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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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Silver Surfer NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The Silver Surfer roams throughout space as herald to Galactus, looking for new planets for him to feed on. However...

Lynx (1998)

S.I.M.I.S. stands for the names of the games and items on the card. They are SnakeByte, Invaders, Mines, Isolation, and...

The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

Bart Simpson has to stay up late and write a paper for class tomorrow. For once, he is determined to...

DOS (1993)

SIMSpace is a single player, shareware, space, 'flight and combat simulator'. The object of the game is to complete as...

Simulcra Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The Simulcra unit was thought to be the last best hope for peace. International disputes could be battled out in...

SiN Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000) and Windows (1998)

The year is 2037. The police forces of the world have been disassembled due to their incompetence at stopping the...

Sin and Punishment Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2007)

Rogue mutants, named Lufian were originally bred to manage food production in the overpopulated and resource scarce Earth, but they've...

Sine Mora Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), PS Vita (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Sine Mora (Latin for "without delay") is a 2.5D horizontally side-scrolling shooter. The ship's movement is limited to two axes,...

SiN Episodes: Emergence Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Emergence is the first episode of the new SiN series. You play as Colonel John R. Blade, founder and top...

SiN Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2000)

SiN Gold is a compilation of SiN and its add-on Wages of Sin. It is the first release of those...

Singularity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Feeling threatened by the USA and their nuclear bomb, the Russians had to look for uranium themselves after World War...

Atari 5200 (2010), Atari 8-bit (2010), Palm OS (2002) and Arcade (1982)

Originating in the arcades, Sinistar is a multi-directional shooter. In the game, you must fly your ship about, shooting the...

Sinistar Unleashed Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This is a remake of the classic '80s arcade game Sinistar.The player gets sucked through a wormhole into the alternate...

Sinistron TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Sinistron is a side scrolling shooter similar to R-Type, but has a unique weapons system in which you can open...

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010) and Wii U (2015)

A sequel to the Nintendo 64 episode, Star Successor is a mix of a classic railshooter and a shoot'em up.The...

SiN: Wages of Sin Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This mission pack for the shooter Sin pits the mercenary cop John Blade and his hacker sidekick J.C. against mob...

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a first-person stealth survival game set in a sandbox environment inspired by the British...

Six-Guns iPad Front Cover Updated with multi-player

iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2013), Windows Apps (2013) and Fire OS (2012)

Six-Guns is a free-to-play third person shooter set in the old west. The player takes the role of Buck Crosshaw,...

Windows (1995)

SK-111 'Star Killer' is a single player, keyboard controlled, freeware, arcade style, space shooter.The player's ship sits at the bottom...

Skaphander: Der Auftrag DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The year 2010: computer-viruses have penetrated the network of the world's most important mega-computer. Everything, from food and energy supply...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Skeet! is a clay pigeon shooting game. Pressing any button on the keyboard will show throw a clay pigeon across...

Apple II (1980)

One to five players compete by shooting clay pigeons from 8 fixed positions. At each position, a first pigeon flies...

DOS (1982)

A simple target-shooting game: you're armed with a swiveling gun on the ground, while targets streak across the sky from...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are performing Skeet shooting in the Alps. Ten clay disk-shaped pigeons are flying from bottom to the top in...

Skeleton Krew Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995), Amiga (1995) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

The game takes place in the year 2062. A baddy named Moribund Kadaver has assumed control of a cryogenics plant...

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