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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Thomson TO (1986) and Thomson MO (1984)

Borrowing heavily from the arcade game Scramble, Pulsar 2 is a side scrolling shooter that puts you in charge of...

Pulsarius Windows Front Cover Double Games release

Windows (2004)

The Pulsarius planet system has been attacked by alien forces, and you know what, you've been asked to protect the...

Pulse: Fight the Night Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Pulse: Fight the Night is a twin stick shooter with a twist: the player fights hordes of enemies and the...

Pulse Racer Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Pulse Racer is a racing game set in 2024 in futuristic vehicles that resemble karts. They have weaponry power-ups, where...

Pulse Warrior ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Who needs weaponry when you're trying to save the earth from the invasion of the beings of Cirrus Major? Hopefully...

Pulstar Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2016), Neo Geo (1995), Neo Geo CD (1995), Macintosh (2016), Wii (2012), Browser (2016) and Arcade (1995)

An alien threat looms over the galaxy and only you and your trusty star fighter can defeat them.Pulstar is a...

The Punisher DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

When his family was gunned down by gangsters, Frank Castle became The Punisher. As Judge, Jury, and Executioner, The Punisher...

The Punisher NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The NES version of The Punisher is an on-rails shooter tracking behind Frank Castle as he trades fire with the...

The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback! Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

The Punisher: Ultimate Payback is essentially a lightgun game, though obviously, you can't actually use a lightgun on Game Boy....

Punky Duck DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Punky Duck is a combination of shoot-em-up, platform and adventure games where the titular young hero finds himself alone on...

Windows (2003)

Purge is an updated version of the same developer's Future vs. Fantasy mod for Quake, first released in 1996. It...

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1996)

In Purikura Daisakusen, the Miracle Kingdom has been invaded by an evil mechanical army, all of its inhabitants have been...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Purple Heart is a top-down shooter à la Ikari Warriors. The player has to guide a soldier through six levels,...

Arcade (1975)

In Pursuit you fly a World War I biplane and attempt to gun down enemy aircraft. A flight stick is...

Pursuit Force PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Five different gangs are terrorizing the cities, namely Warlords, Capelli Family, Killer66, Vixens, and Convicts. Cities are in chaos as...

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Extreme Justice is the sequel to Pursuit Force and this time the player has to take down five different gangs...

Puss N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Join Pero as he travels through time to defeat the evil Count Gruemon in this platform-hoping, side-scrolling shooter adventure! Visit...

Putrefaction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

In the near future a dangerous virus starts spreading which turns people into hideous and violent mutants. An elite squad...

Pył Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Pył (Dust) is a 3D first-person shooter. The game emphasizes tactics for sneaking to save ammunition. The game takes place...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

The Pyramid is a shoot 'em up where each stage is a chamber of the titular pyramid. The pyramid is...

Pyrotechnica DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

People are fighting to excavate the star cores. Terran Hardlight Corporation is paying millions for this. You fight the others...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

You are a pilot of a Q10 Tankbuster and you have been sent to various war zones to destroy enemy...

Q2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Q2 is a collection of levels for Quake. The add-on contains over 100 independent singleplayer and multiplayer maps.

DOS (1996)

The galactic government has sent you - and others - in to rescue some hostages from alien invaders. You are...

DOS (1990)

Qi Xiao Quan is a Taiwanese-made action game based on the Japanese manga Ranma ½. The protagonist is a teenager...

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