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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Windows (2008)

Magus in Mystic Geometries is a doujin 2D top-down shooter with gameplay based on Robotron: 2084 and set in the...

Mahō Tsukai Kurohime PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The black-clad Kurohime was once a powerful, beautiful "magic gunner", wielding the greatest ability and power in the world...but she...

Browser (2014)

In the days following repeated system-wide public transportation shutdowns, a construction worker named Mack snaps, going on a killing spree...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

After all the Berks were destroyed in Berks, the creator Major Blink has decided to become a painter to make...

Arcade (1983)

You are Major Havoc, a clone and leader of a band of clones. "All from one, one from all, fighting...

Major Mayhem Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and Windows Apps (2013)

Major Mayhem is 3D rail-shooter with cartoon graphics and a cover system similar to the Time Crisis games. It is...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1986)

In Major Motion, The Draconian League have taken over the roads and made them dangerous for ordinary road users. You...

Major Stryker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Windows (2014)

Major Stryker is another of Apogee's attempts to make a commercial-level shareware game. It's a rather typical shoot-'em-up vertical scroller...

SNES (1995)

Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed...

Malice: 23rd Century Ultraconversion for Quake DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Malice: 23rd Century Ultraconversion for Quake is a commercial mod of Quake. While requiring a full, registered version of Quake,...

MANOS: The Hands of Fate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

MANOS: The Hands of Fate is a retro platformer done in the style of 8-bit games, such as Super Mario...

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...

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