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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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Skyhammer Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (2000)

In a futuristic city, you are a mercenary pilot flying a helicopter-like craft in cyberspace. Hired by the large corporation...

Arcade (1976)

One of Nintendo's last 16mm film-based games, Sky Hawk places the player on a ship at sea. The player must...

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Steven Squealburgh is directing his next big action blockbuster and needs a stuntman to help him film four big action...

ColecoVision (2004), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1984)

Vertical shooter. When a weakened and vulnerable Earth is invaded by the vicious Zephyr army, the planet's only hope is...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are the pilot of a helicopter and your mission is to explore five levels to find parts to help...

Sky Kid NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986) and Arcade (1985)

You are the legendary Red Baron, flying a plane through a horizontal side-scrolling scenery set during World War I. To...

SkyNET DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

SkyNET is Bethesda's last game based on the Terminator franchise. Originally developed as an expansion pack to Terminator: Future Shock,...

DOS (1995)

Astro is a bizarre realm where all natural environment and living creatures are controlled by the super-powerful computer Lucifer. For...

Sky Runner DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

You are descending in the skimmer on the hostile planet to eliminate Harvester. But you may do this only in...

Sky Shark DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), FM Towns (1993), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1987)

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that...

Sky Target SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1995)

Another 3rd person perspective arcade flight sim by Sega, similar to their classic After Burner in gameplay but featuring new...

S.L.A.I. - Steel Lancer Arena International PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

S.L.A.I. – Steel Lancer Arena International is a Playstation 2 sequel to 2002 XBox title Phantom Crash. The story takes...

Genesis (1993)

At first glance, Slap Fight MD is a direct conversion of the 1986 arcade classic Slap Fight from Toaplan and...

Slave Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Dreamcast (1999)

500 years in the future, man and machine are virtually one and the greatest megacity in the world is locked...

Slayer Amiga Front Cover

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

As the ruthless Slayer you have hordes of enemies to wipe out in this horizontally-scrolling shooter. The paths are narrow...

DOS (1993)

Slicks 'n' Slide is an overhead racing game where you try to drive your vehicle as fast as possible in...

Slipstream 5000 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1995), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2013)

Take over control of one of many futuristic racers which fly through courses all over the world. A very nice...

ColecoVision (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Slither is similar in nature to the hit arcade game Centipede by Atari. You control your snake as it slither's...

DOS (1991)

Legends tell of a race of super beings, the Slordax, who once tried to conquer the galaxy. The war lasted...

TI-99/4A (1984)

You're a cowboy fighting off the Slymoids with your gun. They're coming in from the horizon and from the sky....

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

With a clear James Bond influence, Sly Spy must stop terrorists destroying parts of the city in this collection of...

Small Soldiers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Small Soldiers is a third-person action game released at the same time as the movie of the same name. Instead...

Small-Time Scorched Earth Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This entry in the VNGN competition combines the gameplay from Space Invaders with Missile Command. Players control a small tank,...

DOS (1993)

Pumpkins from all over the planet stole Earth's candles to their home planet. Now, as an axe yielding maniac, you...

Smash T.V. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), Xbox 360 (2005) and Arcade (1990)

The year is 1999. The world's most popular television show is Smash T.V., an ultra-violent contest between two armed-to-the-teeth combatants,...

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