Raven Shield: Command an elite multinational squad of special operatives against hidden terrorist forces. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, the third installment to the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, Team Rainbow faces the hidden global forces of a new and secretive foe.
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Release Date: Mar 18, 2003

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Raven Shield:
Command an elite multinational squad of special operatives against hidden terrorist forces. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, the third installment to the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, Team Rainbow faces the hidden global forces of a new and secretive foe. Command Rainbow in a race against time - in locations including England, Norway, the Caribbean islands, and Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval - to stop a madman and his doomsday plot.
Athena Sword:
Command the world's most elite force of multinational counter-terrorist operatives in their latest mission. Track the desperate remnants of the international terror network from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® 3: Raven Shield™ into the exotic regions of the Mediterranean and prevent their mad agenda of international anarchy and devastation.
Rainbow Six 3 Gold Download Features
  • Pick your team members, assembled from the best counter-terrorism and military units from around the world. Then outfit them with the right armor, weapons, and high-technology equipment for the mission at hand.
  • After equipping your team, plot out the assault of the target area on the map interface. Lay out a plan for each squad to maximize surprise, stealth, and safety.
  • After all the planning - execute! In first-person mode, lead one squad or control all three through different radio commands and signals. Enter and clear a room of terrorists, rescue hostages, defuse bombs, and recover vital intelligence to help you in later missions.
  • All-new eight-mission campaign in locations from Italy and Croatia to Greece.
  • Five new multiplayer levels (Chemical Factory, Ferry Boat, University, Italian Alleys, and Jungle).
  • Three new multiplayer game modes (Adversarial Terrorist Hunt, Adversarial Scattered Hunt, and Capture the Enemy).
  • Seven additional real-world weapons (for a total of 64) with sound effects from the team that worked on the blockbuster movie The Matrix.
  • Three bonus classic missions from the original Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® and Tom Clancy's Rogue Spear®, updated with the latest graphics and technology.

Please note that as of August 2016, the online features for this game are no longer supported. The Multiplayer mode / Co-op mode will no longer be accessible.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows® /2000/XP (only)
    • Processor: 800 MHz Pentium® III, AMD Athlon™, or equivalent (1.3 GHz Pentium 4, AMD Athlon, or equivalent recommended)
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM (XP users: 256 MB RAM required)
    • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX® 8-compliant 3D video card with hardware T&L
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 8.1 or higher (DX9 included)
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1-compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB minimum hard drive space
    • Multiplayer: You must create an Ubi.com account prior to attempting multiplayer, the in-game link to account creation no longer works, please use this URL.
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[22M]UKCarbine
71.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
The Last decent Tom Clancy Title. This game was the absolute apex of brilliance when it came out. I remember taking the journey to GAME in Wimbledon with my mate to buy it the day it came out. My PC simply wouldn't run it at the time, so we took turns in having a life each. We both digested the Manual on the train back to his house and both watched the progress bar patiently as it installed from DVD.

Little did we know at the time that this game would form such a grip on our gaming lives and produce so many amazing nights of pure strategic fun and frustration. One fond memory was on Airport we hunted down the last Tango. Me and a mate we both stacked up on separate doors, in the upstairs above the hangar. He flashed and I ran in with pistol, we both dropped the tango on entry with syncronised double taps. Was perfect and still comes up in conversation when we meet for a beer to this day.

The beauty of this game for me was the amount of firearms available, the MP5 A4 was amongst, and still is my favourite. You can run with it and fire in burst or full auto and still hit your target. Weapons ranging from SMG through to sniper rifles can be deployed on any mission. Flash bangs, smoke greanades, tear gas (don’t forget your mask), Breaching charges etc. A plethora of pistols and with differing calibers and even the ability to switch the ammunition type, FMJ or HP. Such a nice level of detail even down to armour loadouts heavy for protection light for speed low drag set ups.

It is a little dated by todays standards both graphically and in terms of movement but the core game mechanics and play is still great with a bunch of your mates on comms. Still some really nice touches in there for such an ageing title. The ability to open doors bit by bit so you can drop a flash in the close it then open it when the bang detonates is amazing.

You can still play the game via the in game browser, limited severs but still some hardcore players still linger, after all these years. I can’t even remember how many times I have come back to this game despite it’s glory days behind me. I tried to play vegas 2, it is a little dumbed down but has some nice features and it was a great game but the sound loop bug was never fixed an persisted to haunt me playing MP. So I couldn’t play it online with mates.

So I bough the gold edition so I had a copy on steam (hence the hours recorded are few compared to the actual blood sweat and tears that have gone into it on the DVD version), I still have Raveshield and Athena sword on disk, though this gold ediiton doesn't have Ironwraith that came out. Not sure if you can get htis now. Which is a shame, no doubt you can find a Website somewhere for a forum of die hard players will have it or modded it.

A truly epic game worth owning even just for posterity.
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Bizarre
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
Best Tactical Shooter out there.
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FudoAkira
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
SWAT 4 is better
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ChampDuck
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Good classic Rainbow six game. Your health doesn't regenerate on this one, so play smart.
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laxfot
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
just save your money and get the newer one
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cheese
36.0 hrs
Posted: August 17
10/10
Gameplay was unique and amazing for it's era.
would recommend this game to anyone.
it's sad that it's nearly dead now. absolutely loved this game.
-iMmO*
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-Dom-
20.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Using Windows 10 (idk how the other windows work) terribly buggy, can't finish missions without crashes due to things like nightvision/flash grenades other effects and even when i die the game will crash... Really amazing game though, if it works it's probably 9.9/10


edit-
got it working great game, just remember not to expect modern game stuff... It's an old game
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Usagi Shinobi ウサギしのび
15.8 hrs
Posted: August 11
This game is my "Dark Souls". It's infuriating, it has complex controls, enemies are super tough, and even with the tutorial you still don't know every aspect and you'll die a lot. But god do I love this game.

NOTE: I played like, the first level of Athena Sword and that's it. All I've played so far (mostly) is Raven Shield, which is the base game. I also played it with a mod called Raven Shield 2.0 (which you can find on moddb). I HIGHLY reccommend it, as it improved almost every aspect of the game by adding weapons, camo, ironsights, and adds nice little tweaks.

PROS:

- For a early 2000's game, the graphics are decent. Not fantastic, but you won't be looking at the game and throwing up.

- The environments are very well detailed. Even rooms that are out of the way with nobody in them are still lovingly put together. Except for a few reused missions near the end, there don't seem to be many reused assets and as you go to different places around the world they defintely put care into making you feel like you were there.

- Good arsenal of weapons, although some are clearly not as good as others. You'll likely stick with the same few weapons for your team every time you play, but the choices are nice.

- Tight shooting. Each weapon handles fairly well and as with real life, burst fire and semi-auto will take enemies out way faster than spraying. Playing with the mod adds ironsights, but in vanilla there are none, making it more akin to Counter Strike in how you aim (although you can still zoom in slightly).

- Great tactics. Planning out your entry is always worth your time, and failing a mission can, yes, feel like utter BS, but then you can go back and study where you went wrong. You tweak your plan, change this and that, and when you're finished your plan goes smooth as butter. Even if you don't use the planning screen and go in blind (which I've done for a few), you still have a good repetoire of on-site tactics at your disposal. Order your team to burst in a door guns blazing, or maybe soften them with flashbangs, or you can tell them to go in on command so you can hurry over to a good vantage point to aid them from a flanking position. Basically, if you liked the quick tactics of R6 Vegas and Vegas 2, you'll catch on quick here.

- As always with the early R6 games, the music is fantastic. You'll get pumped up for sure.

MEH:

~ The story is ok. Nothing special, just enough to keep you going in one direction.

~ Limited movement. In the early R6 games you could mantle and climb, but here you can't even go up a 2 foot platform without finding stairs. You get used to it, though.

~ Your team AI can be a mixed bag. Most of the time they're great, and they'll spot and kill enemies you didn't notice, and they have far better reactions than you (obviously, since they're not human!). A few times, though, they can get a bit irritating. (Minor Spoilers ahead, although I'll try to stay vague). There's a point where you go to stop some chemical weapons, and enemies in hazmat suits are the ones that activate them if you're spotted. Unfortunately, those hazmat dudes are "non combatants" and thus your team members dont target them! I lost that mission so many times because my team wouldn't open fire on those enemies, simply because those enemies weren't a real "threat" to us!

~ While it has been updated to modern resolution settings, the main menu is still locked at like, 800x600 or something.

CONS:

- Enemy AI can be a pain. Missions with hostages can be suddenly lost because they open fire on hostages since they know you're here. Thing is, they /shouldn't/ know you're there. You'll have to be extra careful playing this game, because there WILL be times that you lost because of BS enemy AI.

- Dated controls. Be sure to edit the controls before you start playing. The defaults are hallmarks of the old R6 games, back when FPS games didn't really have a "standard". Things like reload set to Z, Run set to Mouse2... yeah. Not a bad terrible thing, but when I played the first mission I freaked out because I had no idea what to do.

- Little explanation of stats for players and weapons. What is "self control"? What is "stability"? I have no idea. Some make sense, like Stealth or Electronics, or Damage and Accuracy for weapons, but despite the game having many tooltips, they have none for those. I'm not a mind reader!


So in conclusion, its great. I love it, despite the difficulty and obtuse-ness of the game. I won't give it a number rating (because how I might percieve, say for example, a 7/10 might be different for another person). I will just say that for 10 bucks, you can't go wrong with this. Quite a few missions, plus you can replay those maps plus a few more with different modes, which might give you an extra hour or two of fun. Again, I do suggest the Raven Shield 2.0 mod for this game, because it "modernizes" it in all the right ways.
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Fonzo
19.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
Probably one of my favorite games of all time. Although it might seem a bit dated compared to modern standards, I can definately recommend this game if you want a true old school tactical shooter.
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Shadow Ops
5.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Gold Edition
fast game with modern day graphics with easy controls that moves from location A to B to C and so on,
good amount of action and special effects,
(good save the world formula) good amount of save the world reactants that form a bigger save the world product

good game.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Raven Shield
fast game with modern day graphics with easy controls that moves from location A to B to C and so on,
good amount of action and special effects,
(good save the world formula) good amount of save the world reactants that form a bigger save the world product

good game.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Athena Sword
fast game with modern day graphics with easy controls that moves from location A to B to C and so on,
good amount of action and special effects

good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
10/10
Gameplay was unique and amazing for it's era.
would recommend this game to anyone.
it's sad that it's nearly dead now. absolutely loved this game.
-iMmO*
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Good classic Rainbow six game. Your health doesn't regenerate on this one, so play smart.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Probably one of my favorite games of all time. Although it might seem a bit dated compared to modern standards, I can definately recommend this game if you want a true old school tactical shooter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
This game is my "Dark Souls". It's infuriating, it has complex controls, enemies are super tough, and even with the tutorial you still don't know every aspect and you'll die a lot. But god do I love this game.

NOTE: I played like, the first level of Athena Sword and that's it. All I've played so far (mostly) is Raven Shield, which is the base game. I also played it with a mod called Raven Shield 2.0 (which you can find on moddb). I HIGHLY reccommend it, as it improved almost every aspect of the game by adding weapons, camo, ironsights, and adds nice little tweaks.

PROS:

- For a early 2000's game, the graphics are decent. Not fantastic, but you won't be looking at the game and throwing up.

- The environments are very well detailed. Even rooms that are out of the way with nobody in them are still lovingly put together. Except for a few reused missions near the end, there don't seem to be many reused assets and as you go to different places around the world they defintely put care into making you feel like you were there.

- Good arsenal of weapons, although some are clearly not as good as others. You'll likely stick with the same few weapons for your team every time you play, but the choices are nice.

- Tight shooting. Each weapon handles fairly well and as with real life, burst fire and semi-auto will take enemies out way faster than spraying. Playing with the mod adds ironsights, but in vanilla there are none, making it more akin to Counter Strike in how you aim (although you can still zoom in slightly).

- Great tactics. Planning out your entry is always worth your time, and failing a mission can, yes, feel like utter BS, but then you can go back and study where you went wrong. You tweak your plan, change this and that, and when you're finished your plan goes smooth as butter. Even if you don't use the planning screen and go in blind (which I've done for a few), you still have a good repetoire of on-site tactics at your disposal. Order your team to burst in a door guns blazing, or maybe soften them with flashbangs, or you can tell them to go in on command so you can hurry over to a good vantage point to aid them from a flanking position. Basically, if you liked the quick tactics of R6 Vegas and Vegas 2, you'll catch on quick here.

- As always with the early R6 games, the music is fantastic. You'll get pumped up for sure.

MEH:

~ The story is ok. Nothing special, just enough to keep you going in one direction.

~ Limited movement. In the early R6 games you could mantle and climb, but here you can't even go up a 2 foot platform without finding stairs. You get used to it, though.

~ Your team AI can be a mixed bag. Most of the time they're great, and they'll spot and kill enemies you didn't notice, and they have far better reactions than you (obviously, since they're not human!). A few times, though, they can get a bit irritating. (Minor Spoilers ahead, although I'll try to stay vague). There's a point where you go to stop some chemical weapons, and enemies in hazmat suits are the ones that activate them if you're spotted. Unfortunately, those hazmat dudes are "non combatants" and thus your team members dont target them! I lost that mission so many times because my team wouldn't open fire on those enemies, simply because those enemies weren't a real "threat" to us!

~ While it has been updated to modern resolution settings, the main menu is still locked at like, 800x600 or something.

CONS:

- Enemy AI can be a pain. Missions with hostages can be suddenly lost because they open fire on hostages since they know you're here. Thing is, they /shouldn't/ know you're there. You'll have to be extra careful playing this game, because there WILL be times that you lost because of BS enemy AI.

- Dated controls. Be sure to edit the controls before you start playing. The defaults are hallmarks of the old R6 games, back when FPS games didn't really have a "standard". Things like reload set to Z, Run set to Mouse2... yeah. Not a bad terrible thing, but when I played the first mission I freaked out because I had no idea what to do.

- Little explanation of stats for players and weapons. What is "self control"? What is "stability"? I have no idea. Some make sense, like Stealth or Electronics, or Damage and Accuracy for weapons, but despite the game having many tooltips, they have none for those. I'm not a mind reader!


So in conclusion, its great. I love it, despite the difficulty and obtuse-ness of the game. I won't give it a number rating (because how I might percieve, say for example, a 7/10 might be different for another person). I will just say that for 10 bucks, you can't go wrong with this. Quite a few missions, plus you can replay those maps plus a few more with different modes, which might give you an extra hour or two of fun. Again, I do suggest the Raven Shield 2.0 mod for this game, because it "modernizes" it in all the right ways.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The Last decent Tom Clancy Title. This game was the absolute apex of brilliance when it came out. I remember taking the journey to GAME in Wimbledon with my mate to buy it the day it came out. My PC simply wouldn't run it at the time, so we took turns in having a life each. We both digested the Manual on the train back to his house and both watched the progress bar patiently as it installed from DVD.

Little did we know at the time that this game would form such a grip on our gaming lives and produce so many amazing nights of pure strategic fun and frustration. One fond memory was on Airport we hunted down the last Tango. Me and a mate we both stacked up on separate doors, in the upstairs above the hangar. He flashed and I ran in with pistol, we both dropped the tango on entry with syncronised double taps. Was perfect and still comes up in conversation when we meet for a beer to this day.

The beauty of this game for me was the amount of firearms available, the MP5 A4 was amongst, and still is my favourite. You can run with it and fire in burst or full auto and still hit your target. Weapons ranging from SMG through to sniper rifles can be deployed on any mission. Flash bangs, smoke greanades, tear gas (don’t forget your mask), Breaching charges etc. A plethora of pistols and with differing calibers and even the ability to switch the ammunition type, FMJ or HP. Such a nice level of detail even down to armour loadouts heavy for protection light for speed low drag set ups.

It is a little dated by todays standards both graphically and in terms of movement but the core game mechanics and play is still great with a bunch of your mates on comms. Still some really nice touches in there for such an ageing title. The ability to open doors bit by bit so you can drop a flash in the close it then open it when the bang detonates is amazing.

You can still play the game via the in game browser, limited severs but still some hardcore players still linger, after all these years. I can’t even remember how many times I have come back to this game despite it’s glory days behind me. I tried to play vegas 2, it is a little dumbed down but has some nice features and it was a great game but the sound loop bug was never fixed an persisted to haunt me playing MP. So I couldn’t play it online with mates.

So I bough the gold edition so I had a copy on steam (hence the hours recorded are few compared to the actual blood sweat and tears that have gone into it on the DVD version), I still have Raveshield and Athena sword on disk, though this gold ediiton doesn't have Ironwraith that came out. Not sure if you can get htis now. Which is a shame, no doubt you can find a Website somewhere for a forum of die hard players will have it or modded it.

A truly epic game worth owning even just for posterity.
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123 of 136 people (90%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Dear potential player or veteran R6:3 player:

Here is a new way to play Terrorist Hunt mode, in case you get bored.

Step 1: Take your team to your favorite room or area of the map, and take cover.
Step 2: Are you ready? Good. Now press ~ to open the console, and type 'callterro'.
Step 3: Smile. Every terrorist on the map is now rushing to your location :D
Step 4: Don't die.


Note: Not all terrorists come out of the woodwork. You might have to go out and hunt down the last couple. This doesn't work so well (at all) on the shipyard map for some reason. All in all, some maps work better than others with this little experiment.
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79 of 81 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest multiplayer tactical FPS titles on PC. I use this game as my point of reference when comparing with newer tactical FPS titles.

PROS :

- Huge arsenal of weapons and gadgets
- Large selection of maps containing varied environments
- Great gameplay with tight gun control, multiple stances (including a unique "fluid" leaning system) and good damage modeling
- The graphics still hold up to this day, and you can run it on just about any rig configuration
- Immersive sound effects (authentic gun sounds, enemy chatter, ambient noises, player character movement sounds, etc.)
- Complete multiplayer suite featuring customizable game settings
- Unpredictable AI that will flank, patrol and call for backup
- You can still find several populated servers online, and the modding scene is still active

CONS :

- Requires a ubi.com account to access multiplayer functionality
- Can be brutally difficult at times due to the aforementioned unpredictable AI
- Lacks in-game VOIP
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81 of 86 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
why nobody makes games like this anymore? :(
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59 of 60 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
If you love this game, but have windows 10... Just follow these steps:

Fixed created by: ♥♥♥♥_A

Stutter Fix

1)Disable Raven Shield VSYNC
2)Run the game with one core

I know that those solutions have already been posted, but I realized that you have to do BOTH of them for the game to actually always work.

So here is detailed info on how to do those 2 things:

1)

Go to your RavenShield/System/ folder and open ravenshield.ini

Search for the vsync in the text file, and you will find an entry "UseVSync=True". Change it to "UseVSync=False". (Use ctrl+F to found UseVSync(...). Save and close the file.

Go to your ATI/NVIDIA Control Panel and make sure that the vertical synchronization or vertical refresh is to the option OFF or Application Specific.

That's the first part of fixing it.

2)
You can do it with 2 ways:

Either disable one core by Alt-Tabbing out when the game is open, going to the Task Manager, going to the Processes, right-clicking to the ravenshield.exe from the list and selecting "set affinty", and deselecting CPU 0.

or the recommended way so you don't have to do this each time you start the game:

Go to your raven shield folder (not the system), and create a text file there. Open with notepad and paste this:

cd system
start /affinity 01 ravenshield.exe

and save the file as "fixedstart.bat" or whatever .bat

Now by double clicking on this file will start the game single-core. You can create a shortcut for this to your desktop for easy launching.

OBS: Sometimes the game will bug your mouse, just restart the game or your computer.

OBS 2: If you are a little boring to found all enemies, press ' (the buttom bellow the ESC) and write "route"

god - makes you invencible
ghost - you can fly
walk - disable flight mode
godhostage 1 - invencibility for hostages
godteam - you team never dies
neutralizeterro - neutralize all terrorists
rescuehostage - rescue all hostages (obviously)
disarmbombs - disarme all bombs
tsurrender - all terrorists surrender on sight
fullammo - gaves you full ammo (obviously again)

Have fun!
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197 of 264 people (75%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Alright let me be real clear and real honest right here right now for you potential buyers, you don't deserve to buy this game. That's right, you don't DESERVE to buy it. You are laying your eyes upon history, one of the greatest creations of mankind. A testament to the fire that once burned in the hearts of developers that has since long been extinguished. What is Rainbow Six 3? Who is Rainbow Six 3? I ask you today, who are you?

What is the purpose of this game? What is the purpose of life? Food? Water? What does it all mean. It means nothing, absolutely nothing when compared to this virtual battlefield called Rainbow Six 3 Gold Edition. This game, is life. It is the judge, the teacher, the principle, the homeless man, the DMV, the doctor, it is all in one, ever so beautiful.

But yea this is a badass game, one of the best man. I’m telling you boy, you best pick it up right now it’s so good. MAN I’m going to go play now!
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