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“Brave New World is the rare case of a title delivering exactly what it promises.”
IGN
– 9.4/10

“In addressing some of the series' longest-standing issues, such as long periods of inactivity and less appealing pursuits of victory, Firaxis have turned Civilization V into one of the best strategy games of all time, regardless of how you want to play the game.”
Kotaku

“Firaxis could have played it safe and simply layered on more changes of clothes. Instead it took the strategy gaming bit between its teeth and launched the venerable franchise into some startlingly new territory, while keeping it fun, engaging and — remarkably — approachable.”
Polygon – 8.5/10

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V: Brave New World is the second expansion pack for Civilization V - the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This new expansion provides enhanced depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade and a focus on culture and diplomacy. Your influence around the world will be impacted by creating Great Works, choosing an ideology for your people and proposing global resolutions in the World Congress. As you move through the ages of history you will make critical decisions that will impact your relationship with other civilizations.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World also introduces nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, two new scenarios, four new gameplay systems and dozens of new units, buildings and improvements offering an expanded variety of ways to build the most powerful empire in the world.

FEATURES

New Culture Victory: Spread your culture across the globe, dominating all other cultures. Create masterpieces with Great Artists, Writers and Musicians that are placed in key buildings across your empire like Museums, Opera Houses, and even the Great Library. Use Archaeologists to investigate sites of ancient battles and city ruins for priceless cultural artifacts. Become the first civilization with a majority influence in all other civilizations to achieve a Culture Victory, becoming the envy of the world.

New Policies and Ideologies: Enter the Industrial Age and choose the ideology of your people: Freedom, Order, or Autocracy. Each ideology grants access to increasingly powerful abilities, and serves the different victory conditions in unique ways. The choices you make will impact your relationships with other civilizations for the rest of the game.

World Congress: The importance of diplomacy is intensified and city-state alliances are more important than ever. Change the diplomatic landscape through a new World Congress that votes on critical issues like implementing trade sanctions against rogue nations, limiting resource usage, designating host cities for the World Games, and the use of nuclear weapons. Game-changing resolutions, vote trading, intrigue and a new lead-in to the Diplomatic Victory ensures that the end of the game will be more dynamic than ever before.

International Trade Routes: Build your cities into hubs of international trade by land and sea, creating great wealth and prosperity for your people, while also spreading religion, cultural influence, and science. The number of trade routes increases through the advancement of economics and technologies, the creation of wonders, and the unique abilities of your civilization. Will you connect to a closer city for a lower payoff and a safer route, choose a longer route with more risk for the bigger payoff, or perhaps point your trade route inward, sending vitally important food and production to the far corners of your own empire?

New Civilizations, Units and Buildings: Nine new leaders and civilizations are introduced, including Poland, Brazil, Portugal, Zulu and more each with their own unique traits, units and buildings.

New Wonders:This expansion set introduces eight new Wonders including the Parthenon, Broadway, the Globe Theater, and the Uffizi.

Two New Scenarios:

American Civil War: Fight the “War Between the States” from either the Union or Confederate side as you focus on the critical Eastern theatre of operations between the capital cities of Richmond and Washington.
 
Scramble for Africa: The great colonial powers of the world are scrambling to explore the Dark Continent and extend their reach into its interior. Search for the great natural wonders of the heart of Africa as you explore a dynamically-generated continent each time you play.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Note: Optimized for the touch-screen Ultrabook™ device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX® version 11
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Note: Optimized for the touch-screen Ultrabook™ device
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB free disk space
    • Video Card: (ATI): Radeon HD 2600; NVidia GeForce 8600, Intel HD 4000
    • Video RAM: 256 MB

    • Multiplayer: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported.
    • NOTICE: It is possible for Mac and PC to become out of sync during updates. Within this short time period, Mac users will only be able to play other Mac users.
    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    • NOTICE:The following video chipsets are not supported for Civilization V:
      ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2400
      Nvidia GeForce 7000 series, 8600, 9400
      Intel GMA (950/X3100), HD 3000
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Speed: 2.6 GHz
    • Video RAM: 512MB
    Operating System: SteamOS
    CPU Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
    CPU Speed: 2.4GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 6450
    Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 640M
    Video Card (Intel): Iris Pro
    Video Memory (VRam): 1GB

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Don't meet the above requirements? Running on Ubuntu? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Civ V, it just means we have not tested and vetted your configuration. Visit the Civilization V community page to share your experience with other Linux players and learn about how to send bugs to Aspyr. Your feedback will help us improve Civ V Linux and future AAA Linux releases![/list]
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Posted: August 20
the leaders don't move when talking to them. does it depend on the direct X?
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Metacomet10
Posted: August 19
Lots of late game additions. Makes it more fun
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RedLemonSlice
Posted: August 15
Civ.. yep still a Civ game.
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Karkath
Posted: August 15
Sid Meier's Civilization is a great series in general, being a player of Civilization 3, 4, and Revolutions as well as Civ 5, I have to say that it has gone quite well. But let's be honest, when Civ 5 came out it lacked that traditional feeling from the other games, there was no form of religion, and some classic civilizations to play such as the Zulu were not in the vanilla civ. Which is fine it still was fantastic on release but it was just missing some old aspects that just made it better, and when Gods and Kings came out adding religion, it felt much more traditional and adding more cultural aspects as well as the new civilizations like the Celts, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, the Mayans, and the Spanish. But we aren't reviewing Gods and Kings we are reviewing Brave New World. This DLC puts the icing on the cake with it's religions and cultural aspects. Adding more religions such as Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism, and a few others as well as the new tourism, which is amazing, it replaces the bland utopia project where you just adopt so many polices and you are done, this adds more competition because whilst you can win by having more tourism than a select civ's culture they can do the same to you. Another thing I enjoy is the new World Congress feature, it makes the later game so much better, no joke either, it gives city states a purpose instead of just being some random city in the desert, this city can be used to gain electors in the World Congress making city state relations mean much much more. BUT there are some minor flaws here and there. For instance the way war works now, it just doesn't work, if you attack someone everybody else on the map absolutely hates you, and if you take a city then everybody forms this alliance of evil and just attempt to destroy you and throw random units at you until you either, A lose the game and are destroyed, B Hold off the armies but concede some of the cities you took, or C destroy the coalition's armies and make the AI waste their time as you march on their land, and yes C does sound good, but by the time the war is over (depending on the AI) your civilization's tiles and armies will be in absolute ruin. I get it other civilizations can go to war and such that's not the problem, but I personally believe the AI should be more laid back when it comes to capturing cities and city states, for instance I was playing as Poland and I took a city state completely isolated from the other AI and just because I took the city they still hated me, it just doesn't make sense to me. That is the major issue other than that it has very minor flaws here and there but other than that it is a fantastic DLC and I highly advise you to try it.
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Darth Whitlock
Posted: August 7
Its Okay.
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DR.DR
Posted: August 6
this is a great addon to civ5
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Наполеон I
Posted: August 4
Good!!! VERY GOOD! I love this DLS!
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WizardSnacx
Posted: August 3
Only DLC worth getting
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TheCrusaderKing
Posted: August 2
The huge add-on to the great Civilization 5 adding many civilizations, units, better late game diplomacy, and religion. Very recommended for those players that felt Civ5 lacked content
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Dendoris
Posted: July 30
>Installing mod : Yet Not Another Earth Map Pack
>Added every civilization except ones from american continent ( the race for colonization is real )
>Starting the game as THE GLORIOUS BYZANTINE EMPIRE
>Got First Religion, Eastern Ortodoxy
>Made a lot of friends, my religion is adopted like fresh bread.
>Planning to get Istambul
>Got Istambul ( Ottomans eliminated from the game )
>My religion was adopted in whole Europe, Africa and Asia
>Moved to the Middle East
>Annexed the Middle East ( Assyria, Arabia, Babylon, Persia eliminated from the game )
>Annexed Athens ( Greeks eliminated from the game )
>The whole worlds hates me, I have friends no more. Except the City States.
>Annexed Egipt ( Egiptians eliminated from the game )
>England issued Embargo against me, everyone voted YES
>No more trading with other civilizations, it is ok, I generate ♥♥♥♥♥ons of gold.
---Meanwhile, some more civilizations are eliminated or reduced to 1 city---
>Annexed the whole Italic Peninsula ( Romans eliminated from the game )
>England issues that the world ideology is Freedom, I am Fascist.
>Annexed some cities from Carthage.
>Everyone : from communists to fascists turned to Freedom ideology, except me and the Huns
>I want to create an alliance with the Huns, so facism can prevail!
>Sent a diplomat in Atillas's capital.
---Next Turn---
>Atilla declares war
>Zulu declares war
>Atilla's carpet of doom is comming.
>Zulu's carpet of doom is barely holded in Central Africa by my army.
--- ♥♥♥♥ me, ♥♥♥♥ me, ♥♥♥♥ me, ♥♥♥♥ me ---
> I barely hold the Zulu forces
>Remember Carthage? Declares war on me.
>Split my forces, holding what I got of Africa.
--- Atilla, the hun, invated Middle East with paratroopers, big navy, artillery, tanks, infantry ---
>Middle East lost
>Istambul lost
> Egypt lost to the huns
>I am reduced to 1 city
>All 3 of them assault me.
>Lost my last city to the huns.


10/10 - Would get conquered by the huns in the 21 century again.
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Posted: July 30
>Installing mod : Yet Not Another Earth Map Pack
>Added every civilization except ones from american continent ( the race for colonization is real )
>Starting the game as THE GLORIOUS BYZANTINE EMPIRE
>Got First Religion, Eastern Ortodoxy
>Made a lot of friends, my religion is adopted like fresh bread.
>Planning to get Istambul
>Got Istambul ( Ottomans eliminated from the game )
>My religion was adopted in whole Europe, Africa and Asia
>Moved to the Middle East
>Annexed the Middle East ( Assyria, Arabia, Babylon, Persia eliminated from the game )
>Annexed Athens ( Greeks eliminated from the game )
>The whole worlds hates me, I have friends no more. Except the City States.
>Annexed Egipt ( Egiptians eliminated from the game )
>England issued Embargo against me, everyone voted YES
>No more trading with other civilizations, it is ok, I generate ♥♥♥♥♥ons of gold.
---Meanwhile, some more civilizations are eliminated or reduced to 1 city---
>Annexed the whole Italic Peninsula ( Romans eliminated from the game )
>England issues that the world ideology is Freedom, I am Fascist.
>Annexed some cities from Carthage.
>Everyone : from communists to fascists turned to Freedom ideology, except me and the Huns
>I want to create an alliance with the Huns, so facism can prevail!
>Sent a diplomat in Atillas's capital.
---Next Turn---
>Atilla declares war
>Zulu declares war
>Atilla's carpet of doom is comming.
>Zulu's carpet of doom is barely holded in Central Africa by my army.
--- ♥♥♥♥ me, ♥♥♥♥ me, ♥♥♥♥ me, ♥♥♥♥ me ---
> I barely hold the Zulu forces
>Remember Carthage? Declares war on me.
>Split my forces, holding what I got of Africa.
--- Atilla, the hun, invated Middle East with paratroopers, big navy, artillery, tanks, infantry ---
>Middle East lost
>Istambul lost
> Egypt lost to the huns
>I am reduced to 1 city
>All 3 of them assault me.
>Lost my last city to the huns.


10/10 - Would get conquered by the huns in the 21 century again.
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Posted: August 19
Lots of late game additions. Makes it more fun
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Posted: August 15
Civ.. yep still a Civ game.
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Posted: August 15
Sid Meier's Civilization is a great series in general, being a player of Civilization 3, 4, and Revolutions as well as Civ 5, I have to say that it has gone quite well. But let's be honest, when Civ 5 came out it lacked that traditional feeling from the other games, there was no form of religion, and some classic civilizations to play such as the Zulu were not in the vanilla civ. Which is fine it still was fantastic on release but it was just missing some old aspects that just made it better, and when Gods and Kings came out adding religion, it felt much more traditional and adding more cultural aspects as well as the new civilizations like the Celts, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, the Mayans, and the Spanish. But we aren't reviewing Gods and Kings we are reviewing Brave New World. This DLC puts the icing on the cake with it's religions and cultural aspects. Adding more religions such as Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism, and a few others as well as the new tourism, which is amazing, it replaces the bland utopia project where you just adopt so many polices and you are done, this adds more competition because whilst you can win by having more tourism than a select civ's culture they can do the same to you. Another thing I enjoy is the new World Congress feature, it makes the later game so much better, no joke either, it gives city states a purpose instead of just being some random city in the desert, this city can be used to gain electors in the World Congress making city state relations mean much much more. BUT there are some minor flaws here and there. For instance the way war works now, it just doesn't work, if you attack someone everybody else on the map absolutely hates you, and if you take a city then everybody forms this alliance of evil and just attempt to destroy you and throw random units at you until you either, A lose the game and are destroyed, B Hold off the armies but concede some of the cities you took, or C destroy the coalition's armies and make the AI waste their time as you march on their land, and yes C does sound good, but by the time the war is over (depending on the AI) your civilization's tiles and armies will be in absolute ruin. I get it other civilizations can go to war and such that's not the problem, but I personally believe the AI should be more laid back when it comes to capturing cities and city states, for instance I was playing as Poland and I took a city state completely isolated from the other AI and just because I took the city they still hated me, it just doesn't make sense to me. That is the major issue other than that it has very minor flaws here and there but other than that it is a fantastic DLC and I highly advise you to try it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: August 2
The huge add-on to the great Civilization 5 adding many civilizations, units, better late game diplomacy, and religion. Very recommended for those players that felt Civ5 lacked content
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1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: August 3
Only DLC worth getting
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Posted: July 22, 2013
Civilization V is a great game by itself, but it lacks a little in end-game – making the victory road not as exciting as it could have been. Brave New World's main goal is to fix that, as well as majorly changing the game with features that fit so well that you can't believe how they weren't there all along. Overhauling two of the four victory types, completely changing how you get Gold, increasing the importance of Ideologies in the late-game and creating a whole new mechanic for the new offensive culture, Tourism, this expansion pack adds a new experience to the game. If you used to leave your saves mid-game because of "lack of fun", this is the expansion for you. If you like Civilization V a lot, this is also the expansion for you. It brings a lot of new features to play with, making the game even more enjoyable.
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215 of 237 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Posted: September 25, 2013
Author's note: Steam doesn't show gameplay time in DLC, since it launches through the main game anyway. However, would say I've spent a good 20-30 hours on Brave New World, about 4-5 games from start to finish.

Brave New World is the latest addition to Civilization V/ It adds in a plethora of features, civs, and concepts, drastically changing the way one approaches the game. It includes mechanics from Gods and Kings, so if you are choosing between either, Brave New World will have religion with it. Something to consider.

Brave New World introduces a few new mechanics, reintroduces some old ones, and reworks others. The biggest change would be the inclusion of trade routes, giving you gold, research, and religious influence between two cities. Venice is designed around setting up trade routes, while Arabia has been redesigned to take advantage of this new mechanic. It is a useful mechanic, and does aid the gradual slowed growth of small civs.

They've reworked social policies and the way cultural victory works - you now have tourism points, which needs to grow higher than opposing civ's culture in order to increase your level of influence. This changes the way one can approach a cultural victory - instead of being limited to three cities, it is now possible to have a sprawling empire while still aiming for a cultural victory. Late game policies have changed as well, with your civ taking up one of three paths, which affect your late game perks greatly, and your diplomatic relationships as well.

Spies now have an option to act as diplomats, increasing your civ's tourism output to that civ's capital, while spreading your late game ideology as well. Citys can revolt and join your empire as in the older games, but its been reworked to do so only if your influence with your ideology is high enough.

Overall, Brave New World's new and reworked concepts make the game much more enjoyable, and adds much needed depth to the game. Grab it as soon as you can.
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Posted: November 18, 2015
If you're going to get Civilization V, you need this as well as Gods & Kings. Both of them are true expansion packs and they add a lot to the game, cumulatively speaking, so I'd say they're not as outrageously overpriced as some of the game's other DLC. For fans of Civ IV and earlier, I would honestly say G&K+BNW puts the game on par with the rest of the series. If you can only pick one for now though, I would recommend BNW.


In a nutshell, Brave New World revitalizes the end-game and makes it less 'Sid Meier's Click Next Turn'. It revamps culture, diplomacy, trading, late-game social policies, and adds several new civilizations, units & wonders:

* The new culture system is a bit confusing at first, but cultivating tourism and generating Great Works from artistic Great People/artifacts from archaeologists is much more fun and reality-based than the old "fill 5 policy trees and build a wonder" cultural victory.

* Old trade routes are now called what they ultimately were: city connections. New trade routes must be manually established with caravans and cargo ships, but they let you rake in the dough you lose from river tiles no longer giving you gold.

* The new World Congress system lets you play "democracy" as you bribe city-states to fulfill your pseudo-imperialist goals. This situation is only marginally different in multiplayer.

* The old Liberty/Autocracy/Order policy trees have been replaced with much-improved, full-fledged (and mututally exclusive) ideologies for all your Cold War needs. Use your tourism to destroy your rivals' iron curtains!

* Religion, first introduced in G&K, becomes more powerful with trade route influence and extra stuff available from Piety policies.

* Two extra scenarios are just icing on the cake. The Scramble for Africa scenario is weightier and arguably more well-designed than the American Civil War scenario, but both are still at least decent.

Ask anybody who's really into Civ V and they'll tell you BNW is indispensable. I agree with them, because I am one of those people.


A brief summary of the new stuff in BNW, starting with the civs:

* Poland gets free social policies and a beast replacement for a subpar unit (the Lancer). Disgustingly overpowered, but fun.

* Assyria is for those early warmongers with panache. Settle the ancient city of Nimrud, then tear into rival civs to literally steal their technology from the smoking ruins of their cities. That's Ashurbanipal in the banner image up there, so you know these guys have style.

* Brazil is a fun cultural civ that somehow ended up with a kickass war theme.

* The Zulus are evidence Firaxis was trying to cater to the Starcraft crowd: the main strategy for them is to train a huge army of special warriors and swarm everyone else. Shaka Zulu's AI is famously aggressive to boot.

* Portugal is for crafty players who want to play as a crafty country and show the Spanish who's boss this time.

* Indonesia gets spices, die roll promotions for their unique unit, and an aesthetic that would probably fit into some DnD niche if it were fictional. Bonus points for being the only civ in the entire game that strictly benefits from religious diversity.

* Morocco is the rich diplomatic ying to Arabia's rich, warmongering oil baron yang, sort of. (Arabia unique ability is even better in BNW, for what it's worth.)

* Venice is literally City-State: The Civ, and also Gold: The Civ. For extra fun, try them in multiplayer!

* The Shoshone's uniques prove that they were more righteous than those paleface Americans, because their uniques mostly do the same things as America's and are almost entirely better than America's.

* Ethiopia was released in G&K, but is a freebie here for those who somehow don't own it already. It's for those turtlers with panache - and who want to spread the word of whatever stupid meme religion pops into their heads.


As for the new wonders:

* Borobodur is for jumpstarting religious spread. Nothing like a good Buddha to really bring people closer to the wisdom of Jesus-Vishna-Shrek the All-Father.

* Uffizi, Globe Theatre, and Broadway are for cultural players...or sadistic players with high production who like screwing with cultural players. They're all really pretty to look at, at any rate.

* Prora is probably the most important for warmongers. Literal boatloads of happiness from a subpar Nazi beach hotel that wasn't even finished. It even stole its effect from the Eiffel Tower: that wonder now gives a rather hefty +12 tourism instead.

* Red Fort is for defensive civs, which means it's also for offensive civs with high production. Noticing a pattern?

* The International Space Station is a World Congress project - mission control goes to the civ who contributes the most. That means it's for scientific civs lucky enough to have rivals who don't know to vote for Cultural Heritage Sites again to keep the status quo.

* The East India Company national wonder replaces the lesser, boring National Bank, and ensures that Gandhi's legacy will live on even if he's not in the game. It synergizes really well with trade routes.

* The Artists' Guild, Writers' Guild, and Musicians' Guild are national wonders for cultural civs and liberal arts majors. They generate their requisite Great People.

* The National Visitor Center is a national wonder for cultural civs who want a little overkill.


Rounding out the additions are three excellent natural wonders, three generally good combat units (one of which is from X-COM strangely enough) and four new buildings - a happiness building, a caravan booster and two tourism boosters.


Nothing's perfect, and BNW is no exception. My concern is France. This isn't a big problem, since France was always a cultural civ. Prior to BNW however, they were more militaristic, with two unique units. I think that fit the civ's leader (none other than Napoleon) better than BNW France, which is more focused on strategic cultural play.
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Posted: October 20, 2014
$29.99 still? not worth it. wait until sale or lower price
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