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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Phoenix Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Arcade (1980)

Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and...

Atari ST (1987)

In Phoenix the player has to re-open 15 hyperspace routes which where previously closed by the authorities. Unfortunately they used...

Photon Storm Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

As with all Jeff Minter games, this has a definite distinctive look and feel (although no Llamas or lawnmowers this...

DOS (1992)

Phylox is a single player sci-fi shareware shooter.Those silly scientists have been at it again, tampering with nature. This time...

Windows (2007)

This expansion pack contains a series of maps for Unreal Tournament III emphasizing physics-based gameplay dependent on the presence of...

Pickle Wars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Aliens that look like giant dill pickles are about to conquer the human colony of Arcadia. Five hundred years of...

Pick Up Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (2002)

OK, here's the deal. If you want that lover of your dreams to get off their pedestal and go out...

NES (1990)

Based on the board game, the object is to guess either a word or phrase based on a drawing. Each...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Now it's time for...PIIIIIIGS IN SPAAAAACE!!!This game is really three smaller games. You select what to play to choosing which...

Pilotwings SNES Front Cover

SNES (1990), Wii (2009) and Wii U (2013)

Fly a selection of aircraft (including training vehicles, fighter planes and helicopters) through a range of training programs and missions....

Pilotwings 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1996)

PilotWings 64 is the update to the original PilotWings for SNES. The gameplay is somewhere between a flight simulation and...

Pilotwings Resort Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pilotwings Resort is a flight simulation game that takes place on the Wuhu Island already known from Wii Sports Resort...

DOS (1992)

This is a digital conversion of an amusement park/carnival game with a twist, released by the School of Telecommunications Engineering...

Pioneer Plague Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

The Starion Cluster is under threat from the Pioneer Plague, which is spreading to every planet and destroying its lifeforms,...

Amiga (1990)

Pipe Rider is a basic shooter. The player controls either one or two cannons which run on a string. The...

MSX (1985)

Pippols is a vertically scrolling shooter in which you take control of a lad who navigates what seems to be...

Piraka Animation 1 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

This is the first episode in a series of six online animations made to promote the 2006 LEGO BIONICLE products...

Piraka Attack Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Piraka Attack is a Flash game based on LEGO BIONICLE's 2006 line. The Piraka have used their Zamor Spheres to...

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...

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