Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11. It is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.
Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.
Benchmark Results: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB graphics card was able to hold its own at just about all of the resolutions. At the most common resolution of 1920×1080 the GeForce GTX 760 averaged 69.47 frames per second, only ~10 fps or 13% below the GeForce GTX 680 which was double the cost at launch. Increasing the resolution in Battlefield 3 to 2560×1600 the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 averaged 42.84 frames per second, only 11.5% behind the GTX 680. Once we fired up our triple monitor surround system at 5760×1080 our average did dip below the magic 30 frames per second with an average of 26.83 frames per second.