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Movement Shooters

Video games are often known for their gun play. However, not all shooting games are the same. The simple aiming and firing mechanic is creatively combined with other aspects of play that greatly alters the experience.

Movement Shooters are shooting games where you have a high degree of control of how your character moves around the world. Along with the usual walking, running, crouching, there are ways to swing, jetpack, climb, wall-run and generally use parkour-style motion to get where you need to be.

This not only adds novelty to the otherwise repetitive nature of shooting games, but changes how they are played more generally. In a standard shooting game, a viable tactic is to hide somewhere and pick off enemies as they appear in the distance. Movement Shooters get around this unpopular technique (sometimes called "camping") because the ability to rapidly move through the world enables you to find and deal with hiding snipers.

The movement aspect of play also adds another significant skill to learn in these games. Techniques like Strafe-jumping, Circle Jumping and Bunny Hopping enable players to squeeze fast motion from their character. Add to this the combination of swinging, gliding and using architecture to transition smoothly from floor to sky and its clear that this can take many years to perfect.

This list includes 21 games from the last 28 years, with 132 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to refine competitive virtual motion.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Racing, Rhythm, Shooting and Simulation
Total Likes: 132
 

 

Splatoon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

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...

Call of Duty: Warzone (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/03/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: @InfinityWard

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 150 players online

Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...

Superhot

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @SuperhotTheGame

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Valorant

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @Riotgames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

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...

Halo
PEGI Rating 16+ for Halo

Halo (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 10-18 year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @Halo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

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...

Hyper Scape

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 11/08/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Hyper Scape is an online shooting game where players battle to be the last man standing. It's unusual because it integrates a feature that allows viewers of matches (on Twitch) to affect the game.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @EvilMojoGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Prodeus

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 09/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Prodeus

Players: This is a single player game

Prodeus is a fast paced shooting game. It's designed to recreate the frantic reaction based play of the first shooting games like Quake and Doom. You familiarise yourself with complex levels, searching for keys, while engaging enemies in fast-paced...

Apex Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @Respawn

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Splitgate Arena Warfare

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 24/05/2019, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @1047Games

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...

Ninjala

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 24/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @PlayNinjala

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.

Towerfall

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Ultrakill

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 03/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @HakitaDev

Players: This is a single player game

Ultrakill is a fast very violent retro shooting game. It's like the games that created this genre, Quake, Doom and the more recent Devil May Cry. You must use quick reactions to move and shoot before you yourself are shot. You can find weapons to help,...

Drone The Game

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @Drone_The_Game

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly....

Ghostrunner

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Oml_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them....

Titanfall (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Price: 90% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @TitanfallGame

Players: You can play this with 12 players online

Titanfall and Titanfall 2 are a movement-shooting game where players control mechanical Titans and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of weapons and abilities ranging from wall-running to invisibility. This makes it a game that...

BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @PlaytonicGames

Players: This is a single player game

BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a shooting game where shots and attacks must be timed to the beat of the music. The gameplay is focused on motion and shooting, like the Doom games, only here you can only shoot, dodge and reload on the beat. It's repetitive...

Rocket Arena

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @FSGMultiplayer

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Rocket Arena is online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your characters unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.

Doom

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/12/1993, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @idSoftware

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and...

Get To The Orange Door

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/05/2019

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Hitcents

Players: This is a single player game

Get To The Orange Door (GTTOD) is a platform game where you run, jump and shoot your way through minimalist levels. Movement is parkour in nature, meaning that you use architecture, street furniture and other objects to get an advantage when getting...

Boomerang X

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @VideoDang

Players: This is a single player game

Boomerang X is a shooting platform game where you explore worlds and fight enemies with a boomerang-like shuriken weapon. Unusually, you can warp to your boomerang once thrown meaning you can slice, fly, and blast through arenas swarming with evil...


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