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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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Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Panther is set on the human colony Xenon, which is attacked by aliens. The priority is to evacuate the people,...

Pants no Arashi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Pants no Arashi is a doujin shooter in which the player takes control of the angelroid Ikaros from Sora no...

Panzer Dragoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Panzer Dragoon is set in a distant oppressive future. The Dark Dragon needs to be destroyed, and you, Keil Fluge,...

Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

The second Panzer Dragoon game is not a sequel, but a prequel to the first, and is also set in...

Panzer Dragoon Mini Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1996)

Panzer Dragoon Mini is the Japan-only 8-bit version of Sega's popular 32-bit rail shooter, but due to (massive) hardware limitations,...

Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

The fourth installment of the Panzer Dragoon series has you playing Orta, a young girl who has been imprisoned by...

Panzer Killer! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Panzer Killer! the player takes the role of different American tanks in about 50 missions set during World War...

Paparazzi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Paparazzi is a game where you take the role of a photographer who is after great shots of famous models....

Paradroid Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Wii (2008), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Paradroid is a top view shoot-em-up set aboard eight large space freighters filled with droids. After going through a storm...

Paradroid 90 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

Paradroid 90 is a remake of the game Paradroid (released in 1985 for the Commodore 64) for slightly later systems.A...

Parallax Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

The entire world is in the grip of a computer known simply as The Big One. Its code is far...

Paranautical Activity Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Paranautical Activity is a first-person shooter game which uses elements of the roguelike genre. It uses a retro graphical style,...

Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition is a re-release of Paranautical Activity with the following content added: Developer footage and commentary...

PC Booter (1982)

Paratrooper is a single screen arcade action game where the player controls a stationary machine gun turret trying to shoot...

DOS (1999)

This game is based on the original Paratrooper game, but has some new features, like a 2-player-mode for example. Also...

Paratroopers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Paratroopers is a single player shoot-em up game in which the aim is to achieve a high score.The player mans...

Pariah Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

You play Jack, a doctor on a transport ship. The ship is transporting a woman who suffers from a previously...

Parkan II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

As the pilot of the Parkan, a former anti-pirate patrol cruiser, you are sent 17 years back in time to...

Parkan: The Imperial Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In this first Russian-made space sim, you control the spaceship Parkan, which means boomerang, that has been sent on a...

Parodius Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), SNES (1992), NES (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1990)

This is mostly the parody of Gradius (Nemesis on some systems), with some flavor from other shoot-em-ups, like Twinbee. The...

Parodius PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

This compilation collects the first two arcade incarnations of Konami's shoot'em'up parody series on one disc: Parodius Da! and Gokuj┼Ź...

Parodius MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2013)

Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth is the first game in the Parodius series, although this position is often confused...

PSP (2007)

Parodius Portable is a collection of several games from the Parodius series released exclusively in Japan for the PlayStation Portable...

Parsec TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1982)

Parsec is a side-scrolling space shooter. Waves of alien craft swoop down from the top and the player must shoot...

Linux (2004), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

A top-down shooter at frenetic speeds, distributed as freeware.Destroy the incoming fighters (which come in different sizes and even include...

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