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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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Quazatron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This freeware remake of the robot battle game from 1986 completely revamps the presentation, with full 3D graphics replacing the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Quick Draw is a single screen two player shooter where each player stands on either side of the screen as...

Commodore 64 (1983)

A holocaust has nearly wiped out mankind and the few survivors live together in a Space Dome protected by Quintic...

DOS (1997)

In this 3D shooter the player has to fight with an evil alien race who is trying to change the...

Arcade (1974)

Qwak! is an early light-gun game by Atari. Your goal is to use your rifle to shoot the ducks that...

Q!Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Q!Zone comes with three new episodes, a bunch of new monsters and one new weapon for Quake. The levels were...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

The royal family of Bunnyland was kidnapped by monsters and the player has to save them by beating all six...

Racing Aces SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The cold war has ended. Big defense contractors, specifically the ones that make fighter planes, organize a new sport. Pilots...

Radar Lock Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1989)

Radar Lock is an arcade style action game. The player is the pilot of a delta-wing fighter and their objective...

Arcade (1980)

In Radar Scope, Earth is being attacked by Gamma Raiders, and it's your job as Captain to destroy their ships....

Radiant Android Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2009), Android (2009), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2011), Windows Apps (2013), Ouya (2013) and GameStick (2013)

Radiant is a futuristic top-down arcade shooter. The player controls a space ship at the bottom of the screen that...

Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998), Xbox 360 (2011) and Arcade (1998)

The story of Radiant Silvergun begins with the end of the world. As the pilot of the starfighter Radiant Silvergun...

Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Dreamcast (2006), GameCube (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Radirgy is a vertical-screen top-down bullet-hell shooter originally developed by Milestone for Naomi arcade system and later released on console...

Radius Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Radius is a horizontal scrolling space shoot-em-up in the style of C64 classic Delta. Play a starpilot and take control...

Radix: Beyond the Void DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In the 22nd century, humanity has achieved world peace. The United Earth Space Alliance (UESA) was able to fully concentrate...

Arcade (1986)

Rafflesia is a top view vertical scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly as you fly up the screen in...

Rage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Rage is id Software's first major first-person-shooter since Doom 3, and the debut of the id Tech 5 game engine....

Rage iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Rage for mobile devices puts the player in a type of horror fun house ride. The player is a contestant...

Rage (Anarchy Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The Anarchy Edition was a free upgrade for anyone who pre-ordered Rage. This edition includes a slightly different package, and...

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This retail edition is limited to Australia and includes: Rage Additional DLC content of Rage (Anarchy Edition) Exclusive numbered poster...

Rage: The Scorchers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Scorchers is an official add-on for Rage that includes: Various new locations New quests A new weapon - the...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Xanthidian have invaded the Earth and slowly they are spreading over countries and cities and taking control. You have...

Raiden DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Jaguar (1994), Lynx (1997), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1992), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), FM Towns (1991), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1990)

In the year 2090, Earth is invaded by extra-terrestrials. The World Alliance of Nations has developed a supersonic attack fighter,...

PlayStation (1997) and Arcade (1994)

Raiden DX is an arcade shoot'em up. The game features similar vertically scrolling shooter gameplay as in its predecessors Raiden...

Raiden Fighters Aces Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Raiden Fighters Aces is a collection of the three coin-op Raiden Fighters shooters: Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden...

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