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The Best Shoot 'em Up Games Ever Made, Ranked

Updated November 23, 2020 59.8k views1.4k items

This list features the all-time best shoot 'em up games, ranked by readers everywhere. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these shoot 'em up games have been enjoyed by millions. This list includes all shoot 'em up games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure, future or new shoot 'em up games. Various bits of information are available for these top shoot 'em up games, such as when the game was released and who developed the game. These aren't necessarily the best shoot 'em up games, but there are a lot of popular shoot 'em up games listed here.

The list you're viewing has a variety of games, though some may be more popular than others.

From classic arcade games to PS4 (and PS5) releases and more, this list answers the questions, "What are the best shoot 'em up games?" and "What are the most popular shoot 'em up games?" Vote up all your favorite releases.

 

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    Galaga

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