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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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Sorcerer's Apprentice Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...

Sorcery PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Sorcery is an action game that can only be played with the Move peripheral. The player controls the young apprentice...

Soulstar SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Soulstar for the Sega CD/Mega CD is a 3D shoot-'em up that combines several different types of gameplay into one...

Windows (1996)

SoulTrap is a 3D platform game that takes place inside the mind of the main character of the game: Malcolm...

South Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

A comet is heading toward South Park, causing many of the enemies from early seasons of the shows (including cows,...

Windows (2000)

South Park: Cartman's Authoritah is an unlicensed side-scrolling 2D platform game where the player plays as Cartman, a character from...

South Park: Let's Go Tower Defense Play! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

South Park is under attack, again, and Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman must overcome a series of tower defense challenges...

Soviet ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Amstrad PCW (1990)

Set during the collapse of the Soviet Union, this arcade style game puts the player in control of a Soviet...

Soviet Strike PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1997), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

In 1991, the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) boasting the largest military force in history, suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed....

Windows (1998)

It's 75 Levels / 15 Multiplayer Levels and maps comprised from a Contest for Redneck Rampage.

Spac3 Invaders Extr3me Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008), PSP (2008) and Xbox 360 (2009)

The pixelated aliens are back to celebrate their 30th anniversary!Taking a cue from other recent arcade classic updates, Space Invaders...

Spac3 Invaders Extr3me 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Space Invaders Extreme 2 is the follow-up/remix of the gameplay formula created in the original Space Invaders Extreme, but adding...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Space! is an arcade first person shooter. The player sits inside a spacecraft and can rotate the view in any...

Commodore 64 (1989)

As a recruit of the space academy, you must complete numerous tasks, most of which test your dexterity and occasionally...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Space Ace is a shooting game with a first person perspective. The player can scroll his view in eight directions...

DOS (1996)

This compilation assembles three science-fiction-themed games from Electronic Arts' catalog: Crusader: No Remorse Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger...

Space Armada Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1981)

Space Armada is a clone of the game Space Invaders. Rows of bomb dropping aliens are invading your home planet,...

Windows 3.x (1996)

Space Bastards is a Space Invaders clone with raytraced graphics, lots of weapon power-ups and a two player mode. You...

Atari 2600 (2006)

The intergalactic treaty of 2345 has been broken by a race known as the G'ohrn. You are on patrol in...

Amiga (1987)

Space Battle is a one or two player version of the classic arcade game Asteroids where you have to survive...

Space Bunnies Must Die! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In this 3rd person, Tomb Raider-esque action game, you take on the role of Allison Huxter, a truck-stop waitress who...

Space Busters MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

In this classic-style Space Invaders game,you can move your ship left and right at the bottom of the screen. You...

TRS-80 (1982)

Space Castle for the TRS-80 is a clone of the coin-op arcade game Star Castle. As in the original arcade...

Atari 2600 (1981)

You are on a moon-based scouting mission in a Mark 16 Starcruiser. Suddenly, enemy alien ships teleport in and start...

Space Chase III: Showdown In Orbit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Space Chase is a shareware side scrolling platform game in three parts, each with smoothly scrolling 16 color graphics. Part...

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