Over the weekend, I finally got my hands on a copy of Oblivion for the PS3. I had been pining after this game since it was released on the 360. This was so long ago now that I was still working at a major retailer and peering at it through the lovely glass doors. So, as our own Lusipurr was getting his shiny 360, I was buying the Game of the Year edition of this for $20 new.
I should have done some more research. I was not aware that this was a first person game until I popped it into the system and started playing. I really, really do not like first person games. Shooters? I avoid them like I avoid a mob of stinking, brain-eating zombies. They inevitably bring about miserable headaches and watery eyes. So, imagine my disappointment when I found myself staring at my character’s hands instead of her lovely backside.
When I play video games, I like to see the whole picture. I want to be looking at my character, my surroundings, and the other characters all at once. First person games limit these views — you can only see through your own (your character’s) eyes. I can see how this would be beneficial when you are playing a first person shooter, but in adventure games?
Swallowing my disappointment, I decided to play on, determined to get my $20 out of this game. I was pleasantly surprised. It was not nearly as hard on the eyes as I thought it would be, and once I started to grasp the controls it was actually fun. Needless to say, I died a lot. This experience also taught me that I shouldn’t judge a game by its point of view.
Whether I am looking on from above, staring at my character from behind, or watching a 2D sprite run from left-to-right, these third-person viewpoints will remain my favorite. However, I won’t make a disgusted face the next time someone mentions first-person in my presence.
So, readers, what is your favorite way to ‘view’ games?