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"Could anything be better than being Batman and having a whole city to explore as well as solving a mystery in an insane asylum overrun by its inmates?"

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Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City - five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum - the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City's most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition includes the following DLC:

  • Catwoman Pack
  • Nightwing Bundle Pack
  • Robin Bundle Pack
  • Harley Quinn’s Revenge
  • Challenge Map Pack
  • Arkham City Skins Pack

Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition packages new gameplay content, seven maps, three playable characters, and 12 skins beyond the original retail release:

  • Maps: Wayne Manor, Main Hall, Freight Train, Black Mask, The Joker's Carnival, Iceberg Long, and Batcave
  • Playable Characters: Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing
  • Skins: 1970s Batsuit, Year One Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, Earth One Batman, Batman Beyond Batman, Animated Batman, Sinestro Corps Batman, Long Halloween Catwoman, Animated Catwoman, Animated Robin, Red Robin and Animated Nightwing

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4800+
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 17 GB free hard drive space
    • Video Card: ATI 3850HD 512 MB or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 16 GB free hard drive space
    • Video Card: 256MB VRAM
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD3000 and Intel GMA series.
Helpful customer reviews
191 of 228 people (84%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
I had a girlfriend when I first played Batman: Arkham City on my Xbox 360. Around 500 hours of gameplay later, my girlfriend forced me to choose. Her exact words were "It's either me or that stupid Batman game" after we had been together for a year and a half.

I've been single ever since.

11/10 would make that same choice again in a heartbeat.
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97 of 105 people (92%) found this review helpful
151.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
INTRODUCTION:
Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Arkham Asylum by Rocksteady Studios. It is an 'Open World Action-Adventure game that incorporates one of the best blends of action and stealth mechanic on any game on its genre to date. It was first released on the consoles and made it's way to the PC. It included the Catwoman DLC which lets the player use Catwoman who has her own special move set and gamestyle.

The game follows the adventures of Batman approximately one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. A large portion of Gotham City has been walled off and turned into a maximum security prison called Arkham City which is placed under the supervision of Dr. Hugo Strange. Bruce Wayne starts a campaign to shut down the prison but was subsequently arrested by orders of Dr. Strange and thrown into Arkham City. There, he is greeted by a massive gang war between some of the deadliest super villains Batman has ever faced. Survive within the walls of Arkham City as the Batman, discover the prison's true purpose and learn something called 'Protocol 10'.

PROS:
+ Open World Map: As opposed to Arkham Asylum which was semi-open.
+ Improved Graphical Fidelity: Animation is more fluid and has excellent use of PhysX technology
+ Immersive Atmosphere
+ Sound: To be specific, this game has some of the best voice acting I have ever seen. (with Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy and Tara Strong, what did you expect?)
+ Replayablitiy and end game content: Side missions, New Game Plus, Challanges and more will keep you occupied
+ Easter Eggs with History and Lore of the Batman Universe
+ Humor: The inmates provide some very humorous conversations which makes for a refreshing feel to the otherwise dark and serious tone of the game.
+ Character diversity: Granted you can only play Batman and Catwoman in the main story, Nightwing and Robin can also be played during the challenge missions. They come with their own skills, gadgets and play styles.

CONS:
- Main Campaign is too short if you skip all the side content.
- PhysX, although a great addition, only benefits Nvidia users, and AMD users might need to put a little more effort in order to benefit from its features.
- Games for Windows Live shutdown caused some users to loose their save files when the game was transferred to Steam. (If your just buying this game, don't worry about this CON)
- Too little screen time for the main villains
- Some frustrating Riddler / Augmented Reality Training Challanges

CONCLUSION:
GREAT GAME! A worthy successor to Arkham Asylum. The game expanded the world in which the player can explore, provided a great atmosphere and setting with a visually stunning presentation and impressive blend of stealth and action makes this game a MUST BUY for Batman and action-adventure fans.

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63 of 67 people (94%) found this review helpful
70.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.
The game begins a while after Batman: Arkham Asylum. Arkham City is a big section of Gotham City which has been turned into a large-scale prison for its criminals, all constructed by Hugo Strange. Very early in the game Bruce Wayne is campaigning to demolish the institution when he himself is incarcerated under Strange's orders.
While Strange prepares to commence "Protocol 10", Wayne obtains his equipment via airdrop from Alfred, allowing him to become Batman. Now it is up to him to find out what Protocol 10 is. Along the way he fights several famous villains, among them Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Two-Face.
The story is pretty well done. Many recognizable characters on both sides of the Batman mythos are along for the ride.
Batman: Arkham City plays and controls much like Arkham Asylum. But one thing you will notice is that the game takes place in an open city, rather than in a single area. Arkham Asylum was by no means a small game, but in Arkham City the player is able to get the full Batman experience by gliding around the city in a much larger scale.
The combat system is pretty much the same as in previous game. You punch, counter, and use gadgets and finishing moves to subdue large amounts of enemies.
Besides of the main story and side quests you also have a lot of other stuff to do like solving Riddler secrets, Catwoman Missions, challenge maps and more. This game will last you a long time if you are trying to go for 100% completion.
The graphics are stunning and all the characters look really good. Faces and facial expressions are brilliantly made.
The soundtrack is literally Hollywood movie quality. The voice acting is incredible and everything else sounds great as well.
Batman: Arkham City is a great experience for anyone who likes Batman or who wants to discover his universe. It is definitely worth to buy and to play.

Sounds 10/10
Graphics 10/10
Gameplay 10/10
Atmosphere 10/10
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Good gameplay, storyline, graphics and more!
You can explore the Arkham City!
If you never played the batman game series, play it from the first one.
Totally recommend this game.
Now waiting for Batman Arkham Knight :D
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
It's good but not as good as its predecessor, but it still manages to still be a very fun game. What the game did improve on is its boss fights, narrative, much more content, and improved environments for better combat planning. What it failed to do is, repetitivity, combat is too simple and the villains feel like plot devices and barely makes any appearances. This does not make the game bad, it just makes it hard to compare to Arkham Asylum. This Batman is now open world, there is side-missions, much more challenges, improved upgrade system, more gadgets, and get to play as Catwoman. The game should only take 8-10 hours if you ignore side-missions. The verdict: The game is great, but when you compare it to Arkham Asylum, this game feels mediocre.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
The Batman: Arkham franchise is the best Batman depiction outside of comics and Arkham City is the best entry yet.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Cannot believe they sell a game this big for so little.
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34 of 51 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I want MORE!

More BATMAN!

More JOKER!

More ROCKSTEADY!

Great great GREAT GAME!
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I don't like Batman. I'm not a 9-year-old boy, and never was I! So Batman and I never really crossed paths other than the odd cartoon on the telly when I was a wee thing. I also don't like combat games. All those buttons for punching and kicking and all that nonsense. I could be quite sexist here and say maybe they're mostly aimed at people who were once 9-year-old boys too, but then I would have to 'fess up about Sleeping Dogs (fantastic game, that), Call of Duty and, well, all those other violent shooting and combat games that women aren't supposed to enjoy...

But back to Batman. There was some article in my fave magazine looking back at this game and talking about stealth-play (which I love) and a fantastic open-world city. They recommended it hugely and the screenshots LOOKED incredible!

But it was still Batman ... so I figured I'd wait for a cheapy deal just to see what it was like anyway.

Can I just say I have uncovered a FANTASTIC game! What an absolute gem! Yes, there's plenty of combat but it's easy (much easier than many other games where even the most complicated of moves don't need more than two buttons (on a gamepad) and if you're pretty useless at games like me, it readily prompts you with ideal buttons to press (though ultimately the choice is yours). The dark city has depth, feels like the crime-ridden snake's pit that it is, and it's all brilliantly detailed. There is a great upgrade system too - though a word of warning: your upgrade points are for Batman and Catwoman separately. by the time I reached the end of the main Batman game, I had a Batman armed to the teeth, but a neglected Catwoman who had little more than black leotard and tights(!) so share the points around a bit.

The very best feeling in the world (of this game!) is swooping down from a sky-scraper, gliding around and honing in on an unsuspecting target. The controls are a joy to use and it's very easy to be precise. There are tutorials embedded into the game which will award you XP points and help you attain another upgrade if you're successful. Stealth play is there and in abundance if you wish to play that way (and sometimes it's best to). Doesn't matter if you know nothing about Batman either - the caricatures of the other characters are simply amazing and I found the game both dark and funny! This GOTY edition also includes the very fabulous Catwoman who is just as much fun to play.

A great story-led plot, fabulous characters and really polished gameplay puts this game at the top of my best-games-ever tree. I really recommend it, even if you too find yourself grimacing and NOT ever having been a 9-year-old boy!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
This game is the best Batman game on the market. If you are looking for a game with a good story line that is highly entertaining then this is the game for you.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Did you remember...Arkham Asylum? Well, Arkham City is the same, BUT BETTER OMG!1!!11


Paul Dini is not alone now due to the colaboration with Sefton Hill (Rocksteady Founder) and Paul Crocker (one of the biggest comic Freaks that i´ve ever seen IRL), and this means that MY BODY IS READY.
The main storyline, the sidequest, the environments, characters, npcs, even the simple details of the scenery are so good that its annoying, you have a lot of information to assimilate. For instance, during a boss fight, the stage has it´s own references for him, the weapons, the mechanics, dialogues, everything...thats amazing nowadays, because there are a few studios that want to make GOOD GAMES instead of Moneymakers. And it doesn´t dissapoint in the dubbing neither. Kevin Conroy will give his voice to Batman again, same as Mark Hamill with Joker, Arleen was replaced by Tara Strong a good change IMO, Nolan North as Penguin and the Kid Lover Solomon Grundy voiced by Tatasciore.



Lets move to the storyline. Bruce Wayne is incarcerated in Arkham City, a new massive prison located over the slums of Gotham City, founding out that there is a protocol named "Protocol 10" directed by Hugo Strange. And obviously you, AS BATMAN, must uncover what it is. During the main plot you´ll face different villains that are now settled in Arkham City.


As i said above, the systems and patterns used with Arkham Asylum are here in City, but improved.
For instance, the freeflow combat has been improved now you are able to counter more than one enemy simultaneously, create bigger combos, use aerial attacks or catch hurled items from the scenery. Also you can use almost every gadget during the combat in order to disable armored foes or set traps around you. The "Detective Vision" has been nerfed, which is a good new, now the visual effect obscure the game and doesnt highlight everything all the time.
Besides, now with a bigger city the predator-hunter perspective takes a great advantage, now you can choose where, how and who. Let me explain this with a normal encounter, enemies are around a central square, armed-to-the-teeth so:

-With the design of the city you can choose WHERE are you going to be, a rooftop, a beam, behind any object, etc...you can be literally everywhere.
-The amount of gadgets that you are able to use during fights has increased, choose how are you going to achieve your goal.
-The enemies now have different behaviours so be mindful of your target, choose wisely who should be knocked down/disarmed first.


Moreover the IA is now somehow better. Enemies now are armed with a wide variety of weapons and armored with different levels of armors. Some should be disarmed in order to neutralize them, others should be stunned, etc... their patterns of actuation were enhanced too. They made squads if they feel danger or if some of them are nervous, pick up weapons from boxes, hurl items to the character, get weapons from the ground asap, etc...

The skills have been mended too. Each category contains up to 15 unique upgrades according to your own combat preferences. Less percents and more useful skills to use during the fights. The worst part is that a lot of predator or hunter skills are already unlocked, but thats just my opinion.

Furthermore the movements for Batman were expanded, in fact they add new movement and though about new ones, but the dev. team only took the ones who felt authentic with Batman.

Finally Arkham City offers the same end-game content, trophies, riddles, combat challenges, etc... but all these aspects have been enhanced.


If you dont have this game yet, buy it, cheap, funny and full of content.


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Recordáis...Arkham Asylum? Bueno, Arkham City es lo mismo, PERO MEJOR OMG!1!!!1!!1!


Paul Dini ya no está solo, debido a la colaboración con Sefton Hill (fundador de Rocksteady) y Paul Crocker (uno de los mayores fridigo expertos en cómics que he visto IRL) por lo que significa...que va a ser la OSTIA.


La trama, las secundarias, los entornos, npcs, personajes, incluso los simples detalles de la escenografía son tan buenos que es molesto. Tienes toneladas de información que han dejado los guionistas en estos lugares para que la asimiles. Por ejemplo durante una pelea con un boos, la fase tienen diferentes referencias hacia él, desde las armas hasta el propio fondo de la pelea, sus mecánicas, diálogos, etc... es un gran trabajo, y es lo que diferencia a un buen juego. Ni siquiera decepciona en el doblaje, y eso que el primero era DIFÍCIL de superar. Kevin Conroy va a volver a ponerle voz a nuestro Batman, al igual que Mark Hamill con Joker. Arleen fue reemplazada por Tara Strong, un buen cambio de voz en mi opinión, Nolan North será el Pingüino y el Amante de los Niños Solomon Grundy tomará su voz de Fred Tatasciore.

La historia principal es simple, como la primera entrega. Bruce es encarcelado en Arkham City, una nueva prisión masiva que fue establecida sobre los arrabales de Gotham, encontrando que hay un protocolo en marcha (llamado Protocol 10) y dirigido por Hugo Strange. Y obviamente, tú, COMO BATMAN, vas a ir a descubrir de que va la cosa. Durante la trama principal te encontrarás diferentes villanos que se encuentran en Arkham city.

Como dije algo más arriba, los sistemas usados y los patrones siguen presentes en City pero han sido mejorados para ofrecer una mejor experiencia jugable.

Por ejemplo, el Freeflow ha sido retocado permitiendo contraatacar a más de un enemigo de forma simultánea, crear mayores combos, usar ataques aéreos o tomar objetos lanzados del escenario. Además la cantidad de utensilios que puedes usar ha aumentado significativamente, ampliando las posibilidades de combate. La visión de detective ha sido nerfeada, y esto es una buena implementación, ya que en el primer Batman esta herramienta tan básica hacía superar el juego en cero coma. Además, al tener una mayor ciudad y mejoras en los sistemas de combate y aparatos se puede decir que, donde y como quieres combatir. Una situación simple, enemigos armados hasta los dientes en una plaza:

-Con este nuevo diseño puedes elegir DONDE estarás, techos, vigas, gárgolas, etc... literalmente puedes posicionarte donde y como quieras.
-La cantidad de utensilios a utilizar ha aumentado, lo que te permite elaborar más tácticas para afrontar un desafío.
-Los enemigos ahora tienen diferentes comportamientos, así que se consciente de tu objetivo, a quien vas a desarmar/knockear y por que.


Para más inri la IA ha sido corregida. Los enemigos están mejor armados, si no lo están recurrirán al escenario para enmendarlo, además de contar con una amplia gama de armas y armaduras. Sus patrones de actuación se han visto mejorados también. Harán cuadrillas si se sienten amenazados o si están nerviosos y no quieren ir solos.

Las habilidades están mejor desarrolladas. Cada categoría tiene hasta 15 habilidades únicas dependiendo de tu preferencias en el combate. Menos porcentajes y más habilidades para usar. Aunque por criticar algo diría que las depredador y cazador vienen en su mayoría desbloqueadas.

Lo que es más, los movimientos de Batman han aumentado y se han corregido así que no más Ortopedias Wayne. Añadieron más movimientos y mejoraron los antiguos, haciendo que quedasen naturales y fidedignos a Batman.

Como colofón, Arkham City tiene un mayor contenido tras el juego que su anterior entrega además de mayores retos de combates y una historia acorde a Riddler.

Si aún no tenéis este juego, compradlo, barato y divertido.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Best Arkham game 8.7/10

+ Better responses than Asylum had
+ Fluid combat
+ Great story
+ Open world
+ Plenty of content (Especially finding the Riddler trophies)
+ Good graphics and animations
+ Great voice acting

- Optimized for Nvidia video cards, not AMD.
- A lot of walking back and forth
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Really great game i can even play it on my 2007 laptop and it's still not slow
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to Arkham Asylum and the spiritual sequel to Escape from New York.

You once again take the role of Batman: The super hero with the world's deadest parents. But this time around, if you include DLC, you also play as Robin, cooler Robin, and Halley Barrey.

I don't know how to spell Haley Baree.

Batman brings with him his skills and tools from his last adventure through the planet Zebes. Like Spider-Man's web swing, and his combat blanket, and his ability to move like a jumping bean while still being built like a brick ♥♥♥♥ house. Seriously, look at him, he makes me question my hetereosexuality. I once had a dream where he kissed me on the lips. In Paris, France. I don't think it makes me gay and neither does my therapist.

But also, this time around, you get to go through story segments as Halae Bear-e. Who has the amazing powers of making you and excellent survivalmen with your tent pitching skills. Her segments aren't that different from playing as Dead-parents man, but this time you move around with grace instead of like a tank that just drove through an orphanage. The segments end very quickly, and are few in between, but one leaves Hallee Beree restrained by poison Ivy and you're all "Woah! Damn! It just got all steamy up in here!"

The combat is much the same as the last game, only this time you don't swing around like an incompetant ♥♥♥♥♥ as soon as someone has the bright idea to bring a sharp object to the fight. You can now practically waste everyone and everything that moves without much effort because, well, you're Batman.

The challenge maps return, only this time to bust your balls, like my uncle during the family reunion. It is a sad story and I will go into it another time.

A good number of Batman's rogues gallery shows up, Including such memorable characters as.
Clown guy, and Rich bird-dwarf, and Freezy-dude, burned face man, and of course, who could forget, Immortal geezer.



Should you get this game? Well, I guess you could, but right now it costs about as much as a sandwich. Would you rather have a sandwich than a batman game? I would as well.

4 out of 19 smiley faces. Still waiting for that Blue Beetle game, Rock Steady.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is a masterpiece.
Gliding and grappling around makes you feel like the dark knight himself!
Very good voice acting and story.
I give it 10/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
at the start I was skeptical about this game
but after playing I was very surprised
excellent gameplay
excellent combat system
and excellent graphics

Definitely recommend this game to everyone.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Now here is a review filled with Batman puns. Why? Because I'm just such a Joker

It's Bat and better than ever. Good story, nice gameplay, Arkham City has Gotham all. Don't listen to those crappy negative reviews, they're just a Bane in the butt, and if you're about to post one of those reviews, stop right there Mister, Freeze! I hate people who are always Wayne-ing like that. Anyway, like Victor Fries, Batman is just ice, meaning that you get to put a Dent in the faces of those who think Robin people is a good thing. You'll find yourself playing this game way, way late into the Dark Knight. In other words, after playing this game it will be hard Two-Face the real world again. Trust me, Ivy played this game so much. I can Harley believe how good this game is. If anyone is unhappy with this game, then I ask you, why so serious?


Oh gosh, Batman's probably gonna PUNch me now.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
173.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This is a GREAT game, now is in my personal top of best games I've played! Why? This game takes all the good things from Arkham Asylum and make them 10x better! We have a great map here: Arkham City, which one is very beautiful and enjoyable, and of course, this map is a lot bigger than Arkham Asylum. Now lets talk about the gameplay/story, gameplay is just great, nice controls and the fighting system here is amazing, my favorite game combat system by the way. Great graphics and great optimization makes this game amazing. Now, what about the story? Amazing too! The dialogues, the characters, the extra things you can do, the excellent voice casting, this and more make this game a master piece! You should play this game, trust me, just check the hours I've spent in this game. You will love this game! Batman is love, Batman is life!
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Semi-large sandbox game, with nice storyline and lots of small side puzzles, and also some small "easter eggs".
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
If you thought there could not be a better Batman game than Arkham Asylum, you were wrong. Amazingly, Rocksteady managed to improve nearly every aspect of the original blockbuster.
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