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Have "TPSs" Caught Up To "FPSs?"

You know, it wasn't too long ago when first-person shooters not only ruled the sales charts, they also ruled in the critical realm as well. Now, I'm not saying this has changed much; the change has happened on the other side of the wall, in the genre known as third-person shooters. There was a time when few "TPSs" could live up to the intensity, polish and overall quality of the best first-person shooters (FPSs) on the market. But are those days long gone?

First of all, bear in mind that games like God of War III and Heavenly Sword are not third-person shooters; they're straight-up action titles. Uncharted and Gears of War are third-person shooters and let's face it, just looking at those two franchises alone, one can make the argument that such games are better than any FPS of this generation, with the possible exceptions of Killzone 2 and Crysis. Naughty Dog and Epic are blazing new trails in the genre that once took a significant backseat to FPS and the more we look around, the more we see TPSs beginning to get their just due. It could be argued that Ratchet and Clank is a member of the TPS category, and we're also very interested in the likes of Wet (and not just 'cuz Eliza Dushku is the voice of Ruby).

Thing is, I know FPSs will always be popular, and there will always be excellent productions available. This holiday season, you can bet that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is going to shatter sales records all over the place, and it's a further guarantee that 9s are in store from reviewers. But do you really think Uncharted 2: Among Thieves won't rival Modern Warfare 2 (at least in terms of critical acclaim)? I mean, when we look at both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, there are exclusives on each console - Gears and Uncharted - that are legitimate system sellers...and they're also TPSs. In fact, I'd dare say more are interested in those games than they are in any FPSs on the horizon. Perhaps it's because developers have really found a way to take advantage of this mechanic with the new and more powerful hardware, or maybe it's just because it has been proven that TPSs can be both awesome and profitable.

I guess the bottom line is this: if you ask after the hottest upcoming titles, perhaps TPSs will be just as prevalent on FPSs when someone responds. Does anybody remember when someone would ask if a certain game was a FPS and then they'd hear it was a TPS and...well, they'd be all disappointed? No more, people.

8/28/2009 Ben Dutka

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Superman915
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:03:36 PM
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i prefer TPS over FPS. Im much more looking forward to Uncharted 2 than MW2. With COD:WOW and Killzone 2, im not sure im gonna need another FPS for a gooood while.

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Scarecrow
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:34:26 PM

Same here

I probably won't get another FPS 'till Resistance 3

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:40:11 PM

ditto to scarecrow, I wanna see how that story ends.

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MadKatBebop
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:13:20 AM

FPS and TPS are about even for me I love em both!(only thing I hate about FPS is when you look down and theirs no feet or when your driving a vehicle and theirs no hands on the steering wheel). I'm gonna get MW2 and Uncharted 2.

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mastiffchild
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 5:37:58 PM

Well, I dunno about all this. Don't the MGS games count as quality TPS games? MGS4 is , by some margin, the vest game of any kind I've been lucky enough to play recently-the best all this gen for me-and MGS3 was for the last gen.

Going back further Siphon Filter was always quality and even though it's currently(and likely to remain) a 360 game only SCC looks like another excellent Splinter Cell too. Red Faction's switch to TPS might've been indicative of this switch(as I suppose would the more "shooter" emphasis of the last two RE games)had it not been about seeing within the destructable environments.

All I'm saying is that though COD and the likes of Halo have led to a big lift in general quality(and a fashion for them as well)in FPA games the TPS have always been there too. Uncharted, oddly, came from the Tomb Raider anble and only became a shooter because (I think)of the extra horsepower of PS3 allowing ND to broaden the template to include many onscreen enemies. This time round, despite the added shooty MP, the main game will be more puzzly than the last so will it be a true TPS or with games like Borderlands and ME2 and Fallout3 is this just evidence of(in their cases FPS and RPG)genres just getting blurred as more things become possible?

We can't moan and if the secret game Ben's on about turns out to be a NEW SF I'd expect that to be MORE than just a straight up TPS this time out with some RPg elements and possibly FPS sniping elements thrown in to the game.

So, far from a return to prominence of the TPS I'd argue that it's a broadening of what we can think of as many differing kinds of game these days as thoe lines get blurry and games harder to pigeonhole in general. Alpha Protocol looks to be another out soon that will blur boundaries of the genres and I'm all for that kind of thing, doesn't it help all us gamers enjoy more things?

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Xra897
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:08:13 PM
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wonder what's goin to be the halo of tps

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dlte
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:23:57 PM

isn't gears of war?

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:36:31 PM

Gears of War.
Its overhyped, invokes fanboy high-fives with the mere mention of its name, and is hailed as the greatest thing since Jesus.
Sounds a lot like Halo. :D

I know im going to sound like a fanboy, but Gears was just a terrible game. The dialog sounds like it was written by an autistic 3rd grader, theres about 3 different shades of brown taking up the entire color palette, and the character models are so ridiculously disproportionate... I played Gears until the last battle against the buy covered in the little bat things. I died a few times then thought "why do i even care if i kill this guy?" The story didnt make me care about any of the characters at all. Probably because the story didnt exist. Say what you will, but IMO (!!!!) Gears is just weaker than Uncharted in every regard.

End mini-rant

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Kr3sn1k
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:17:50 PM

@nosmokingbandit it is overhyped just like halo but unlike halo it doesnt suck the dialog seems fine to me and i hate to admit it but it was the only reason other than fable that i got an xbox when i did

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 1:07:06 AM

@Bandit

"autistic"? Are you sure you didn't mean "third-grader with Tourette's"?

Not meaning to poke fun at either condition.

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Naga
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 8:31:06 AM

I thought it was fun game why say its overhyped

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realmadpuppy
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:26:10 PM
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I like them both but, I have a soft spot in my heart for FPS. I been playing them since Wolfenstein and they never cease to enjoy me.

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tes37
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:32:47 PM
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I've always liked TPS more. I never could get into FPS's. I also like other games that use the third person view that get mistaken for TPS's.

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sunspider13
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:33:11 PM
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I'm waiting for the Tecmo TPS Quantum. Downloaded the trailer a little while ago and I like the look of it. Of course I waiting impatiently for Uncharted 2.

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Kr3sn1k
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:18:49 PM

totaly agree with quantum i thinks its gona be a kick ass game

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Xra897
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:27:59 PM

yea dude quantum and uncharted both look just amazing

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:56:47 AM

Almost forgot about Quantum. That is gonna be killer!

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Scarecrow
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:33:27 PM
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TPS > FPS

Bottom line:
3rd person games > 1st person games

By the way, add Resident Evil to that list

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 1:12:49 AM

I totally agree, with one revision: games which allow one to switch at will are better still. I prefer third-person, even for most shooting, but sometimes you need to get a closer look at something.

The third-person view gives you some peripheral vision and makes me feel like I'm actually IN the environment, like I'm interacting with it.

I always feel like a Dalek when I play an FPS, even a good one like Killzone 2.


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www
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 5:10:34 AM

Yes Scarecrow, Resident Evil 5 is my best game thus far this year and its TPS.
Yes I've played Killzone 2, but RE5 got it!

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NiteKrawler
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:36:12 PM
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Of course. I'd say TPS games have surpassed FPS games. FPS's are just all the same thing. At least TPS's have diversity. The only diversity in FPS games are the weapons.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:38:23 PM
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Awww Ben has a crush on Eliza ;)

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Squirreldriver
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:02:44 PM

Who doesn't? ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:02:13 AM

Nah. Others are higher on my list. ;)

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TGG
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 10:42:12 PM
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I like TPS's better than FPS's. To me, an FPS looks like a camera floating above the ground with arms attached to it.

I suppose after playing a lot of games from a third person perspective getting my hands on a first-person game felt alien.

It's just a lot easier for me to get into a TPS.

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SvenMD
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:09:12 PM
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I find it weird that FPS's were most likely created to make you feel like you are in the game, or that you are "immersed" in the environment. But they always create a sense of disconnect for me. I feel like I have no real connection with the main character (even though I am in their head!)

I always have a better connection with a TPS where the character is on the screen and I can see them. Also I just hate looking down in FPS and I DON'T SEE FEET! How realistic is that?

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Kr3sn1k
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:20:52 PM

some games you can see feet actualy i think u can in halo nd resistance 1 not sure about 2 or killzone 2

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Highlander
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:00:22 AM

Agreed 100%. When I see my character running around, I identify with my character. Even in TPS games where I have no control over the character's appearance, I still feel the same. It's like being an actor, you take on the role of the character. But it's easier to do this, and become immersed when you can see your character in the action.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:07:37 AM

@SVEN

I have the same issue! I need to see my feet! I could NEVER feel attached to my FPS character but Snake c'mon I almost cried at the end of MSG4!

BTW I understand MSG4 isn't a dedicated shooter.

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Solid Fantasy
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 7:21:53 AM

You can see your legs in Crysis also.

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www
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 10:47:15 AM

How about the ones you look in the mirror but you can't even see yourself.

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drortego317
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 10:54:48 AM

It's like world said a while back about fps. U have no legs, u never did

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 2:22:50 PM

If Mirror's Edge does nothing else, at least it might show "normal" first-person games how to handle the character's body.

Platforming in first-person view doesn't really work, though.

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chucknasty
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:40:32 PM
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I remember when I first played Doom and Wolfenstein being so impressed with the concept. Being able to see the gun you were carrying, the surprise of coming around a corner and running into an enemy. I was willing to overlook the negatives: the nauseating ability to move equally fast in any direction, the lack of peripheral vision.
Thing is that was over ten years ago and the only improvement to the genre is better graphics, that is it. The setting may change but the new games are simply prettier versions of Doom with the same presentation and the same flaws. That is why I am simply over FPSs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:54:16 PM

I was very impressed too back then. Especially with Doom. But now they get pretty stale, but Resistance and KZ are pretty damn good anyway.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:03:10 AM

The funny thing about Doom is that compared to the FPS games of today is a shooter on rails. You don't have the freedom that you have now within the environment. The level design and mood of the game is far more an arcade game mood. The FPS games of today are different somehow. I can go back and replay Doom, and it's still fun, despite the crude graphics. I think that's because it's an arcade shooter, not a combat simulator.

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chucknasty
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:41:12 PM
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also: Rubi

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Tha_Joker_186
Friday, August 28, 2009 @ 11:52:23 PM
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I also prefer TPS over FPS because you can actually get into the character while FPS is just guns...>_<
Like Uncharted for example, Drake has so much character, its much better than just running around shooting ppl mindlessly, there's more character in the game compared to the FPS. As much as i like FPSs I'm just FPS'd out right now.

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InBlackestNight
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:04:12 AM
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One of my favorite games is Star Wars Battlefront. It has a fps mode, but is SUCKS! It would of been horrible had that been the standard view. Bring on more third person shooters, I want to see my character!

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 1:24:55 AM

Can I get an "amen"?

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gumbi
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 1:48:58 AM
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I have to admit. I've always preferred the third person perspective in games. Like everyone says, it's easier to see your environment, and it's easier to connect with your character when you're always lookin at them. I also like to see my guy jump, roll, dive, shoot, and recoil when shot.

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___________
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 2:08:56 AM
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i really couldent care less what camera style a game is as long as its fun.
one thing i find and aggravates me with TPS is allot of the time the camera either seems to far away or to close.
like in batman AA the cameras so close its almost in FP mode.
but than in ninja gaiden 2 the camera is so far away its hard to judge how close you are to the edge, youve got no idea how many times ive died because ive jumped thinking im at the edge when im not.
gets extremely annoying.
but i wish we had more games like ninja gaiden, i love sword fighting games and theres no where near enough.
we have 1M and 1 RPGs
1M and 1 FPS
1M and 1 TPS
quite a few racers.
quite a few MMOs
but barely any action/ sword fighting games.
we need more sword fighting games, and we need more platforming games.
on a different topic i was thinking today one of my favorite ps2 games is kill switch.
i wonder if were going to get a sequel to that.
its kind of like haze sort of, id love to play another kill switch game.

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LowKey
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:19:38 AM

Even more than Ninja Gaiden2 is Shinobi 2 and put 12 bosses in it like the original Shinobi for Sega Master System no any of that 4 boss bull crap, although they didget the classic 3 part stages like 1-a 1-b 1-c right in the one for PS2 but not enough bosses.

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 2:25:51 PM

kill.switch is just a Gears clone. Gears invented cover mechanics, just like RE4 invented the over-the-shoulder camera. ;)

On a serious note, I agree about having more games with melee weapons, though I'm not a hard-as-nails action fan myself. My blast-from-the-past recommendation is The Mark Of Kri (and its sequel, which should have been better than it was).

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___________
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 8:06:17 AM

how can kill switch be a gears clone when kill switch was out way way way before gears?
and kill switch is nothing like gears, it was more like a secret agent game more like haze.
that comment sir tells me one thing.
youve never played kill switch for shame.
you know what you have to do tomorrow.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:02:26 AM
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What about that perfection we all know as Fallout 3? That sucker has everything from FPS, TPS all wound up in a crazy blend of RPG sprinkled on top.

W8in on Uncharted 2 BTW!

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sunspider13
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:14:49 AM

Yup I agree just waiting to get my hands on the GOTY edition so I can finally finish the darn thing, lol.

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LowKey
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:16:39 AM
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My three most favritest TPS' are Max Payne, Dead to Rights and The Suffering. those are the games that set the bar for TPS'

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___________
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 9:14:23 AM

the suffering was so creepy, i remember playing it when i was a kid and it scared the crap out of me.
ive been looking for it to see if it has the same effects on me.
its the scariest game ive played, well its not really scary but it f***s with your mind.

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LowKey
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 6:09:49 PM

"Why Daddy?" "Why did you hold my head under the water?"

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Oxvial
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:44:50 AM
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FPs games have the MOST boring bosses fights.

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Culoslap
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 4:27:28 AM
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Been burnt out on FPS games for a while now. I'm sick of Camping on Duty and the all sniping camperfests they've become. Which is why I'm skipping Modern Warfare 2 for Uncharted 2.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:42:45 PM

GREAT decision!

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DGo8
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 5:05:49 AM
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I think my next FPS will prbly be..Resistance 3...cant wait to see the next twist...BUT i think i may prefer TPS you know...dont get me wrong i love FPS..like Killzone & Resistance.

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DGo8
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 5:15:31 AM
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i agree with you Culoslap
and i agree 10000000000% wit Oxvial

FPS are no where near as good as TPS boss fights there no fear in like ohhh shit..he's a big mother f***** what do i what do i do...in R2 i was bit like..wtf do i do when i was fighting bosses...but K2 i dont wanna knock the game coz im like numba 1 fan of it love everythink bout it...i wasnt a fan of like them boss kinda battles..The end battle was epic i coulda broke my TV until i noticed he was telaporting(sorry for tha spelling ina rush) kinda thing everywhere lol then..i got tha Bitch lol...Uncharted over MW all tha way i doubt i will even buy it..massivly over-rated..online is good no diff you killzone if you ask me just perks n u get stuff when you do a killstreak...killzone as kinda perks but u kno wot i mean.

I probly get thumbs down for this. haha

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shadowpal2
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 9:07:02 AM
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Hmmmm...........what about Mirror's Edge?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:02:19 PM

Do you ever use a gun in it?

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DarkManX
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 10:42:24 AM
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I loved TPS's more then FPS's, actually I hated FPS's until I played Oblivion on the ps3...I figured ahh it's a FPS(slasher)I'll give it a shot because I like games of that genre...and I loved the FP view point so I went out and bought KZ2 over R2 and I fell in love with KZ2 so I now love FPS's atleast KZ2 as much as my TPS's.

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 2:33:11 PM

I play Oblivion mostly in third-person view because the fighting is horribly chaotic even when you can see the area around your character; I found combat in first-person unplayable.

I love Oblivion, but it REALLY needs a lock-on feature.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 3:03:16 PM

Really fane? I was the opposite, I can't do Oblivion combat in third person, feels slow and awkward. I guess its good they had both views :)

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Scarecrow
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:43:52 PM
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FPSs limit your freedom of movement(legs/arms) since it's almost ALL 'bout pulling the trigger

We all know how much more freedom there is TPSs.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 6:12:35 PM

With a TPS, the extra freedom opens up other modes of play, like in Ratchet and Uncharted you have elements of platforming, adventure/ exploration games and puzzle games.

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Ricochet
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 12:54:20 PM
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I'm really getting tired of FPS's ever since this console generation started. I'm glad games like Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted (Shooter but also a platformer) and Flower which puts a lot more variety in their games.

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 1:40:13 PM
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All my favorite games this gen are 3rd person. They'd be Dead Space, Warhawk, and Uncharted. I think I may end up adding Red Faction: Guerilla to this list as well. Long Live the TPS!!!!

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LowKey
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 6:14:08 PM

I'm actually kinda upset that they turned Red Faction into a TPS, the first 2 were friggin incredible as FPS'

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A2K78
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 4:31:09 PM
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The only TPS that really mattered was Lost Planet. Not only that, but I'm very glad Capcom stuck to their arcade roots when concieving the game.

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mastiffchild
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 5:38:54 PM

OK point made fella!

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LowKey
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 6:15:16 PM
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AK must be posting from a PS3 that happened to me a couple of times. lol

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www
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 8:40:22 PM

Lol The PS3's slow response to submitting actions, I know.

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flux equals rad
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 7:17:37 PM
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over-the-shoulder cameras have helped tremendously. the '2nd person' shooter, if you will, is a glorious marriage between the two.

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NiteKrawler
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 8:11:56 PM

I hate when people call it a 2nd person shooter...Because really, a 2nd person shooter would be if you were looking through a character's eyes, but controlling a completely different character. It's not an impossible thing...but it wouldn't be any good unless you were bored, or masochistic.

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tankerkevo
Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 10:27:11 PM
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Hmpf... A post about third person shooters with a ton of comments and the king of all online console TPS's isn't even mentioned once. Ben, I'm dissapointed.

@ all of the commenters; seriously?

Sigh.

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CrazyCrisps
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 1:10:36 PM
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I think you really are IN the game with an FPS. I love COD. It's really like you're Soap,that you are the soldier who fights the battle.. It's immense. But I like TPS too though :D

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larsjuh33
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 1:32:46 PM
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fps's are pretty boring after a while. looking forward to uncharted 2 =D

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Deleted User
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 8:34:01 PM
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There is something about seeing your character doing something... it wouldn't be the same if you chainsawed a guy in first person

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Happiness
Monday, August 31, 2009 @ 9:56:40 PM
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I like FPS best for multiplayer, and TPS for single player.

Definitely looking forward to Uncharted 2.

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shootu
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 @ 2:16:34 AM
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Why Do they have to make a FPS or a TPS game? Why not have ALL GAMES do both by just changing your view? It would sell more games. Not that hard for them to do it so why are they being dumasses about it? BEN why cant they please BOTH WORLDS???

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Are you getting Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor?
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