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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Out of the Sun Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1994)

Out of the Sun is a sophisticated World War II flight simulator that puts players in the cockpit of authentic...

Out of the World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Being inspired by Diablo and Crimsonland, the game presents a mixture of Shooter and RPG. You get into the not-too-distant...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are a test pilot of the experimental RP2-16 fighter and while flying the ship, strange flashing lights appear and...

Out of This World DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (2006), Windows 3.x (1994), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Jaguar (2013), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), 3DO (1994), Apple IIgs (1992), Symbian (2005), Zodiac (2007) and Macintosh (1993)

A young physics professor named Lester conducts a particle experiment. Suddenly, something goes wrong, a lightning strikes, and in a...

Outtrigger Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001) and Arcade (1999)

In Outtrigger you play a member of the "International Counter-terrorism Special Force (Interforce)", formed by "Visitaria", a multi-national company for...

Outwars Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Swarms of exoskeletal aliens are ripping a merciless path of annihilation through the galaxy. Your outposts have fallen--your drop zone...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

In Outzone the player takes control over a support space ship which has to aid a safety unit which has...

Arcade (1990)

Out Zone is a 2D top-down shooter. In the year 2097, mankind has a big problem - it's invaded by...

NES (1991)

Over Horizon is a side-scrolling shooter in which the player has to guide a spaceship through various levels and destroy...

Amiga (1993)

Overkill is 2D side-scrolling shooter, similar to Defender or Strike Force . The story is typical for sci-fi games -...

OverKill DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

You arrive at your home planet after a long space flight, only to find it has been destroyed by a...

Overkill & Lunar-C Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1993)

This CD contains two shoot 'em ups. The games are:Overkill - a Defender clone Lunar-CLunar-C is unique in that it...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Overlander sees Elite attempt a Roadblasters style driving game with shooting overtones, with the action viewed from behind your armour-plated...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

Override is a vertically-scrolling shooter in which the player controls a fighter craft on a mission to stop an alien...

Atari ST (1994)

Overscan Invaders is a Space Invaders clone that relies on the overscan technique giving the player 32 colors on the...

Atari 2600 (1998)

"In the Irata solar system lies the planet Stella. It is surrounded by an energy belt. In this belt there...

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1979)

Ozma Wars is a scrolling shooter conversion of Space Invaders. Instead of discrete lives the game instead has a constantly...

P47 Thunderbolt DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), iPhone (2011) and Arcade (1988)

The P-47 was one of the toughest planes in use in World War 2, and this side-scrolling shoot 'em up...

MSX (1984) and Casio PV-1000 (1983)

Pachinko UFO is a simulator of the popular Japanese gambling pastime of pachinko with added computerised action elements. The main...

Pacific Liberation Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Pacific Liberation Force is a helicopter action game. The player controls a helicopter and must destroy various targets in the...

Pacific Wings Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2010), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2012)

Pacific Wings is a vertically scrolling shooter similar to Capcom's 1942, both in gameplay and style. The aim of the...

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions is a compilation of six games including: Pac-Man Galaga Pac-Man: Championship Edition Galaga LegionsAs well as...

Windows (2003)

According to TERMINAL Studio PacShooter 3D fulfills every Pac-man player's secret wish, that they could shoot those troublesome ghosts. As...

J2ME (2005)

In Paid to Kill the player takes control of the assassin Ramon Spectre. After being knocked out, he wakes up...

Painkiller Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Painkiller is a "bullet hell" first-person shooter with a gothic storyline and frantic gameplay.Players are cast as Daniel Garner, a...

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