This DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 features a new five level-long story campaign with two mini-games set in Disney's Toy Story...

LittleBigPlanet: Metal Gear Solid Level Kit PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Metal Gear Solid Level Kit is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It features a new five-level long mini-campaign set in the world...

Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Fairy Tale Land faces its greatest crisis yet! A plague has swept through the population, turning former upstanding citizens into...

Lizard Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Lizard is a shoot 'em up game. Planets of the Reptilian System have formed an alliance to conquer the Earth....

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

A clone of the original Robotron, Llamatron uses the same principle but ups the action level, graphics and sound. For...

Llamazap Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1993)

Llamazap is an action game of 25 stages in which you, as a completely hard and unspeakably beweaponed llama, set...

Loaded PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Loaded is a violent, bloody game which places you in the boots of one of six characters, who are all...

Lock N' Load Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Not to be confused with Pier 57's Lock 'n' Load shooter compilation, this one contains a 5 mission demo of...

Lock On SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Lock On is a jet fighter game that has the classic one man vs. the forces of evil formula. After...

Lock-On PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Atari ST (1988) and Arcade (1986)

You are a fighter pilot going through wave after wave of enemies from a 1st Person Perspective. You control a...

Lode Runner 3-D Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

The Emperor Monk of Pandora has begun raiding the Out-Sector Colonies, stealing vital gold supplies from the free systems. The...

Lords of Thunder SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Wii (2008) and Wii U (2015)

In the once peaceful land of Mistral, legend holds of a brave knight named Drak who has sealed an evil...

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