Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition™ includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never-before-seen content including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,727 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 16, 2013

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"Recommended for people who enjoy games with choice and consequence. Contains branching dialog, tough choices, companion character romances, and more."

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"The writing of Baldur's Gate has always been one of its strongest aspects. The story remains unchanged and still holds up."

8.5/10 - Destructoid
"Hammers out a multitude of bugs found in the original release, as well as introduces brand new characters, storylines, and modes to play through.

8.5/10 - Inside Gaming Daily
"Enhanced Edition has received a number of visual upgrades including support for high resolutions that provide a far more panoramic view of the game's lovely, lush backgrounds, and a mousewheel-controlled zoom function for quickly shifting to a more down-and-dirty view of the battlefield."
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About This Game

Since its initial release in 1998, Baldur's Gate has entertained millions of fans around the globe and has received countless awards. This classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons™ computer roleplaying games ever since.

Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition™ includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never-before-seen content including a new adventure and three new party members: the Calishite monk Rasaad yn Bashir, Neera the wild mage, and Dorn Il-Khan, the evil blackguard.

Key Features

  • New Adventure: The Black Pits
  • New Character: Dorn Il-Khan
  • New Character: Neera the Wild Mage
  • New Character: Rasaad yn Bashir
  • A new collection of player character voice sets
  • Native support for high-resolution widescreen displays
  • Over 400 improvements to the original game
  • Improved multiplayer support with connectivity between all platforms

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor:1 GHZ
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive:2.17 GB HD space
    • Sound:Windows Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive:2.17 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12+
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible
    • Hard Drive:2.17 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
95.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Now this here is some old-school RPG goodness brought back to modern systems in a quick and easy package in the Enhanced Edition. Adding widescreen support, new characters and locations, it still remains the classic adventure as it ever was.

If you haven't noticed yet, this game, it's old, don't expect any shiny graphics or groundbreaking gameplay. Give it a chance though, it has tons of content, it retains its charm and the challenge that a lot of mainstream games nowadays simply do not provide. Many characters with their own alignments can be found to form wildly different parties, giving it replayability, and the multitude of sidequests and locations pretty much make it guaranteed that you won't get to see it all in one go.

The plot itself is alright, but maybe that's because I played the sequel first so I was already aware of the plot twists. I strongly recommend you start with this game before moving on to BG2, if you've never touched them, you're in for a treat. Especially since you can import your BG1 character into BG2, giving it a sense of continuity. You don't get to experience the sequel differently like the Mass Effect series kind of does if you do import your character, but the stats, name, etc, do carry over.

It's amongst my favorites due to the link it shares with BG2. I like BG1, but BG2 just blows it out of the water, making the original a mandatory playthrough. Get it.
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81 of 105 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
>got lifetime experience with dungeons and dragons
>died at the first battle
10/10
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
This is my first review so bear with me. It's Baldur's Gate 1 without the annoying UI and with some extra content. If you like Baldur's Gate and aren't familiar with modding then this game is for you. But if you never played Baldur's Gate then allow me to go over some of the details.

Story- It's is rather interesting if you do not mind reading a lot. Altough the start is rather slow, once you get midway into the game it begins to pick up a lot.

Gameplay- Difficult, but once you understand the basics then it can be rather fun. However the combat is not for everyone, it's very tactical and can be slow in the start.

Charcters- Other than the extra characters added in by Beamdog, the orginal charcters have little personality. The extras have conversations with you and offer extra areas and items. They serve their purpose as party members.

Overall, if you are willing to surive the lower levels and keep going forward then this game is for you. If you lack patience and dislike older games then just forget about it. There is a huge learning curve and unless you are willing to learn then I would advise against purchasing this game.

I personally love this game and love Baldur's Gate 2 even more. If I had to give the game a numerical value it would be 85/100. Beamdog did a good job with optimization and a lot more accessable to the public than it used to be.
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
266.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
My parents tell me i should stop playing and get a real life. They say im a loser. But how i can be a loser, sorrounded by hot female elf, human and specially orc chicks?
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Baldur's Gate is truly a masterpiece. Despite it's beauty, tactical depth and great story, the game does not take itself too seriously. This cannot be said of many other leading RPG titles, which I soon begin to find rather corny. If you like RPGs and have not played Baldur's Gate, then this is an absolute must, you do not even need to waste your time reading this review but of course you are welcome to. If you have played the original BG and are curious about Beamdog's boob job, I share with you my opinion.


The original game's two main lackings are native widescreen support and Linux support (I use Ubuntu/Mint). Interestingly, the Steam store lists BGEE as a Windows/Mac title, while BG2EE is listed as Windows/Mac/Linux. Both titles run perfectly on Linux since the latest patches.

The reason for me to buy Beamdog's re-release was simply curiosity. Where would anyone find the guts to mess with this classic work of art? What would they change about it?


First looks and User Interface
My first impression of BGEE was honestly not that great. It was still before Linux support was added. The aesthetics just turned me off. The changed logo, the sword with the text "Enhanced Edition", the user interface which had it's old-skool goldish buttons replaced with red "open-missile-silo-doors"-buttons. It all just took away some of the original game's magic. Perhaps mostly nostalgic feelings on my part.

Once hours inside the game the UI didn't really bother me anymore. Since recent updates, I was pleasantly surprised by the "Quick loot"-button that was added to the bottom panel. This made looting a whole lot easier, since it is no longer necessary to check all the corpses individually for good loot, potions, scrolls, etc.


More aesthetics
Not only the UI has had a makeover. The movies are also replaced. The new ones are not 3d-animated like the old ones. The new movies are built from nice artistic drawings. The drawings look really good and are accompanied by the trusty old sounds of the original game.

The character models have also been updated, though they are still not 'HD'. The pre-rendered environments are still the same as in the original BG. These were already stunningly beautiful anyway, no need to make changes there.


Gameplay
There are some major changes to the gameplay. Characters are now created in the same fashion as in BG2. This means that not only can one choose from various classes, but many classes have kits to choose from, with each its own abilities and restrictions. Also, the Half-Orc is now a playable race as in BG2.

Weapon proficiencies are also updated to the BG2 standard, which means that the points are no longer put into groups of weapons (for example there used to be one group of large swords, containing two-handed, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and long swords and another group of blunt weapons, containing staves, maces, clubs and hammers). The new system forces you to choose specific weapons, thus making switching between various weapons in the same group impossible if you have not spent any points on the other weapon.

Because of the relatively low level cap in BG1, you will find each character using one or two types of weapons throughout the whole game. This is not a problem, but it is a significant deviation from the original. The weapon styles from BG2 have also been added. This new proficiency system works really well at the higher character levels achieved in BG2, but has minor shortcomings in a game where characters reach level 8-10 and thus do not have too many points to spend.

Two-Weapon Fighting
As mentioned before, the weapon styles from BG2 have been imported. Two-Weapon Fighting is now also possible, which adds lots of fun to the game. You are now able to shred your opponents in seconds, sacrificing the protection of a shield. While shields in BG are not too powerful and one can easily manage without, dual-wielding is somewhat (if not more) overpowered. My Half-Orc berserker has 3 attacks per round wielding dual ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ swords. With 19 strenght, 3 points in two-weapon fighting, 3 in ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ sword and berserker rage (granting protection against hold, fear and other hazards, plus combat bonuses) he is an insanely strong melee fighter, one you would never encounter in the original game.

Special abilities
I mentioned the berserker rage, but many of the class kit abilities are very powerful. Some good examples are the priest of Helm's Seeking Sword (3 attacks per round with huge THAC0 bonus) and True Sight. The newly added "Shadowdancer" kit with its hide-in-plain-sight ability is also quite powerful, being able to backstab, hide and backstab again. There are many more new abilities that will aid you in your fight against (or for your own) evil.


Balance
The battles in BG1 often used to be insanely difficult, but they were not designed for all these newly added features. This makes the enhanced edition somewhat less challenging than the original, but still very challenging. Only the greatest tactical geniuses would complain that the game has become easy. You should consider putting the difficulty slider one notch to the right compared to what you were used to in the original. Because of all the new additions, you will be well equipped for some tougher beasties.


New adventures
For me, not too interesting. They are not of the same quality as the original storyline. Then again, that quality is extremely rare. If you do not like the new quests then you can always just skip them.


Conclusion
The enhanced edition is a welcome re-release of a brilliant game. It offers some great improvements while leaving just minor scars.

+Native support for widescreen and higher resolutions
+Native support for Mac and Linux (no more messing around with Wine)
+Zoom function (though when zoomed in the game looks a bit crude)
+Quick loot function eliminates the hassle of searching every corpse individually
+New kits and abilities add fun
+Bug fixes
+Beamdog still provides updates, they have shown their love for this game and do not seem to have done all this for some easy cash (unlike some others).

-Aesthetics (mainly logo and user interface) could have been better/more faithful to the original
-The balance and difficulty of the game are slightly compromised by addition of the new kits, abilities and two-weapon fighting.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
An AD&D adventure set in the Forgotten Realms. The Grandaddy of all isometric (top down) open world RPGs. The Gold Standard from 1998 by which all others of its type continue to be weighed, measured and found wanting. And while it's nice to see a resurgence of newer titles embracing this classic genre, Baldur's Gate is still yet to be dethroned as far as I'm concerned by anything that has come along since in terms of gameplay, story and immersion.

Although the graphics were revolutionary for its time, they're obviously well dated by today's standards. But once you get drawn into its story, colorful NPCs and atmosphere its technical limitations just fade away and it still holds up just fine.

Kudos to Beamdog for bringing this classic into the modern era of PC gaming.

Play it again.......for the very first time
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
126.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
You must gather your party before venturing forth.
You must gather your party before venturing forth.
You must gather your party before venturing forth.
You must gather your party before venturing forth.

10/10 would ressurect Dynaheir again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I'll be writing this review mainly directed to people who don't really know much about Dungeons & Dragons or old-school cRPG's.

One of the first games to have branching story paths that actually worked and meant something. Lots of consequence, lots of choices, lots of endings.

The story of the game is very well written and also interesting. If you're willing to read up on the background information a little to get a grasp of what the D&D world is like, particuarly this one, then you'll understand the games story better. Even if you don't read any background information you'll still pick up on it as you play, and you'll still be able to enjoy it.

The first few hours of the game are a little slow and sort of random. During these few hours (about 2-3 hours or so), lots of random things will be thrown at you just to let you practice on how the game works. You'll meet random companions, random attacks, and have some pretty pointless but rewarding side quests. Like I said, these are just to warm you up on the rest of the game.

One of the main points of the game is maintaining a party. You'll meet many companions along your adventure which you can either allow into your party or not. You must watch each players health, weapons, stats, and so on. It sounds complicated when you first read about it, but it's pretty easy once you get used to it. Your companions will get tired, get wounded or their weapons will break. You have to watch out for all of these things and help them out as much as you can. Fortunately for people who have a hard time making characters, you will only have to make your own character (which is the leader of the party) as all other companions will have their own stats and abilities. With that being said, you must know how to use and level up their stats and abilities.

The combat can be a bit tricky at first, especially once your party gets pretty large. You are able to pause the game, point out each individual party member who to attack, then unpause. Having your whole party attack the same enemy at once works on lower level enemies, but as you start to face larger groups of monster and/or more challenging enemies, you have to use strategy to determine how not to get your party instantly killed.

The character creation is quite big for this game. You can chose between a few races, pick between many classes which have their own sub-classes (Such has Cleric/Ranger or Cleric/Thief, etc.) and have quite a bit of stats to level up. You won't be leveling up as easily or quickly as many of todays RPGs. I didn't upgrade my main character until about 2 hours into the game while doing a bunch of side-quests and killing lots of enemies. Leveling up is meant to feel rewarding and having an actual impact when adding points to stats and gaining new abilites.

The world is nicely drawn in this game too. The graphics on the Enhanced Version doesn't look much better than when I played this game years ago, but at least it's in widescreen.

Exploring the world is also a huge point in this game. The world isn't all one seamless level, but instead it's broken up into large sections which usually have other sections within them, such as caves and castles. Most of the places you're allowed to freely enter, but others are restricted.

I guess there's also multiplayer, but I guess i'm the only one in my friends list that owns this game haha.

Overall, I think this game is very good, and the Enchanced Edition brings some changes that will ease in newcomers to the classing cRPG genre. This is considered by many to be one of the best RPG games to date, as well as the other D&D cRPG's that came out around the same time. I recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of RPGs and are willing to overcome a slight learning curve if they haven't played a classic cRPG such as this before.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
389.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I only played a little but it was fun
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I was an invincible demi-god, and then I met petrification.


PROS:
+Timeless classic of the D&D universe
+Excellent character NPCs of all variety
+Game length was not too long or too short
+Immersive story
+Voice acting was pretty good
+Late game stays true to the D&D aspect that there isn’t just one way to complete a quest
+Random Easter eggs and parodies
+Controls were pretty straightforward, felt like a RTS with a pause button
+Can export your character to use in Baldur’s Gate II

CONS:
-AI was incredibly derpy at times; especially pathing and combat
-Some available party members would just up and leave despite actively working on their personal quest line. Be wary of who you deck out in good gear.
-Some personal quests won’t complete if certain party members die during the last part of their quest line.
-Some spells are unclear if they hurt your party or not. If it doesn’t specify ENEMIES, it more than likely will affect everybody.
-Story was a bit slow up front, but stick with it.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
This was before RPG's became dumbed down, open world hack and slash action games and completely lost their depth and the meaning of the genre entirely, Baldur's Gate is an extremely brilliant addition to the cRPG genre and easily among the top 3 games of it's kind. It has tough gameplay that may be off putting for beginners early on in the game and may take a while for some people to get into it, but what you'll be left with is a game that may kick you in the teeth occasionally but is as rewarding as games get.

Baldurs gate primarly focusses on micromanagement, giving you a party of up to 6 units to control, each and will need to play their role in order for your adventure to be successful, experimenting in BG is key, could take a few restarts before you're happy with your character.

This game uses the Dungeons & Dragons rule set, which I have come to appreciate quite a lot within the last few years, actions your party do will be affected by dice rolls which adds unpredictability and suspense to the combat.

The Enhanced version of Baldur's Gate is well done in a sense that they haven't changed much, this is basically the original with a vastly improved resolution and a few better effects, the visuals in this version remain true and set the mood for fantasy experience.

Baldur's Gate, while being a pretty complex game is also accessible to those who have patience to learn as they go along, while it may be brutal near the beginning, the sense of having a party you're finally comfortable with is like no other, while it does throw you in the deep end of pool seemingly filled with custard, it soon gets incredibly fun.

This is one of the greats of the RPG genre and puts anything released in the last decade to shame, this along with Planescape Torment are some of my favourite games of all time. Don't expect this to hold your hand, a lot of patience is required and expect to have to speak to a ton of NPC's for information and receiving quests and expect to get one shotted often in some annoying encounters.

It must be added that the portions added by Beamdog are disgustingly horrific and have some of the worst writing I've ever seen in a videogame, ever, I hope to God they don't make Baldur's Gate 3.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Are you a lover of RPG's? Do you enjoy engaging stories that grab every inch of you attention? Are you willing to play with and infuse your imagination into a world with a very rich and interesting mythology and history?

Look no further!

The Baldur's Gate series was and still is the crowning RPG series, the one to rule them all and in the darkness of Bhaal bind them. So of course the question is how does this enhanced edition work out?

Perfectly. The new companions are interesting with their own back stories that really expand the rather modest repertoire of companion stories This is of course compared to today's standards with games like Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, and Fallout: New Vegas. Keep in mind that the original Baldur's Gate was released in 1998 and it still makes me onanate and ♥♥♥♥ me britches from the awesomeness of it. They are prevalently assigned classes that were not in the original, but were in Baldur's Gate 2. The old one. This edition also provides some new locations to explore and have fun with (though they are mostly tied to the new companions).

Some might be dissapointed because the original was, with all the mods, a far superior game, in many ways exceeding this newer version. But, and I say this with tears of joy dripping down my red colored baby chins, the modding community and the community as a whole are strong with this one and the mods are already coming out in numbers. My favourite is the NPC Banter mod, which gives just so much to the game that it's a must. Companions get these thinking and emotional dimensions that just must be experienced. It's still in development, but it already does wonders.

I'd write more, but I must go feast on the flesh of kobolds now and help an infernal looking kid find his dog. Good day, adventurers!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Grateful for being able to easily enjoy classics like these.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Decent TSR classic. Though I prefer the advances in the sequil.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
The original Baldur's Gate series are easily one of the best PC RPGs. With an intricate plot, tens of side quests, and well fleshed characters and NPCs, the games build an immersive world that you would love to go back to again and again.

The Enhanced Edition is exactly what it says on the tin - a well-polished and updated version of the beloved classic. With improved graphics, backported concepts from BGII, and new features, it is a must-have for any RPG fan.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
An oldy but a goody, great rpg game and one of the best D&D - pc games.
Loved this game when it came out & still do.
Great story, great gameplay, glad they made this enhanced edition.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
143.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
The game itself is easily the best RPG I've ever played. If you've never played it, it's worth whatever the price is. The only thing I didn't see mentioned in other helpful reviews is the fact that you are given complete freedom upon leaving the starting area. This game was truly 'Open World' long before that was ever a thing.

Any quality issues you might have because of the age of this title, such as graphics, are easily overshadowed by the brilliant writing, open-ended gameplay, and the level of completeness and care that was originally put into this game.

The Enhanced Edition is a welcome improvement. It launched for me first try with no issues on Win7x64/AMD 8-Core. If all it did was run the game and provide modern display resolutions, it would be a great success.

Visual enhancements and more options to tweak gameplay are also included. These are icing on the above-descibed cake. Documentation on some of these features is lacking, but it looks like Beamdog is in it for the long haul.

Other enhancements make the game more like BG2, adding subclasses, dual wield, extra weapon types, mechanics tweaks, NPCs, etc. By any measure these things are an improvement, BUT I have mixed feelings about it since I love the original, with all its limitations. In a way, BG2 is less good now.

In summary a great rerelease of an epic game. Bugs (new ones) are barely worth mentioning & since this was clearly a project by someone who loves the game I have no doubt that they will be eradicated.

No good reason not to buy this game. :)

Thanks and congrats to Beamdog. Keep up the good work!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I had previously attempted to play Baldur's Gate a few years ago and had given up, believing the controls and menus too difficult and intricate to be worth the time learning. Additionally, the number of times I died in combat against the weakest of opponents filled me with a nerdy, indignant rage which in turn demotivated me to try this game again.

However, having played it with other people who know how to play the game well for a couple of hours and being walked through the gameplay step by step, I have changed my mind about it. Yes, it's very difficult and yes, it can be infuriating - but it is more fun when you play in a group. It is not like the Diablo series, or Dungeon Siege, or the Divinty games - this game is really hard. If anything, it holds a likeness to Dragon Age in terms of the difficulty and the mechanics. If you are up for a challenge and know someone who knows this game like the back of their hand, odds are you'll enjoy it. ***
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This game bought back back a lot of memories. Awesome to replay with all the improvements. The only thing missing was the spectacular mauual/spell guide that came in the OG box.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
The original Baldur's Gate is a masterpiece; if you already have it, no need to buy the Enhanced Edition as it honestly doesn't add anything worthwhile, and the stuff it does add (3 NPCs among other things), are nowhere near the level of quality as the original BG in my opinion.
Higher resolutions and widescreen are nice, but those could be modded already.

A good reason to still buy the Enhanced Edition though, and the reason I bought it, is the ability to play it natively on any platform (in my case Linux). This to me is well worth the full price of the Enhanced Edition.
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