Is Skyrim playable in 3rd-person?

  • Reading questions here and elsewhere about Skyrim makes it very tempting to buy. This would become a certainty if I know that I will be able to play it entirely in 3rd person. From the horse question I know that it's possible to at least view yourself in 3rd person on a horse, but that isn't quite enough to dispel my motion sickness concerns.

    Is Skyrim playable entirely in 3rd person view under any circumstances or configuration?

    There is a brief period at the start where you can't go into third person (because you haven't picked a race yet).

    And to make things worse for motion sickness, it's on a moving cart. Still, you can just close your eyes for that part and pretend they blindfolded you.

    Depending on the cause of your motion sickness, you may be able to improve the situation by increasing the field of view (open the console and enter `fov 90` or whatever angle works best for you) or using a mod to reduce/eliminate head bob (I'm pretty sure I've seen at least one of those on Skyrim Nexus already).

    there's also a mod that lets you start in alternate starting points so you don't have to deal with that interminably lengthy intro after the first time you've seen it.

  • spugsley

    spugsley Correct answer

    9 years ago

    Yes! A simple touch of a button can switch you between first and third person. On the PC, this button is 'F'. On consoles or if you use a controller, click the right thumb stick. It's entirely plausible to play the entire game in this view if that is your preference.

    Or just scroll the mouse wheel in and out, can give you a fairly far back view.

    This is how I play. I even use 3rd person for my archer-type characters. I just like seeing how cute I look :P

    It is worth noting that you cannot view yourself in third person until after the NPC cuts your bound hands during the tutorial.

    There are also several quests and cutscenes where you may be temporarily forced into first person. The longest I experienced this is in a quest near Dawnstar where you relive the memory of another person.

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