What are the best Top-down Shooter games for PC?

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    #1Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami is an action game which blends top-down perspective with stealth, extreme violence, and surreal storytelling, along with a soundtrack and visuals influenced by 1980s culture.


    Windows, Mac, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita


    Aaron Fernandez
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "Hotline Miami is not a game for casual players. It is extremely challenging and can frustrate even the most seasoned gamer with it's difficulty. That said, the artwork, soundtrack, and storytelling are all best-in-class. This is a beautifully designed game that was created with care and should definitely be played by those looking for a challenge."
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    #2Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is an indie action game developed by Dennaton Games. It is the direct follow-up to the first game with the same name, which is set against a backdrop of escalating violence and retribution.


    Windows, Mac, Android


    Juan Meza
    Written on May 12, 2017
    "One of the best top-down shooters on PC in recent history was Hotline Miami and the sequel is just as amazing as the first game. I think the gameplay is slick and the sound track is even better. I found myself listening to the sound track even after I was done playing the game -- it is that amazing. I love the atmosphere of this game and the story is incredibly compelling. Do yourself a favor and check this game out -- you won't regret it. If you loved the first game or if you're a fan of top-down shooters in general, you'll absolutely adore Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number."
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    Helldivers is a hardcore, cooperative, twin-stick shooter set in a satirical dystopian future where mankind is ruled by a managed democracy. It is an action game developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by PlayStation Mobile, Inc.

    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Charles Campbell
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "My friend recommended Helldivers to me since he knew I was a fan of top-down shooters and I've been addicted to it ever since. I love playing it with my buddies in split-screen mode as nothing beats the couch co-op experience in my book. The game has great gameplay with tight controls and I really enjoy the stylish graphics. I usually prefer to use keyboard and mouse with these sorts of games but Helldivers works amazingly well with a controller as it was clearly designed for twin analog sticks from the ground up. There is a lot of strategy to be found in this game as well if you're looking for depth. I can't recommend Helldivers enough -- just play it!"
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    #4Running With Rifles

    Running With Rifles
    Running with Rifles is a top-down open-world tactical shooter game developed and published by Modulaatio Games. In this game,  players join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around.

    Windows, Mac


    Matthew Morris
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "Running with Rifles will make you feel small and insignificant, in a good way. You will die, you get better, than you will die again, then you'll get good enough you rank up and you'll pull of some crazy things that you wouldn't think would be possible until you've done them. "
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    #5Sturm Front - The Mutant War

    Sturm Front - The Mutant War
    Mutants reign the world. Mankind is in chains. In a dark laboratory, an insane man develops a cyborg "SturmFront" battle unit. His name is Doctor Grisgram, also known as Doctor G. You are this cyborg battle unit called Siegfried von Hammerstein and your mission is to kill all mutants!. Sturm Front is a free classic shooter game for Windows.



    Johnny Reyes
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "I've played all the top pc shooters and needed something new. I tried Sturm front because it's an arcade type which I have no experience with. Wow, is it fun. I'm not used to the graphics yet, but the game okay and music are great! "
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    #6SuperHotline Miami

    SuperHotline Miami
    What happens when you mix SUPER HOT with Hotline Miami ? You get SUPERHOTline Miami ! Time moves only when you move, but this time, from a top down perspective and with some extra violence.



    Guillermo Mata
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "A first glance a free game that I can play in my browser that is a mix of Super Hot and Hotline Miami sounds awesome, but this was not. If all it had was a bland my first game aspect to it with serviceable gameplay it wouldn't be too bad but this is barely playable. Basically you get set up in a room full of enemies guns drawn who will shoot you as soon as you move. Maybe you'll have better luck than me because I found the minute or two spent playing it to be a waste of time. "
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    Shadowgrounds is a fast-paced top-down shooter game developed by Frozenbyte which is set on a space colony on Ganymede that is being attacked by aliens. This game is reminiscent of the Alien Breed series.


    Windows, Mac


    Timothy Ellis
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "I'm a huge fan of top-down shooters for PC and I am always looking for new ones to try out. I stumbled upon this game called Shadowgrounds when browsing Steam one day and I just had to check it out because it looked pretty awesome. After playing it for some time I can honetly say that this game is a must play for fans of the genre, especially if you love split-screen co-operative gameplay. Blasting through the game with a friend is insanely fun and my friends and I had a blast while playing it. The graphics are slightly dated by today's standards, but the gameplay is great and real gamers know that is all that ultimately counts. Check it out if you're a fan of top-down shooters!"
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    #8Alien Breed 2: Assault

    Alien Breed 2: Assault
    Alien Breed 2: Assault is an action video game in Team17's Alien Breed series. It features an epic story, swarms of highly intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weaponry, highly detailed and rich environments. 



    Eugene Crawford
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "I'm always on the prowl for new top-down shooters and I found Alien Breed 2: Assault when I was searching for these types of games on Steam. I decided to take a risk on it as it has been out for quite some time and I had never even heard of the game before, which is odd considering I'm a fan of the genre. Now, I would say that this game is fairly decent but it is missing a few features that stop it from really excelling. It doesn't have split-screen or local co-op, which is inexcusable in my book. The graphics are quite good as it utilizes the Unreal 3 engine. I would say that the gameplay is adequate for this sort of game -- nothing special, but it gets the job done. I can only recommend Alien Breed 2: Assault if you're someone who is desperately in need of a new top-down shooter on PC."
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    #9Nuclear Throne

    Nuclear Throne
    Nuclear Throne is a top-down fast-paced action shooter with a wide cast of selectable characters. As you explore the wasteland left after humanities extinction, search for the Nuclear Throne, the ultimate power on the planet. It was developed and published by Vlambeer.

    Windows, Mac


    Tejas Singh
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "Nuclear Throne is an over the top wacky Top-Down Shooter. There are loads of different abilities and weapons to help you along your journey against the endless tirade of mutants and monsters. And you'll need them, because this is a Rogue-like, so once you die, that's it."
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    Hatred is a violent isometric shooter, in which you take the role of The Antagonist fighting against all of the humanity. It developed and published by Destructive Creations. 



    Christian Sims
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "Hatred is a gritty, gory, brutal take on the top-down, twin-stick shooter genre. It has simple mechanics, instead relying on the intensity of the combat to hold its own. And it definitely works."
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    #11Halo: Spartan Assault

    Halo: Spartan Assault

    Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter game developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games. It features 30 action levels and weekly challenge and commands many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities. 




    Julie Hall
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "The game has been around for a few years. The reviews are pretty much all positive for this game. It is very well liked and has great graphics that make it visually appealing. Dispite all of the great reviews, the download ratio is just to low to believe that there are no other games that would be better suited for this category."
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    #12The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac is an action-adventure and RPG game where you have to escape your deranged mother who wants to sacrifice you. It was developed and published by Edmund McMillen.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Matthew Gray
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "Lot's of variety, fairly unique story line. Kind of a throw back style of game play that brings me back to when I was younger. I wouldn't say I'm hooked on it, but it definitely is a great time killer!"
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    #13Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is an online co-op action-adventure game, which is the first ever four-player co-op game. It is the sequel to the Lara Croft: Guardian of the Light and the second installment in the Tomb Raider series. 


    Windows, Xbox One


    Carol Morales
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This rather short Lara Croft game is very different from the other Lara Croft games. There are secrets to be discovered and money to be found. The backdrop is amazingly designed and very realistic. This game can be played solo or in a group. I think group playing is a lot more fun and it gives you harder problems to solve. "


Best What are the best Top-down Shooter games for PC
1Hotline MiamiGames 13 Paid
2Hotline Miami 2: Wrong NumberGames 12 Paid
3HelldiversGames 12 Paid
4Running With RiflesGames 11 Paid
5Sturm Front - The Mutant WarGames 9 Free
6SuperHotline Miami Software 8 Free
7ShadowgroundsGames 6 Paid
8Alien Breed 2: AssaultGames 5 Paid
9Nuclear ThroneGames 4 Paid
10HatredGames 3 Paid

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