And I Say to Myself… (Camera)

What a wonderful world…gw273So yesterday I received one of the most amazing announcements in the patch notes ever… First Person View! For the longest time, it would drive me crazy when I blogged that I always had to have my character in the shots. Even worse, I found I could never really get screenshots that made me want to make them my desktop. ArenaNet… you have changed that–radically. Today I took my first screenshot with First Person perspective (Field of View turned to about 4/5 of the way), and it was marvelous. I’ve always been amazed by the amount of beautiful things to see in Tyria, and now I feel like I’m going to be discovering them all over again, and in a whole new light. There are a few things I wanted to note: First Person View

  1. You have to enable this under your options. Very important to get you started!
  2. I highly suggest turning up the Field of View so that you get a better glance at everything. I find I can’t go all the way, as it makes me motion sick. Still, play around to find that sweet spot!

Adjust Camera to Character Height

  1. This is one of the most significant things I’ve had added to the game. It affects the next point I want to highlight. The great thing is that it lets you see more of what’s ahead of you and to your sides. Field of View will affect this, as will Vertical Position.
  2. You may find it takes a bit of getting used to, as it’s not consistent with each character (obviously, adjust it to your character’s height). At first, I felt like it made things seem like they used to be until…

Vertical Position Slider

  1. This slider was one of the biggest game-changers to me (and I’m still tweaking it). What I’ve found is that as you scroll your screen out, it’ll zoom more vertically instead of just straight out, allowing you to see the battlefield around you more effectively.
  2. Note, that the higher you put this, the harder it will be to see what’s behind you, so be sure to change your Field of View appropriately.

I know that’s just a very brief overview and doesn’t really give you much advice, but just be sure to play with it all and see what works best. My biggest issue was the Field of View being too high, thus making me motion sick. Ultimately, expect more beautiful screenshots (especially with having my new computer and playing GW2 on max settings) without having to see my sexy norn as often! Q: Have you tried playing with the new camera functions? What’s been your experience (positive or negative)? I’d love to hear in the comments below!


8 thoughts on “And I Say to Myself… (Camera)

  1. The only reason I would use first person is for screenshots, but that still makes it worthwhile. I do however love the maximum FoV and it has no adverse affects on me. The view in The Grove 2nd level is incredible with maximum FoV and graphic settings. Did set my camera to character height, but playing a minimum size human male at the time it didn’t make much difference. Will have to check it out on my minimum size asura or maximum size norn. Haven’t played with the vertical slider, but will soon. I also love a few other things in the patch: the events in Nebo Terrace should now be doable with large groups and the “slipping” damage problem should be fixed on steep slopes. My biggest disappointments were how buggy this patch was even after being delayed 6 days for further QA testing and the fact that is messed up a lot of things not related to the patch.

    • I agree with you. There’s quite a few bugs, and they seem to continue. It’s quite frustrating.

      The screenshots possible now are astounding. A beautiful game has finally created something that promotes seeing how beautiful it really is!

      Thanks so much for your comment Bob. 🙂

      • I think the guild chat bug still exists, but it seems they got the rest. Not at all certain on the FPS. I just made some changes to my computer that raised the average frames from 20-30 to 70++. Even though some of this was by going from a AMD 7970 to a NVidea 970 GPU, most of it was by setting BOINC to suspend when GW2 was started. Even with that sometimes my FPS run 10- until I shut down the game and then restart it.

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  3. I find it great for running through the cities. One of my fave things in game is all the styles and creativeness people have done with their armour. You can see it a lot better in 1st person view. Get up close, rather than doing the awkward circle strafe and camera getting “caught” on corners and furniture.

    And all my chars (bar 3) are asura. So it can be a bit like valley of the giants with the camera to char height adjust.

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