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Conclusion

After years of waiting we welcome Battlefield 3 as a worthy successor of the famous game series. It is going to be appreciated by those who played the earlier installments as well as by those who are new to the whole Battlefield thing. It won’t disappoint you with its gameplay and visuals.

However, the current generation of graphics cards find it difficult to satisfy the appetite of the Frostbite 2 rendering engine. Even luxurious solutions like Radeon HD 6990 and GeForce GTX 590 cannot deliver a comfortable frame rate at every display resolution if you choose the maximum visual quality settings. Frostbite 2 must have been developed with the next generation of GPUs in mind, especially as this is but the first of projects to use it.

When it comes to single-GPU graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 580 or its more affordable cousin GTX 570 would be the best choice for playing Battlefield 3, although you can’t avoid lowering some settings even with these cards. They just seem to be optimal in terms of price/visual quality. The less expensive products will make you lower your settings even more. It is a feature of Battlefield 3 that you need a rather high frame rate to play comfortably. Slowdowns in visually complex scenes would be most annoying.

Battlefield 3 will surely sell in millions of copies worldwide, even though it is no breakthrough from a technological standpoint. The DICE developers have just proved that it’s possible to come up with a top-class product without much innovation. The game's visuals are splendid. The atmosphere of combat, especially in woody locations, is so engaging that we want to praise the work of the sound editors and visual designers.

The key feature of the whole Battlefield series – its unique multiplayer mechanics – is still present in the new installment, the single-player campaign being just a free bonus to it.

In fact, there is only one thing that can try to spoil DICE’s success. It is the imminent release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

 
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