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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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ZX81 (1981)

On your way home back to your planet in your spacecraft, you have encountered an asteroid field with the asteroids...

Planet Patrol Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are on patrol to find and destroy enemy fuel depots.Your ship flies to the left, while you control your...

PlanetSide Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide is a Massively Multiplayer First-Person Action Game in which players join one of three Empires fighting for control over...

PlanetSide 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter that delivers combat on a large scale with up to...

Windows (2004)

PlanetSide: Aftershock is a bundle of the following games: PlanetSide PlanetSide: Core Combat It also introduces the so-called "Battle Frame...

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide: Core Combat is an add-on for the online-shooter PlanetSide with the following new features (all available to both factions):...

Planet Smashers Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1990)

Planet Smashers is a vertically scrolling shooter similar to Xevious. Power ups can be captured by destroying cargo ships. Power...

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is an online only, class-based, third-person shooter with a tongue in cheek approach to modern...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Plaque Attack, your goal is to protect a mouthful of teeth from a variety of incoming foods! You control...

Apple II (1983)

In Plasmania, you are a microscopic ship traveling through your patient's bloodstream destroying viruses and pathogens. Be careful though! Every...

Plasmatron Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Command has sent you to explore what you thought was a deserted empire colony. Unfortunately, they questioned your loyalty and...

Windows (2007)

Something has gone wrong at a far-flung future archaeological dig; a Plasma Warrior has been called in to clean up...

Platoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), NES (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

The film Platoon featured a squad of five soldiers on their mission for the US Army in Vietnam. In this...

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...

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