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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The Operative: No One Lives Forever Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Some time in the 1960s, a former thief Cate Archer is the only female agent in the service of U.N.I.T.Y.;...

The Orange Box Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

The Orange Box is a compilation of the following games: Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2: Episode One Half-Life 2: Episode Two...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Orbit 2000 is a clone of the classic arcade game Galaga and was released as a budget game on the...

Browser (1999)

Orbital Defense is an Asteroids variant. The player controls a spaceship and must protect Earth's satellite network from subsequent alien...

Orbital Gear Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Orbital Gear is a fast-paced 2D multiplayer shooter with mechs in space. The environments consist of celestial objects that can...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Orbitron is a single screen shooter where you are the last fighter pilot left to protect your planet, Hyperion from...

Windows (1997)

Orbsters is a singleplayer shareware arcade style game which is similar to the classic game Galaxian. Gameplay is very much...

Orcs Must Die! 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

After the young war mage has killed thousands of Orcs in Orcs Must Die! the invasion faded and he is...

The Order: 1886 (Shokai Seisan Gentei) PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2015)

Unlike the Japanese PSN release of the game, First Print retail version is marked as First Production Limited (初回生産限定) version...

The Order: 1886 PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2015)

The Order: 1886 is an action game set in an alternate history London in the year 1886 with steampunk elements....

Ordyne TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1988)

Ordyne is a horizontal side-scrolling shoot 'em up (also considered a "cute 'em up" due to its lighter tone) that...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a release of Aero Fighters for PlayStation 2. The package includes the original coin-op version of the game...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special release of Konami's Terra Cresta for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains the original arcade...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special release of Konami's Time Pilot for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains an emulated version...

Organ Trail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Organ Trail is a take on the classic game The Oregon Trail, replacing the travels of the American pioneers with...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut Linux Front Cover

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

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the browser game Organ Trail. It maintains most of the content...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the browser game Organ Trail. It maintains most of the content...

Orguss SG-1000 Front Cover

SG-1000 (1984)

Orguss is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up based on the anime series of the same name. The inhabitants of Terram has constructed...

The Original Strife: Veteran Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

The Original Strife: Veteran Edition is an updated release of the 1996 DOS game Strife. Rather than merely making it...

DOS (1994)

The Orion Project is a single player space shooter released as shareware.In this game the player controls a space ship...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The planet Osmium is home to the evil Rexillian Blitztroopers and your mission is to fly over the surface of...

Windows (2005)

This game is a first person shooting gallery game. With the mouse you control your crosshair and all you have...

Otocky NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

In Otocky, players pilot a flying creature throughout eleven horizontal scrolling stages on a mission to collect musical notes. The...

Otomedius Excellent (Special Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

This limited edition includes: Otomedius Excellent Soundtrack disc 68-page art book 2-sided pillowcase

Otto Matic Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005), Macintosh (2001), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2011)

In 1957, evil Brain Aliens from Planet X sent a fleet of flying saucers to Earth to abduct humans to...

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