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Top-down perspective, also sometimes referred to as bird's-eye view, overhead view or helicopter view, is a camera angle used in video games that shows the player and the area around them from above. It was often used in 2D role playing video games, wargames and construction and management simulation games such as SimCity and Railroad Tycoon. It is also used in some action games such as the early Grand Theft Auto games. Today top-down projections are typically used to suggest retro computer games in graphic design. Many top-down video games also utilize oblique projection to create a sense of added depth.
Top-down view is a game perspective where the player sees from above looking down. Also referred to as birds eye view or helicopter view. This view varies slightly from dimetric view or Isometric view since top-down is directly above while dimetric/isometric views appear slightly to one side in an attempt to add depth. Top-down view is mostly used in RPGs such as the Final Fantasy series and even action and adventure games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past or Grand Theft Auto.
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