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Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts on Nintendo Wii U

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.

This list includes 8 games from the last 25 years, with 54 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to take on baddies with fists and guns.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: PG to M
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Stealth and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 54
 

 

Steamworld Heist

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS Vita, PS4, Stadia and Wii U

Genres: Platform, Role-Playing, Shooting, Stealth and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Steam World Games (@SteamWorldGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Steam-powered robots fighting for space supremacy sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie. As in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related games (SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Quest), SteamWorld...

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/08/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Koei Tecmo US (@KoeiTecmoUS)

Players: This is a single player game

The Hyrule Warriors series of games are hack and slash action games, set in the Legend of Zelda Universe and focussed primarily on close combat against large groups of enemies. The latest in the series Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, merges the...

Limbo

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...

Batman: Arkham City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...

Batman: Arkham Origins

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/10/2013

Platforms: PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham Origins is an open-world adventure game. It's the prequel game to the Batman: Arkham series, taking place about five years before the first game, in the early years of Batman's career as a crime-fighter. You explore Gotham, collect items,...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Gunman Clive (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/01/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Bertil Horberg (@BertilHorberg)

Players: This is a single player game

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...

Wild Guns Reloaded (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/10/1996, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Natsume Inc (@Natsume_Inc)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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