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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Project Overkill PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

In the distant future, mega-corporation Terracom has authorized its Off-World Colonization Division to expand to new planets through whatever means...

Project Root Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PS Vita (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Project Root is a futuristic top-down shooter where the player controls the F 72 Zonda aircraft. The protagonist is Lance...

Project: Snowblind Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Project: Snowblind is a first-person spy action game set in the year 2065. You play Lt. Nathan Frost, a cybernetically...

Linux (2003) and Windows (2003)

In the future, after decades of war, the Weapco corporation, using its superior weaponry and AI driven craft, defeats both...

Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Project Sylpheed is an arcade-style shooter and is the follow-up to Silpheed: The Lost Planet on the PlayStation 2. The...

DOS (2002)

Project: Weltuntergang ("Project: Doomsday") is a standalone modification for the first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D. The player controls B. J. Blazkowicz...

Project-X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1992)

Six levels of horizontally-scrolling shooting await in this R-Type style action game. The attack waves vary in style, with some...

Windows (2006)

Project Xenoclone is a science-fiction 3D shooter with a top-down view and moving camera, similar to Alien Shooter. It is...

Amiga (1995)

Projekt Battlefield is a timed FPP shooter with a main character modelled after Robocop. As a cybernetic police officer the...

Jaguar (1999)

Haven-7 is a planetoid near Earth whose inhabitants are in grave danger. Aliens will arrive soon and plan to terraform...

Protector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Protector is a turret shooter (meaning you cannot move and can only shoot) that sends you into deep space to...

Amiga (1986) and Atari ST (1986)

Protector takes the idea from Defender: the player is controlling a ship over a horizontally scrolling landscape, able to fly...

ZX81 (1982)

The planet Zargon is under attack from an alien invasion and you have been tasked to fly your craft and...

Windows (2001)

Earth is threatened by asteroids. You are inside "Protector", a satellite which runs in orbit around earth and you must...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Protector is a horizontal side-view scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly left or right as you control a ship...

Protector Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Protector is a split-screen horizontal side-view shooter where one or two players try to carry supplies to their base before...

Windows (2009)

As a sequel to Protector, the gameplay is similar. You are controlling an orbital space defense platform from third person...

Protector II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982), TI-99/4A (1983) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

An arcade style game with a loose basis on the arcade hit Defender, Protector II is a side-scrolling shooter. Like...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Protium is a side-view horizontal scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly from left to right as you control spacecraft...

Windows (2008)

Protoganda II is a shoot 'em up game and a sequel to Protoganda: Strings, with retro-styled graphics. The player controls...

Windows (2007)

Protoganda: Strings is a fast-paced vertical shooter with a visual style somewhat inspired by old Soviet 8mm movies. Gameplay consists...

Prototype DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Prototype is a side-scrolling shooter. Controlling a cutting-edge prototype craft, you must save the world from an alien attack.The ship...

Prototype Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Alex Mercer has a problem or a gift - depending on the view. Thanks to a virus in his system...

Windows (2006)

This shoot 'em up won the ShmupDev 2006 contest to write a horizontally-scrolling shooter with bosses. From the title and...

Prototype 2 Windows Front Cover

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

Prototype 2 is an action game set in an open world environment and it is the sequel to Prototype. At...

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