Games that would be awesome in first-person

We’ve been playing a lot of Mirror’s Edge recently. And, aside from the engrossing, minimalist future setting, thoughtful platforming and the joy of movement that’s been engrained into every pixel of DICE’s title, it’s the viewpoint that really gives the game legs. It’s basically POP, only inside the prince’s head instead of behind his back. And that got us to thinking about what other games would be great in first-person.

Ever wondered what it would be like to speed through vomit-inducing loop-the-loops through Sonic’s ratty retinas? Pummel chainsaw-wielding zombies in the pupil from the in-head perspective of Chris Redfield? Or take the full force of Ryu’s face-breaking Dragon Punch in first-person? Then read on.

The idea of playing a beat ‘em up in first-person isn’t quite the Homer Simpson jumping Springfield Gorge-sized leap you might think. After all, the first-person fisticuffs in the Condemned games and the much overlooked Chronicles of Riddick were absolutely ace. Jarring, deeply unsettling and incredibly visceral, it was the uncompromisingly close range of seeing Fight Club-esque violence through your character's eyes that made those fights so primal.

Now transfer the instinctive, brutal intimacy that viewpoint brings to the don of arcade-addled Japanese fighters, pump it full of Brucie-esque bull shark testosterone, and you’ve got first-person Street Fighter. Okay, multiplayer would be a complete car crash as you’d have to play it in split-screen. But c’mon, the single-player payoff of flexing your 9 inch blades of death with Vega – Wolverine-style – from behind the ‘festive’ fighter’s mask, as seen above, would rock your face off with awesome.

Before anyone starts: no, Gun Survivor doesn’t count. A proper first-person adventure, though, full of tense exploration, incredible setpieces and ‘Welcome… STRANGER’ moments would be so full of win it could fill the Grand Canyon. Twice. A first-person perspective would offer the perfect opportunity to return to the mantra of the first three games. Reducing the number of enemies, but actually increasing the tension, as each encounter would be more unexpected and therefore more threatening.

Couple this with the elevated precision an FPS-style view would bring – you’d be able to see the whites of zombies’ exposed kneecaps – and you’d have the perfect balance between the original game and Leon’s most recent Las Plagas-shooting excursion.

Also, Capcom. Go back to the eerie door opening sequences of the first three games. This time it wouldn’t be out of any technological constraints, but instead, a conscious design decision to ramp up tension. Just imagine the suspense at slowly peeling back a door to be met with a room filled with shadows and potential zombie hiding places, rather than a black screen. It would be the most effective undies-messing device in the genre since a Doberman met a suspiciously breakable window.

It would be just like Mirror’s Edge, honest. Well, minus the hot woman, slow motion disarms and pegging it from the pigs. But that instinctive searing speed of adrenaline-fuelled platforming is something a first-person Sonic game would really benefit from. Admittedly, it would be much quicker than futuristic parkour, but if Sonic Team were clever about the level design – keeping it simple, streamlined and narrow so you were always on the move – it could work a treat.

Hearing that quintessential ‘ding’ whenever you sped through a row of rings, hurtling off springs and bombing around a loop-the-loop would feel just like an interactive first-person rollercoaster. Only with less people being sick on your face. This purer, more focused viewpoint would hopefully encourage Sega to abandon all the features that have diluted recent games – Sonic as a werehog, anyone? And would usher in a new era of uninterrupted, white-knuckle speed that defined the 16bit titles.


  • bbates - March 17, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    Double Dragon and Megaman legends. Must haves in first person!
  • deathrebellion - February 7, 2010 8:28 a.m.

    Sonic and SOTC wud be awesum but it wud be a giant leap in the dark Kinda pushing the limits but a hack and slash game in FPS wud be unbelievable O_O
  • sharker - November 28, 2008 2:19 a.m.

  • Defguru7777 - November 26, 2008 3:02 a.m.

    None of these would work. Ever.
  • CarToons - November 26, 2008 2:10 a.m.

    Every single friggin' game ever made should be in first person
  • Kyon - November 25, 2008 3:42 p.m.

    First Person Sonic? You listening, Sega?
  • MUSH-RUME - November 25, 2008 2:21 p.m.

    Sonic wud be gd but none of the sonic games are actually that smooth in gameplay because I always go so fast that i just run straight into the enemy. Resi in FP wud just be like Resi Survivor but better.
  • Crankr - November 25, 2008 3:02 a.m.

    This article is a little small, considering all the games that could be first person. Not sonic, god no, that game already ruined one perspective of the universe
  • Amnesiac - November 25, 2008 2:02 a.m.

    Man, just think about that RE4 chainsaw kill in first-person. *shudder* It would be an even more morbid touch to let you continue to see after you've lost your head. Freaky yet awesome.
  • georgeguy - November 25, 2008 1:44 a.m.

    holy crap, spelling mistakes sry
  • georgeguy - November 25, 2008 1:43 a.m.

    i remember see'in those comersials on TV monthes ago of a guy playin soccer in firt person. it looked really good. well just say'in that we need a first person soccer(or any sport) game. that would be good
  • blocpartier - November 25, 2008 12:27 a.m.

    I would like to see Dead Rising in FP. And Assassins Creed even though its just like Mirrors Edge. But imagine bookin' it through the crowds or making an epic leap of faith?
  • Juriasu - November 24, 2008 10:13 p.m.

    As if the Collosi didn't look big enough in third-person! But, yeah that would be awesome. I'm not so sure about a first-person street fighter, though. It just seems to wierd for me.
  • Prospero - November 24, 2008 5:26 p.m.

    This reminds me of the old PS2 game "Breakdown" which was pretty much "The Matrix" but in first person. I loved that game. TELL ME SOMEONE ELSE REMEMBERS THAT GAME!
  • e1337prodigy - December 8, 2008 11:21 p.m.

    Err GTA4, why is that not in the list. Gears of War2?
  • Moosebomber - November 27, 2008 4:10 a.m.

    GTA 4 (lap dances in first person!) and then i would have to say dead space. would make it alot creepier.
  • DNAndy11 - November 26, 2008 8:32 p.m.

    I agree with Dead Rising being in first person
  • Sly_Fox - November 25, 2008 9:53 p.m.

    assassins creed
  • adertysohck - November 25, 2008 3:59 p.m.

    sonic would be cool it would be called Sonic:FS resident evil woulde probably way better
  • ryno - November 25, 2008 2:35 p.m.

    you should have added tony hawks pro skater great article though

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