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Is Battlefield 3 The Most Visually Analyzed Game Of 2011?

You know, for the longest time, I was convinced it would be Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. But based on the literally hundreds of articles I've seen throughout the year dealing with the visuals of DICE's Battlefield 3, I think the latter earns the "most analyzed" crown.

I mean, it's freakin' endless. Go to N4G right now. Four of the top five stories involve BF3, and at least three of them - including the leaked review - involve an examination of the graphics. That isn't uncommon at all; for at least the past month, one or two of the top stories almost every day has dealt with BF3 and more often than not, the graphics are the focal point of the linked article or source.

Obviously, this is due to several factors: first is the fact that EA blew everyone away before Activision got a chance to hit everyone upside the head with Modern Warfare 3 footage. Plus, that early BF3 media was generated on a power PC, which has since generated even more discussion on the console front. Secondly, being the primary competition to the biggest game of the year, it's bound to be in the spotlight. Thirdly and lastly, journalists and gamers have made so damn much of that Frostbite 2.0 engine that we just have to look at the game.

Thankfully, Battlefield 3 comes out tomorrow and reviewers and gamers can weigh in. That won't eliminate the arguments, of course, but at least the speculation will be gone and besides, this is a fickle industry. We're moving forward so quickly, and there are always so many games on the horizon, that we forget in record time. BF3 will be great, I'm sure, but it will have all but disappeared when 2012 arrives. And then maybe we can focus on something else.

Related Game(s): Battlefield 3

Tags: battlefield 3, bf3, frostbite 2, dice, battlefield 3 graphics

10/23/2011 9:11:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

dkmrules
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:36:20 PM
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Tomorrow? I'm pretty sure it's Tuesday.

Can't wait until psx's review goes live I cannot wait to read it.

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chedison
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:36:53 PM

Midnight release.

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dkmrules
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:37:58 PM

Right, but its still Tuesday :)

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chedison
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:39:44 PM

Wrong choice of words then :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:41:45 PM

Yes, tomorrow. The headline is under October 24 on the main page. Last I checked, BF3 comes out on October 25. ;)

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dkmrules
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:30:30 AM

Ahhh gotcha, I saw the date at the end of the article and it threw me for a loop lol.

Looking forward to the BF3 review

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 2:28:13 AM

Though I've had the PC version installed since the 21st. Just waiting for Origin to unlock it in less then 22 hours.

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chedison
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:36:36 PM
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I'd say the only game that will kick it from #1 on my personal top 5 list for this year will be Skyrim.

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Zemus101
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:47:33 PM

Last two games I'll be picking up until 2012. BF3 will surely impress me and it'll be all I'm playing ...until I get whisked away to Skyrim.

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friction
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:20:13 PM

@zemus
same here, grabbing bf3 tomorrow night then skyrim will hopefully get a midnight release as well ;) but only plan on getting those two for 2011

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Qubex
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:54:26 PM
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Dammit... I am picking up the game tomorrow. I will not be surprised if the obligatory patch on first load will be needed... but then how cares if this is going to be a ton of fun.

I cannot wait... I am also buying a copy for a friend of mine in the UK and I will get it shipped directly to his house. And, no, I can't buy for everyone, this is a wedding gift :)

With the kind of hype BF3 has garnered, over analyses can only be expected. I think the PC people are in for a treat. It will be great on consoles, but we'll see what impact it really makes on the lower of the platforms.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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rogers71
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:57:31 PM

I am sure his 'new' wife is gonna love you for giving him something that is gonna occupy his time and cause an early rift in their marriage. Some friend you are. LOL

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Qubex
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:19:46 PM

His marriage will be over before it has even began... poor bastard!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 9:59:27 PM
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Unfortunately after it releases then the Modern Warfare 3 hype will just grow and grow. At least the focus won't be on graphics, but it's going to be just as annoying because it will include the "better" debate.

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Qubex
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:21:30 PM

Yhea, the MW3 hype will go into super spin... it will slime everyone... we will never escape it... save me.... aggghhhh...

We will have the obligatory fanboyism between the titles as they dual it out digitally.

Who the feck cares, honestly! Fanbotic rage will be everywhere...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Dancemachine55
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 10:01:39 PM
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I'm not holding my breath for this being the greatest game ever. Battlefield will no doubt look pretty and play solidly, but it's just another modern war FPS, just this time with better physics and graphics.

My money for GOTY is Uncharted 3, Skyrim, Batman Arkham City or Gears of War 3. I would love to add Portal 2, but many seem to have forgotten that gem over time. Same goes with Littlebig Planet 2.

I hope GOTY nominees will include games from earlier this year, otherwise it's just unfair to those who released their games earlier.

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Jawknee
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 10:10:19 PM
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It's over analyzed be because EA and DICE talked non stop about its visuals. People already know ND is a beast when it comes to graphics. No need to over analyze Uncharted 3 in the same manner.

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Qubex
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:22:40 PM

Yes exactly... they sung their own praises until every bit and byte was squeezed out of every CPU cycle possible... we'll see what mess it really leaves once it is released...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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wenezz
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 11:47:48 PM
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my oh my

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Spineshank
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:40:43 AM
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The only reason the graphics are so discussed is because all their trailers are PC gameplay, if every Uncharted 3 trailer was CG then that would me a hotter topic of discussion.

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___________
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 1:43:43 AM
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of course it is, it has to be!
DICE have been spending the past few years building their new engine for this.
not to mention battlefield has always been the series to push the outer limits so 3 is expected to exactly the same.
then the whole debacle of idiots thinking consoles would look the same as PC has not helped things.
i have to say though, the ps3 version is FUGLY!
glad i ordered it on PC because theres so low texture resolution, really bad screen tearing, just looks a mess!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 2:20:30 AM
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It's not that impressive.
*flees*

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Jawknee
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 3:10:07 AM
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IGN posted their PC review. Console versions aside, Battlefield 3 looks freakin sick! Makes me want to sell one of my guitars and go buy a high end PC. Haha, but I won't.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 4:18:46 AM

Do it

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Underdog15
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 8:33:26 AM

Don't you dare do it, Jawk.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 11:36:03 AM

Ha, I won't.

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 4:19:26 AM
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I always enjoy the SP on BF3, I'll stick with my MP fix from CoD.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 4:47:34 AM
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I wish I could say that I was picking this one up tomorrow. Sadly, I can't blow the money I've got saved up for UC3. Especially with there only being roughly a week until UC3 comes out. Skyrim will already have to wait until well into December. I'll most likely nab BF3 and MW3 (As much as I feel I shouldn't...) for Christmas.

Anywhoosies, everyone grab their shields. The fanboyism is gonna hit the fan and will continue to spray well into 2012...

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 5:01:21 AM

I've still got Batman to contend with - I'll pick this up when the new releases are in short supply.

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Snorge
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 9:35:31 AM
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Is it me or is this becoming a battle between companies AND systems? Just like Ben pointed out before, I've been seeing a rift between systems as well. 360 gets COD DLC early as the PS3 gets BF DLC early.

There are 360 commercials for COD making it seem like an exclusive, but I also saw a Playstation commercial yesterday for BF3 and at the end it stated "Where you can battle online for FREE on the PSN".....hmmmmmm.

This looks like more than a game vs game deal this time.

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CrusaderForever
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 1:05:27 PM

Nice, I agree with you, it sure is looking that way isn't it!?

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CrusaderForever
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 1:03:03 PM
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I love BF and MW but have to give the nod to BF3 this year. BF has always offered me everything MW has along with the added bonus of Vehicles. That one bullet point is what overwhelms the balance point in BF3's favor. Also, KMart has a good $20 gaming credit for a future game! SOLD!

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Lairfan
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 8:08:05 PM
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Its just because DICE has gone on and on about the graphics. Unlike ND, who have let the game speak for themselves, thereby not making themselves have to live up to promises they can't keep, and not making themselves interesting for constant debate.

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