Gamasutra - The First-Person Immersion Myth.
Are first-person games inherently more immersive? A lot of developers
seem to presume that they are, but let’s take a second look. Consider the
last time you felt like you actually were the character in a game you
played. I’d be willing to guess that most people will say “never.” We don’t
generally take on the role of the character we’re playing, except as
children in imaginary play.
What most of us do is identify with the character -- and how can you
identify with a character you can’t see, a character who usually doesn’t
even talk or have any opinions about the horrible things going on around
him? This goes back to the “silent hero” dilemma that has existed ever since
role-playing made its way into the electronic world, notoriously perpetuated
by the Japanese console RPG.