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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.

No One Lives Forever windows

The Operative: No One Lives Forever, also known as NOLF, is a first-person shooter/stealth game created by Monolith Productions and published by Fox Interactive for PC in 2000. If ...

Year: 2000 Genre: Shooter

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Cannon Fodder amigagame-boy-colorgenesis

Cannon Fodder: war has never been so much fun, is an action-strategy shoot 'em up game developed by Sensible Software and published by Virgin Interactive for the Amiga in 1993. The...

Year: 1993 Genre: Shooter

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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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Turrican II commodore-64amiga

Turrican II: The Final Fight is a run-and-gun game developed by Factor 5 and published by Rainbow Arts in 1991. The first version, designed by Manfred Trenz and Andreas Escher, was...

Year: 1991 Genre: Shooter

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Alien Breed 2 amiga

Alien Breed II: The Horror Continues is a sci-fi top-down shooter created by Team17 exclusively for the Amiga and released in 1993. It's the sequel to Alien Breed and Alien Breed: Special Edition 92.

Year: 1993 Genre: Shooter

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Halo: Combat Evolved windowsmac-osx

Halo: Combat Evolved is a sci-fi first-person shooter created by Bungie Studios for Microsoft and released for the Xbox in 2001, then ported to Windows and Macintosh by GearBox in 2003.

Year: 2003 Genre: Shooter

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Summer Carnival '92: Recca nes

Summer Carnival '92: Recca is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em-up for the NES, created by KID Corp and released in 1992. Have you ever wondered what the best sci-fi vertical scrollin...

Year: 1992 Genre: Shooter

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Gunstar Heroes genesis

Gunstar Heroes is a run and gun game developed by Treasure for the Genesis/Mega Drive and published by Sega in 1993. The side-scrolling shooter has become one of Sega Genesis's most beloved games.

Year: 1993 Genre: Shooter

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Thunder Force IV genesis

Thunder Force IV, for some strange reasons, renamed Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar in the U.S. is a horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up created by Technosoft for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive in 1992.

Year: 1992 Genre: Shooter

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No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way windows

No One Lives Forever 2 is a first-person shooter with stealth elements created by Monolith and published by Sierra in 2002 for PC and Macintosh. As you may imagine, NOLF2 is the se...

Year: 2002 Genre: Action

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Xenon 2: Megablast amiga

Xenon 2: Megablast is a vertical scrolling space shooter designed by Bitmap Brothers, originally produced for the Amiga and Atari ST in 1989, and later converted to the PC, Sega Master System and other platforms.

Year: 1989 Genre: Shooter

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Battle Squadron: The Destruction Of The Barrax Empire amiga

Battle Squadron: The Destruction Of The Barrax Empire is the successor of one of the most popular vertical scrolling shooters for Amiga, Hybris. It was developed by Cope-com and pu...

Year: 1989 Genre: Shooter

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Raptor: Call of the Shadows dos

Raptor: Call of The Shadows is a vertical-scroller shoot-'em-up developed by Cygnus Studios and published by Apogee Software in 1994. It was initially published for DOS but has since been ported to Windows, iOS, Linux, and Mac OS.

Year: 1994 Genre: Shooter

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Doom II dosgame-boy-advance

Doom II is Id Software's follow-up to their award winning Doom. Published by GT Interactive, it was released for DOS in 1994, just one year after its predecessor. Unlike most sequels, this one is actually good.

Year: 1994 Genre: Shooter

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