Third-Person Computer Games

10 third-person action games for PC Gamers

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Third-person computer games cover a wide yet somewhat vague style of games that are different from first-person style games where you're looking through the eyes of the main character. Third-person games are offset from the main character thus giving you a third-person point of view. A good number of games have both first- and third-person gameplay features. 

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'Max Payne 3'

Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne screenshot

Rockstar Games

The latest chapter in the Max Payne gaming experience and the first to be released since 2003, "Max Payne 3" is a gritty game that follows a dark storyline full of seedy characters. From Rockstar Games, this ​single-player game improves upon its predecessors in both graphics and gameplay.

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'Freedom Fighters'

Freedom Fighters screenshot

Electronic Arts

"Freedom Fighters" from Electronic Arts follows Christopher Walker, who lost his family after an attack on Washington, D.C. He leads a guerilla army to defend New York against an invasion from the Soviets. Expect urban warfare that ranges from small sabotage missions to full-scale battles.

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'The Simpsons Hit & Run'

The Simpsons Hit and Run screenshot

Vivendi Universal Games

"The Simpsons Hit & Run" from Vivendi Universal is a third-person action/adventure game based on the animated sitcom "The Simpsons." It features over 56 missions and seven levels. It gives players the ability to interact with the world of Springfield using many of the colorful characters from the series.

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'Prince of Persia: Sands of Time'

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time screenshot


In "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time," you help the Prince restore peace to his land. Gorgeous graphics and good gameplay make this sequel worthwhile. Enjoy gravity-defying acrobatics and the ability to bend time as you explore kingdoms.

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'Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic'

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic screenshot


Set 4000 years before the first Star Wars film, "Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic" is a single-player third-person role-playing game where you can choose from nine different customizable character types, all set in the Star Wars Universe.

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'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King'

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King screenshot

Electronic Arts

"Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" video game is based on the third and final film in Peter Jackson's interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." The game closely follows the plot of the film picking up where the "Lord of the Rings: Two Towers" game left off putting the fate of Middle Earth in your hands. Play as Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, or other characters.

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'Armed and Dangerous'

Armed and Dangerous screenshot


In "Armed and Dangerous from LucasArts, you join two partners in crime as you fight your way through 21 missions trying to pull off a heist during the middle of a war using more than a dozen different weapons. This game melds witty humor with a gun-slinging third-person shooter.

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'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell'

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell screenshot


"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" is a stealth action/adventure game that was one of the first Tom Clancy games for the PC. More than 10 years since it's release, it is still a fun game to play through. The animation, lighting, and sound make this great gaming experience.

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'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City'

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City screenshot

Rockstar Games

"Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" is a crime-based action/adventure game set during the 1980s in fictional Vice City, which is based in Miami. Players take on the role of a criminal who is attempting to rise in the ranks of the criminal underworld. It is the second title in the Grand Theft Auto 3 trilogy of games that includes "Grand Theft Auto III" and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."

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'Grand Theft Auto III'

Grand Theft Auto III screenshot

Grand Theft Auto

"Grand Theft Auto III" is the first game in the series to feature the third-person perspective. It takes place in the dark and seedy underworld of fictional Liberty City. A violent game, it has been met with controversy over the years as have other Grand Theft Auto games.