Cities Skylines First Person Mod: How To Download And Use

Cities Skylines First Person Mod: How To Download And Use
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


6th Jul 2022 11:40

The Cities Skylines first person mod is an excellent way to get up close and personal with your glorious creations, giving you a fresh perspective into the lives of your unwitting citizens. If you’re a mod lover, then Cities Skylines is certainly going to be the game for you, with a near infinite amount of ways to change up or add to your experience. However, if you’re looking specifically for the Cities Skylines first person mod, then make sure to read on to find out how to download and use it.

What Is The Cities Skylines First Person Mod?

Cities Skylines First Person Mod Shot of a highway at dusk
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As the name suggests, the Cities Skylines first person mod is a tool that lets you switch out the traditional overhead camera for a more personal approach. In the standard game, you are limited to a raised, flat view of your city if you want to get up close, but this mod allows you to control a free camera, and become as intimate with your creations as you’d like.

Furthermore, it recalls memories of the SimCity 4: Rush Hour expansion, as you are able to ‘drive’ the cars and people that frequent your city. Unfortunately you aren’t actually able to control them, but you act as a passenger of sorts as they go about their daily business.

It is also an excellent tool for taking screenshots, if you’re wanting to show off your city to your friends. You can easily create stunning perspectives that really show your city in its best light.

How To Install The Cities Skylines First Person Mod

Cities Skylines First Person Mod shot of a bridge at night
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The easiest way to download the Cities Skylines first person mod is to pick it up from the Steam Workshop. This obviously requires you to own the game on Steam, but it cuts out the entire download and installation process, meaning that all you have to do is subscribe and everything is sorted.

There are multiple different first person camera mods on the Steam Workshop that you can download, but we find that the First Person Camera v2.1.0 mod by Asu is the one that works the best.

You will need to download the Harmony 2.2-0 Mod Dependency mod to allow the first person to work however, but you will also need this for a lot of other downloads for the game, so it is something that is worth just having regardless.

If you’re not on Steam however, there unfortunately is not a way to download a first person mod. You used to be able to convert Steam Workshop files so that they could be used with the Epic Games version of the game, but the tool for doing that has since been shut down as per Valve’s request.

As for console versions of the game, while there are certain mods available to download for Xbox and PlayStation players, there is no option to get the Cities Skylines first person mod at this current time.

How To Use The Cities Skylines First Person Mod

Cities Skylines First Person Mod enable menu
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Once you’ve subscribed to the mod on the Steam Workshop, the first thing you’ll want to do is head to the main menu to check if it has been activated. To do this, click on the Content Manager option, and then the Mods tab on the left. Then, either scroll down to find the first person mod, or just simply search it in the bar at the top. To activate it, just click on the checkbox next to the name so that it turns bright blue, and then you’ll be ready to go.

From this menu you can also fiddle about with the mod settings if you wish, by simply pressing the options button underneath the name. Through this menu you’ll be able to change things like the key binds for the mod, UI options, camera speed, and more.


Once you’re in game, the default Cities Skylines first person mod keybind is the ‘`’ key, which can be found next to the 1 key, usually in the top left of your keyboard. If you don’t have access to this key, or it is inconvenient for you, you can always change it in the mod options.

Once you’ve activated it, it is a simple case of using the mouse to look around, and then WASD to move. For screenshots, it is recommended that you turn all of the UI elements off in the mod options, so that you can have a clean, undisrupted image.

Cities Skylines First Person Mod follow mode option
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The other main feature of the Cities Skylines first person mod is the new follow function, which can be used to gain a first person view of any vehicle or person you choose. To do this, simply click on whatever you wish to possess, and then select the camera button in the bottom right of the info window, labelled ‘start follow mode’. You can use your mouse to look around in this mode, and to exit all you need to do is press the mod activation button that you have assigned.

So, that’s everything you need to know about the Cities Skylines first person mod, giving you all the information about the mod, how to download it, and then how to use it in game. You’ll definitely be the envy of all your friends now, as you’re able to show off your fancy city from so many different, unexpected angles.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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