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It's generally a good tactic to surround an opponent. It cuts off their avenues of escape, limits their options, and altogether makes your life much easier.
Unless, of course, they have the ability to shoot everything around them at once.
Generally reserved for ships with lots of guns pointed in every direction, the Multi-Directional Barrage is a common last resort move to escape a trap.
An extreme variant of the Spread Shot if used with projectiles. May involve various types of Spam Attacks. Contrast Alpha Strike, which has every available gun pointed at a single target. Compare Spin Attack, which is about melee weapons instead of guns.
- In The Witch of the Everfree, when a pack of timberwolves surrounds Sunset Shimmer, she's perfectly fine with it, labeling it as a "target-rich environment" rather than the ambush it was intended to be. Then she proceeds to drive almost the whole pack away with a single spell.
- The New Jedi Order novel Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream has the SSD Lusankya foul up a hyperjump and emerge inside a Yuuzhan Vong warfleet. Commander Eldo Davip frantically orders the ship to Beam Spam the vicinity and inflicts some pretty serious damage, killing the Vong commander, even before reinforcements arrive to extricate him.
- Nearly every major villain in Kingdom Hearts does this. However their ways of doing this vary a lot.
- Sine Mora has the Spider Tank Tsuchigumo. One of Tsuchigumo's attack patterns strongly resembles a spiderweb, and covers the whole screen rather than just going directly towards the player.
- Warcraft III
- The Barrage ability lets the Siege Engine shoot rockets at multiple air units simultaneously. Many, many custom maps see the potential in this and change the ability to target ground units as well.
- The Phoenix's Phoenix Fire allows it to damage random targets while moving.
- Seen in the promo video for Star Citizen. To give you an idea of the Beam Spam coming off the Bengal-class carrier, they had to reduce the number of guns firing by over half or else the demo attack would've been over in seconds.
- Paladins in Pillars of Eternity are capable of periodically blasting their immediate vicinity with an eruption of soul energy.
- Dragon Age: Origins: A bonus ability possibly gained in the "Warden's Keep" DLC allows the Warden to blast any nearby foes with an upwelling of High-Pressure Blood.
- Touhou, being a series of Bullet Hell games, feature many enemies that can do this. Yes, even the Mooks from the first stage. Several Bombs of the Player Character can also count, such as Marisa's Non-Directional Laser or Sakuya's Indiscriminate.
- Utsuho Reiji deserves special mention. Some of her victory quotes from Hisoutensoku imply that her in-universe strategy is to simply blow up everything around herself, without even bothering to keep track of where her opponent is.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution: The Typhoon augmentation is a military-grade implant that spews out a hailstorm of explosive ball-bearings in a 360º radius around the user.
- In Jak II: Renegade and onwards you can perform one of these by shooting while using a Spin Attack.
- Some of the grenade mods in Borderlands 2 do this by shooting flechettes all over the place for a while rather than exploding.
- Every melee class in Guild Wars has a skill that does this: Aura of Holy Might for Dervishes, Hundred Blades for Warriors, and Death Blossom for Assassins. As melee classes are normally designed for single-target damage, these skills allow them to function better in PvE, where they're typically surrounded by large numbers of computer-controlled enemies.
- The Bangai-O games give your ship the ability to fire missiles in all directions. The more under pressure you are, the more (and sometimes BIGGER and more powerful) missiles you can shoot.
- Star Trek Online: Step one: Plow a cruiser with lots of beam weaponry into the middle of a furball. Step two: Activate the Tactical bridge officer power "Beam: Fire at Will" and watch as your ship spits energy in all directions. The playerbase considers BFAW essentially mandatory for any beam build: it's this trope in a target-rich environment, and simple beam rapid fire if there's only one target.
- Most incarnations of the Giga Attack in the Mega Man X series, the exceptions being the variations used by the Mega Man X6 armors and, ironically, the infamous Game-Breaker, the Nova Strike. X uses them by equipping the Body Part of his armor, while Zero learns them from specific bosses who also use this kind of attack.
- The "Placement Bonus" introduced in modern Super Robot Wars titles, wherein a unit surrounded on two or more sides by enemies will receive an increase in damage taken. This modifier applies to allied and enemy units.
- The MAP attacks from some Mechs surround the user, and hit everything that can be targeted. Used wisely, over a dozen enemies can be felled in one blow.
- Overwatch has multiple instances, but the most iconic is Reaper's Death Blossom ultimate, a direct reference to The Last Starfighter. Reaper evokes a smoke cloud around him and whirls to fire his shotguns in every direction. Somehow, he manages to pour enough lead into an area to kill every unshielded hero around him... with two semi-automatic shotguns that usually only hold four shells each.
- In Spacetrawler, one of Yuri's cyborg upgrades apparently lets her attack everything around her, though it is never seen on-screen.
- In Season 3 of Reboot after the Time Skip, Matrix has a gun, named Gun. It's able to lock onto a target, at which point a glowing M appears on the target's forehead after which he literally can't miss. When cornered in a bar by rogue Guardians, he puts it in "Death Blossom" mode: it begins to gimble crazy-fast, and the target-M appears on every single sprite in the bar besides himself. The Guardians back down.
- In Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Bounty", droid bounty hunter C-21 Highsinger performs a rapid fire spinning blaster barrage against a crowd of mooks.
- The notoriously temperamental Sten gun would not just fire if dropped, but discharge the whole magazine while dancing around in a circle. Apocryphally, partisans or even Allied troops who'd run out of hand grenades would sometimes throw a spare one into the midst of some enemy troops instead.
- The Uzi submachine gun had a similar reputation among the armies and police forces that used it. A common semi-joke among German soldiers claimed that the easiest way to clear a room full of hostiles was to open the door just wide enough to toss in an Uzi, then wait until the shooting stopped. Allegedly it didn't even matter whether the gun was cocked or not, and whether its safety was on or off.
- A real-life Briefcase Blaster, designed to hold an MP5K with its trigger operated by squeezing the handle of said briefcase, pretty much had to be used in this fashion because aiming was at best approximate. The general idea was that the user would walk into a Bad-Guy Bar or Den of Iniquity full of terrorists pretending to be a VAT inspector or something and turn on the spot while spraying bullets in a 45-degree arc. It did save one the inconvenience of resorting to Trenchcoat Warfare in weather where that might draw unwanted attention, but overall it was probably Cool, but Inefficient.