Which one do you prefer?
That's human shields, Bionicide, unless you're thinking about the Gears of Wars games. Calling an enemy that you're holding hostage a "meat shield" is, in my opinion, a disgusting term.
As for the preference between first, and third-person, I have no preference. I enjoy a good action game regardless of how the lead character is presented.
I like playing Vampire Bloodlines because it has a first person view and a third person view option, which you can switch from with the press of a button and both work perfectly. I know Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls games do that too, but not quite as well as Vampire.
If I had to choose though.... I'd go with 3rd person, I think it gives you a better view of the level, since you're not restricted to seeing only what's directly in front of you at any given time.
Third person. Being able to tell where the hell you are in a game is nice, as is occupying space and not being a floating camera (I'm looking at you Half Life). It also lets you take in the atmosphere better, and you can platform.
Yeah...I have a personal grudge against First Person. It feels gimmicky and detached.
Third-person. I like seeing my character. Especially if he/she's bad-ass. Because I'm bad-ass, too. So together, we're a collaboration of bad-ass. We're bad-ass squared.
I know right? In first person, your can't really see the character and your just like, what? In TPS, your actually seeing everything going on around you and have better awareness. TPS FTW
I think I prefer first person, because it's more intense. Third person just adds this layer of separation, reminding you, "hey, you're not here, you're playing a video game". That said, I'm the sort of guy who loves taking cover, and I'd like to see a better implementation of that in FPSes.