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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Platypus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PSP (2006), Palm OS (2008), Windows Mobile (2008), Symbian (2008), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2006), iPhone (2008) and BlackBerry (2008)

The big city of Collosatropolis has reached the limits of its expansion. The Collostropolan leaders have decided to solve the...

Platypus II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Platypus II is the sequel to Platypus. Just the like the original game it is a horizontally scrolling shooter where...

Atari ST (1991)

Plax Atax is a shoot em up game written in STOS. This is a one screen game that takes place...

PlayStation All Stars Island Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Just like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PlayStation All Stars Island is a franchise crossover game that combines various properties owned...

PlayStation Move: Ape Escape PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PlayStation Move: Ape Escape is a big diversion compared to its predecessors as it is designed for exclusive use with...

Pleiades Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (2003)

This is a sequel to Phoenix. On the first screen, you must shoot swooping aliens while not getting shot by...

Amiga (1990)

Plexu: The Time Travellers is 2D side scrolling shoot em up platform game. The player controls Plexu - green-haired guy...

DOS (1990)

Plexu: The Time Travellers is a DOS conversion of the Amiga title of the same name. The gameplay remains unchanged...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Mayor of New York has gone to open the city's latest skyscraper, but has got stuck in the malfunctioning...

Plutos Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Plutos is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up featuring a succession of waves, containing what's reputed to be the first simultaneous...

P.N.03 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

The Computer Arms Management System (CAMS) is the basic form of defense for planets against any enemy. But a terrible...

Windows (2012)

You're just walking along, seein' how your 12-gauge looks in t'moonlight, like, when Gamey accuses you of poachin'! Then, to...

Pocky & Rocky SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

This is a single player or two player simultaneous game. It has wonderful "Super Deformed" type graphics set in ancient...

Pocky & Rocky 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

The sequel to Pocky & Rocky brings back the cooperative shooter action to the SNES with enhanced gameplay mechanics. Princess...

Pocky & Rocky with Becky Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This is a portable revival of the classic Pocky & Rocky shooter games. You take control of Shinto priestess Pocky,...

P.O.D.: Proof of Destruction Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Gridrunner provides the gameplay for this top-view budget shooter with 25 levels, challenging you to survive until the time runs...

PO'ed PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1995)

PO'ed is an action game similar to Doom. You are a cook who has to escape an alien world. With...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Pogotron is a horizontal side-view scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls left or right when you move your hero as...

Point Blank PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and Arcade (1994)

Point Blank is a light gun arcade game, in which players shoots targets in a wide variety of stages. The...

Point Blank 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998) and Arcade (1996)

Dan and Don return for another round of shooting action. This time there are heaps of new mini games, as...

Point Blank 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Arcade (2000)

The third episode in the Point Blank series now has up to 8 players playing it out in the new...

Point Blank DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Point Blank makes its debut on a handheld system. The shooting series brings its irreverent humor and style to the...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Inspired by the arcade game Xevious, you play the role of a mercenary who has accepted the task of flying...

Pokémon Dream Radar Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Professor Burnet is studying the Interdream Zone, and needs your help to harvest Dream Orbs for her research. Dream Orbs...

Windows (2006)

In this promotional game distributed with packages of Perdue Chicken, players are tasked with catching wild Pokémon that appear in...

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