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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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Resistance: Fall of Man PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2006)

In this first person shooter, the U.S. and Britain have had to band together to try and save Europe and...

Resistance: Retribution PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Resistance: Retribution takes place weeks after the events of the PS3 title Resistance: Fall of Man. The player is James...

PSP (2009)

This Deluxe Edition includes: Resistance: Retribution Four concept art postcards Promotional code to download a Resistance: Retribution theme for the...

Resogun PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2013)

Resogun is a side-scrolling voxel based shooter and the spiritual successor to the Stardust games by the same developer. While...

Retro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Retro is not a compilation of previously released games, but eight remakes of retro arcade hits with enhanced graphics and...

Windows (2008)

RETRO 4 is a simple shooter game. The player controls a circle that can move around the screen by using...

Retro Act Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Ten years have passed since the war ended. Due to many treacherous acts and greedy minds, your side - though...

Retro City Rampage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2013) and PS Vita (2012)

Retro City Rampage is an open-world game inspired by the Grand Theft Auto series that combines driving with fighting and...

Retro Force PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

3D scrolling shoot-em-up. Take control of one of four characters and pilot their fighter craft through a number of enemy...

Retro Game Challenge Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Arino wants to be the greatest gamer in the world, but he's continually defeated by his friends at every new...

Retrograde Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989)

You are from the planet Choom in the Thwok solar system, which is under threat from a group of seven...

Windows (2006)

Retro II is a scrolling shoot-em-up game. The player's ship, shaped like a circle, can shoot a stream of bullets...

Retrovirus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

In Retrovirus the player is an anti-virus program which has to deal with a massive invading virus. Luckily the anti-virus...

Return Fire Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Return Fire is the spiritual successor to Fire Power and it fits in both the strategy and action genres. You...

Return Fire 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Multiplayer madness continues in the souped-up sequel to Return Fire. The basic premise is the same: get your enemy's flag...

3DO (1995)

Return Fire: Maps O' Death is an add-on for the original Return Fire with over 100 new levels to choose...

Atari ST (1993)

The Return of Jusse is a game set on the planet Vainox where you have to rescue survivors from a...

Arcade (1985)

Return of the Invaders is the third game in Taito's Space Invaders series. It's a more radical change from the...

Return of the Mutant Camels Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

Jeff Minter's third camel-themed game (after Attack and Revenge) is again a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up, taking place over...

DOS (1995)

In this sequel, the mutant space bats of doom return yet again to invade earth. Only you stand in their...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Windows Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

Two secret agents are captured while they are investigating Nazi Germany's occult activities in Castle Wolfenstein. Agent One is subsequently...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

You return as B.J. Blazkowicz to stop Heinrich Himmler's genetic mutations from over-running the planet, in this sequel to the...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Game of the Year release of Return to Castle Wolfenstein contains: Remastered game to version 1.33 7 new multiplayer...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In the 21st Century, history will repeat itself. You must remember your memories of Castle Wolfenstein, find your way out...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003)

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War is an updated re-release for the Xbox based on the original PC version...

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