I have always loathed 3rd person games. The character or environment always got in the way, and the camera views were never where you wanted them to be. I just wanted to say that this is the first game I have played where I actually enjoyed 3rd person. There was never a place where I was unable to move like I would in 1st person. Aside from the incredible graphics (I'm glad the Q3 engine is being put to use, ID lost my purchase by not adding a single player story. Much like UT, I think the tournament mode was a cop out.) Anyway, I have always thought that 3rd person would be great for story, but now I see that it can be used without detracting from gameplay.
And dang, with Julie's body, I would hate for the game to have been 1st person