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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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Raze's Hell Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Raze's Hell is a unique take on good vs. evil as the player takes control of a monster named Raze...

Razor2: Hidden Skies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

After a surprise attack, the Federation has lost control of several key positions. Commanding the best warship available, Razor2, it's...

Windows (2013)

In this shooter the player must create chains of explosions, the bigger the better. Chain reactions are created by detonating...

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1995)

RDF (Rapid Deployment Force) is a first-person 3D tank shooter with the player going up against a plethora of enemies...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Reach for the Sky is a shoot 'em up in the vain of Capcom's arcade classic 1942. You fly over...

The Real Ghostbusters ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1987)

After the success of the Ghostbusters film (and indeed of the licensed game from Activision) a cartoon TV series was...

Really Big Sky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Really Big Sky, the sequel to Big Sky, is a twin-stick side-scrolling shooter with a craft set in space. Everything...

SNES (1996)

In the year 5069 A.D., an alien invasion has devastated the planet, nearly killing the entire population and leaving the...

Realm of the Mad God Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012) and Browser (2011)

Realm of the Mad God is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG in a retro 8-bit style. It has a large world...

Realm of the Trolls Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The trolls are posing a threat to humanity, and it's your job to sort them out in this traditional-style platform...

Reaper Arena Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Reaper Arena is a side-scrolling action game wherein the player takes the role of a nameless commando sent on missions...

The Reap Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The Reap is a classic arcade shooter in Zaxxon style. The game has 4 stages. First you shoot enemies in...

Rebel Assault & X-Wing Collector's CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

A Special collectors double pack featuring X-Wing & Rebel Assault.

DOS (1995)

Rebel Moon is a first-person shooter bundled exclusively with the Creative Labs 3D Blaster PCI or VLB 2D/3D accelerators. The...

Rebel Moon Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Rebel Moon Rising is a first person shooter where the player takes on the role of a rebel colonist on...

Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Wii (2008)

Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk is a futuristic action flight simulator. In the future mankind has taken control of the solar...

ReBoot PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

This 3D action game is based on the computer animated cartoon ReBoot. It's an over-the-shoulder perspective shooter comprised of 19...

-ReBound- Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

-ReBound- describes itself as "A First Person Shooting Tactical Target Practice Game" and with that description nearly everything is said.In...

Receiver Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Receiver is an open source first-person shooter created for the 7-day FPS challenge. The game takes cues from roguelike games...

Recoil Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Tanks patrol the desolate city streets, turrets and missle sites threaten the skies. Robot warriors carrying pulse rifles surround military...

Windows (2007)

RECT WINDER (ASCII) is a "bullet reflect" game based loosely on the earlier freeware game RECT WINDER. The player controls...

Red Alarm Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

At the beginning of the 21st Century, a World War raged not stop for 70 devestating years. It wasn't until...

DOS (1994)

3D Shooter, in the same class as Castaway: The Ordeal Begins. Your character must save Sharla, a beautiful woman (she...

Red Clash '93 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Ultra-nationalist army generals in ex-Soviet Russia revolt against their government, and plan to reclaim Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. As the...

Browser (2012)

Red Crucible 2 is a multiplayer shooter with a Cold War setting. The game modes include team deathmatch (the player...

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