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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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Quantum Theory PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

It has been 300 years since humanity collapsed in the wake of a great war. Nearly all of civilization destroyed,...

Quarantine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1994)

In Quarantine, you play the part of a taxi driver, desperate to escape from the violent prison city of Kemo....

Quarantine II: Road Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Quarantine II: Road Warrior is the sequel to Quarantine the driving game. As in the original, you still play the...

Quartz Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Quartz is a shoot 'em up with a variety of sections. The first section (and every odd-numbered one) is viewed...

Atari ST (1986)

You are a pilot of space jet in this top view arcade game. On 15 levels from one to another...

Quasar Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Quasar is a single player space shoot-em up game.The story behind the game places the player in command of a...

Quasar Commander TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1980)

This is a ROM cartridge game which puts you in command of a starship, looking into outerspace through the forward...

Amiga (1996)

Quasar Wars is a special kind of shoot 'em up because even if you will control a spaceship, here you...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Quatra Command is a simple vertical scrolling space shooter, where a lone pilot has to investigate the Quatra sector, shooting...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

The fourth volume of Codemasters Quattro compilation series contains the following four games: SAS Combat Simulator Kamikaze Mig-29 Soviet Fighter...

Quazatron ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Quazatron started life as Steve Turner's port of Commodore 64 shoot 'em up Paradroid , by his longtime partner Andy...

Quazatron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This freeware remake of the robot battle game from 1986 completely revamps the presentation, with full 3D graphics replacing the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Quick Draw is a single screen two player shooter where each player stands on either side of the screen as...

DOS (1997)

In this 3D shooter the player has to fight with an evil alien race who is trying to change the...

Arcade (1974)

Qwak! is an early light-gun game by Atari. Your goal is to use your rifle to shoot the ducks that...

Q!Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Q!Zone comes with three new episodes, a bunch of new monsters and one new weapon for Quake. The levels were...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

The royal family of Bunnyland was kidnapped by monsters and the player has to save them by beating all six...

Racing Aces SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The cold war has ended. Big defense contractors, specifically the ones that make fighter planes, organize a new sport. Pilots...

Radar Lock Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1989)

Radar Lock is an arcade style action game. The player is the pilot of a delta-wing fighter and their objective...

Arcade (1980)

In Radar Scope, Earth is being attacked by Gamma Raiders, and it's your job as Captain to destroy their ships....

Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998), Xbox 360 (2011) and Arcade (1998)

The story of Radiant Silvergun begins with the end of the world. As the pilot of the starfighter Radiant Silvergun...

Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Dreamcast (2006), GameCube (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Radirgy is a vertical-screen top-down bullet-hell shooter originally developed by Milestone for Naomi arcade system and later released on console...

Radius Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Radius is a horizontal scrolling space shoot-em-up in the style of C64 classic Delta. Play a starpilot and take control...

Radix: Beyond the Void DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In the 22nd century, humanity has achieved world peace. The United Earth Space Alliance (UESA) was able to fully concentrate...

Arcade (1986)

Rafflesia is a top view vertical scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly as you fly up the screen in...

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