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Guide: How to Play Red Dead Redemption 2 in First Person and Is It Worth Trying Out?

A nice and easy article to kickstart our Red Dead Redemption 2 post-release coverage: How to play the game in first-person mode. Now for some this may be obvious, but for others it may not – even though the game pretty much tells you how to do this anyway…

Rockstar Games is known for its massive open-worlds, filled to the brim with intricate detail, life, and fun. Their stories tend to be pretty good, too, but the famed developer didn’t make its name with first-person shooters – or first-person anythings for that matter.

It was only with the release of GTA V on PS4, Xbox One, and PC that Rockstar let players see the world through the eyes of the protagonist, rather than observing from a distance. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but being closer than ever to the action was intense and players responded well to the additional viewpoint. It’s no surprise, then, that Red Dead Redemption 2 also features a first-person camera mode, and accessing it is very, very simple.

There are several camera modes in Red Dead Redemption 2, including a cinematic camera mode, and they’re all access by tapping the touchpad on your DualShock 4. One tap will draw the camera out a little further than the default, another tap will push Arthur even further into the distance and open up the surroundings a little more, but eventually you’ll come to first-person mode. Here you’ll be able to play the game in first-person, much like Far Cry 5. You can play in first-person for the entirety of the game’s duration, or just switch between different viewpoints depending on your wants and needs.

I wasn’t a big fan of first-person mode in GTA V, if I’m being completely honest. It felt far too clunky and unresponsive and no matter how I tweaked the settings, I just couldn’t get it to a comfortable level. That may be due to the fact it was an addition rather than a mapped feature, or it may be that it just didn’t suit the game – I don’t know. What I do know is that first-person mode in Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t just a playable option, it’s a damn good one. Despite Arther being a clunky, chunky, hunky man, he feels adequately responsive in first-person mode. I’m not that far into the game as of writing (four hours played so far) so it may turn out to be rubbish in other areas of the game, but so far it’s pretty damn good. I’m already tempted to say that I may plan on doing a playthrough completely in first-person mode once I’ve done my initial playthrough. That’s how good it is. It’s far better than GTA V’s implementation and it may even be improved later down the line with updates and patches. For the time being though, yeah, it’s pretty darn good.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PS4. You can pick up your copy of the game via Amazon or the PlayStation Network. Or steal it off the neighbour kids who aren’t old enough to play it anyway…

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