One of the more impressive but less heralded features of Red Dead Redemption 2 is its multiple cameras.
At pretty much any point outside of cutscenes, you can switch between a first person close-up view, multiple third person views, and a dramatic cinematic camera. As the term suggests, the cinematic camera shoots your epic exploits like a movie, with a mix of wide angle and close-up shots that show Arthur Morgan in all his savage glory. To access all this, Rockstar came up with a typically elegant solution, read on to find out how to gain a new perspective on the violent, raw, and often beautiful world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
To switch between first person and third person views, simply press the touchpad on PS4 or the view button on Xbox One. Each press will alternate between four different views: close behind Arthur, a little further back, the most distant third person view and first person view. Personally, I favour the middle third person view as it matches how most third person action games are played, but there’s no doubt that first person has its uses, whether you’re in the middle of a raging gunfight or just want a good look at your fellow gang members in camp. Of course, you could play pretty much the whole game in first person if you wanted to, so just experiment and see what feels right.
For the cinematic camera, simply hold the touchpad (PS4) or view button (Xbox One) until the meter in the bottom right corner fills up and cinematic black bars pop up on the top and bottom of the screen. Once in the cinematic view, you can switch between different angles by clicking the right stick. There a bunch available (including dynamic swooping options) so it’s definitely worth having a play. One slight downside is there’s no map so make sure you know where you’re going before activating it. You also can’t fight in the cinematic camera, so if you get into any scrapes, the game will quickly return you to your previous view. To exit the cinematic camera, simply press the touchpad/view button again.
And there you have it, that’s all you need to know about the first person and cinematic cameras in Red Dead Redemption 2. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go, I’ve got a train to rob.
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