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On-Rails Shooter

Category Tier-3 Genre

Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with On-Rails Shooter, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
94% 3,814 votes
89% 1,672 votes
91% 117 votes
96% 28 votes
84% 393 votes
86% 87 votes
89% 44 votes
94% 17 votes
100% 7 votes
100% 5 votes
80% 41 votes
76% 122 votes
100% 3 votes
75% 102 votes
100% 2 votes
83% 6 votes
77% 13 votes
78% 9 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with On-Rails Shooter is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as On-Rails Shooter, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Action 84%
  2. Shooter 70%
  3. Arcade 59%
  4. Singleplayer 44%
  5. 3D 38%
  6. Casual 36%
  7. Indie 36%
  8. Shoot 'Em Up 32%
  9. Adventure 29%
  10. First-Person 29%
  11. FPS 28%
  12. Colorful 24%
  13. Sci-fi 23%
  14. Bullet Hell 22%
  15. VR 20%
  16. 2D 20%
  17. Simulation 18%
  18. Retro 16%
  19. Atmospheric 15%

The On-Rails Shooter tag is used to describe a specific type of video game genre where players follow a predetermined path or route through the game world, with the movement and perspective controlled by the game itself rather than the player. In on-rails shooters, players typically have little or no control over their character's movement; instead, they focus on aiming and shooting at enemies.

This genre gets its name from traditional arcade shooting games, where players would physically move a light gun along rails to aim at targets onscreen. The concept has since carried over to video games, offering a similar experience without the need for physical hardware.

Some key characteristics of on-rails shooters include:

  • Linear Paths On-rails shooters feature predetermined paths that players must follow without deviation. These paths often take players through different environments and set pieces while presenting various enemy encounters.
  • Aim and Shoot Gameplay The core gameplay mechanic in an on-rails shooter revolves around aiming and shooting at targets. Players typically use a cursor or reticle to target enemies or objects as they progress through the linear path.
  • Spectacle and Set Pieces On-rails shooters often prioritize creating thrilling experiences by incorporating cinematic set pieces and action sequences into their gameplay. This helps immerse players in exciting moments while maintaining a fast-paced flow.
  • Quick Reactions Reflexes play an important role in on-rails shooters as enemies may appear suddenly or attack from multiple angles. Players must quickly identify threats, react accordingly, and eliminate them before sustaining too much damage themselves.

Examples of popular games that fall under the "On-Rails Shooter" genre include:

  • House of the Dead series This iconic arcade franchise, later adapted for home consoles, features players taking on the role of agents fighting against hordes of zombies and other supernatural creatures.
  • Star Fox series Developed by Nintendo, this space-themed on-rails shooter allows players to pilot spacecraft and engage in dogfights with enemies as they progress through varied levels.
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Serving as a spin-off from the main Resident Evil series, this game offers an on-rails shooting experience set within the survival horror universe of Resident Evil.

The on-rails shooter genre is known for providing fast-paced action, intense moments, and exciting set pieces that keep players engaged throughout their predetermined adventure. Its linear nature ensures a focused experience without requiring complex navigation or exploration mechanics.

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