The majority of games I play have a third-person point of view. First-person tends to stick to shooting games, something that I don’t find myself playing often at all. In fact, one of the games that I actively remember being able to be in first person (if you zoomed in) was City of Heroes, a MMORPG where you created and played as your own superhero.
There aren’t too many first person games I’ve played. The only one that really comes to mind is Batman: Arkham Asylum. Even then, the game is mostly third person. There are just a few parts where it looks like it’s in first person. That being said, I have to say that I enjoy being in third person more so than first person. Depending on the game, first person can get dizzying at times.
First-person is definitely used more for shooter games. I remember eons ago when I rented a Metroid Prime video game from Blockbuster (anyone else remember those, or am I showing my age?). I was so disorientated because it was in first-person. I’m used to seeing who I’m playing as, like Link or Mario.
I think it’s easier to see who you’re playing as. Plus, it’s fun to watch the graphics like watching Mario jump or high or Link doing a spin attack with his sword. As I said before, first player can get dizzying to me. I think the camera moves way too fast and it’s harder to tell where you are. In third person, you’re zoomed out so you see the area more. In first person, you’re seeing is limited as you don’t have eyes in the back of your head.
First person would give an added challenge to the games, though. Imagine playing a Pokemon game in first-person, or even Super Smash Brothers! I think I would get disorientated, especially in a fighting game, but with virtual reality right around the corner… Who knows?
Ah… I would not want to play Smash in first person. Pokemon would be interesting, I guess. But the battles are already in first person and I think that’s what I would care more about. I don’t think I need to have first person to walk through the tall grass.
Okay, so maybe Smash in first person would be a little strange, but imagine traveling through the Pokemon regions in first person! Looking up and seeing the buildings of Lumoise City or Mt. Coronet or even flying from city to city.
Okay, you can surf, I’ll fly. I suppose we should try some first-person games. If anyone has any suggestions, we’re all ears! We’ve never played many shooter games, which are the first type to pop in my head when it comes to a first-person point of view, but we’re open to whatever you guys think!
What point of view do you prefer to play in?