Present tense is nice because instead of the narrator telling the reader a story (past tense), the reader gets to experience the story alongside narrator, regardless of the POV style. The one restriction is that the narrator can't know anything that will happen in present tense, but in past tense, they can because it's already technically happened. (I hope that makes sense)
Yeah I had to read that like twice to get my head around it but yeah it makes sense! It so true that it’s more gripping if it’s happening right here and now instead of in the past.
Seems like the present is a way to go, I’ll just have to learn it! :D