I have never been into FPS games, probably because I can’t see my own feet in them. I started playing games in arcades, looking at 2D side-scrolling Beat-em-ups, vertical shoot-em-ups, brawlers. In home consoles, my first games were Dig Dug, Ice Climbers, Super Mario Bros., etc.
So that background pretty much ensured I always had a sprite on screen where I could see where I was, and I was maneuvering in the 2D environment. Gradually 2D platforming became 3D and I got kind of used to it. But I always needed to see my character. When FPS came about and got popular, it was just something I avoided. I think it was because I tried it briefly and got slaughtered a ton by other people, or maybe I made no progress, I can’t remember. But I put it down pretty quick. For years while the FPS scene was growing, I was burying myself in RPGs and the like, completely separate from the genre. I stuck to some simple platforming games too, and I still enjoy those to this day.
Recently I played Valley on Steam, and I had a great time. Probably because I could see my feet, it felt more natural. When I try to play other FPS games and i look down and see nothing but ground, it just feels weird. I really enjoy Ziggurat, but I often die when I am unable to do the platforming aspects of the game when it comes to FP perspective. I haven’t even beaten the game on Easy mode yet, not to mention Normal or Hard, or whatever else comes after.
I really think it has something to do being able to see my feet. I have been thinking left and right about it for quite a while not and that seems to be fairly accurate. I don’t know why, but when view down is just whatever is below me, it gives me a strange idea of where I am physically.
I have all of these FPS games that I want to play, for one reason or another, but I have trouble getting over this hurdle. Anyone have any good advice, or maybe anything you want to share about your experience that may get me over this? I was talking to a couple of other people about this recently, mainly @onLooSe, who told me to just do it, don’t think about it. And then just a couple of days ago, @Pylinaer sent me a message telling me to rectify the situation that is me not having played Left 4 Dead, despite having it in my library.
Any advice is good advice, and I think I would probably enjoy this genre more if I could have some guidance in this regard. Also, free free to browse my library on Steam and let me know which games I should dive into for perhaps a FP experience and perhaps not too difficult to make my way around.
It’s not just FPS, of course, I have trouble with the platforming parts of Portal as well. At @Gnuffi’s recommendation about a year ago, I tried Bioshock, with similar feelings of FP inadequacies that I had to pull away from the game. I started and then dropped the first Half Life game, thinking of going back to the Valve fundamentals. I tried to dig into Dishonored and got nervous and stopped it kind of quickly. Maybe it’s that sensation of myself being injured with the HUD turns red indicating damage, and not knowing how to react.
What is the panache I am missing or how do I develop it?
Thanks for you help, I think I would love to play a lot of these games, but somewhere inside, I am a little daunted by trying them and maybe carrying them through.
(The reason I think it has to do with feet, if not entirely, but partly, is that I got through Valley fine, and I can even over-the-shoulder perspective games where I see the character in front of me a lot better. I managed to get my way through all of the Uncharted games… )
Anyway, I will stop droning on and on, any help is appreciated!