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Video games have had a long history of including shooting play. Like the instinct of children to pick up sticks for imaginary gun-play, this offers players a chance to step into dangerous situations that raise the adrenaline and require high levels of skill and precision. Often called shooter games, or shooters, they test the player's spatial awareness, reflexes, and speed against computer characters and human other players in online games. They usually offer players a range of weapons, each of which behaves differently and require practice to use efficiently.While the main aim of most of these games is to shoot enemies in the head to kill them, there are many other things also going on. Players need to consider their environment, other opponents, team-mates, mission objectives, which weapon to use and how much health they have got. This level of systems work extends beyond quick reflexes to social understanding, layered decision making, long term strategic thinking and rigorous practice.
Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Release Date: 02/06/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds, players spend...
Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PSP, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Grid, Hand-Made and Weather
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a turn-based strategy game where you take command of a squad of soldiers and use your wits and tactics to plan and lead them to battle. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and the soldiers of Squad E and experience a gripping...
Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS Vita, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Wii U
Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Pixels
Steamworld Heist is a platform shooting game where steam-powered robots fight for space supremacy. It sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie but as in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related...
Release Date: 09/04/2015
Out Now: Wii U
Components: 2D Side-On
Affordable Space Adventures is a communication shooting game where you work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and...
Release Date: 21/03/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Deceive Inc is an online stealth traversal game where you are a spy trying to get into the vault to steal an artefact. The twist is that everyone can disguise themselves as different agents to blend in with the computer-controlled characters. It stands...
Release Date: 24/05/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Overwatch 2 is a shooting game where the focus is on teamwork and skill rather than violence. In teams of five, you communicate and work together to take out the other team and complete your objective. Along with games like Rocket League, it has...
Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: Switch
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...
Release Date: 04/02/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Apex Legends is a shooting game where you team up with a few other players to survive the longest on the island. Play is. combination of shooting, moving around to get the advantage and searching for weapons and supplies. Your mission is to defeat the...
Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One
Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.
Release Date: 19/05/2021, updated in 2023
PowerWash Simulator is a puzzle game where you clean different objects and locations using a pressure washer. It's designed to be soothing with sounds of high-pressure water and satisfyingly clean results as you blast away every speck of dirt and grime.
Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Call of Duty Modern Warfare is an action shooting game that recreates the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these...
Release Date: 09/09/2014
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Open World and Persistant World
Destiny 2 is a shooting game set in space. You have to play online as it focuses on grand sci-fi adventures with other players. From the same developer, it takes Halo towards a bigger online role-play experience.
Release Date: 13/05/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).
Release Date: 19/11/2021
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along...
Release Date: 30/04/2021, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC and PS5
Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...
Release Date: 19/09/2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a space-survival challenge where you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.
Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...
Release Date: 21/05/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Deathloop is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each...
Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS5, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox X|S and iOS
Dead Space is a remake of an adventure horror game where you must survive on an abandoned spaceship filled with mutated humans. You explore and solve puzzles, all while shooting enemies and carefully managing your health and limited resources. Like the...
Release Date: 27/10/2023
Components: 3D Third-Person and Filmed
Alan Wake II is a survival-horror shooting game where you play two intertwining lives in a dark psychedelic story. Across two worlds, one real and one nightmarish, you use your flashlight to stun hideous monsters, then kill them with your limited...
Release Date: 20/02/2023
Atomic Heart is a shooting adventure game set in an alternative history where the Soviet Union wins World War 2 and you are a special agent fighting back against rogue robots. Play involves traversing the utopian world and using the environment and...
Release Date: 14/02/2008
Out Now: PC, PS Vita and PS3
Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...
Release Date: 06/09/2011, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Dead Island 2 is the latest shooting and exploration game in the Dead Island series, where you use a variety of weapons to kill zombies, survive and find comrades. As you explore a deserted California, you meet other survivors who can join your group...
Release Date: 20/04/2023
Out Now: PC and Switch
Mr Sun's Hatbox is a slapstick running, jumping and shooting game about retrieving a stolen hatbox at any cost. Play is Spelunky-style platforming and shooting, but with characters who have problematic traits that must be offset with hat abilities. It...
Release Date: 04/09/2019
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...
Release Date: 23/01/2016
Screencheat pits four players against each other in a shooting battle on one system but keeps the violence low by making the players invisible. You win by peeking at other players’ portion of the screen to figure out where they are as you hunt them...
Release Date: 12/04/2018
Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS
Skies of Fury is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from the WWI era and take on missions as a single-player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.
Release Date: 01/08/2018, updated in 2023
Gunman Tales is a retro light-gun shooting game where 4 players target enemies to hit them before they get shot. You control your moving and aiming with a single stick, so the fun is about working within these limits to survive each level. It stands out...
Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Sky Force Reloaded is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat enemies, earn money and upgrade your ship. As you shoot down huge opponents and dodge barrages of attacks, you save civilians and upgrade your ship with unique upgrades that make...
Release Date: 19/11/2004, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Jets'n'Guns 2 is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat wave after wave of enemy ships and avoid an endless barrage of bullets. While initially the challenge seems overwhelming, building instincts of how and when to move and upgrading your...
Release Date: 17/06/2011, updated in 2011
Out Now: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.
Release Date: 22/02/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch
Sol Cresta is a classic-style arcade shooting game. It follows previous Cresta games (Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta) focus on bullet dodging, ship augmenting action. Here though you have three ships that can combine their weapons in different ways.
Release Date: 30/10/1996, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Wild Guns Reloaded is a fast retro shooting game where you control the gun with one stick and your character with the other. It's set in an alternative steampunk Wild West.
Out Now: PC
Otxo (pronounced oh-cho) is a violent shooting game where battle your way through a mansion in search of your lost love. Play is brutal, fast and tactical as you plough your way through each room managing your foes by getting your shots off first. It...
Release Date: 06/11/2023
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Cursorblade is a shooting game where you are a mouse cursor and use your mouse motion to move, attack and deftly dodge the deluge of bullets. Control is one-to-one with your mouse, in this way, you move through the anthropomorphized flora and fauna to...
Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Fortnite is an online multiplayer shooting game where 100 people compete to be the last player standing. You stealthily traverse the world to collect weapons, out-maneuvering and out-gunning your opponents, while a storm gradually shrinks the playable...
Release Date: 29/01/2019
Out Now: Web
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks
Krunker (Krunker.io and Krunker Free) is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents on various maps. As you level up you unlock weapons that help you in the game. It's unusual because you play it in any web browser with no need to...
Release Date: 31/08/2015
Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Phantom Forces Roblox is a popular shooting game on Roblox. Phantom Forces isn’t available on iOS or Android. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high-skill challenge similar to [link to...