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Best shooter games on GamesNostalgia

Shooter games have been a popular form of entertainment for decades, captivating gamers across the globe with their intense action and immersive gameplay. In these games, sometimes called "shoot 'em up" games, the player shoots bullets or other projectiles at the enemies.

One of the first, and probably the most famous, arcade games, Space Invaders, was a shooter in which you have to destroy hordes of aliens. Shooter games are addictive because they tap into our innate desire for competition and accomplishment. They give players a sense of control and power that is difficult to find in real life. In shooter games, players are given a clear objective, and their success is determined by their ability to complete it. Speed and adrenaline are part of the deal: if games are not fast, they are not shooters. Robotron: 2084, released in 1984, is a perfect example.

In the early days of gaming, we had primarily 2D games, like Uridium for the Commodore 64 or the arcades Gradius and Xevious. There was a specific trend for space shooters with vertical or horizontal scrolling. Vertical scrolling shoot 'em up include Xenon, Hybris, and the legendary Xenon 2: Megablast for the Amiga, released in 1989. Horizontal scrolling shooters include R-Type, Factor 5's Katakis, or Armalyte for the Commodore 64. The arcade Star Wars is an excellent example of a space shooter with a first-person point of view.

But it's not just about space shooters. There is a particular sub-genre of run and gun games, or platform-shooters, like Konami's Contra or the famous Turrican developed for C64 and Amiga, or Gunstar Heroes for the Mega Drive/Genesis. Anyway, not all platform shooters can be considered shoot 'em ups. It depends if shooting is part of the core mechanics or not.

To mention top-down view shooters, we should remember the Alien Breed series by Team17.

Finally, we must close this overview by mentioning the genre that revolutionized PC gaming and made PC games a multi-million business: 3D first-person shooters. Everything changed when id Software launched Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, and one year later, Doom. After that, every studio tried to launch a 3D FPS. Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and of course, Quake are just a few examples.

Shooters is a very generic group that includes a lot of games. You can find a lot of titles here. You can browse and see what you like most.

Wolfenstein 3D dos

Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by Id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992 for DOS. It has since been ported for several systems including PC-98, Mac, Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Year: 1992 Genre: Shooter

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Tyrian dos

Tyrian is a science fiction shoot-’em-up game developed by Eclipse Software and published by Epic MegaGames in 1995 for DOS. It became freeware in 2004 and has been ported to suit iPad and iPhone in 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Year: 1995 Genre: Shooter

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Spear of Destiny: Return to Danger dos

Return to Danger is the second expansion for id Software's first-person-shooter, Spear of Destiny. It was developed by FormGen and released in 1994 for MS-DOS. The mission disk con...

Year: 1994 Genre: Shooter

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Spear of Destiny dos

Spear of Destiny is a first-person shooter developed by id Software in 1992 for DOS. Since this title was not released as shareware, id Software gave the publishing rights to FormGen.

Year: 1992 Genre: Shooter

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Thexder dosamiga

Thexder is a platform shooter videogame developed by Game Arts and released for DOS, Amiga, Apple II, MSX and several other platforms in 1987. You control a robot that can transform into a jet.

Year: 1987 Genre: Shooter

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System Shock dos

System Shock is a first person action shooter developed by Looking Glass Technologies and published by Origin Systems in 1994 for DOS. There was only one sequel to the game, Syste...

Year: 1994 Genre: Shooter

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Stargunner dos

Stargunner, developed by Apogee, is a classic side-scrolling shooter game released in 1996. The game features fast-paced action and challenging gameplay as players take control of ...

Year: 1996 Genre: Shooter

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Spear of Destiny: Ultimate Challenge dos

Mission 3: Ultimate Challenge is the third expansion of Spear of Destiny. It was released in 1994 by FormGen. Ultimate Challenge, which contains 21 new levels, is the sequel to Sp...

Year: 1994 Genre: Shooter

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The Ultimate DOOM dos

The Ultimate Doom is an updated version of the popular first-person shooter created by idSoftware. It was designed by Shawn Green, Sandy Petersen, and John Romero. Ultimate Doom wa...

Year: 1995 Genre: Shooter

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Strife dos

Strife is a sci-fi first-person shooter with RPG elements created by Rogue Entertainment and released for DOS in 1996 by Velocity Inc. The game uses the Doom engine (also known as...

Year: 1996 Genre: Shooter

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Rise of the Triad: Dark War dos

Rise of the Triad: Dark War is a first-person shooter developed and published by Apogee Software in 1994 for DOS. It was initially designed to be the follow-up to Wolfenstein 3D,...

Year: 1994 Genre: Shooter

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MDK dos

MDK is a science fiction shooter developed by Shiny Entertainment and published by Playmates Interactive Entertainment for DOS and Windows in 1997. In order to keep players from ne...

Year: 1997 Genre: Shooter

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Shadow Warrior dos

Shadow Warrior is an action shooter game developed by 3D Realms Entertainment and published by GT Interactive Software in 1997 for DOS and Mac. In 2013 it made its way to Windows and was also formatted for iPhone and iPad.

Year: 1997 Genre: Shooter

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Quake Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity dos

Dissolution of Eternity is the second expansion (or mission pack) for Quake. Developed by Rogue Entertainment, it was released on March 1997 for PC only. It includes 2 new episodes...

Year: 1997 Genre: Shooter

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