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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Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003)

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War is an updated re-release for the Xbox based on the original PC version...

Return to Genesis Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Return to Genesis takes place in the Zephyr system where twelve scientists work on secret projects. Of course every bit...

DOS (1990)

This is the first game of the Super Kroz trilogy. Despite the name, it's very much more of the same...

Windows (2007)

The freeware game Return to Sector 9 is the sequel to Ambush in Sector 9 and offers 9 different game...

Revenge of Defender DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

A side scrolling shooter, the object is to defend your colonies from various waves of attacking aliens. Revenge of Defender...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You must build three walls above the tomato plants at the bottom. You must also dodge tomato bombs shot by...

DOS (1994), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1984)

This typically zany Jeff Minter title sets you as a mutated camel, with an optional support one mimicking your moves...

Revengers of Vengeance SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Revengers of Vengeance is a combination of RPG, vertical shooter, and fighting game with a fantasy/anime style. There are ten...

ReVOLUTION Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A futuristic first person shooter where a mega corporation (known as 'The Corporation') seems to have taken over every facet...

Revolution Ace Windows Front Cover Desura release

Windows (2014)

Revolution Ace is vertical-scrolling shoot'em up, little similar to Raptor: Call of the Shadows. The player controls a fighter, and...

Revolution X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995) and Arcade (1994)

Revolution X is about the ol' Rock & Roll.There is an evil nation putting the youth down and banning our...

ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Rex the dinosaur is fed up of the environmental damage being done by a nearby nuclear plant. As a result,...

DOS (1996)

In the 35th century, mankind developed almost god-like technology to create Cyborg slaves - machines so shrewd they were almost...

Rex Blade: The Battle Begins DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

In the 35th century, man has created some incredibly advanced cyborg to use as slaves, but eventually they rebelled and...

Rez PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001), Dreamcast (2001) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Rez is a fast-action shooter that takes you deep into the world’s computer network. The “Project K” Network has recently...

Rhythm Destruction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Rhythm Destruction is a 2D, top-down, vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. It looks like a typical shoot 'em up game,...

Ricochet Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2013)

Ricochet is a futuristic multiplayer game where you're playing in team match or one-vs-one in battle arenas. Players are jumping...

Riddle of the Sphinx Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

As the Pharoh's Son, it is up to the player to lift the curse of Anubis, God of the Dead,...

Ride to Hell: Retribution Windows Front Cover

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

Ride to Hell: Retribution is an action game that incorporates different gameplay elements. The game is set in 1969 in...

Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages combines space combat action with RPG elements of skill progression and storytelling. The player...

R.I.P. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Death, Halloween, and Rock-n-Roll must protect the Other World from the armies attacking it in this turret shooter game. Inside...

R.I.P.: Strike Back Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

The frighteningly good heroes of R.I.P. return as more of those disgusting humans try to breach into The Other World....

R.I.P. Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This compilation includes all the R.I.P. games: R.I.P. R.I.P.: Strike Back R.I.P.: The Last Hero

Rise of the Triad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Rise of the Triad is a reboot of the 90's first-person shooter Rise of the Triad: Dark War. It stays...

Rise of the Triad: Dark War Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003), DOS (1994), Windows (2009), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

A madman with power to kill millions has been discovered, and HUNT (High-risk United Nations Taskforce) has been dispatched to...

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