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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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Söldner: Marine Corps Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Marine Corps is an add-on for the multiplayer warfare game Söldner: Secret Wars. Marine Corps' most prominent feature is the...

Söldner: Secret Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Soldner: Secret Wars is similar to the recent online FPS combat games involving infantry and vehicular warfare. But it also...

Söldner: Secret Wars - Reloaded Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Reloaded is a re-release of the warfare game Söldner: Secret Wars at a budget price. It incorporates the four previously...

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

In a planet called Conceyta a mysterious virus manifested itself, a virus capable of infecting both life forms and technology...

Sol-Feace SEGA CD Front Cover

Genesis (1992), SEGA CD (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

Sol-Feace (Sol-Deace in the Genesis) is a typical 2D shooter with weapon powerups. The game features six levels: Sirius, Enemy...

Sol Negro DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

A millenarian spell, transmitted from parents to children, turned the muscular Bully into a fish and the indomitable Mónica into...

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

You're Carlitos, the usual school boy who still has to hear the recommendations of his mother. Everything was going fine...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

After defending the Diagon Zone, the aliens are now trying to intercept a delivery of Di-Planium carried by yourself in...

Wii (2009) and Arcade (1991)

Solvalou is a 3D first-person shooter from the Xevious series. Gameplay is similar to Xevious, except for the fact the...

Somalian Syndrome Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The recent activity of Somalian pirates has already led to disastrous situation in region. Every ship is afraid of sudden...

Sonic Boom ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1987)

Sonic Boom is an arcade game shoot 'em up with a vertically-scrolling perspective in which the player is a US...

Sonic Invaders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

As the name implies, what this game consists of amounts to an audio-only take on Space Invaders, although Sabotage might...

Windows (2001)

During nighttime, the terrain of the Earth is susceptible to inexplicable changes. Human beings called these strange occurrences the Phantom...

Sonic Wings Special PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

A secret organization called Fata Morgana is developing a weapon that is capable of killing or wounding two-thirds of the...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Sophelie is a horizontally scrolling shooter where you control a bird. You travel through three parts of the game fighting...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This limited edition contains: The Sopranos: Road to Respect A commemorative poster with an in-game render of 4 characters A...

The Sopranos: Road to Respect PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The Sopranos: Road to Respect is a third person action-adventure game based on the popular HBO series "The Sopranos".In the...

DOS (1984)

Sopwith is a game where the player flies a sopwith biplane, trying to shoot down enemy planes and destroy all...

DOS (1985)

You play single player or against the computer, flying a sopwith biplane, and trying to shoot down the enemy planes...

DOS (2000)

You play single player or against the computer flying a Sopwith biplane and trying to shoot down the enemy planes...

Sorcerer Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Sorcerer is an arcade action game which takes place long ago when wizards and sorcerers ruled the earth. The evil...

Sorcerer's Apprentice Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...

Sorcery PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Sorcery is an action game that can only be played with the Move peripheral. The player controls the young apprentice...

Soulstar SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Soulstar for the Sega CD/Mega CD is a 3D shoot-'em up that combines several different types of gameplay into one...

Windows (1996)

SoulTrap is a 3D platform game that takes place inside the mind of the main character of the game: Malcolm...

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