Oog, Tony and myself discussed what makes a game a shooter at heart. Is Metal Gear Solid a shooter? Does the game require you to shoot to finish it? We went back and forth and here’s how it played out.
Genres are all over the place these days. Valkyria Chronicles is apparently a SRPG yet based on games like X-COM and Jagged Alliance (which were FAR more complex) it should be listed as a Turn-Based Strategy game. Life was easier when it was just RPG, Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle, Fighting, Driving. None of this JRPGOMFGWTFLOL business.
I consider a shooter a game where you use a projectile based weapon to advance through the game, in that regards I do consider Portal to be a FPS though obviously a non traditional one.
A game where you shoot things?
But you shoot things in Metroid...
I can't comment on that haven't played a Metroid since Super Metroid so I don't know how much the property has changed.
Infamous could technically be viewed as a TPS :)
As could Uncharted but I think it fits the "action adventure" genre better. Now a game like gears of war, that's pretty much a straight up TPS with little to no genre bending. And that's not a bad thing, its a terrific game series.
For me "a shooter" means a game which involves shooting. What more or less can it mean without specificity? A FPS (First Person Shooter) seems pretty clear in being what it says on the tin. A "shoot-em-up" is also pretty well defined in gaming-lore... Simple answer to the discussion / debate - be more specific if you mean to make a point, otherwise you may as well be trolling for the lulz.
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