Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is one of the most challenging video games released last year. It features stunning graphics with real damage and excellent gameplay. The shooter was still very buggy when it was published, so that our performance article was delayed. The game is based on the Frostbite 1.5 engine and eventually became a hugely popular online FPS with over 9 million copies sold.
Battlefield 3, the latest in a long line of Battlefield titles, is probably the most anticipated game of 2011. With the new Frostbite 2 engine, the game promises breathtaking graphics paired with fast-paced action fun.
The beautifully designed video teasers have helped the cause throughout the year. Battlefield 3 has seen tremendous momentum and the cross-platform beta will hopefully give developers a solid release next October 25th. After all, between the mandatory Origin PC download and the lack of private servers (a constant trend these days), no one is willing to have a problematic, lagging connection trying to break down on launch day.
Battlefield 3 offers both single and multiplayer modes, although the beta only gives access to the game's multiplayer mode. The beta includes a single card called Operation Metro and the only game mode supported on this card is called Rush. There are password-protected servers that have access to the map of the Caspian border with 64-player support, on which DICE tests vehicles.
Granted, we love that Battlefield 3 uses PC as a lead platform rather than a console. When the game is played on PC, it supports 40 additional players and uses the latest computer hardware with support for DirectX 11 and 64-bit processors. Therefore, the recommended system specifications are particularly high.
DICE recommends using a quad core CPU along with 4 GB of system memory. A GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6950 is recommended for the graphics card, which means gamers will want to spend around $ 200 on a modern graphics card to appreciate Battlefield 3 we're checking out how the beta works.