Battlefield4-1

I’ve got to admit, Battlefield 4 does look pretty damn good. After all, Rihanna wouldn’t allow her track in any old game, would she? DICE has released the stats you PC gamers have been waiting for, in order to get that game running at optimum frames per second. Just try not to play it on Windows 7 if you can.

Battlefield requirements

Not too bad, right? Those minimum specifications won’t require you to steal a Borg cube, but it’s the insistence on Windows 8 that I’m curious about. All those extra textures and explosions are certainly going to eat up a chunk of your hard drive space though, clocking in at a whopping 30 gigs of data.

Dayumn.

Battlefield 4 is out later this year on other platforms as well, which will require you to install the disc by hand and then press a button to start playing automatically. Taxing stuff on consoles, really it is.

Last Updated: September 10, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

115 Comments

  1. That’s not too bad right? I’m not a techie but the 660 isn’t that expensive right?

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    • FSR

      September 10, 2013 at 08:05

      about R2500

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      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        September 10, 2013 at 08:07

        It’s a Mid-High end card ? seems like a decent amount for a card that can play BF4

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        • FSR

          September 10, 2013 at 08:12

          I’d say mid. But it’s not bad at all. Would love to see what settings you’ll get with a 660 though. Won’t be ultra, especially if you want 60FPS (which you do want). *strokes shiny new 770*

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          • InsanityFlea

            September 10, 2013 at 08:19

            Don’t bother with the 660 mate, get the AMD 7870 LE rather, cheaper & faster.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 08:19

            Agreed

          • Mossel

            September 10, 2013 at 08:22

            Agreed. Im just waiting till next year for one of those tasty never settle bundles!

          • George

            September 10, 2013 at 08:51

            Have to agree. Picked up my 7870 LE (with the never settle again games) for about R2600 if I remember correctly and that card is a beast. Really could not recommend it more as a value for money card.

          • V3N0M

            September 10, 2013 at 08:59

            hey, me too! Just got my 770 a month ago. It is indeed quite sexy

          • DOA

            September 10, 2013 at 09:00

            I have a 660 and play BF3 at up to 120fps..I will see once BF4 is out but I think the card will run just fine, 60fps should be possible…

          • Blazzok

            September 10, 2013 at 10:09

            at what resolution would that be?

          • DOA

            September 10, 2013 at 10:36

            I have 2 monitors connected all the time, the primary monitor, used for gaming is 1920×1080, secondary is 1680×1050 (I assume 2 monitors would have some effect on fps but not noticed any real drops). The 660 is the GTX660 OC version.

          • Blazzok

            September 11, 2013 at 09:32

            Sweet. I have a GTX670 OC, but I haven’t really ever checked what kind of FPS I get.
            If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to propose a test of sorts. I want to compare, as I also have 2 screens connected (2 x 24″ 1080p ones), and I play the multiplayer on Ultra settings, so everything is maxed except AA which is at 4x I think.
            The 120fps you get, is that in multiplayer or singleplayer? Which driver version did you use and what OS do you have? Also, what did you use to measure the FPS with?

            The reason I want to do this is, a friend recently told me what FPS he was getting in WoW, and I was getting less that him, even though we both had everything the same, even our PC’s were almost identical, apart from him having a slower GPU than me. He did say that he was using an older driver version, so I was wondering if the newer drivers were actually maybe slowing things down.

            So if you’re up for it, I’d like us to compare a bit and see how things turn out. 🙂

          • DOA

            September 12, 2013 at 15:38

            Hey Blazzok,

            I checked my settings last night. In game, use render.drawfps 1 and you will get the FTPS in BF3. It depends on how busy the game is and my settings. I get anything from 70FPS to about 119FPS actually but I do get up to 120 now and then, not all the time. My settings are pretty low in game to better see targets and reduce clutter. I don’t see a huge diff between my settings and ultra. On ultra I can get up to around 90FPS but have had higher…I don’t play on ultra though…I use this guys advice when I play multiplayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im2jgLioE9o for my settings
            I also have 16GB ram, i7 3.6Ghz (sometimes OC to 4.4 but not right now), win 7. I use the latest NVidia Drivers all the time.

          • DOA

            September 12, 2013 at 15:56

            btw, your actual FTP will also depend on your monitor, far as I know if you have 60Hz then you wont actually see more than approx. 60FPS anyway.

          • Blazzok

            September 13, 2013 at 16:37

            Hey

            Sorry, haven’t had time before now. So I checked, with my settings, which is everthing Ultra, 4x AA, 16x AF I get 110fps max.
            Swapping down to the settings this guy in the video uses, I get up to 170fps. But I’ll maybe try playing with his settings, see how it goes. Maybe it makes things easier with less clutter.

            Just for comparison, I have 8GB RAM, i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz and Win7. Also loaded the latest beta drivers before doing the test.

            Thanks mate, appreciate the effort. 🙂

    • Skyblue

      September 10, 2013 at 09:37

      yeah I’d look at the 660ti at least as it’s about 15% faster and isn’t much more price wise.

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  2. John mul-ti-pass

    September 10, 2013 at 07:54

    This makes me happy. My pc will be happy too.

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  3. Melasco

    September 10, 2013 at 07:59

    How many people has Gfx cards wih 3Gb memory?

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    • Axon1988

      September 10, 2013 at 08:20

      “Not I” Said the mouse.

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    • ElimiNathan

      September 10, 2013 at 08:47

      They say HD7870, which is 2 GB. Then say 3 GB graphics memory right underneath. So not sure

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      • George

        September 10, 2013 at 09:24

        Could be for cards that do not meet the recommended requirements. Like a GTX 590 3gb?

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        • ElimiNathan

          September 10, 2013 at 09:26

          Switch performance for memory 🙂 I see what you sayin

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    • Skyblue

      September 10, 2013 at 09:36

      Check. Well 4 but it’s fine.

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    • Blazzok

      September 10, 2013 at 10:11

      Well, if you game at 1920×1080, then you won’t need more than 2GB of video memory. Or that is how it is at the moment, can’t think that BF4 would surpass that limit.

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  4. PsychoSpazz

    September 10, 2013 at 08:00

    err win8…. I don’t Wanna…….NO NO NO!!!

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    • Mark Treloar

      September 10, 2013 at 08:01

      Why?

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      • PsychoSpazz

        September 10, 2013 at 08:04

        you know that feeling you get, when you meet some one new…. and you just cant STAND their face…… well that’s Win8 for me. 😀

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        • Mark Treloar

          September 10, 2013 at 08:09

          so you don’t like Metro, which you are not forced to use so decide to hate it? Well the good news is that from the 18th of October you never have to see Metro again ever.

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          • InsanityFlea

            September 10, 2013 at 08:29

            They had to change the name, ‘metro’ was dropped and ‘modern ui’ was adapted. Silly US court cases.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 10, 2013 at 11:32

            There’s nothing modern about massive lego blocks ui!

          • ZackFirst

            September 12, 2013 at 13:15

            oh please look how many are using it in apps

  5. Mark Treloar

    September 10, 2013 at 08:00

    Cant believe they would even have Vista as a minimum.

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    • InsanityFlea

      September 10, 2013 at 08:26

      It’s because of DirectX

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 10, 2013 at 09:12

      Vista….sies….ag nee sies

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  6. Theo Steenekamp

    September 10, 2013 at 08:00

    Battlefield 3 is at 38gigs now.

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  7. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 10, 2013 at 08:01

    7870 OC woooooooooooot

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  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 10, 2013 at 08:06

    That’s not bad actually, looks like the engine scales pretty well depending on your hardware.

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  9. InsanityFlea

    September 10, 2013 at 08:18

    Very versatile engine 😀

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  10. Uberutang

    September 10, 2013 at 08:18

    Nice.

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  11. Mossel

    September 10, 2013 at 08:20

    Just need a new GPU and Im good to go. Windows 8 shouldn’t be too hard to find…yar.

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 10, 2013 at 08:43

      Arrrrrr

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      • Uberutang

        September 10, 2013 at 09:08

        Dar she blows

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 10, 2013 at 09:12

          Did she swallow?

          (I know, I know, terrible joke :P)

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          • Jonah Cash

            September 10, 2013 at 09:13

            corner…..

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 09:17

            Did you smile? If so, you’d better go as well 😛

  12. Martin du preez

    September 10, 2013 at 08:20

    Looks like I’ll have to upgrade from WinXP 🙁

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    • Jakster

      September 10, 2013 at 08:47

      Yeah to Windows Vista.

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    • Mossel

      September 10, 2013 at 08:50

      I still have Vista, baby.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 10, 2013 at 09:02

        You poor soul

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          September 10, 2013 at 09:02

          I have it too! 64bit hehehe

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 10, 2013 at 09:03

            What is wrong with you people 0_o

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 09:07

            less fortunate, please help! * No high end pc, only 4 gb ddr 2 ram, dual core cpu, 9600 gt, and 180 gb hardrive, and dreaded win vista Os In desperate need of upgrade, please dononate old parts, anything will help…*

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 10, 2013 at 09:22

            Just upgrading to Win7 will get you a performance boost lol. And don’t diss the 9600GT. I had a Asus 9600GT TOP before my upgrade. It was quite a beast

        • Mossel

          September 10, 2013 at 11:20

          LOL, just kidding. Was trying to make a joke, no I just feel bad.

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 10, 2013 at 11:22

            Hahaha. Now I feel bad. Ok, let’s start the Mossel PC upgrade fund 🙂

          • Mossel

            September 10, 2013 at 12:06

            Mossel PC upgrade fund…gentleman, you had my curiosity, now you have my attention!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 10, 2013 at 11:33

      WinXP will still be good for another 20 years. I say, there’s no rush!

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  13. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 10, 2013 at 08:23

    I should be able to play this then. 560Ti and and i7…Sure I won’t be playing it on ultra, but I’m sure I could push medium to high

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    • Mossel

      September 10, 2013 at 08:25

      I actually have exactly the same. Will definitely be able to push it past 60fps…i hope.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 10, 2013 at 08:31

        you pray!

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        • Mossel

          September 10, 2013 at 08:50

          lol, I have full confidence in that little card. If it fails me I will simply banish it to forever live in my moms pc. You can do it 560Ti! You are the chosen one!

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 08:53

            your 560Ti could go faster than my sad ancient lil card my 9600 gt in its sleep even with a broken leg and blind folded, this is why I am a console gamer….

          • Mossel

            September 10, 2013 at 08:55

            LOL! My previous card was a 9500gt! Good times.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 08:59

            Was good times…. it was…oh well, Next year planning on buying a decent gaming laptop. Wanna beable to jam where ever!

  14. InsanityFlea

    September 10, 2013 at 08:33

    The reason they recommend windows 8 is because windows 8 has FULL DirectX 11.1 Windows 7 only has SOME DirectX 11.1 features, not the full suite. It’s M$’s way of forcing you to buy their new OS.

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  15. Sargon

    September 10, 2013 at 08:35

    Hope it supports switchable graphics! Then I’m okay. Or new PC for the win!

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  16. ElimiNathan

    September 10, 2013 at 08:42

    Im pretty much high spec, my Ram is double

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 10, 2013 at 08:42

      16gb nice 🙂

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  17. ElimiNathan

    September 10, 2013 at 08:46

    An HD7870 is a 2 gig card. Gfx memory doesn’t really matter

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 10, 2013 at 09:23

      It does depending on the texture memory requirements.

      The higher res and detailed the textures the more graphics RAM it eats through

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      • ElimiNathan

        September 10, 2013 at 09:25

        It does to a certain extend. But then why recommend an HD7870 or GTX660 ? Those aren’t 3 Gig Cards

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      • ElimiNathan

        September 10, 2013 at 09:25

        It does to a certain extend. But then why recommend an HD7870 or GTX660 ? Those aren’t 3 Gig Cards

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          September 10, 2013 at 09:52

          What I’ve noticed with game recommendations lately is that the recommended specs are not for Ultra ultra settings. So the recommended cards will probably run the game close enough to ultra but wouldn’t be able to have the texture set to ultra as that would require to much VRam

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          • ElimiNathan

            September 10, 2013 at 09:54

            Yup, those specs would prob run it on high and struggle on Ultra. An HD7870 isn’t that big of a card anyway.

        • Kromas

          September 10, 2013 at 09:53

          The extra gig comes from the cloud 😛

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          • ElimiNathan

            September 10, 2013 at 09:54

            Lol 😛

  18. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    September 10, 2013 at 08:49

    Intel Quad Core > AMD Hexacore

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    • Mossel

      September 10, 2013 at 08:51

      Intel >> AMD in general.

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  19. SaintsRowLee

    September 10, 2013 at 08:57

    Rihanna? Are you being serious? Out of all the artists in the world, why her?
    Wait. I got it…
    “Sir! We have incoming mortars!”
    “Not to worry PFC James. I have THIS!”
    “An umbrella, Sir? I do not mean to point out the obvious but…”
    “Shut up and SING, James. You can stand under my umbrella-ella-ella-ey-ey…”

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 10, 2013 at 09:03

      Winna!!!!

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 10, 2013 at 09:03

      0_0 but WHY…… why…

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  20. InsanityFlea

    September 10, 2013 at 08:58

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 10, 2013 at 09:17

      all that rams. Overachiever much?

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  21. Uberutang

    September 10, 2013 at 09:11

    I am waiting on confirmation that this will have local PC Servers before I re-pre-order.

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    • InsanityFlea

      September 10, 2013 at 09:13

      Yes there will be.

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      • Uberutang

        September 10, 2013 at 09:18

        You have that in writing?

        I have heard a rumour that isp hosted servers might not happen.

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        • InsanityFlea

          September 10, 2013 at 09:35

          Our clan will be using our standard provider, it’s based in JHB. I can confirm that 100%. (PC only not console)

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          • Uberutang

            September 10, 2013 at 12:41

            Thanks! Do you pay for the server yourself though? I hear that would be possible, but no ‘mweb, IS, etc’ servers?

          • InsanityFlea

            September 10, 2013 at 12:58

            Yes, we pay for it. (even our current BF3 one)

  22. James Philip Lawrence

    September 10, 2013 at 09:24

    Q_Q recommended spec;s

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  23. boondocksaint87

    September 10, 2013 at 09:42

    Yes, BF 4 I’m ready!
    http://www.3dmark.com/fs/845448

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  24. Ryanza

    September 10, 2013 at 09:48

    Recommended – Windows 8. fuck you
    Required – Origin. fuck you

    Support DRM-free games.

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    • ZackFirst

      September 12, 2013 at 13:19

      fck off

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  25. Sageville

    September 10, 2013 at 10:16

    PS4 requirements:

    PS4

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    • Mark Treloar

      September 10, 2013 at 10:21

      Xbone requirements:

      Install to hard drive. Sounds suspiciously like a PC

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      • Sageville

        September 10, 2013 at 10:41

        They sneaky that way.

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    • Stigmata101

      September 10, 2013 at 11:25

      PS4 & XBOX requirements = downgraded graphics and experience

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      • Sageville

        September 10, 2013 at 12:20

        I’ll give you the downgraded graphics, but I think the experience will be better solely due to the absence of cheaters / wall-hackers / aim-botters, without those your statement would probably be 100%

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        • Uberutang

          September 10, 2013 at 12:42

          Rude wakeup call, but have you seen what people do via cheats on console fps games?

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          • Sageville

            September 10, 2013 at 14:01

            Never encountered any cheats in all my years playing console, however my 1st and 3rd game of BF3 PC version had cheaters.

            So I’m just speaking from my own personal experience.

          • Mathias

            September 10, 2013 at 14:20

            You’re talking out of your ass. It’s easy to cheat on console, and BF3 has seen many hackers over time. Besides, on PC I havent even encountered more than FIVE hackers since I play on it.

            But nice try to stick up for a console on which this pc game will ALWAYS Look worse. If you lack the money, interest or whatever to play on the PC, there’s no point to your comment more than sound stupid.

          • Sageville

            September 10, 2013 at 15:12

            Wot part of “Speaking from my own personal experience” didn’t you understand?

            Frankly I was just pushing the stirring console fanboi angle for shits and giggles and I was speaking FACT about never encountering cheats when playing on console.

            Why you have to be an insulting dick is beyond me.

  26. Veeash Lala

    September 10, 2013 at 10:59

    My 660 gives me 60+ fps on most games at 1920×1080. Crysis 3 cried a bit at ultra but a few tweaks got it up there. The i7 and Ram definitely helps. I was extremely satisfied and equally surprised with this card’s performance.

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 10, 2013 at 11:16

      Many machines cried with Crysis 3 at Ultra

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  27. loftie

    September 10, 2013 at 11:28

    pfft WOW has been 30gb for centuries. Still cant wait though! My gtx560 will be fine

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  28. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 10, 2013 at 11:28

    I couldn’t stop chuckling… that header.. hahaha that HEADER!

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  29. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 10, 2013 at 11:29

    Windows 8? Hahahaha! Oh EA, just because you’ve partnered up with Microsoft, doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and buy Windows 8. PS4 all the way, baby!

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  30. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 10, 2013 at 11:31

    GUYS! I have a water-cooled 386 with a voodoo 2 card. Will this game play on it?

    gie gie gie!

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    • Uberutang

      September 10, 2013 at 12:43

      No, sadly not Jim. You will have to go out and buy hardware that is not 20 years out of date.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 10, 2013 at 12:43

        But… my 386 is a beast! It’ll be the only thing that stands against us and the invading Aliens!

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        • Uberutang

          September 10, 2013 at 12:45

          So was the PS1 but BF4 will not run on that either.

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  31. Umar

    September 10, 2013 at 12:02

    So the question is, Can i still get away with using a core 2 duo 2GHz like i am for bf3?

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  32. That Tall Twit

    September 10, 2013 at 13:48

    Good lawdy, that header made me laugh!

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  33. Hassan Abdul Razzaq

    September 23, 2013 at 20:46

    I’ve Intel Ci7(4Core) @2.00Ghz, 8GB Ram, AMD Radeon HD 8730m 2GB Graphic.. Can I Run this on HIGH Settings..

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