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5 Notable Second-Person Perspective Video Games That You Should Play



We know that a first-person perspective video game allows the player to experience action through the eyes of the protagonist, (controlling the character in 3-dimensional space). First-person shooter games (like the Doom series, Half-Life series, and Halo, series) are widely popular, showcasing a wider field of view.

Third-person perspective games (like Super Mario 64 and the Tomb Raider series, the Spider-Man series, and the Tony Hawk’s ProSkater series) is when the player can visibly see the body of the controlled character at a distance, from a number of different possible perspective angles. Usually, you will be looking at the character’s back in third person shooter games.


After knowing this easy to grasp information, what exactly is a second-person shooter video game? Prepare for your neck to turn stiff from the thought of this news. A second-person perspective is actually shot from the perspective of a non-playable character, that is not the protagonist.

The two main types of second-person perspective games are camera-angle based and text-based. Getting right to the list, 5 notable second-person perspective video games are?

5. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes:

Many classic first-person perspective games (like Turok 2: The Seeds of Evil and GoldenEye 007) offer a second person perspective. In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, you are visible in multiplayer mode, on the other player’s screen. So, you can just automatically know the whereabouts of the the other players by looking at their screen.

4. Driver: San Francisco:

Driver: San Francisco is the fifth installment of the Driver series, released back in 2011. You play as John Tanner, the only man capable of putting crime lord, Charles Jericho behind bars. Full of 130 destructible muscle and super cars, record your own stunts, edit chase scenes with the Director’s replay mode, and share the movies. There are 20 challenging races, 80 dares, as well as 60 music tracks.

You have a first-person view of a car being controlled by a non-playable character and the windows will keep your car in sight. Oh, it is challenging not to crash you vehicle, but with practice, anything is possible.


3. Super Mario 64:

Super Mario 64 is a third-person perspective game, but can also be included as an annoying second-person perspective game. There is the option of controlling Mario from the perspective of a stick held by Lakitu (floating behind you on a cloud).



2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass:

When you fight against Crayk, the boss turns invisible. The second screen will allow you to watch the perspective from the boss, aiming with your bow. Making it more challenging, you have to accurately aim at Crank’s face.

1. A Way Out:

A Way Out comes from the creators of It Takes Two. About two criminals cooperating together to escape prison, the movie-like A Way Out is a split-screen, multiplayer game (with no single mode).

Unless you plan on controlling two controller simultaneously, having a buddy to play with you, will help you complete the game. If your character moves a certain direction on the split-screen, your partner in crime will not be looking back at you on the screen.

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.