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The Best Light Gun Games of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 2.7k votes 157 voters 16.9k views145 items

List RulesVote up the best video games in the light gun genre.

This is a list of the best light gun games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated light gun games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest light gun games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these light gun games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging light gun games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new light gun games.

A list made up of games like Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best light gun games?" and "What is the greatest light gun game of all time?"
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    DeveloperMidway Games

    CarnEvil is a rail shooter arcade game using a light gun. It was released by Midway Games on October 31, 1998. CarnEvil is noted for its graphic content and strong lifelike violence, peppered with...  more
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    DeveloperNintendo Research & Development 1

    Duck Hunt is a light gun shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. First released in Japan on April 21, 1984, it was later...  more

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    DeveloperRaw Thrills

    Target: Terror is a shooter arcade game developed and published in 2004 by Raw Thrills, and designed by Eugene Jarvis. The game involves shooting terrorists attacking various places in the United...  more
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    DeveloperSega Wow

    The House of the Dead is a first-person, light gun arcade game released in 1996 and internationally in 1997 by Sega. Players assume the role of agents Thomas Rogan and "G" in their efforts to combat...  more
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    Silent Scope is an arcade game that puts the player in the shoes of a sniper during a series of terrorist incidents. The game uses a rifle that is mounted on the console, requiring players to...  more

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    Crossbow is a video arcade game released by Exidy in 1983. It was later published by Absolute Entertainment for the Commodore 64, DOS and by Atari for the 2600, 7800 and XE Game System starting in...  more
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    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2

    Ghost Squad and Ghost Squad: Evolution are light gun rail shooter arcade game developed and published by Sega. A home version of the original Ghost Squad was developed for Nintendo's Wii game...  more
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    Crypt Killer is an arcade video game produced by Konami. It was then released in 1997 for the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation home consoles. The game was also released in Japan for the PC. The...  more
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    The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return is a compilation and re-release of The House of the Dead 2 and III for Wii. It is compatible with the Wii Zapper peripheral....  more
  • 10

    007: Quantum of Solace


    DeveloperBeenox, Treyarch, Vicarious Visions, Eurocom

    007: Quantum of Solace is a first-person shooter video game based on the films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2,...  more
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    DeveloperPolygon Magic

    Lethal Enforcers 3, known as Seigi no Hero in Japan is a 3D arcade light gun game which is the third installment to Konami's Lethal Enforcers series. Although the game sports the Lethal Enforcers...  more
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    DeveloperAlfa System

    Elemental Gearbolt, full title Genseikyokō Seireikidōdan Elemental Gearbolt, is a light gun shooter for the Sony PlayStation. Originally developed by Alfa System, the game was published by Sony...  more
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    DeveloperMidway Games

  • 14

    DeveloperRebellion Developments, Exakt Entertainment, n-Space, Treyarch

    Call of Duty: World at War is a 2008 first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision Blizzard for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. It is...  more

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    Policenauts is an interactive movie/visual novel/adventure game with a hard science fiction storyline, written and directed by Hideo Kojima, and published by Konami. It was initially released for the...  more
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    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2

    Virtua Cop is a first-person lightgun shooter arcade game created by Sega AM2 and headed by Yu Suzuki. Its original incarnation was an arcade game in 1994 and it was later ported to the Sega Saturn...  more
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    Death Crimson OX is a light gun shooting game developed by Ecole. It was released in arcades in 2000 then ported to the Dreamcast console in 2001, several months after Sega had dropped support for...  more
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    The House of the Dead: Overkill


    DeveloperKuju Entertainment, Headstrong Games

    The House of the Dead: Overkill is a first-person rail shooter gun game developed by Headstrong Games and published by Sega in 2009. It is the fifth game entry in the The House of the Dead series, a...  more
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    DeveloperNintendo, Intelligent Systems, Nintendo Research & Development 1

    Wild Gunman is a light gun shooter game created by Nintendo....  more
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    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2

    Virtua Cop 2 is a light gun arcade game, released in 1995 and developed internally at Sega by their AM2 studio. It was ported to home systems on the Sega Saturn in 1996. It was released in PC in 1997...  more

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    DeveloperNamco, Nex Entertainment

    Time Crisis 3 is the third installment of the Time Crisis arcade series. Like its previous predecessor, Time Crisis II, it allows for two players to cooperate in a link play environment and has the...  more
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    DeveloperAcclaim Cheltenham

    Die Hard Trilogy is a video game based on the first three installments of the Die Hard series of action movies. Die Hard Trilogy features three games in one, each based on a movie installment and...  more
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    Time Crisis II is a light gun arcade game and the second installment in Namco's Time Crisis series, introducing co-operative multiplayer to the franchise. It was first released in arcades in March...  more
  • 24

    DeveloperIntelligent Systems, Nintendo Research & Development 1

    Battle Clash, known in Japan as Space Bazooka, is a mecha-themed light gun shooting game produced by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems and released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992....  more
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    DeveloperOcean Software, Sega, Taito Corporation

    Rambo III is a series of video games based on the film of the same name. Like in the film, their main plots center on former Vietnam-era Green Beret John Rambo being called back to duty one last time...  more