Shooter sub-genres

Ego-Shooter

First-person shooter

The main underlying concept of Shooter games features the experience of a permanent threat. Players are required to protect their own game character and eliminate the attacking figures which oppose them. Missions need to be fulfilled. Players guide their game character through open country, catacombs, warehouses or similar environments in order to vanquish their opponents and lead their own character safely to the next objective. First-person shooter are often story based while the player controls the character from a First Person view, meaning he only sees the weapon at the ready. Tactical aspects mainly serve the own protection. The player has to control the character in order to survive and untangle the story by neutralizing enemies and obtaining new weapons, ammunition or hints.

Most games in this sub-genre are often issued with the classification “Not approved for young persons aged under 18”. Due to their concept, audiovisual realisation and the intense combat atmosphere the main target group is mainly adults.

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3rd-Person-Shooter

Third-person shooter

The main underlying concept of Shooter games features the experience of a permanent threat. Players are required to protect their own game character and eliminate the attacking figures which oppose them. Missions need to be fulfilled. Players guide their game character through open country, catacombs, warehouses or similar environments in order to vanquish their opponents and lead their own character safely to the next objective. From a shoulder perspective the whole game character is visible, letting the player immerge right into the game. The camera provides an broad perspective and leaves more room for tactics while neutralizing enemies, sensibly using cover or utilizing technical finesse.

The perspective, variety of tasks and audiovisual realisation of combat sequences are the main reasons for the varying age classifications. Titles for younger children are not to be found in most cases.

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Taktik-Shooter

Tactical shooter

The main underlying concept of Shooter games features the experience of a permanent threat. Players are required to protect their own game character and eliminate the attacking figures which oppose them. Missions need to be fulfilled. Players guide their game figure through open country, catacombs, warehouses or similar environments in order to vanquish their opponents and lead their own character safely to the next objective. While focusing on the shooting aspect, players are regularly offered an alternative approach, making it possible to bypass or distract enemies or infiltrate whole buildings within a team. Compared to the mostly linear First-person shooter, Tactical shooter rather represent the art of military command.

The perspective, variety of tasks and audiovisual realisation of combat sequences are the main reasons for the varying age classifications. Titles for younger children are not to be found in most cases.

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Online-Shooter

Online shooter

The main underlying concept of Shooter games features the experience of a permanent threat. Players are required to protect their own game character and eliminate the attacking figures which oppose them. Missions need to be fulfilled. Players guide their game figure through open country, catacombs, warehouses or similar environments in order to vanquish their opponents and lead their own character safely to the next objective. In Online shooter players do not compete with computer controlled opponents but with the intelligence and individuality of other players. Pre-build maps serve as battlegrounds, making it essential to achieve objectives, eliminate enemies or securing areas or teammates. Requirements for the successful accomplishment are a high level of communication and tactical skills.

The perspective, variety of tasks and audiovisual realisation of combat sequences are the main reasons for the varying age classifications. Titles for younger children are not to be found in most cases.

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