The Black Hole of E3
Take the release of Big Huge Games' Rise of Legends, one of the games that I've been most looking forward to playing. It was released earlier this week, so the net should already have half a dozen reviews. I should know what Jason Ocampo and Dan Adams think of this new game.
So what do we have?
Tom Chick's opinion at Yahoo Games. Sure, he's a valuable opinion (even though, in this case, the text and score don't quite match up for me) but so far the only one.
You'll notice few other reviews or analysis outside of the E3 coverage. Actually, precious little analysis inside the E3 coverage for that matter. There's no point in complaining, but it does make me wonder why anyone would release a AAA title this close to the convention. Early buzz can make a huge difference in game sales and, despite its provenance, Rise of Legends hasn't dominated discussion boards the way that Oblivion did. So it could certainly use the push of positive reviews from Gamespot, Gamespy or IGN.
Even though I've never been to E3, I'm fairly sure that it deserves blanket coverage of some sort. Very little of the coverage so far has been much beyond reporting what has been seen and said. The sensory overload of blaring speakers, crowded display floors and still quite a bit of flesh doesn't provide an environment conducive to serious thinking about what is going on. It must make it that much more difficult to focus on things outside the convention altogether.