Today is the start of the BattleField 3 open beta, for those who preordered at least. Otherwise you need to wait another 2 days to download and play it. Reading about it and watching the preview videos/trailers has been very impressive to say the least. The Frostbite 2 engine is quite amazing with the new smoke effects and building damage. Everything looks sharper and more "real" looking than ever before.
Seeing a game like this reminds me of the old days. I remember playing Wolfenstein-3D, Rise of the Triad, Doom, or the very memorable Duke3d. The graphics were all pixelated and a far cry from BF3. However, these games were hours of fun even though the graphics, by today's standards, were a joke. Fifteen years from now I bet we will look back at today's new games like BF3 in much the same way. Saying things like, "Remember how fun that game was? The graphics are terrible but we had a great time playing it!".