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Battlefield 3 Shows Up At GDC, Looks Great

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Next major installment of the Battlefield series shows up.

Tuesday night, at the Game Developer's Conference of 2011, a select few members of the press were given a sneak peak at the highly anticipated Battlefield 3.

EA revealed a bit of the single player campaign along with an in depth analysis and preview of the game's incredible engine. The Frostbite Engine 2, unlike the console-limited engine of the CoD franchise, is designed for PCs which makes Battlefield 3 a force to be reckoned with. Look out Crysis.

Here's a snippet from PCGamer's coverage of the revealing:

The demo opened with a precis of the tech. Frostbite 2 uses animation systems developed for sports games to give characters heft and weight. As the soldiers turn into doorways, you can see the weight shift on their feet. The destructability of the old Frostbite engine has been ramped up; bullets can chip away at masonry and concrete, while full bore explosives can tear down entire buildings. And when buildings collapse, they don’t vanish in a cloud of smoke and magically transform into burning husks – the destruction is more complex – signage wobbles and shakes, concrete awnings tumble down. The sound is as violent and deafening as Bad Company 2; bullets echo and snap with nightmarish cracks.

But it’s the sheer visual quality that’s the real star. I think it’s down to the lighting – the bright sunshine of the Iraq level was extremely impressive. When the demo transitioned to the indoors, shafts of sunlight shone through any open windows, creating gorgeous pillars of dust. It absolutely looked a step ahead of last year’s big shooters.

And if the screenshots aren't enough to give you chills, check out some video of in-game footage:

Battlefield 3 Footage

Battlefield 3 comes out in the fall and if you ask us, not nearly soon enough.

Photos and Video: EA

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    bdonedge , March 2, 2011 11:28 PM
    Goodbye whatever social life I had..
  • 10 Hide
    speedemon , March 2, 2011 11:29 PM
    Ok Windows Xp users, thats how much time you have to upgrade.
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    touchdowntexas13 , March 3, 2011 12:39 AM
    quixilver1Must download pre-release copy off of pirate bay. Stolen game of the year, definitely.


    Alright, so you are either kidding or trolling. In any case, we as pc gamers need to make a conscious effort to warn AGAINST piracy, especially for a game of this magnitude. We need to give developers the sense that pc gamers will NOT take advantage of their hard work. Pirating this game on PC would just be a slap in the face to the people that promise that it was developed FOR THE PC. If the game is as good as it looks, who cares if they make a ton of money off of it? I would rather a pc-first developer make a ton of money than a console-first developer.

    Also, I don't think anyone should be griping if this game is priced at $60. If this game lives up to the hype surrounding it, we as pc gamers should not complain about an extra $10. Plus, we are getting THE best version with THE most longevity. Why should we not pay at least as much as the console players who get the watered down version?

    Alright, rant-mode off :) 
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  • 12 Hide
    bdonedge , March 2, 2011 11:28 PM
    Goodbye whatever social life I had..
  • 10 Hide
    speedemon , March 2, 2011 11:29 PM
    Ok Windows Xp users, thats how much time you have to upgrade.
  • 4 Hide
    jevon , March 2, 2011 11:30 PM
    Can't wait, going to be epic with 64 players and all the good BF stuff they're bringing back!
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    touchdowntexas13 , March 2, 2011 11:30 PM
    Now THAT is what I'm talking about. THAT is why I just bought a second GTX 470. PC, for the win for sure. But I bet it will look good on consoles as well. It seems Dice knows what they are doing when it comes to optimizing their frostbite engine. Hopefully we can start to see more games that properly use high-end hardware. Can't wait to play!
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    kriminal , March 2, 2011 11:39 PM
    ^^ in a nutshell.... yes :) 
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    Bigmac80 , March 3, 2011 12:05 AM
    OMG is it the right time to build my pc on April? What if i build my pc and it doesn't run it good enough :( ..
  • 2 Hide
    Bigmac80 , March 3, 2011 12:13 AM
    Maybe i should buy the GTX 590 or AMD 6990 LOL...
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , March 3, 2011 12:14 AM
    I love BF and this looks awesome! The shadows and lighting look sweet. Will have to upgrade before this comes out...
  • 1 Hide
    TheWhiteRose000 , March 3, 2011 12:16 AM
    Does want.
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    quixilver1 , March 3, 2011 12:17 AM
    Must download pre-release copy off of pirate bay. Stolen game of the year, definitely.
  • 2 Hide
    Trueno07 , March 3, 2011 12:22 AM
    Can not wait for this game, I love how the engine is developed FOR PC.
  • 0 Hide
    ern88 , March 3, 2011 12:25 AM
    Call of what again??? BF 3 looks amazing. Can't wait to get my hands on it. This should whip the other FPS butts.
  • 10 Hide
    touchdowntexas13 , March 3, 2011 12:39 AM
    quixilver1Must download pre-release copy off of pirate bay. Stolen game of the year, definitely.


    Alright, so you are either kidding or trolling. In any case, we as pc gamers need to make a conscious effort to warn AGAINST piracy, especially for a game of this magnitude. We need to give developers the sense that pc gamers will NOT take advantage of their hard work. Pirating this game on PC would just be a slap in the face to the people that promise that it was developed FOR THE PC. If the game is as good as it looks, who cares if they make a ton of money off of it? I would rather a pc-first developer make a ton of money than a console-first developer.

    Also, I don't think anyone should be griping if this game is priced at $60. If this game lives up to the hype surrounding it, we as pc gamers should not complain about an extra $10. Plus, we are getting THE best version with THE most longevity. Why should we not pay at least as much as the console players who get the watered down version?

    Alright, rant-mode off :) 
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    slothy89 , March 3, 2011 12:39 AM
    Bigmac80Maybe i should buy the GTX 590 or AMD 6990 LOL...
    get 2 while your at it, quad SLI/xFire might be the only way! Haha..

    Hoping my i7 SB w/ 460's in SLI will run full spec
    *crosses finger.. then toes*
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    quixilver1 , March 3, 2011 12:42 AM
    touchdowntexas13Alright, so you are either kidding or trolling. In any case, we as pc gamers need to make a conscious effort to warn AGAINST piracy, especially for a game of this magnitude. We need to give developers the sense that pc gamers will NOT take advantage of their hard work. Pirating this game on PC would just be a slap in the face to the people that promise that it was developed FOR THE PC. If the game is as good as it looks, who cares if they make a ton of money off of it? I would rather a pc-first developer make a ton of money than a console-first developer.Also, I don't think anyone should be griping if this game is priced at $60. If this game lives up to the hype surrounding it, we as pc gamers should not complain about an extra $10. Plus, we are getting THE best version with THE most longevity. Why should we not pay at least as much as the console players who get the watered down version?Alright, rant-mode off


    Calm down, Texas. All in fun. :-)
    Think I might skip this one anyways. Wait for the Activision/Dice merger and buy Battlefield of Duty.
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    chaoski , March 3, 2011 12:44 AM
    From the makers of Crysis 2 and MOH. I have very little hope for this until I see it...
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    coldtortilla , March 3, 2011 12:45 AM
    damn I really need to upgrade this game is going to motivate me into getting a job so I can get the cash for a new rig!!!!
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    silky salamandr , March 3, 2011 12:47 AM
    soldier37Finally a game that will over run COD. This will look fantastic at 2560 x 1600 res, with a new 8 core bulldozer at 4ghz, 12gb ram and a AMD 6990 4Gb card. Game of the year for PC hands down.


    When is "bulldozer" coming out again? Who said it can reach 4ghz?
    I think I missed the announcement at GDC. Oh wait, there wasnt one.
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    aznshinobi , March 3, 2011 12:58 AM
    Online better not be hosted by EA again.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 3, 2011 1:09 AM
    It's times like this I am glad I have a 5870, a corei5 750 oced to 3.9ghz, and eyefinity. I am looking forward to this game.
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