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 Perilous Voyage Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

It's a foggy day in the harbour, and the player is in control of a tall ship assigned the duty...

Amiga (1997)

Permonie is a puzzle platformer. The story revolves around a Dwarf who tries to save his king Permon XXVII. The...

Persian Gulf Inferno Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

The story is told quick enough: in 1990, terrorists capture the world's largest oil reserve and threaten to blow up...

NES (1990)

When Ronnie the Super Rat radiates earth with a pest beam from his moon base, the world leaders' only hope...

Apple II (1982)

Pest Patrol is a Space Invaders-type game. There are 39 levels of play and each level is made up of...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are on a strange alien world trapped in a network of caverns which are connected by energy curtains and...

Nintendo DS (2005)

Jack Driscoll, scriptwriter, follows director Carl Dernham and actress Ann Darrow to Skull Island where Dernham intends to film his...

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005), PSP (2005) and Xbox 360 (2005)

Jack Driscoll, scriptwriter, follows director Carl Dernham and actress Ann Darrow to Skull Island where Dernham intends to film his...

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Signature Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

This Signature Edition contains: The game Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the MovieGold cover artwork with Peter...

Pet Sematary iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Based on the popular 1989 horror movie that was adapted from the Stephen King novel, it has a desperate father...

Memotech MTX (1984)

Phaid is a fixed screen shoot 'em up similar to Galaxian. In the game Phaid is a planet located in...

Phalanx Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

A futuristic shooter, Phalanx is the name of the prototype starfighter flown by Wink Baufield, a genetically enhanced pilot. It...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Some people have very interesting dreams, and you are one of those people. Your subconscious has created a moon infested...

Windows (2005)

Phantasmagoria of Flower View is 2D vertically scrolling shooter and the ninth main game in the Tōhō series. The game...

Atari 8-bit (1987), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Inspired by the game Gauntlet, Phantom is a top view maze game where the screen scrolls left or right when...

Phantom Crash Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

In the year 2025 Tokyo changed. Due to air pollution, all the people moved to New Tokyo and the Old...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Phantom-Panzer, the player takes control of an assault vehicle in order to defend their "energy base" at the bottom...

Apple II (1980)

Phantoms Five is a vertically scrolling action game where the player controls a plane and has to bomb various targets...

Phase2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Phase2 is a 3D first-person shooter game similar to Zarch. The player controls a spaceship and flies through different environment...

Phaser Patrol Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

In Phaser Patrol you are the pilot of an interstellar spaceship on a mission to defend the Human Federation from...

Pheenix ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Pheenix is a classic shooter, similar to Space Invaders: In five different screens, you have to shoot birds whose droppings...

Phelios Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Set in the world of Greek mythology, Phelios tells the story of a young prince called Apollo, who sets out...

Phenomenon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Phenomenon is a Dutch shareware CD containing public domain utilities, cheats, mods and demos for Quake. Quake is required to...

Philosoma PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

In Philosoma, you blast through 18 vertical scrolling deep space environments in search of the mysterious distress call, destroying enemies...

Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

More than simply based on the Disney Channel Original movie, the Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension video game...

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