New and improved Witcher 3 first-person mod includes full combat functionality
The Witcher 3 has phenomenal fantasy environments, including one of our favorite cities in PC gaming, Novigrad. The third-person camera does a good job of zooming in and letting you absorb all the detail of those lavish interiors, but sometimes you just want the privacy and immersion that a first-person camera could provide.
We reported on a previous mod that added a first-person camera to the Witcher 3 back in 2016, but the download page and video demo for that project both appear to have been removed.
Luckily, crthdr on NexusMods has released their own first person mod, and it goes even further than that initial project from 2016. Gervant First Person makes the whole game playable from a first person perspective, even the combat .
Now, I’m not entirely sold on tackling The Witcher 3’s toughest fights in first-person, but it does provide a useful transition to one of my favorite features of the mod: a mappable toggle to switch to the volley between first- and third-person, similar to how The Elder Scrolls or Grand Theft Auto 5 games officially implement the feature.
Crthdr is even working on first-person versions of Witcher 3 cutscenes. It’s not a feature I think I’ll enjoy, but I respect the ambition and technical savvy required to achieve it.
A change of perspective can sometimes be enough to refresh a well-rehearsed experience. I’ve played the first Witcher several times with its Enhanced Edition’s shoulder camera, but I found myself really surprised and looking at things with fresh eyes when I tried the isometric camera mode of the initial version of the game. I think I’ll take advantage of crthdr’s mod when I play The Witcher 3 again next (after replaying all Witchers one and two, naturally.)