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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Portal Runner Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

In Portal Runner you assume the role of the bow and arrow wielding Vikki G. Thinking she was investigating a...

Portal Runner PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Brigitte Bleu began to rule the world after the imprisonment of General Plastro. She tries to get rid of her...

Postal Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

You've just gone off the deep end, and in your deeply demented mind, you've decided that this little peaceful town...

Postal Browser Front Cover

Browser (2000)

Aaron Premo is angry and wants to take his anger out on random people by going around shooting them.In Postal...

Postal² Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Postal 2 is the sequel to Postal, the gritty, violent, over-the-top game that was the target of almost every politician's...

Postal²: Apocalypse Weekend Windows Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

Apocalypse Weekend begins on the Saturday following the climactic Apocalypse at the end of Postal 2. As the shiftless Postal...

Postal²: Share the Pain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Share the Pain combines the original Postal 2 single player game with new multiplayer gameplay. Owners of the original Windows...

Postal: Classic and Uncut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2012)

This package is a re-release of the original Postal Plus compilation. It contains:Postal Postal: Special Delivery The 'Monday'-Demo of Postal²...

Postal III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Postal III is the sequel to Running With Scissors' over-the-top violent, black humour-filled Postal 2. Following the nuclear devastation of...

Postal Plus Linux Front Cover

Linux (2001), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2013)

Postal Plus is a compilation containing: the original Postal the Special Delivery add-on.

Browser (2000)

Postal: Real Edition plays the same as the original browser game Postal by Aaron Premo but features improved graphics, such...

Postal: Special Delivery Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

This add-on pack for Postal includes four new levels, new characters, new sounds, new modes of play (co-op and a...

Post-Apocalyptic Unicorn Uprising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In a post-apocalyptic future, robots have finally conquered over the humans. However, in their calculations they left out one crucial...

Potsworth & Co. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Potsworth the well-spoken dog and his Midnight Patrol chums (Rosie, Nick, Carter, Keiko and Freddy) were stars of a successful...

Amiga (1988)

P.O.W. is the second light-gun game for the Commodore Amiga similar in style to Operation Wolf. The premise is to...

Amiga (1998)

Powder is a sidescrolling "shmup" for the Amiga, made in a slightly cartoonish style much like many shooters for the...

Power Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Mankind has spread throughout the solar system into vast colonies, which are under alien threat. The bad guys have anti-matter...

Power Down Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1987)

The task in Power Down is to infiltrate a fortress built on an asteroid by the evil Argon, inside a...

Power Factor Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1992)

Power Factor is an action-platformer starring the single campily-named hero, Redd Ace, fighting alien creatures known as the Ceegarians from...

Power Flight! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In this compilation you will find the following 3 games: Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 F-15 Strike Eagle III...

Odyssey 2 (1983)

The player has arrived at Vulcan Rock, an artificial planetoid defended by a laser-eyed space serpent and other minions of...

Macintosh (1995)

At the Toy Mart, the lights go out and bone-hurling cavemen, evil clowns, and crazed robots are among the bad...

The Powerpuff Girls: Mojo Jojo A-Go-Go Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Side-scrolling shooter, reminiscent of Konami's Parodius. Players take control of all three powerpuff girls who operate as a single unit,...

The Powerpuff Girls: Mojo's Pet Project Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The PowerPuff Girls from the popular cartoon series on the Cartoon Network get their own game for kids on the...

Powerslave DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

In this First person shooter, you're an armed forces specialist sent to investigate strange happenings at the ancient Egyptian city...

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