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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Commodore 64 (1986)

The task of de-bugging mega-chips for the Igos Transputer Company has fallen to you. Intelligent bugs are appearing and you...

Room of Doom Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are trapped in a room with a monster. As if that wasn't bad enough, there are gunmen outside the...

Amiga (1994)

Rooster II is a 2D side-scrolling shooter. The player's task is to annihilate an Eastern European terrorist group intending to...

Dragon 32/64 (1989)

Dirk Bronzetorso, a normal if rather tasteless Englishman, discovers an invoice upon his return home. He has forgotten to pay...

DOS (1986)

A traditional space shooter involving 42 rounds of battle against invading alien ships (hence the name). Each round of aliens...

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Round About is a fixed screen shoot 'em up. What sets it apart from other shooters of its time is...

Odyssey 2 (2007) and Videopac+ G7400 (2009)

Route 66 is a vertical scrolling racing game with shooter elements. The game has 4 possible variations, selected by pressing...

DOS (1990)

RS-2 is a side scrolling shooter, single player, with power-ups and large end-level bosses. Each level (or "act" as the...

Arcade (1995)

R-Shark is a 2D vertical-scrolling sci-fi shoot'em up. The player takes the role of a headhunter, and gets to chose...

RTX: Red Rock PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In this game the player controls Major Eugene Wheeler, a radical tactics expert sent to the Mars base to investigate...

R-Type Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988), TurboGrafx CD (1991), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989), J2ME (2007), Wii (2006), iPhone (2010), Android (2011), PC-88 (1988), iPad (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2014), Sharp X68000 (1989), Arcade (1987) and Ouya (2014)

R-Type is a side scrolling shoot 'em up best known for its extremely tough and strategic gameplay. You control the...

R-Type Delta PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The Bydo Empire has returned to Earth with a vengeance. This time, they will not accept defeat so easily. Earth...

R-Type Dimensions Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

R-Type Dimensions combines R-Type and R-Type II in one package. Both shoot-em-ups are exact ports from their arcade versions. New...

R-Type DX Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

As the pilot of the R-9 space fighter, you're mankind's last hope of destroying the vicious Bydo Empire before they...

R-Type Final PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In R-Type Final, your enemy is the Bydo, an evil (and living) weapon capable of reproducing itself. Humanity has fought...

R-Type I TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1988), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

The PC Engine port of the shoot'em up classic R-Type was released in two parts in Japan: R-Type I includes...

R-Type II Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), Arcade (1989) and Ouya (2014)

R-Type II is a side-scrolling 2D shooter with spacecraft and the sequel to the original R-Type. The player controls the...

R-Type II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1988) and Wii (2007)

The PC Engine port of the shoot'em up classic R-Type was released in two parts in Japan: R-Type I includes...

R-Type III: The Third Lightning Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), SNES (1993) and Wii (2006)

The evil Bydo Empire returns in this entry of the R-Type series. So climb into the latest R-Type vessel, the...

Arcade (1992)

R-Type Leo is a arcade 2D side-scrolling shmup, the fourth game in the R-Type series. Rather than the fight against...

R-Types PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

R-Types is a compilation of R-Type and R-Type II ported pixel-for-pixel from the coin-op to the PlayStation.A couple of handy...

Rubble N Strafe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Android (2014) and Ouya (2014)

Rubble N Strafe is a very simple 2D side scrolling infinite arcade game. The player chooses one of two planes...

Rubicon Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Rubicon's plot deals with a catastrophic nuclear accident in Russia. The player must trek through seven levels inhabited by mutated...

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Rubicon is an arcade 2D space shoot 'em up game, where you fight waves of enemies and collect crystal shards....

The Rubicon Alliance Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this intergalactic 3D action-flight-simulation your mission is to save the Rubicon, an constructed anti-matter zone that was made by...

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