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Shooting Video Games

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.

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Towerfall

PEGI Rating 7+ for TowerfallESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Towerfall

Towerfall

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Spy Party

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...


Quantum League

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Quantum League is a shooting game where you go back in time when you die, to play through the same loop of the battle. You have three lives and so play through the same short gun-fight three times. But each time you have more knowledge about what the...


Returnal

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Returnal is a sci-fi adventure 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 problem.


The Falconeer

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the game-play is all flying and...


Krunker

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 minutes and 7 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.

Krunker is a shooting game where you compete against online opponents in 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 download anything.


Tori

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...


Retimed

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Retimed is a multiplayer shooting game where players can create a bubble that slows down time. This makes the usual frantic shooting and dodging more achievable as when you are in danger you have more time to get out of the way.


Cosmic Defenders

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cosmic Defenders is team shooting game about a group of unconventional superheroes. Players cooperate to protect the galaxy in the Story, Survival and Versus Mode with up to four players with unique abilities.


Otterman Empire

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Otterman Empire is a fun shooting game where you battle anthropomorphic characters in Splatoon-like arena encounters.


Switch 'N' Shoot

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, each time you press to shot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).


Ghost Grab

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.


Child of Eden

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Minecraft

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...


Splatoon (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Splatoon on the Wii U and Splatoon 2 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 not only...


Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Screencheat

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Nintendoland

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the four seekers...


Hidden in Plain Sight

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This unique battle requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each have numerous...


Thief Town

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Thief Town is a 2-4 player game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.


Affordable Space Adventure

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Three people 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 weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...


Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a similar space-survival challenge, but this time you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.


Skylanders (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.


West of Loathing

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

West of Loathing is a comedic adventure, although here you role-play as a stick-man cowboy. The quipping characters and intricate puzzles work better with teenagers, but the slapstick comedy will make anyone laugh. Traverse snake-infested gorges, punch...


Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ratchet & Clank looks more cartoony but still offers the B-movie-style action. As Ratchet, you explore planets and space stations, battling enemies with a variety of weapons and gadgets. Sidekick Clank sits on Ratchet’s back and offers more abilities,...


Crossout

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful parts....


Steamworld Heist

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

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

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Skies of Fury

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

This is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from WWI era and take on missions as a single player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.


Advance Wars (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...


WarioWare (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...


Cannon Brawl

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...


Elite Dangerous

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a new version of the classic 1980s space game Elite. Like the original it’s a space exploration, trading and combat game that provides a huge and rich universe rather than a specific story. You can trade goods, become a bounty hunter, fight...


Lego City: Undercover

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 16 hours and 22 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.


Spaceland

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.


StarCrossed

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Shooting

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

StarCrossed is an breakout style game where you shoot a projectile between two players to hit and destroy enemies. You play one of a cast of 5 space-faring heroes, each with unique abilities. Each level pits you against enemies that shoot at you with...


Atomicrops

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Atomicrops is a farming game where you also have to defend your crops from mutant attackers. It sounds like a strange combination, but the shooting and the tending work well to counterbalance each other.


Bomber Crew

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 16 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Bomber Crew is a cartoon-styled World War 2 strategic bombing simulator. While it avoids the grim reality of these missions, it connects players to the extreme difficulty and danger of making it out and back again.


TerraTech

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its...


This Means Warp

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

This Means Warp is a strategy combat game where four players work together to run a spaceship as you travel the solar system. Together you have to manage the ship, repair damage and take charge of shooting enemies. It's frantic battling and a lot of fun...


Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Starlink is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.


Overwhelm

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Overwhelm is a running jumping game set in a pixilated dark bloody world. The twist, apart from the mild-horror theme, is that it's your enemies that power up rather than you. You explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map.


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.


Singled Out

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...


Phantom Forces

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

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Phantom Forces (Phantom Forces Console on Xbox) is a popular game on Roblox. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high skill challenge similar to Battlefield. Players...


Terraria

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...


Starbound

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Starbound is an action-adventure similar from the same developer as Terraria. It takes place in a two-dimensional, procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and...


Overwatch

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.


The Gunstringer

Platforms: Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Gunstringer is an Xbox Kinect camera game where you use your body to control a cowboy puppet and shoot the villains by forming a gun with your fingers. You can play with two people working together, with one player controlling the character’s...


Nidhogg

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.


Worms (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.


Superhot

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Web Browser and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


ITTA

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Itta is a shooting adventure game set in a world filled with big monsters. You play the young girl Itta, who wakes in a strange place surrounded by her dead family and must seek out the powerful beings that did this to her. The only guide you have is a...


Fortnite

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases.

Fortnite rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is closing in to make the playable area...


Recore

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Recore is an adventure platform game where you control Joule Adams, one of the first volunteers for the utopian colony of Far Eden, who wakes after centuries in cryo-sleep to find that nothing has gone according to plan. With her three robotic machines...


Knack (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.


Disintegration

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Disintergration is a sci-fi shooting game, from some of the developers behind Halo and XCom, that combines first-person combat and real-time battlefield strategy.


Journey to the Savage Planet

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Journey to the Savage Planet is an adventure-shooting game played from a first-person perspective. You explore a planet to catalogue various alien flora and fauna and collect the resources you need to craft items and upgrades like jetpacks and grappling...


Guns of Icarus

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 15 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Guns of Icarus (Online/Alliance) is an online battle between teams of steampunk airships. Join up to 32 players for epic airship battles, with four players manning each ship. Or you can team up with a few friends to fight the AI that learns your habits....


Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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


Worms Rumble

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Worms Rumble is a multiplayer game where 32 worm characters try and shoot each other. It takes the usual turn-based Worms formula in a real time direction complete with a battle royale mode like Fortnite.


Rocket Arena

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Jet Lancer

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...


Crucible

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Crucible is a team-based shooting game played on a varied and dangerous alien world. Humans, aliens, and robots converge to hunt the mysterious and powerful substance known as Essence. Fight together, unlock new abilities, adapt to ever-changing...


Alan Wake

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 16 hours and 35 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Bright Falls is the sleepy Midwest setting for this Twilight Zone-style horror game. The action focuses on surviving attacks from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. It’s...


Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 3 and a half hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Enslaved, similar to Heavenly Sword offers a heady mix of heroic storytelling and narrative. You control a character called Monkey (played by Andy Serkis) in a third-person perspective and use power-staff combat moves, running...


Planetside 2

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with 1000s of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...


Uncharted (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a series of five adventure games that share the same cast of characters. The format is similar in each game. It starts as an adventure into the jungle for treasure, where an onslaught of fisticuffs and shooting henchmen is punctuated by...


Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a turn based strategy game with a large strategic map that lead into multiple turn based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy,...


Control

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 11 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game is an outlandish paranormal fantasy where you are swept into a role as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control agency of the ‘paranatural’. With impressive cinematic visuals and storytelling, your interactions involve exploring,...


Horizon Zero Dawn (Series)

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 22 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Horizon Zero Dawn, and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, has a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines...


Halo (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Destroy All Humans! (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Destroy All Humans! is an adventure game series that parodies Cold War-era alien invasion films. With open-world like a bit like Grand Theft Auto, you play the alien Crypto, tasked to gather DNA from humans and explore the open-world levels to do this....


Battlefield (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 64 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Battlefield V is the latest in a series of first-person shooting games set in various locations, such as Norway, France and Germany, during World War II. Like Call of Duty this aims to recreate the adrenaline, excitement and...


Invisible Inc

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Invisible Inc is a tactical adventure where you direct espionage agents in covert missions to acquire resources and support to relocate your agency's computer system to a safe haven within a limited amount of time.


Colt Canyon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...


Valorant

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Valorant is a free online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. In the game, there is a virtual economy system used to purchase utilities and weapons.


Star Wars Battlefront (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Star Wars Battlefront II is a shooting game based on the Star Wars films. There have been four games in the series and is similar to the main Battlefield series. The latest version is Star Wars Battlefront II that features...


XCOM (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 30 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control...


Destiny (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Destiny 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.


Jedi Fallen Order

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 17 hours and 22 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fighting-adventure game set five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and 14 years before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Young Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis is hunted through the galaxy by the...


Void Bastards

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Void *!@?* is an inglorious tongue-in-cheek shooting game, where you control misfit prisoners out of the Sargasso Nebula. You decide which shops to investigate, what to do and who to fight. When you die, you start again with some of the loot you've...


Rust

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 80 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 250 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rust (also, Rust: Console Edition) is an online survival game set the wilderness. You explore, gather and craft materials to manage hunger, thirst, health and protection. The preparation is to ward off the threat of bears, wolves and (more commonly)...


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 3 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Playunknown's Battlegrounds is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategise your opponents to become the last person standing.


Apex Legends

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 20 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


This War Of Mine

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...


Spec Ops: The Line

Platforms: PC and Xbox 360

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Spec Ops: The Line is shooting game played in third-person where you with an emphasis on squad-based tactics, and calling in support technology and firepower. Unusually, the player needs to make moral decisions at certain points during the game that...


Bioshock (Series)

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the...


Detroit: Become Human

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.


The Last Of Us (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...


God of War

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 16 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in...


Tomb Raider (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Mac, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 22 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...


A Plague Tale: Innocence

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another....


Batman: Arkham (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 11 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Batman Arkham series takes the fisticuffs in a vigilante-superhero direction. As you would expect, this is set in the modern-era Gotham City but the questing and branching missions, along with open-world spaces, give this a similar sense of...


A Way Out

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

From the same developer as Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, this is another game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who...


Mass Effect (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 75 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...


Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Call of Duty and Modern Warfare are games that recreate 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 are games...


Second Extinction

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 3 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Second Extinction is team based shooting game, where squads of three work to kill mutated dinosaurs that have taken over the planet. You play one of a handful of survivors and must work with two other online players with weapons, abilities and skills to...


Assassin’s Creed (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the...


Dishonored (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 12 hours and 24 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.


The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 30 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.


Grand Theft Auto (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Duration: Between 27 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 30 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.


DayZ

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 60 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Day Z (DayZ) is a post-apocalyptic open world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However If you die there are no...


Red Dead Redemption (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 32 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.