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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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Piranha DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Piranha is your run-of-the-mill Asteroids clone, but features a vast range of weapons and enemies across 100 levels of gameplay....

Windows (2007)

This static shooter requires the player to defend a Cliffside fortress from a succession of pirate attacks. The likes of...

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a Space Pirate and you have planned to board 21 cargo ships to steal precious substances. Each attempt...

Pirates: The Key of Dreams Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Pirates: The Key of Dreams features two gameplay modes: story mode and multiplayer battle mode where you can challenge up...

DOS (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

In Piso Zero, the player takes the role of Mac, a hero that must rescue the people of 15 buildings...

PixelJunk Shooter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

PixelJunk Shooter is a 2D shooter in the PixelJunk series where the player controls a space ship. In the distant...

PixelJunk Shooter 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PixelJunk Shooter 2 is the sequel to PixelJunk Shooter. It is set immediately after the events of the first game...

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate combines the two PS3 titles PixelJunk Shooter and PixelJunk Shooter 2 into a single, seamless game. For...

PixelJunk SideScroller PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PixelJunk SideScroller is a 2D side-scrolling shoot 'em up similar to classic games like R-Type or Gradius. The graphics are...

Windows (2000)

The PixelShip is a popular toy in the year 2079! A battery powered two-foot long spaceship provides for hours of...

Windows (2006)

Pixelships Retro is the sequel to PixelShips. In this retro-themed game, the player chooses one of 160 different ships and...

Pixel Whirled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and iPhone (2011)

Years ago, Pixel World won the war against the Evil Sprites, and banished them for what should have been forever....

Amiga (1990)

The colonization of space goes well, but there are not enough humans to do all the work. So scientists engineered...

Plan B BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Plan A, to bomb the rogue central computer has failed. The next step is Plan B...You control a war drone...

Windows (2004)

Plane Arcade is a 3D flight combat games set during World War II. The player controls a combat plane and...

Planetary Guard: Defender iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), BlackBerry (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Windows Phone (2014)

Planetary Guard: Defender is twin-stick a shoot’em up with defense elements. The player pilots a lone space tank on orbits...

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Planet Attack is a side-scrolling shooter where the player pilots the space ship Star Eagle. The game takes place in...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Planet Invasion is a straight-forward Defender clone. As in the original, you patrol a horizontally scrolling landscape infested with Praetorian...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Planet of Shades is an action arcade game that features gameplay similar to Cybernoid. The player controls an egg-like spaceship...

ZX81 (1981)

On your way home back to your planet in your spacecraft, you have encountered an asteroid field with the asteroids...

Planet Patrol Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are on patrol to find and destroy enemy fuel depots.Your ship flies to the left, while you control your...

PlanetSide Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide is a Massively Multiplayer First-Person Action Game in which players join one of three Empires fighting for control over...

PlanetSide 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter that delivers combat on a large scale with up to...

Windows (2004)

PlanetSide: Aftershock is a bundle of the following games: PlanetSide PlanetSide: Core Combat It also introduces the so-called "Battle Frame...

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide: Core Combat is an add-on for the online-shooter PlanetSide with the following new features (all available to both factions):...

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