Why Not Try It In First?

Fancy a new perspective on your favourite MMO? We might have just the thing.

You see, Game By Night’s Chris has been playing That Solo Game That A Lot Of MMO Players Really Like (four words, kinda rhymes with “miring”), and noticed that its primarily first-person view really immersed him in his gameplay. And so, he decided to see what the results would be if he adjusted his viewport to be the same in RIFT

“I wouldn’t want to PvP with it, but for questing? What the hell. I ran towards my nearest quest indicator and along the way started to see things in a whole new light. This limited field of view forced me to focus on a much smaller window of greater detail — and the game stood up fantastically! I started to appreciate how the light filters down through the leaves and how good some of the textures are. (Mostly). I actually spent time to appreciate monster models beyond that cursory look before killing them dead. There are some really great models that I’d never really “seen” because I’d been zoomed out of the world. At times I felt out of my comfort zone, but I stuck with it. Telara drew me in like it never has before.

What’s more, I started to see my character like I hadn’t since making him. I always felt that player characters in RIFT were lacking, that they were little more than an avatar for destruction. When I panned the camera around, I took a minute to look my character in the face.

Who is this guy? Why does he frown? What kind of past would a person who looked like that have? These are questions I don’t think I’ve asked of any of my characters in RIFT. It took me being forced to spend some time a salt’s throw from his shoulder to make me do it.”

I’ve occasionally played WoW or LoTRO for brief periods zoomed in, and it’s amazing how much the perspective changes your feelings about the game – it’s more threatening, more immersive, and yes, harder to control. I’ve never stuck it out for more than a couple of minutes, but after Chris’s post, I might just give it a go.

If you do the same, let us know how it goes!

Would you, or have you, played an MMO in strictly first-person mode?