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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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Spec Ops: Airborne Commando PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Spec Ops: Airborne Commando is an isometric action game where you as a player, control a lone soldier through 16...

Spec Ops: Covert Assault PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Covert Assault, another installment of the Spec Ops franchise, offers up action for one or two players to control US...

Spec Ops II: Green Berets Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The sequel to Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way puts you in the role of a US Army Green Berets....

Spec Ops II: Omega Squad Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Omega Squad is the only game in the Spec Ops series released on the Dreamcast. Players control a squad of...

Spec Ops: Platinum Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a collection of the first two Spec Ops games and expansions. It contains: Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the...

Spec Ops: Ranger Elite PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

This is one of those first generation soldier shooters, that was one of the first games to emphasize tactics before...

Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Spec Ops is the first in a series of realistic, action-oriented, real-time 3D third-person games based on elite warfare units...

Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way - Pro Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Pro Pack is a compilation that includes: Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo (expansion)...

Spec Ops: Ranger Team Bravo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This add-on for Spec Ops: Rangers Lead the Way lets you engage in cooperative and competitive battles with other Ranger...

Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Stealth Patrol is the first console adaptation of the long-running PC military Spec Ops series. Players command two rangers on...

Spec Ops: The Line Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Spec Ops: The Line is a military third-person shooter. It is an entry in the long-running Spec Ops series but...

Spec Ops: The Line (Premium Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This special edition was provided as an upgrade for preorders. It contains: Spec Ops: The Line Spec Ops: The Line...

ColecoVision (2006) and Arcade (1980)

You are the Wummel in the city of the Spectars. Your fight for justice is not done.Spectar is a sequel...

Spectral Invaders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Earth is under attack from fleets of alien space ships. Conveniently lined up in nice grids, the aliens sweep side...

Spectre SNES Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1994) and Macintosh (1991)

Spectre is a 3D shooter where the player drives a little red car/tank and blasts away enemies. The gameplay is...

Macintosh (1993)

Spectre Supreme is the first sequel to Spectre. It continues the cyberspace battles with technically more accomplished 256 colors and...

Spectron Spectravideo Front Cover

ColecoVision (1983) and Spectravideo (1983)

The planetary clust Shalix is plagued by an intergalactic dust cloud that blocked out their sun. Now the Shalix have...

Speed Forge Extreme iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), Android (2010) and webOS (2010)

In the year 2142 mankind is working on colonizing Mars. Vast settlements have been created to house miners looking for...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

One hundred years ago your ancestors defeated a powerful force of space pirates to secure a new beginning for the...

SpeedRage DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

SpeedRage is an arcade racing game with shooter elements. You can choose between two different racing types (water and land):...

Arcade (1986)

It's the 21st century in America. Technology has improved by leaps and bounds, and now (most) people live in peace....

Speed Zone Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

"Speed Zone" is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up with a classic style.The player, who flies a latest-generation spacecraft, must destroy...

SAM Coupé (1990)

Sphera is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. Sphera is also the Emperor's most feared artificial prison planet and the...

Spherical Worlds Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

Spherical Worlds is a multi-directional shoot 'em up in the vein of Alien Breed where players control a small spherical...

DOS (1993)

Spheroids is a non-scrolling, top-down shooter with following background story: Robots attack Earth. The robot ships attack in waves and...

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