Who enjoys cockpit/first person view?

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#1 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

(firstly where did the option for creating a poll go? I must be missing it or something) 
 
So ever since Drew mentioned how he like driving in the cockpit view, I started getting sold on the idea. I used to always be a far back behind the car kind of guy. Now I find myself loving the cockpit view even in the gymkhana events. I enjoy it so much that I am taken aback. I can't believe I do so good in this view seeing as how you get a minuscule amount of viewing area to race. Once I got used to the change in view I noticed that I started getting really immersed and on the edge of my seat at times. 
 
So who out there is a fan of the cockpit camera view? Who's a convert? What's your favorite view angle for racing games?

#2 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -

Me.

#3 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I believe you need to create a poll in General or Off-Topic and then attach it to a specific forum.  I think that's how it works.
 
Cockpit for me.

#4 Posted by Liber (648 posts) -

Me

#5 Posted by Sin4profit (2903 posts) -

In a flight sim, yes - in a driving game, no. 
if it's a simmy driving game i'll use "hood cam".  
in an arcadey racing game, the usual behind the car cam.

#6 Edited by Gizmo (5389 posts) -

I love a bit of cock 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
pit view.

#7 Posted by CarpetRemnant (369 posts) -

I always, in Dirt 2, turn it on and think 'wow this is totally awesome' and then immediately crash and burn and switch back. I just don't have the patience.

#8 Posted by AlexW00d (6168 posts) -

Hell yeah. No HUD cockpit view ftw.

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#9 Posted by Franstone (1085 posts) -

I do...
I also have TrackIR which brings it to a whole new level. 
It's kinda crazy.
Haven't tried it in Dirt 3 yet so I'm not 100% sure they support it but it worked in Dirt 2.

#10 Posted by Garfield518 (403 posts) -

It varies from car to car. If there's a big ass roll cage bar or netting blocking the windshield and I can't see anything, I'll switch to bumper.

#11 Posted by Bollard (5203 posts) -

I play every driving game in cockpit if there's the option. In fact its the only reason I'll really play a driving game.

#12 Posted by chilibean_3 (1611 posts) -

It's cool but I only use it for a bit to check it out.  When I really want to get into it I move to the hood cam so I can actually see the corners better.  I never feel that the cockpit is any more realistic because you are always looking straight ahead and not at where you want the car to go.

#13 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

Behind the car camera for me. Always.

#14 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

I like it in the context only that everyone else is using it because it always feels to me like a gimmicky hindrance, that is to say though that I do enjoy using it on occasions. Hardcore mode is appealing to me at the moment because it forces cockpit cam  (you'll find people confused after a collision/spin and they'll drive in the wrong direction!). 
 
However, do I enjoy using it because I can do well with it? Heck no. I take twice as long to finish a track with it.

#15 Posted by MrCandleguy (822 posts) -
@Chavtheworld said:
I play every driving game in cockpit if there's the option. In fact its the only reason I'll really play a driving game.
I second this! and Dirt does cockpit view very well, it would be a shame to let it go to waste.
#16 Posted by elko84 (1032 posts) -

i heard you love COCKpit

#17 Posted by JJWeatherman (14554 posts) -

*raises hand* 
 
I feel like I have greater control.

#18 Posted by Eversoranimus (122 posts) -

The only way I race, though the snow rally races can get intense from that point of view. Which is another reason to like Dirt 3.

#19 Posted by Winternet (8002 posts) -

Not me. Never have. Camera behind the car. 

#20 Posted by bwooduhs (1616 posts) -

I only use cockpit view in racing games.

#21 Posted by GentlemanlyGentleman (319 posts) -

Always, I seem to have far more control over the car in the cockpit view. I turned of the HUD for the trophy at first, but I love playing without it after that first race. The only time it comes back on is for drift events, just to see my score. 

#22 Posted by Droop (1827 posts) -

I love it. Even in Gymkhana.

#23 Edited by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

I always use the hood-cam. It provides a great sense of speed and it still gives you a good enough feeling for the dimensions of the car (plus, the reflections on the hood look gorgeous in Dirt 3).
 
Also, in my opinion the hood-cam comes closer to the focussed view I have in a real car. In a game's cockpit view, the car "around" the windshield is way more distracting and intrusive than when it is only located in periphal field of vision in real life.

#24 Posted by Quacktastic (1066 posts) -

I don't play racing games that often, but when I can't find a cockpit view I feel like that is a huge flaw.  I'd much rather the realistic view.  I know you can't see as much of the screen, but that's the point to me.  It's supposed to be a car, you're supposed to have blind-spots and your personal awareness should be something you develop not something you have shown to you in a third-person camera.
 
I can buy into hood view, I guess, but behind the car just reminds me of playing with toys or something and only works for me if your game is really arcade-like and there is a lot of stuff going on.  If it's trying to be a simulator, then third-person just makes the game boring.

#25 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -
@Quacktastic said:
I don't play racing games that often, but when I can't find a cockpit view I feel like that is a huge flaw.  I'd much rather the realistic view.  I know you can't see as much of the screen, but that's the point to me.  It's supposed to be a car, you're supposed to have blind-spots and your personal awareness should be something you develop not something you have shown to you in a third-person camera. 
Well, the feeling for the car and focus/peripheral vision are way different between a real car and a videogame's cockpit view. You have much better sight in real life on that position - that is why I find the hood-view generally to be a better approximation of my focussed vision in a car than the cockpit view.
#26 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -

For precision driving, sure. For drifting, no way.

#27 Posted by McGray90 (53 posts) -

Really like to use cockpit cam with no hud for the point to point stuff, but for the multi-car races and gymkhana I have to still go for the behind the car view.

#28 Posted by buft (3300 posts) -
@jams: Ive been a big fan of cockpit view since PGR3, that game converted me, In Dirt 3 i use cockpit view for everything but Gymkhana.
#29 Posted by xMP44x (2193 posts) -

I haven't played Dirt 3 yet, but I do enjoy using the cockpit views in Forza Motorsport. I don't use it in the more arcade-y games like PGR4 and Test Drive Unlimited 2 though, as I find it detracts from how the game is played. My standard view in most racing games is behind the car, and close. If a game has a good cockpit view and it complements the experience then I will make the most of it.

#30 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -
@ZimboDK: It's crazy when I play gymkhana mode in cockpit view. At first I decided I'd use the far behind view for gymkhana and the cockpit for racing, but then I tried cockpit for both and it worked. The worst moments have to be in the snow behind a bunch of cars. You can't see ANYTHING when that happens.
#31 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

I am a hood view guy...

#32 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -
@jams: I just can't get used to it. Spins and donuts in cockpit view are absolutely impossible for me. The spin in particular is brutal, because I have no idea where I am when I'm finally ready to drive on.
#33 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

When just doing single player races or races online with friends, Cockpit. During Dirt Tour or online races against random people, Behind the car view. 

#34 Posted by Scotto (1167 posts) -

I prefer the hood camera in Dirt 2 and 3.  Cockpit view looks nice, but I agree with Jeff that it's just too restrictive, and isn't more "realistic". 
 
Sitting in the cockpit of a real car isn't restrictive, because you have peripheral vision, and can keep your head on a swivel. 
 
- Scott

#35 Posted by Vinny_Says (5681 posts) -

Only in the rallies and trailblazer events.

#36 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5797 posts) -

I enjoy using it in Forza 3

#37 Posted by Garris (186 posts) -

I'm enjoying cockpit view in Dirt 3, Before that the last car racing game I played was rallisport challenge 2 which was 3rd person view and one of the earlier cmr games which I also did in 3rd. 
 
I love playing tourist trophy in cockpit view though I like me some crazy leanings

#38 Edited by warxsnake (2634 posts) -

Me too   

@Scotto said:
I prefer the hood camera in Dirt 2 and 3.  Cockpit view looks nice, but I agree with Jeff that it's just too restrictive, and isn't more "realistic".  Sitting in the cockpit of a real car isn't restrictive, because you have peripheral vision, and can keep your head on a swivel.  - Scott
What about if I can move my head in the game ^
#39 Posted by gnark1ll420 (101 posts) -

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.

#40 Posted by DukesT3 (1888 posts) -

Me.  
 
Yet when I drift and do Gymkhana I prefer third person and thats usually with any racing game that involves some sort of drifting. 

#41 Posted by Siepher (255 posts) -

I use cockpit view in most of the game types, except Gymkhana.

#42 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

I like the hood view. 

#43 Posted by ShockD (2393 posts) -

It's alright, but the small FOV really annoys me... so I usually play in third-person cam.

#44 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

Cockpit view is the only view I will never use. I hate it. I cycle through the other options depending on game and mood.

#45 Posted by faustyn (614 posts) -

forza, dirt and pgr? third person. 
burnout? bumper cam!

#46 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1820 posts) -

Drew turned me on to the idea of racing from cockpit view as well. I'd never been much of a racing game guy, especially ones that didn't involve running over pedestrians and boosting around turns and the like, but as soon as I jumped into that cockpit view I was sold. It's just so much more intense and real

#47 Posted by Marz (5642 posts) -

I do prefer the inside view of vehicles when i'm playing a racing game.  

#48 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I like it a bunch, but sometimes it can be really hard to race in.  It gives a more intense "ohgodohgodohgod" feeling when going around turns and stuff at high speed, but it can be annoying when you hit a puddle in a car and you can't see shit until your wipers get the mud off.

#49 Posted by WickedFather (1730 posts) -

Behind car view means you will lose.   I had to learn the hard way.   Even 'skidding' events.  I so wish it weren't true as I love out of car expieriences.

#50 Posted by Wasara88 (332 posts) -

I have always used it and i'm accustomed to it and when i sometimes try the chase camera for laughs i don't have the same car control anymore and it kills the speed so i constatly hit the trackwalls.
 Also think the ammount of time the devs have used modeling those cockpits, it would be too cruel to use anything else.

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