Why I Won’t Be Playing Grand Theft Auto V In First Person

A different perspective.

Grand Theft Auto V is coming PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and with it comes a new first person point of view. You can play the whole game from this perspective – whether you’re driving cars, flying planes, jumping out of them, or just causing havoc on the streets.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this will be great for a lot of people who can’t stand looking at the back of a character’s head, and I do think that some of the sights will be more impressive – particularly revisiting locations I’ve seen in the real-life LA – when viewed from a first person perspective, but overall I just don’t think that this first person mode is that much of a big deal.

On PC, people would inevitably mod this in anyway, as they have with previous games in the series, and I really doubt I would download that mod or play the game in it. Granted, this does look a whole lot better than such mods, thanks to the full development that Rockstar are able to give it, and requires a lot less work to get up and running, but it’s really not for me.

When I’m playing GTA, things are a bit different for me than they are in other games. In first person open-world games, such as Far Cry 3, I see myself as the character, but in GTA I’m watching the story of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. I couldn’t possibly see myself as the quite insane Trevor, and when he’s shouting at the environment or talking to other characters, this would make some of the interactions a bit more strange.

It’s something that I immediately clocked when watching the trailer – the moment when Trevor’s trying to fly the plane and there’s a guy on the wing. I remember this being fine from the original perspective, but now you barely see what’s happening to the guy. Sure, some might find that a bit more exciting but I just don’t like missing out. Could you imagine this in other missions, such as the one where you’re flying the huge cargo plane? This is designed as a third person game, so inherently shows things of interest from that point of view.

Honestly, though, it’s the same reason I don’t use cockpit view when playing a racing game. Third person isn’t always the best when racing – although it does let you see all of the work put into the car models which are quite stunning in games such as Driveclub – but there’s bumper view, which lets you see your cars positioning without taking up about three quarters of the screen with a pointless amalgamation of appendages and panels.

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And I feel like GTA, as the third person game it is and has always been, should be viewed in all its glory from this viewpoint, too. The reason it looks so good in the trailer isn’t because of this new perspective, but because they’ve really overhauled the visuals for the new consoles; you’ll be missing out on those animations which have undoubtedly been added to the characters themselves, and some of the action going on around you.

Admittedly, one part of the trailer – where Franklin is riding his bike through traffic – did pique my interest in the first person mode; it looks far speedier and more adrenaline-filled than I remember it being in third person, and perhaps police chases would benefit from this additional precision when winding through traffic.

Grand Theft Auto could yet convince me that its first person views works when I get my hands on the game, but I really don’t think that this is the way I want to play it. Of course, it’s just another option for you to turn on and off as you wish, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds when the game hits the new consoles later this month.

40 Comments

  1. GTA is not meant to be played in first person, to even put a first person mode is just unheard, it’s just a sin! It’s like CoD as a 3rd person shooter, it’s just not the same

    • Did you feel the same way when GTA 3 came out in 3d?

      • Felt nothing as I only started playing GTA when San Andreas came out

      • Personally i think GTA needs to be played in first person!

        Youve got this whole open world experience at your finger tips now, i remember fallout 3 had the option of 1st and 3rd person – the game needed to be played in 1st person!

        Cant really compare it to COD – as thats a linear run from point a to point b game.

        Personally i cant wait for first person, gonna go bike riding in the hills and look at all the pretty animals!

        Wasnt going to buy this game on release – but i am now!

    • There was a third-person CTF mode for (I think) Cod4. It wasn’t very good though.

      • I think it was the one where you plant the bombs forget what it’s called,it made it quite easy as you could pan the camera around and see people coming/camping.

  2. I will use it, but I will stick with 3rd person when driving.

    • That’s probably what I’ll do (in cars anyway – there’s an outside chance my flying couple be improved from First Person).

      I think it’s a great option, and whilst the articles suggests it has been designed to view some scenes etc from 3rd person, First Person will be great for messing about and causing havoc when not playing the story.

      But I think one of the major purposes for this inclusion is to give a reason for people who already played it last-gen, to pick it up again – it’ll surely feel totally different! I shall be playing in First Person for sure!

      • Yeah I’m totally with you on this. The new view makes it feel like a really new (and exciting) way to play what was already a great game. Wasn’t considering picking it up before, but I am now.

      • Yeah, I was in two minds but it definitely swung it for me.

        So, now that we agree and all, how do I go about getting one of those blue boxes? ;)

      • You have to look like Nathan Drake.

      • Cool, just need him to put on a little weight, lose his hair, grow a beard and be less good looking, then I’m a shoe-in for a blue box!

      • Yeah, truth be told, I’m probably closer to Kratos than Drake! :D

      • Haha! We may just have to wait a little while for our box upgrades then ;)

  3. That video actually has me more interested in GTA than I have been for years! I could never really get in to GTA in the 3rd person view I just used to toss around knocking people over

  4. I’m looking forward to it personally it’ll add some fun to some classic scenes.

    I think I’m still going to play the majority in 3rd person though especially driving around like someone else has mentioned, as long as they don’t force first person in GTA6 and forget about 3rd person completely.

    I want a retro mode where you can play it helicopter view like the original.

  5. I’ll definitely play in first person.

    If it’s done right it could be just what the series needs.

  6. I agree here with Blair here on petty much all accounts. As long as the camera for the whole car. As I need to see the whole car on screen to make it feel right.

  7. It’s great to have the choice… and whilst I agree that one of GTA’s strengths is the characters – and that this lends itself to third-person perspective – GTA Online is not character driven.

    I’m looking forward to trying this mode out… if it’s more than just a gimmick then this could be interesting, and who knows, might even be better in some aspects than the third-person camera.

  8. Have to agree Blair. The option doesn’t really cause an issue so it doesn’t bother me but I am very unlikely to be using it anytime soon.

    One example that will lose it’s original feel is when Trevor is a bit unsteady on his feet and stumbling about shouting at things. How will they portray this? It definitely will detract a bit from the original 3rd person game in places.

    • Blurry screen allowing you to see nothing until you shout obscenities into your headset? ;)

      On a more serious note, it’s nice that they have added it in but kept it strictly as an option. Good for those early adopters that may be looking to play the game in a different way I guess.

  9. I wasn’t interested in this game until this was confirmed. Now I can’t wait.

    • As Forrest just said above me, this is the reason why it’s a good inclusion. Being an option, it certainly won’t put people off and if it’s encouraging people like yourself to play it, then all the better!

  10. I was losing sleep last night and couldn’t put my finger on it. However, the moment I read this article I realised that I was worried if Blair would be playing GTA in first-person or not. Now I know.

    *rests easy once more*

    Couldn’t help the sarcasm. Sorry! :-)

    • Just read this on another site:

      There’s also a vast menu of tweakage to cherry-pick which parts of the game you’d like in what viewpoint.

      That’s wonderful. :-)

      • The word ‘tweakage’ is enough to sell that statement alone.

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