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I picked up Portal and Portal 2 when they were on sale on Steam a few weeks back. I think these could be really good games, but I (for whatever reason) get vertigo when playing first person games.

Is there a way to switch to a third person view for these two games?

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since your main problem is not actually Portal-related, you might be interested in the question How can I prevent Gaming Sickness?. Also, How to save console options in Portal 2? mentions changing the fov might be helpful – Zommuter Feb 20 '12 at 7:11
Nice! I'll take a look for sure. – Chase Florell Feb 20 '12 at 16:02
up vote 10 down vote accepted

There are console commands, if cheats mode is enabled:

sv_cheats 1

This should work in both games. I believe you have to re-enter these every level, as you'll spawn in first person mode.

However, this will probably disable your ability to get Steam achievements for the games, so that's probably not the best idea. ModDB lists this mod for Portal 2, which should accomplish something similar. I haven't seen anything similar for the original Portal.

If you get vertigo, Portal games might not be for you - your perspective shifts frequently, and what's up is frequently down or sideways in rapid succession. The shift to third person might work OK in most other games, but you might find that Portal causes you more problems than other games.

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frigging vertigo sucks balls. – Chase Florell Dec 17 '11 at 22:39

I'm over a year late, but there's a console command "thirdpersonshoulder" which switches to the same 3rd person view found in shooters like Gears of War, without requiring sv_cheats.

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