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

List contains games like Star Fox, Star Fox 64.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best rail shooter games?" and "What is the greatest rail shooter game of all time?"
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The House of the Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2000 The House of the Dead 2 is a light gun arcade game with a horror theme and the second game in the The House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Sega for video arcades in 1998 and ...more

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Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1997 Star Fox 64, known in Australia and Europe as Lylat Wars, is a 3D scrolling shooter game themed around aircraft combat for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It is a reboot of the original Star ...more

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The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1996 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 ...more

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Time Crisis II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1998 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 ...more

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The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Re... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2008 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.

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Panzer Dragoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1995 Panzer Dragoon is a rail shooter video game developed by Team Andromeda and released on the Sega Saturn console in 1995; and later released on PC, PlayStation 2, and as a bonus in its sequel ...more

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The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2002 The House of the Dead III is a 2002 light gun arcade game with a horror zombie-survival theme, and the third installment to the House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Wow ...more

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The House of the Dead: Overkil... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2009 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 ...more

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Panzer Dragoon Orta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta is a rail shooter video game published by Sega for the Xbox. The game was released in Japan in December 2002, the following month in the United States, and three months later ...more

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The House of the Dead 4 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2005 The House of the Dead 4 is a light gun arcade game with a horror theme and the fourth installment of the House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Sega. The game takes place between ...more

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Sin and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2000 Sin and Punishment, is a shooter game developed by Treasure and Nintendo Research & Development 1, published by Nintendo. The game was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan in 2000, and on ...more

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Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1993 Star Fox, released as Starwing in Europe, apparently to avoid confusion with an association called "StarVox" in Germany is the first game in the Star Fox series of video games, ...more

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Time Crisis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1995 Time Crisis is a light gun shooter arcade game released by Namco in 1996. It was later ported for the PlayStation in 1997, bundled with the Guncon light gun controller.

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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Ch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2007 Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, known as Biohazard: The Umbrella Chronicles in Japan, is a rail shooting video game co-developed by Capcom and Cavia. The game was released for the Wii on ...more

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Virtua Cop: Elite Edition is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2002 Virtua Cop: Elite Edition is a compilation/deluxe edition of two light gun games by Sega for the PlayStation 2. It includes Virtua Cop and Virtua Cop 2 packed with bonus unlockable artwork. ...more

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Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1998 Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is an arcade game first released in 1998. The game is a 3-D rail shooter based on the original trilogy of Star Wars films and was released along with the special ...more

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Panzer Dragoon II Zwei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1996 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei is a rail shooter released exclusively for the Sega Saturn, it was the second Panzer Dragoon game released but it is a prequel of the series. It was developed by Team ...more

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Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1995 Area 51 is a light gun arcade game released by Atari Games in 1995. It takes its name from the Area 51 military facility. The plot of the game involves the player taking part in a STAAR military ...more

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a light gun arcade game from Sega. It was released in 1997, and is based on the film of the same name. The film's director, Steven Spielberg, received one of the ...more

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Time Crisis 4 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2006 Time Crisis 4 is the fourth installment in Namco's Time Crisis series which introduces new features to the cover-based light gun shooter gameplay engine of its predecessors alongside a new story ...more

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Space Harrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1985 Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter video game released by Sega in 1985. It spawned several sequels like Space Harrier 3-D, Space Harrier II, or the spin-off Planet Harriers. Space ...more

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Time Crisis 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2002 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 ...more

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Vampire Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2000 Vampire Night is a light gun game produced by Sega's Wow Entertainment, distributed through Namco and released in 2000 for video game arcades. It was later ported to PlayStation 2 in November

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Crisis Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1999 Crisis Zone is a spin-off of the popular Time Crisis arcade shooters.

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Rez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2001 Rez is a rail shooter music video game released by Sega in Japan in 2001 for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, with a European Dreamcast release and United States PlayStation 2 release in 2002. ...more

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Virtua Cop 2 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1995 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 ...more

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Ghost Squad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2007 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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Virtua Cop is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1994 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 ...more

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Space Harrier II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1990 Space Harrier II is the sequel to Space Harrier. It was one of the original launch titles released for the Mega Drive in Japan and one of the six Sega Genesis launch titles in the U.S. It was ...more

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Silent Scope is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1999 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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Pokémon Snap is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1999 Pokémon Snap is a first-person rail shooter and simulation video game co-developed by HAL Laboratory and Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It ...more

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Time Crisis: Project Titan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2001 Time Crisis: Project Titan is a light gun shoot 'em up video game for developed by Flying Tiger Entertainment and published by Namco for the PlayStation in 2001. It is a spin-off of Namco's Time ...more

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Lethal Enforcers 3 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2004 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 ...more

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Silent Hill: The Arcade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
Silent Hill: The Arcade is an arcade game spin off of the survival horror video game series Silent Hill developed by Konami. The Arcade was first revealed at the 2007 Japan Arcade Operator's ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1994 Jurassic Park is a rail shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega in 1994. It is based on the 1993 film of the same name. The game was followed by two arcade sequels, The Lost World: ...more

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Alien 3: The Gun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time

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Killer7 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2005 Killer7 is a 2005 action-adventure video game for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2, developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Capcom. The game was written and directed by ...more

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Silent Scope 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2002 Silent Scope 3 is a rail shooter game developed by Konami. It is the third installment of the video game series, Silent Scope. It was released in October 2002 only on the PlayStation 2 game

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Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
wiabux added 2009 Terminator Salvation is a third-person shooter action video game, released on May 19, 2009 to coincide with the release of the film of Terminator Salvation on the same week. It is developed by ...more

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Virtua Cop 3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2003 Virtua Cop 3 is the third game from Sega's Virtua Cop light gun shooter franchise released exclusively for video arcades in 2003. The game is available in standard and deluxe cabinet formats and ...more

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Silent Scope Complete is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2004 Silent Scope Complete is the final installment of the Silent Scope video game series developed by Konami. Released on February 10, 2004 for the Xbox game console, it brings together the three ...more

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Elemental Gearbolt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
Joel Chilvers Ducharme added 1997 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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Maximum Force is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1997 Maximum Force is a light gun shooter arcade game developed by Mesa Logic for Atari Games in 1997. In 1998, Atari Games re-released the game as part of one machine called Area 51/Maximum Force ...more

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Lethal Enforcers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1992 Lethal Enforcers is a 1992 shooting game released for the arcades by Konami. The in-game graphics consist entirely of digitized photographs. This caused controversy as it allowed players to ...more

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Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: T... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1995 Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire is a 1995 video game developed by LucasArts. It is the sequel of the LucasArts action game Star Wars: Rebel Assault, set in the Star Wars Expanded ...more

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Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fight... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
1994 Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters is a 1994 arcade and prequel to the original Lethal Enforcers. In contrast with the first game's modern law enforcement theme, Lethal Enforcers II takes place ...more

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Revolution X is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
wiabux added 1994 Revolution X is an arcade rail shooter game and the spiritual sequel to T2: The Arcade Game developed and published by Midway in 1994, featuring the rock band Aerosmith. It features gameplay ...more

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Battle Clash is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
JabonDix added 1992 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 ...more

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Crypt Killer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
GerardJanssen added 1995 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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Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouett... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rail Shooter Games of All Time
2000 Silent Scope 2: Dark Silhouette, known in Europe as Silent Scope 2: Fatal Judgement and in Japan as Silent Scope 2: Innocent Sweeper, is a rail shooter game that is the sequel to the popular ...more