User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Pearl Harbour takes you back to December 7th, 1942 (curiously, that's exactly one year after the historical battle -- then...

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Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and BlackBerry (2013)

In this game, an evil demon called Satan has spread chaos in the world, and someone has to stop him....

Windows (2000)

A truly unique FPS. All the textures are scanned pencil drawings. All sound effects are made by the programmer with...

Penetrator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982) and TRS-80 (1982)

Penetrator involves guiding your ship through a horizontally-scrolling arrangement of caverns, in a manner similar to Scramble. The ship must...

Penguins Arena Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Penguins Arena is a First Penguin Shooter (FPS) where the player helps is own clan to push other penguin tribes...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Coca-Cola asked Atari to create a game cartridge for Coca-Cola's Atlanta employees. So Atari went and altered Space Invaders. In...

DOS (1996)

Perdition's Gate is an unofficial commercial add-on for DOOM II. It replaces all 32 original levels and features some new...

Perfect Assassin DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

In Perfect Assassin, you play an assassin who has lost his memory somehow and you have to make sure he...

Windows (2003)

Perfect Cherry Blossom is the seventh game in Touhou series. It's like previous game, The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, but...

Perfect Dark Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Joanna Dark is an agent for the Carrington Institute, a secret organization funded by anonymous sources and dedicated to protecting...

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...

Amiga (1997)

Permonie is a puzzle platformer. The story revolves around a Dwarf who tries to save his king Permon XXVII. The...

Persian Gulf Inferno Amiga Front Cover

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

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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...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are on a strange alien world trapped in a network of caverns which are connected by energy curtains and...

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...

Pet Sematary iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Based on the popular 1989 horror movie that was adapted from the Stephen King novel, it has a desperate father...

Memotech MTX (1984)

Phaid is a fixed screen shoot 'em up similar to Galaxian. In the game Phaid is a planet located in...

Phalanx Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

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

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