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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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Super Pipeline II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The follow-up to Super Pipeline adds new enemies and 16 levels. The player controlled the (white-suited) foreman in charge of...

MSX (1986)

Super Rambo Special is an action game based on movie Rambo: First Blood Part 2. As in the movie you...

Super R-Type SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991) and Wii (2008)

In this SNES sequel to the arcade R-Type shooters, you are the R-9, Earth's most advanced form of defense against...

Atari ST (1993)

Super Scramble is a clone of Konami's Scramble with a few differences. As in the original game the player flies...

FM Towns (1991)

Super Shooting Towns is a fairly simple horizontally-scrolling shooter. The player controls a flying mechanical bug-like device that has to...

Super Skramble! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Super Skramble! is a clone of Konami's Scramble. It is a single player game in which the player flies a...

Windows (2008)

A group of masked, and heavily girded, ne'erdowells have stormed one and then another building, taping hostages to chairs as...

NES (1991)

In the year 2525, things are a mess. politically. Terrorists led by someone named "X" want to attack the United...

The Super Spy Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1990)

Roy Heart has been asked by the CIA to wipe out terrorists who have taken over a large skyscraper of...

Super Stardust DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

Like Stardust, in this Asteroids clone you control your Panther PX-2 ship through successive waves of asteroids and other enemies,...

Super Stardust HD PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Super Stardust HD is a remake of the Super Stardust for the Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32. There are three...

Super Stardust HD Complete PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Super Stardust HD Complete includes the original game Super Stardust HD and two add-ons; Super Stardust HD Solo Pack and...

Super Stardust Portable PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Super Stardust Portable is an asteroid arcade shooter viewed from above and is based on the PS3 version of Super...

NES (1986)

In the Almanac dimension, the year 2010 brought in the final destruction of the evil planet Gordess by the space...

Super Star Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2006)

Super Star Soldier takes place in the far future, where you are the last hope for planet Earth, which is...

Super Tank Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

8 challenging zones of battle await you in your role as a tank driver. The game is viewed from above,...

Super Thunder Blade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1988), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1989)

This follow-up to Thunder Blade is very similar to the original arcade game. Get into a helicopter and blast away...

Super Turrican SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is the next generation installment of the famous Turrican Series. Once again it is up to the U.S.S....

NES (1993)

Like other entries in the series, Super Turrican for the NES is a side-scrolling platformer in which players explore large...

Super Xalaxer Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Building on the formula of Xalaxer, Super Xalaxer expands it in several ways. The player controls two spaceships simultaneously, one...

NES (1986), Sharp X68000 (1987) and Arcade (1984)

Once again, inhabitants from the planet Xevious, controlled by the super-computer GAMP, are attacking the Earth, their ancient home planet,...

Super Zaxxon Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984) and Arcade (1982)

Super Zaxxon is a three-quarter perspective, space shooter style game. You must first go over a base on an asteroid....

PC-88 (1986)

Gamma5 is an overheard scrolling shoot-em-up. The inhabitants of the M3 star have constructed a huge super-weapon known as the...

ZX80 (1981) and ZX81 (1981)

Super ZX80 Invasion is a fixed screen shoot 'em up most similar to Space Invaders. The player controls a laser...

Windows (2005)

Supreme Earth Champion is just another space shoot'em up. The game is divided in non-stop 31 "waves" of progressive difficulty...

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