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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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Windows (2013) and Browser (2013)

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Windows (2003)

Shanghai Dragon is a 3D rail shooter, similar to The House of the Dead or Virtua Cop. The action takes...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Shark is a 2D-horizontal-scrolling arcade shoot-em-up comparable to games like X-Out, Katakis, Delta, and Armalyte. Your craft is armed with...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

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Windows (1999)

Shark Attack is a nice freeware game in which you play a shark. There are two game sections in the...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

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Arcade (1998)

Sharpshooter is a target gun game for up to two players. Some scenarios include memorizing the location of colored cards...

Sharp Shot Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Sharp Shot is collection of 4 single-button action games: Touchdown Passing, Space Gunner, Submarine, and Maze Shoot. The goal of...

Shattered Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Shattered Horizon is a 3D first-person shooter that puts the player in a space environment near Earth (circa 2050 AD)...

Shattered Horizon: Premium Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

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Shattered Steel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Shattered Steel is a first-person 3D action game similar in concept to MechWarrior series. The player takes control of bipedal...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Zzyaxians are on a quest to rule every part of the Universe and have set their sights on the...

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2013)

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Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Windows Front Cover

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

For all the soldiers there, Vietnam is already like hell. But one month after a US plane carrying a top-secret...

Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shellshock takes you back to the years of the Vietnam war. You take on the role of a rookie soldier...

Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

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Arcade (1979)

In Sheriff you control a sheriff whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by a gang of bandits. The gang has surrounded...

The Shield: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 2 (2007)

Based on the TV series "The Shield" and taking place between the third and fourth seasons of that show.The Farmington...

SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1997)

Caravans are colony ships that venture into deep space in search of Earth-like planets. Eventually, Caravan 7861 discovered a a...

SNES (1994)

Shien and Aska were swift ninjas fighting in a civil war. Having defeated hundreds of enemy soldiers, monsters suddenly appear...

Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Shin Bokura no Taiyō Gyakushū no Sabata is the third episode in the Boktai series and the only one not...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Psychic ninja Taroumaru and his partner Enkai set off to vanquish the supernatural forces that threaten the Japanese countryside. You...

MSX (1988) and PC-88 (1989)

After the special agent Laila used her psychic powers to prevent a portal to hell from opening, the supernatural forces...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

This version of Shiryō Sensen: War of the Dead can be described as a cross between the MSX and the...

MSX (1987)

Due to mysterious circumstances, a flourishing city called Chinese Hill was cut off the rest of the world. Investigators found...

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