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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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Commodore 64 (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Earth in the year 5112 is no place to live anymore. After countless wars with each other, alien invasions and...

Star Fox SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

This is the first SNES title using the Super FX chip; you are flying ace Fox McCloud, who with his...

Star Fox Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Star Fox is a horizontally scrolling action game. You control a starship on a foreign planet with the mission of...

Star Fox 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997) and Wii (2007)

Fox McCloud returns to once again rid evil from the Lylat System in this 64-bit remake of the SNES hit....

Star Fox 64 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Star Fox 64 3D is an update of Star Fox 64. This version includes a Score Attack mode in which...

Star Fox Assault GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

The Lylat System has been at peace for several years after the mysterious disaster was averted on Dinosaur Planet. But,...

Star Fox Command Nintendo DS Front Cover Fixed left side.

Nintendo DS (2006)

Fox McCloud is back for more!General Pepper has fallen ill, and requests that (the now elderly) Peppy Hare take his...

SNES (1993)

Star Fox Competition Weekend Edition is a rare version of Star Fox (StarWing in Europe) that was sold as a...

Stargate SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1995)

Based on the movie of the same name, a mystical circular portal called a "Stargate" has been uncovered. In attempting...

Stargate: Resistance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Stargate: Resistance is an online, 3rd person shooter based on the science fiction television series Stargate: SG-1. As the war...

Starglider DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

The Planet Novenia has been attacked by the Egrons, who snuck in by disguising their craft as the protected Starglider...

Starglider 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Macintosh (1989) and PC-98 (1991)

More space combat and strategy in this sequel, which challenges you to collect the elements to form a bomb to...

Stargoose Warrior DOS Front Cover

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

Star Goose a top-down space shooter in which you move through a semi-3D environment shooting rounds and missiles at your...

Star Guard Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Star Guard is a 2D platformer brought back to the basic elements of the genre: jumping and shooting, with a...

Stargunner Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1996), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Another side scrolling aircraft fighting game. You fight through a colorful landscape to do what is always done in these...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Players take the role of a stargunner for the Yarthae Empire. The Empire is being invaded by the Sphyzygi. The...

DOS (1994)

You could think of Star Hammer as Wing Commander in 2D. You are the pilot of a combat space ship...

Windows (1999)

The year is 2499, and a mixed bag of space-travelling species struggle for ascendancy amongst the stars. Battle is waged...

Starhawk PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Starhawk is a third-person shooter and the spiritual successor to Warhawk. The game retains the large-scale mayhem of the earlier...

Game Boy (1993)

The story of StarHawk is about an evil alien race which wants to conquer everything. The player controls a space...

Starion Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Aliens using a time machine have changed several crucial events in earth history. As Starion, a rookie starfighter pilot in...

Star Ixiom PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Star Ixiom is a remake of the classic 1985 game Star Luster. You play the role of a pilot for...

Star Luster Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1994) and Arcade (1985)

In Star Luster, the player controls Dan Heinick, a pilot of the starfighter Gaia. He is tasked with having to...

Atari 2600 (1982)

A cockpit view space shooter very similar to Star Raiders but not requiring a keypad. In your starship, you must...

DOS (1983)

In this side-scrolling shoot-'em-up the player assumes control of a speedy fighter ship, flying low over hostile territory. The region...

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