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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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Apple IIgs (1987)

A mouse-driven shoot-em-up which was only ever released for the Apple IIgs. The player controls a red helicopter which must...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Sea Strike is a side view horizontal shooter where the screen scrolls left or right when you move, and your...

Atari 2600 (2011)

Seaweed Assault is an underwater game where players use a semi-organic submarine to fight off overactive seaweed. Players can shoot...

Atari 2600 (2004)

This game is inspired by the Brøderbund game Seafox and the Midway coin-op games Sea Wolf and Sea Wolf II,...

Sea Wolf Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1982) and Arcade (1976)

You are the commander...and Sea Wolf puts you in charge of sinking and destroying all enemy ships. You are armed...

Sea Wolves Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sea Wolves is an independently developed, free-scrolling arcade shooter published both in retail and online distribution channels. The basic concept...

Second Sight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

After waking up in a high security medical facility with no recollection of how he got there, John Vattic's memory...

Secret Agent DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

As Agent 006, you are the world's only hope: the terrorist organization known as the D.V.S. has captured the blueprints...

Secret Agent Clank PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009) and PSP (2008)

Secret Agent Clank has the character Clank from the Ratchet & Clank series taking the lead in this adventure. Ratchet...

DOS (1996)

Secret Agent : The Escape is a shareware Doom clone.The player takes the role of the secret agent who must...

Secret Service: In Harm's Way Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Secret Service: In Harm's Way is a budget first person shooter incorporating some tactical elements. Players take charge of a...

Secret Service: Security Breach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Secret Service: Security Breach is a First Person Shooter that places you in the role of a Secret Service agent...

Section 8 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Arm of Orion has overrun New Madrid, one of the most remote colonies of the Empire. The United States...

Section 8: Prejudice Windows Front Cover

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

The solo campaign of Section 8: Prejudice tells the story of Alex Corde, a member of the special unit "Section...

Section-Z NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Windows Mobile (2001), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Arcade (1985)

Alien Invaders approach the solar system from their interstellar battle platform, named Fortress Balangool. Under the command of the Master...

Seek and Destroy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Most of the fundamentals of this game work in a similar way to Desert Strike. You pilot a helicopter or...

Seek and Destroy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

In this game, you control a tank of the Proton Kingdom fighting against the Q-stein invaders. You have to go...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

This is a remake of SEGA's dogfighting arcade hit After Burner II made for the AGES 2500 series of budget...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Alien Syndrome is a remake of SEGA's classic alien blaster for its 3D AGES label. In the game, an alien...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.20: Space Harrier 2 - Space Harrier Complete Collection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

A nearly complete collection of all the ports and versions of the original Space Harrier and its sequels. Compiled in...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Another emulated re-release for SEGA's AGES 2500 series. This time including two arcade hits from its System 16 boards: SDI...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.25: Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The "Treasure Box" is a collection of Treasure's best games developed for SEGA back in the 16-bit days emulated for...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.27: Panzer Dragoon PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

An updated version of SEGA's classic rail shooter Panzer Dragoon in which you take to the skies atop your trusty...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

This compilation is the second SEGA AGES 2500 release from the Fantasy Zone series. It contains a collection of every...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

A re-issue of the classic psychedelic shooter Fantasy Zone, in which you take control of a cutesy ship and try...

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