Like any major event, E3 passed just as quickly as it came. Three hectic days of the main event and two days with pre-E3 press conferences and news add up to one crazy week filled with tons of interesting new information about known and unknown games. My review for day three took a few days extra to put together, but I hope no one has been waiting around for it. It doesn't matter much anymore anyway, because here it is!
There's one thing I have to get past right off the bat, namely the Best Buy ads. I understand all this live coverage costs a lot of money, it's just that as a Total Access paid subscriber I'm promised an "ad-free experience on the site." Sure, there are no ads on the site itself, but in my definition this video stream is on the site. As I see it, they have three options. They can either get rid of the ads, have separate streams, or stop claiming Total Access members get an ad-free experience. The weekly show On The Spot has had similar ads (for Wendy's) a few times, but since this post is about E3 Live I'm not going to get into that.
If you read my review of day two, you know I was hoping for the coverage to start on time without any delay. I wasn't really expecting that to happen, and my suspicion was correct; the third day coverage started 22 minutes late. Unfortunately, I missed the pre-show stream, so I can't recap what was shown. I doubt anything interesting happened though. If you happened to catch it, and you have anything interesting to report, please leave a comment.
When I look back on day one and two both Rich and Carrie have been doing their jobs as hosts as well as I had hoped, and day three was just more of the same excellent interviews and demos. Something I have to mention is what a great job Carrie did in restricting herself during her first interview of the day. The interview was with Tetsuya Mizuguchi from Q Entertainment, and before the interview Carrie was given specific instructions--as she later revealed--to talk slow and articulate well; she did just that. Even though it felt somewhat unnatural for her to talk at a slower pace, it was also a nice change. My only wish is that she could've talked like that throughout the three days; as Carrie could leave me feeling a bit stressful at times.
It was also nice to see that the issues with the colors were resolved for the third day's coverage. Now the game play footage looked just as good as you'd expect. It's too bad that some of the most interesting demos of the show--such as Unreal Tournament 2007--were plagued by this issue, but it was nice to see that they finally had it sorted out.
One interesting thing about day three was to see some new people appearing as floor correspondents and hosts. Justin Calvert filled in as floor correspondent, and did an excellent job. As everyone else, he had good questions prepared, and it seemed like he felt comfortable asking them as well. The reason as to why Justin filled in as floor correspondent, I suspect, was that Ryan Mac Donald filled in as host of the stage show while Rich and Carrie got an hour off to go play with the Wii. Ryan is just as good as a host as he was as a floor correspondent, so there's not really a whole lot to say about that.
Also Tor Thorsen and Tim Surette, both news editors, filled in as floor correspondents. Their duty was to act as guides of Kentia Hall, the part of E3 no one seems to take seriously. As regular visitors to GameSpot know, Tor and Tim never appear to be serious, and the Kentia Hall tour was done with a lot of humor. I liked this segment; it was fun to watch and just crazy. The fact that Tor sounded like he was on some form of controlled substance worked pretty well in this segment, but maybe it's a good thing Tor wasn't acting as one of the main hosts of E3 Live.
The most interesting segment of the day was to hear the editors talk about their impressions of the show. We didn't get as many editor check-ins during the third day, but that discussion more or less made up for it. GameSpot always delivers really well written previews and reviews, but it's nice to hear a bunch of editors discussing their thoughts in a more relaxed way.
So, this is it. E3 is over, so is GameSpot's E3 Live coverage, and thus my mission to review it. This third day saw most technical issues straightened out, but I did experience a few problems with the connection at times. Nevertheless, it's definitely an improvement over both day one and two. Before I give you my rating, I want to say that I hope you liked reading my reviews, and I welcome all comments, both publicly and via private messages. In my opinion, the third day was definitely the best, and my rating for day three, on a scale from 1 to 10, is 8.6.