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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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Scourge: Outbreak Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Scourge: Outbreak is an overhauled version of the 2010 PC game The Scourge Project: Episodes 1 and 2 with updated...

The Scourge Project: Episodes 1 and 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The Scourge Project is a third-person shooter set in the near future, where players assume the role of the Echo...

Scout Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Side scrolling shoot-em-up featuring a jumping buggy-like craft fighting aliens across eight levels. With your spaceship in parts scattered across...

VIC-20 (1983)

Scram 20 is a Scramble clone for the VIC-20.Fly a small spaceship through a system of caves, guarded by missiles....

ZX81 (1983)

Scram - 81 is a clone of the arcade game Scramble which is viewed from the side with the screen...

Scramble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Vectrex (1982), Xbox 360 (2006), Arcade (1981) and Tomy Tutor (1982)

Scramble is a side scrolling shooter. Piloting a plane through varied (and mountainous) terrain, your goal is to infiltrate an...

ZX81 (1982)

Scramble is a horizontal side view shooter where the screen scrolls from left to right constantly. You control a spaceship...

Scramble Spirits Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Sega's take on the 1943 style of vertically scrolling shoot 'em ups was set in the future. Your fighter plane...

Scrap Collector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a collaboration between Mark Essen (messhof) and Jonatan Söderström (cactus) to create two games independently from each other,...

Scrap Metal Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Scrap Metal is a top-down car-combat game in the vein of Death Rally with intensive use of weapons. It features...

PC-98 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

The Screamer is set in a dark futuristic environment. The existence of a megalopolis called Beast City depends on a...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

A top-down vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up with a World War 2 feel resembling 1942. You pilot your aeroplane through...

Screwjumper! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Screwjumper! takes the player behind the helm of a spaceship run by a wrecking crew of sorts out to attack...

Scud: Industrial Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

You play as Scud, the disposable assassin. Based on the underground comic book, you take the reins as Scud the...

Scud: The Disposable Assassin SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

You play the game as Scud, a "disposable assassin", who has been hired to take out a target in the...

Amiga (1990)

In this game you play the role of a vigilante who is going on a personal mission to kill all...

Scurge: Hive Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

When bounty hunter Jenosa Arma takes on a mission to investigate Planet Inos, a research center investigating an alien lifeform...

SD Gundam: Over Galaxian PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

SD Gundam: Over Galaxian is a semi-3D update of Namco's arcade classic Galaxian featuring the famous SD Gundam characters. The...

DOS (1993)

SDI2040 is a shareware, single player, Space Invader clone.As is standard in such games, alien ships march back and forwards...

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1987)

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative is based around classic-style shoot 'em up action. It puts you in control of a satellite...

DOS (1988)

Not to be confused with similarly-named games (like the Cinemaware title or the Sega/Activision one), SDI is a shooter in...

SeaBlade Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Seablade is an action/arcade game similar to a 3D version of the old classic Choplifter, with a strong storyline and...

Sea Dragon Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1983), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

Sea Dragon is an arcade style side scrolling shooter. The player pilots a submarine through treacherous underwater caves in an...

Atari 2600 (1983)

A fast-paced shooting game that has you in control of a fighter jet named the Sea Hawk, blasting away at...

VIC-20 (1982)

Sea Invasion is a Space Invaders variant set in the ocean. The player is a scuba diver who while down...

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