This Is What a "Second-Person" Video Game Would Look Like

  • Published: 01 October 2019
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    Games shown:
    0:00 - Painkiller
    0:14 - Phantom Dust
    1:19 - Refunct
    1:28 - Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
    2:17 - Driver: San Francisco

    Music used (in order):
    TOMISAKI - Pliocene
    Sir Cubworth - Orbital Romance
    Wayne Jones - Resolution
    Autionautix - The Voyage
    Asher Fulero - Simmering
    Asher Fulero - Peaceful Conclusion
    Bad Snacks - The Morning After

    The Voyage by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
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  • Nick Robinson
    Nick Robinson   2 months back

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    • HybridPlaysMC
      HybridPlaysMC  6 days back

      If you add Gun Mod into Minecraft and put your character on second person than is that count at second person shooting game

    • Marker Fian
      Marker Fian  2 weeks back

      And then theres minecraft

    • Chisaten
      Chisaten  3 weeks back

      Nick Robinson I am the 94,798th person to sign.

    • David Rahd
      David Rahd  3 weeks back

      Wing Arms for Sega Saturn did it first, every time a enemy plane is behind you, firing at you, the camera shift for the perspective of the enemy to create a better perspective for you to evade be target. It isn't a great game, but they did this before

    • Rafael Santos
      Rafael Santos  3 weeks back

      petitions are worthless. they are not going to put the game back on just because we all agree to do so.

  • Oda
    Oda  4 hours back

    Would playing a 3rd person game through VR count as 2nd person perspective? You're in the game and you can freely look around, while also controlling a character that you're playing.

    • Abraham Calderón
      Abraham Calderón  5 hours back

      1st person is from your perspective, 3rd person is from a narrator perspective (like a god if you like, he knows almost all about characters and narrative, but goes telling the story as he want to present it). 2nd person is like a witness, he sees the main character, but can only tell what he sees or saw. That's and interesting example, if we left the narrative apart, of what second person would be. A driver chasing another, just displaying what the witness (the guy following you) sees

      • CamoMilitia
        CamoMilitia  6 hours back

        It's like Inception, you just have to do it and not think about it too much.

        • Angel ッ
          Angel ッ  7 hours back

          I thought 2nd person was how the original sonic and Mario was 😂

          • Nick Robinson
            Nick Robinson   7 hours back

            that's 2D, not 2nd person! i get how it's confusing though

        • Chuck Coy
          Chuck Coy  8 hours back

          This hapenes to people all the time. They get labeled schizophrenic.

          • Ryan Brown
            Ryan Brown  9 hours back

            Am I wrong in remembering that Ready 2 Rumble had something akin to a 2nd person camera?

            • iAmAmazing _
              iAmAmazing _  11 hours back

              Me when isee this video: No, Minecraft already answered this question by pressing F2

              • Lisoul
                Lisoul  12 hours back

                Beyond two souls...?

                • NooB / النوب
                  NooB / النوب  15 hours back

                  if you want to play a second person game
                  go play gta 1

                • b e a n s
                  b e a n s  19 hours back

                  second person is just breaking the fourth wall

                  • Snorré H
                    Snorré H  19 hours back

                    Playing in 4th person must be sick ..😅🤯🤯

                    • Vlad Timofte
                      Vlad Timofte  21 hours back

                      9:14 When 2 universes meet each other

                      • dothedoword
                        dothedoword  22 hours back

                        8:55 is when the video and the title start to make sense.

                        • Trigo GT
                          Trigo GT  23 hours back

                          Am i the only one Who noticed "scrubsibe"??

                          • Genetix
                            Genetix  1 days back

                            godddamn the writing on this, holy shit its so fucking good.

                          • Nix Dominus
                            Nix Dominus  1 days back

                            Well, just my opinion but a visual novel technically counts as a 2nd person video game

                            • Ember Log
                              Ember Log  1 days back

                              this is a good question

                            • Maurizio Scolari
                              Maurizio Scolari  1 days back

                              Its when the front of the character is shown in 3rd person

                              • Atziluth
                                Atziluth  1 days back

                                I think a second person game would mean that you tell your character, or another character what to do and it's up to him if he decides to do it. There would have to be multiple scenarios that change depending on your characters choice. Ultimately, you would not directly be in control of your character. If you think about it, it corresponds directly to life. When you are in 1st person, you control you. If you become omniscient and are able to control another being, you would be operating in the 3rd person. This is the case for the scenario you described in the video. You are still controlling another character, but the cameras point of view became detached from the character being controlled, further increasing the omniscience. This is just another facet of an omniscient or 3rd person game. If its too difficult to understand, think of the game series "Civilization." You can control every player and assign them to do different tasks, controlling all things and seeing everything. This game is like that but the camera limits you visually and is just stuck on one character, and you can't control everyone. Furthermore, the only point of view that doesn't allow you to be in control is the 2nd person point of view. Remembering what I said earlier, it's entirely up to the other person what they do, and that would make for a boring game. It's a necessity for a game to give the player control of a character, thus meaning either 1st or 3rd person point of view. If not, we wouldn't be able to do anything in the game, so the very structure of what a game is falls apart. The game needs a player to have control to function. Without it, it would be called a movie. I've come to this conclusion: By definition, it is impossible for a game to be in a 2nd person point of view.

                                • DatGuy Miller
                                  DatGuy Miller  1 days back

                                  2nd person is text based games

                                  • Ender3030
                                    Ender3030  1 days back

                                    soooo... 2nd person would be like... remote control?

                                    • DataStream
                                      DataStream  1 days back

                                      Why does 8:50 - 11:00 sound as if it was a video game creepypasta?

                                      • Rain Ripples
                                        Rain Ripples  1 days back

                                        I was wondering about this 2 days ago and didn't discuss it with anyone and now I find it on my recommended tab, what the actual fuck is going on here

                                        • Exploratorem 256
                                          Exploratorem 256  1 days back

                                          Technically the stanley parable is a second person game

                                          • Taurean Wooley
                                            Taurean Wooley  2 days back

                                            So you would be the voices in the characters head, giving suggestions but staying similarly passive in the same voice?

                                            • José Andrés Julién Barriere

                                              I loved the video

                                            • Crystal_ANImefART
                                              Crystal_ANImefART  2 days back

                                              What if second person is where you look through someone else's eye instead of yours

                                              • Mario Beltran
                                                Mario Beltran  2 days back

                                                Hadn't seen this episode of Black Mirror

                                                • hippotype
                                                  hippotype  2 days back

                                                  2nd person would be like the old resident evil games

                                                  • you're my mission
                                                    you're my mission  2 days back

                                                    Brilliant video

                                                    • EPIC 4EVA
                                                      EPIC 4EVA  2 days back

                                                      Wouldn’t second person be like watch a birds eye view

                                                      • Steven Tarsitano
                                                        Steven Tarsitano  2 days back

                                                        RTS games are second person.

                                                        • Shafiq
                                                          Shafiq  2 days back

                                                          Develop a game in which you can play as anyone character, don't matter he is good or bad

                                                          • Olsen Chua
                                                            Olsen Chua  2 days back

                                                            Second person is basicly RPG

                                                            • Dmob Gaming community
                                                              Dmob Gaming community  2 days back

                                                              Halo wars?

                                                              • Kromosios
                                                                Kromosios  2 days back

                                                                In Rayman 2, there's also a mission like that.

                                                                *And it was scary as f'ck* XD

                                                                • Mayor of the Galaxy
                                                                  Mayor of the Galaxy  2 days back

                                                                  I seen two videos from you, Nick. You rambled about Driver: San Francisco in both of them. *Pure coincidence.*

                                                                  • Nick Robinson
                                                                    Nick Robinson   2 days back

                                                                    thanks! i promise my next video has nothing to do with Driver: San Francisco 😅

                                                                  • Mayor of the Galaxy
                                                                    Mayor of the Galaxy  2 days back

                                                                    @Nick Robinson It's all good, fam. You had to let us know about the metaphysical magic of 2nd person. I salute your dedication, man!

                                                                  • Nick Robinson
                                                                    Nick Robinson   2 days back

                                                                    i like what i like 😚

                                                                • JAUTsss
                                                                  JAUTsss  2 days back

                                                                  there is a game Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, it has indirect controls, so its could be the game from second person

                                                                  • King Sisyphus
                                                                    King Sisyphus  2 days back

                                                                    2nd person is the one getting shot...

                                                                    • Geekz Anonymous
                                                                      Geekz Anonymous  2 days back

                                                                      Second Person is simply Dungeon Master Mode.

                                                                      • Daniel Granja
                                                                        Daniel Granja  2 days back

                                                                        Applause for this awesome video

                                                                      • HazeyFeels
                                                                        HazeyFeels  2 days back

                                                                        id have personally said second person would be like old resident evil fixed camera points, or cinematic camera mode on GTA

                                                                        • Dadim _
                                                                          Dadim _  2 days back

                                                                          GTA 5 cinematic cam has that too when Police is chasing you..sometimes u have the view from a helicopter or a Cop thats following u

                                                                          • Jasper BJ
                                                                            Jasper BJ  2 days back

                                                                            you play your character but you can only see what your doing if the enemy can see what your doing

                                                                            • Point Blank
                                                                              Point Blank  3 days back

                                                                              What for a 4th person? 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th etc?

                                                                              • Urban Soul Beats
                                                                                Urban Soul Beats  3 days back

                                                                                This is such a fascinating video! I love the Driver SF mission. What clever game design

                                                                                • Byte Maniak
                                                                                  Byte Maniak  3 days back

                                                                                  Never thought I'd hear Tomisaki in a YouTube video. Nice job on the music choice!