Sniper Elite 3 is a tactical third-person shooter that combines stealth, gameplay choice and genre-defining ballistics with huge, open levels and the exotic terrain of World War 2 North Africa.
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Release Date: Jun 27, 2014

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“Immensely satisfying ... a smart, unexpectedly memorable experience.”
8.2/10 – IGN

“Polished and refined, this is the best and most satisfying sniping that Rebellion has ever crafted. Sniper Elite 3 is the game I always wanted from this franchise”
8/10 – Strategy Informer

“Sniper Elite 3 is just downright enjoyable.”
4/5 – Digital Spy

FREE new Singleplayer Mode!

All Sniper Elite 3 players now have access to a brand new singleplayer mode - “The Shooting Range”

FREE new Multiplayer Map!

All Sniper Elite 3 players now have access to a brand new map for No Cross multiplayer mode - “Fracture”

About This Game

Observe. Plan. Execute. ADAPT.

The latest chapter in the award-winning series, SNIPER ELITE 3 takes players to the unforgiving yet exotic terrain of North Africa in a savage conflict against Germany’s infamous Afrika Korps.

Stalk your targets through the twisting canyons, lush oases and ancient cities of the Western Desert in the deadly rush to sabotage a Nazi super-weapons programme that could end Allied resistance for good.

Use stealth, planning and execution to hunt your targets – whether human or machine. From signature long distance kills, to melee takedowns, distractions and explosive traps, you are as deadly up close as you are from afar.

It must end here. You are the turning point. Because one bullet can change history...

Key Features

  • Award-winning gunplay – Experience celebrated rifle ballistics honed to perfection. Take account of distance, gravity, wind, even your heart rate for intensely satisfying third person combat.
  • Expansive new environments – Stalk huge multi-route levels with multiple primary and secondary objectives than can be tackled in any order. Never play the same way twice.
  • Real tactical choice – Adapt to any situation. Use stealth, distraction, traps and sound masking . If things go hot, use the new Relocate mechanic to slip into the shadows and start the hunt again on your own terms.
  • Revamped human X-Ray Kill cam – The acclaimed X-Ray kill-cam is back and bolder than ever, including a detailed muscle layers, 3D mesh particles and the complete human circulatory system.
  • New X-Ray vehicle takedowns – See vehicles disintegrate in intricate detail with X-Ray vehicle takedowns. Multi-stage destruction allows you to take out armoured cars, trucks and Tiger tanks piece-by-piece.
  • Tense adversarial multiplayer – Five unique modes of online competitive action. Earn Medals and Ribbons as you play. Gain XP across all game modes, customise your character, weapons and loadout. Become a true Sniper Elite!
  • Explosive co-op play – Play the entire campaign in two player online co-op, or put your teamwork to the ultimate test in two dedicated co-op modes, Overwatch and Survival.
  • Customise your experience – Veteran or Rookie, play your way. Turn off all assistance and turn up the AI, or customise the experience to your preferred playstyle. Tweak the regularity of X-Ray kill cams, or turn them off all together.

Extra features

  • Supports Steam Big Picture Mode
  • Supports Stereoscopic 3D + Ultra Widescreen + Eyefinity screens

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista (Service Pack 2) or Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1) or Windows® 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows® XP is NOT supported.
    • Processor: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Intel® Pentium® D 3GHz / AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200) or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible graphics card with 256 MB of memory (NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 series / ATI Radeon™ HD 3870) or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 18 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible sound card or better
    • Additional Notes: Windows® XP is NOT supported. Ensure graphics and audio drivers are up to date.
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 61 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Note: If you are using a 120hz or 144hz monitor be aware that you may need to add either
"-Hz=120" or "-Hz=144" to launch properties or else you will be stuck at 60hz and it will be noticeable. For the longest time I thought I was just getting low fps and that the game just wasn't running well. It finally dawned on me to check the refresh rate and voila my problem was fixed and the game ran great.

Sniper Elite 3 is a fun game and an improvement on its predecessor in almost every way. Levels are a lot bigger and more open, campaign is longer, graphics are better, stealth is improved and feels more viable, rifle customization has been added, and everything you do gives you xp so that you gain ranks regardless of if you touch multiplayer or not.

If you're looking for an amazing story with great writing and voice acting you will want to look elsewhere. Enemy AI can be questionable as well. I never had a problem with bugs and glitches, but people have reported them so that may be something to keep in mind. There is a lack of weapons in this one compared to the previous entry, but especially with the addition of weapon customization that isn't something that bothered me much. These games have never really been about weapon variety anyway.

Ranking up gives you unlocks and basically just adds a sense of progression beyond that of completing a mission. This is not some earth-shattering addition, but it is welcomed.

The new difficulty, Authentic, is highly punishing. Not only is it very hard, but if you die, you restart the level from the beginning. And these levels are not short. If you crave a challenge, you will not be disappointed.
On the other end of the spectrum you have Cadet difficulty which is almost too easy. Bullet drop and wind is removed and enemy AI is considerably dumbed down. If you feel like Call of Duty-ing your way through the game then this is the difficulty for you.

The game is optimized well and the controls are pretty much unchanged from Elite V2, which is not a bad thing. This is definitely not some lame console port.

The abundant dlc is something to be aware of as well. The game felt fine enough to me without any of it, but it is there.

I don't know that the game is worth paying full price for, but if you can get it on sale for a good price I doubt you will regret it.
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61 of 91 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Much easier to hunt testicles in this than in the previous games!
Relocation mechanic allows for more stealth when hunting testicles.
CQC good for when you get caught hunting testicles.
Did I mention you could hunt the mighty testicles?

10/10 would hunt testicles again.
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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
83.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Game does not live up to the hype, the price, or the title. Should be called "Pistol Elite III", because you are going to spend most of your time with that beautifully modelled sniper rifle slung on your back, while you sneak around with a silenced pistol shooting drone AI in the back of the head from 20 feet. Alternately, you can have even less fun with the "takedown" mechanic, aka sneak up on the guy and stab him. How sneaking around head-shotting people with a pistol and stabbing guys in the back came to be the dominant mechanics in a "sniper" game is rather beyond my ability to comprehend, but there it is, for what it's worth, which is approximately nothing.
I've only played on authentic level so I don't know about all the aids, but I will say that the developers have made a decent attempt at recreating real-world ballistic physics. It is not perfect, by any means, and seems to incorporate some random elements that are difficult to explain and rather puzzling. I can see that weapon ranges, bullet drop etc have had to be scaled to fit the rather puny maps, because consoles could never handle the size of maps that would be necessary in order to accomodate realistic weapon ranges.
Yes, it's very DLC heavy. I bought it on some super sale and got the whole works relatively cheaply, and still feel ripped off. Either way, you shouldnt be paying extra to get a few decent rifles in what is trying to pass itself off as a sniper game. Smells like a money grab when content that should have shipped with the game comes out as day one DLC.
There are other oddities that make this game much less than it appears to be. I've often shot guys square in the chest with a high-powered sniper rifle, seen the blood fly, and a few seconds later, they shake it off like a wet dog and they are good to go. I'm not sure what that's all about, but you'd think getting shot in the chest would actually hurt at least a little bit, or at least knock the wind out of a guy. Also questionable are such things as knocking out a Tiger tank by shooting it in the muffler with a rifle, but whatever.
The developer appears to have abandoned this game already, probably out of embarrassment, so don't count on any tech support or answers to your emails. ( see forum post Random Crashing)

In summary, it's a great looking game, the weapons are beautifully modelled, the story and main character are bland, generic, uninspired and totally cheesy, the "open-world" consists of two-or-three rails instead of just one, the maps are tiny and constricted, I could go on. The bottom line is that this game fails absolutely in delivering the goods as far as being a sniper game. It's a generic rail stealth shooter where you get to use a sniper rifle once in a while, and then run away, oh I mean "relocate". Entirely underwhelming game experience, major disappointment, regret buying.
I give it one star, based on the very detailed graphics. If ReBillion would like more stars for this game additonal stars can be purchased on my store page for $9.99 each.
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43 of 71 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Pay us this great discounted price of $15 and you get to play the same exact game as Sniper Elite 2 except in this one you need to pay us another $10 in order to get all the guns and missions that were readily available in Sniper Elite 2. As a token of our appreciation and great development skills we are going to be re-using a map in one of our DLC's because we have no time to actually make new content but we are glad to take your money.
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Sniper Elite 3: Now with less sniping! Now, in order to snipe, there has to be something silencing your shots, which never happens so every time you want to snipe, your position is blown and you have to move around for 5 minutes, wait for the alarm to stop and then take another shot, wait another 5 minutes. Lather, rinse, repeat. As far as I can see, there is no silencer for any of the sniper rifles so now they punish you for using your sniper rifle. I like the level progression system and everything, but the fact that I cannot use my sniper without feeling like I'm being penalized means that Sniper Elite 3 is more like Gunner Elite 3.
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40 of 66 people (61%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Controls are very loose. It feels like you're 90 and are trying to control your bowel.
Sounds assets are poor. You somehow make less noise while sprinting. And your rifle shots sound like you're firing pak 88.
Models of some walls and fences are bigger than the actual textures therefore you sometimes shoot and think you should hit the target but the bullet goes into the wall in front of you.
Camera is simply horrible and often won't allow you to shoot not to mention that it's behind your right shoulder which means that you can't peek corner left without taking damage.
Cooperative is unstable - you suffer from desync, delay and disconnects.
Buying a game without season pass means that you'll be stuck with a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ rifle during the whole campaign and chances are - even after finishing it still won't have anything decent.
Campaign missions are poorly made and you will suffer from enemies spawning right in front of you and behind your back. Allied AI in the one of the missions literally makes you wait three times for several minutes just standing still and not progressing while nothing happens.
Every single SMG in the game is a piece of ♥♥♥♥ with insane spread and non existing damage rendering a secondary weapon effectively useless and turning it into just a decoration on your back. SMG spread in this game is so huge, you need to name it Dumbo.
Apparently shooting someone in the balls is a good thing in this game. You get an achievement for that. That's just not cool. It's simply wrong.

Don't buy it. Just don't. You'll be happier without it.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Inferior to V2 in almost every way other than the graphics.

-Half a game with a thousand DLC addons.
-8 crappy levels, 3 guns.
-No I dont want to sneak around. I want to slaughter 100s of nazis with Xray sniper shots
-Bought for co-op, except this game was designed for a single player. Players are basically on top of each other inside sniper nests.
-No Xray shots in COOP after the first level. Ever.
-Crashes/Disconnects all the time in coop.

Took what was an awesome game and ruined it.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
181.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Sniper Elite 3 Full Review

Sniper Elite 3 is a rich, deeply entertaining third-person shooter that is sure to please even the most demanding gamers. Unlike many franchises, Sniper Elite continues to get better with each sequel while expanding on its original recipe for success. Naturally the graphics are much improved, but overall gameplay and concepts core to the game have also received major upgrades.

The much-loved "Kill Cam" is back and better than ever, giving gamers a rush of adrenaline and satisfaction after a successful target elimination in true sniper fashion. The stealth component of the game is also better than either of its predecessors and can play a vital role in a mission's success depending on the gamer's style of play. Replay value is extremely high for this game with the inclusion of steam achievements, co-op play and several options for multiplayer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game personally and while I do recommend this game to those who enjoy action/adventure games, I feel it is important to inform you that the game is not without its flaws and let-downs. as well. The awesome graphics come at a price. Those who are running older systems may experience lag or crashes due to the high CPU and RAM usage. I would strongly suggest passing on this game if your system does not meet the minimum system requirements listed by the publisher. Also, expect a few minor bugs, typically associated with troop ai and steam achievements. And most disappointing of all, while claiming to be a "sniper" game and containing some aspects that suggest that it is, most often you will find yourself armed with a silenced pistol or sneaking up behind enemies for hand-to-hand kills if you choose to play missions in a stealthy manner.

Overall, this is a very fun game and will give you many hours of enjoyment, especially if you pick up the extra DLC missions as well. However, I would only recommend picking this game up when it is on sale due to the reasons listed above and knowing that the base game only comes with eight missions for the single player campaign. In my opinion it is way over-priced ($49.99 USD) for a game that is over 8 months old on Steam and is also available on XBox 360, PS3, and PS4 which means finding a used copy for a console at a much cheaper price can easily be done.

The Good:
+ Quality base campaign with an interesting storyline
+ Smooth controls and mechanics/Controller compatible
+ Multiplayer and Co-op missions
+ Detailed maps and graphics
+ Blood and gore
+ Versatile gameplay
+ Quality DLC content
+ Steam achievements
+ High replay value

The Bad:
+ Bugs and glitches (minor & not game-breaking)
+ Too expensive at full price
+ Single player campaign is short
+ While much-improved, some elements still need work (ie. stealth, sniper, camoflauge, etc)

Final Thoughts:
The Sniper Elite series continues to improve and its success and popularity are growing. This is definitely one to keep an eye on and I hope to see a Sniper Elite 4 in the near future> For an action/stealth war game it is still only average in my opinion. It is dressed up nicely and a lot of fun but let's face it, there is still a lot that can be done to enrich the quality of this game. Camoflauge serves absolutely no purpose, enemies all have eagle eyes and can instantly spot you from several hundred yards away when even slightly out of cover, and for a game who's own namesake emphasizes the "sniper" concept, this game falls way short in actually delivering upon that in much of the mission objectives. It plays out as more of a commando or special forces type of game than an actual sniper game. All of that being said, I still recommend this game to all those who enjoy third-person shooters. Its that good!

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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
What a waste of money. Glad I bought it for 70% off. Lost me in the first 5 minutes. The ballistics in the game are garbage. Almost a foot drop at 50 meters from a 30-06, really? As a professional shooter and instructer, I can't understand why game manufacturers can't take the time to learn how firearms and ballistics really work. Don't waste your money.
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19 of 31 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Nazi Ballz Hunting Simulator 2014!
11/10 would shoot some more Nazi ballz and see them falling apart again :P
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Sniper elite? More like Sneak around with your silenced pistol elite in my opinion... It's extremely slow paced and there are stupid bugs like for example when you go prone near the edge of a cliff to snipe, you will slowly slide foward and you will fall down, which will kill you or at least leave you exposed. This game felt like I was playing the older Splinter Cell games but without the fun gadgets, the good story and Sam's personality. Do not buy this game full price, wait for a steam sale and buy it for 5$ or 10$ at most.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
119.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
What's not to like . Enjoyed all 119 hours of game play from the missions ,multiplayer ,Co-Op ,weapons upgrades and storyline . Everything I thought it would be for stealth and sniping .Bought it on sale for $24.00 including all DLC's and worth very dollar . From the time I started playing never stopped and put all my Steam time into this game to reach 100% completion. I consider myself a sniper in battle games by trade and would recommend this to anyone who is fanatic about stealth, sniping and sniper rifles. The X-ray cam is awesome and settings can be adjusted to limit the amount of gore you want to see to none if desired. Four skill levels makes it nice for the novice to expert.The 'Authentic' skill will be challenging as there are no save points ,saving games, loading or checkpoints. So any time you die you start the mission over from the beginning no matter how close to the end you are. Did I mention how much I loved playing this game !!?
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this game. It has some nice bells and whistles (bullet cam, stunning graphics) but there are more important components to a shooter than fancy graphics. First of all, the multiplayer is a wreck. Talk about counter-intuitive. There is no standard for anything and so few people play it that I ended up on wierd, primary-only servers. Then add in a dull campaign and you get nothing for your money except pretty graphics. This game seems great on paper, but in real life it is nothing!
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
If you hate Nazis, but love blowing their brains out, then this game is for you
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Runnin this @ 3200 x 1800 jacked with mantle looks amazing and im getting 57.6 fps average with 1 GPU with not a lick of stutter or frame drop out . They really upped the ante on this 3rd installment of the series . I am not a fan of any shooters nowadays but this one forced me to buy the season pass for all the DLC , something else I usually would never do . Its just plain fun and if you can get your hands on it , esp with the dlc , snatch this up !
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
nothing is more satisfying then murdering a bunch of nazis
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
I played V2 and had a good time though I found the stealth options limited and the maps constrictive or even theme park as it forced me down rails towards the area predetermined by the game where things would come to a head. It wasn't a bad game and in fact in coop it was rather enjoyable.
So much so I got a copy of SN3 and even purchased a copy for a friend so we could happily coop play our way through it.
This version is much more open and that near open world (or at least as close as they were going to come) allowed all kinds of tactical options.
It really did change up the way the game was played and I mean that in a good way.
If you want to play sniper/spotter killing from long range and repositioning then the game has it. If you wish for a sniper to cover the high ground while you stealth kill your way in close then it has it as well.
If you are just in it for some laughs and go rocket launcher, shotgun and all things loud and destructive then it can be that as well.
I've played the game, the dlc and I have no regrets about my copy or the one I purchased for a friend.

My only complaint? More missions or at least simulate an open world and allow us to walk/run/drive our way around a map to the actual mission areas.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I keep seeing negative reviews for this game, saying that this game shouldn't be played for some reason or another. Granted, there are definitely some flaws, but there are also a lot upsides to this game.

I keep seeing negative comments about how this game only has 4 rifles. I personally don't see why this is an issue. Yes, if you want more, you need to buy DLC, but I have never felt the need to. The 4 rifles cover all your bases. A long range, slow firing rifle, a short range, faster firing rifle, a medium range rifle with a better scope and so forth. There is also a good amount of pistols, including the default silenced pistol. I have never felt that this is limiting me in anyway. Maybe if you're used to CoD, or FarCry, you might think there aren't that many guns, but for this game, mainly being a sniping based game, I feel like it works.

The other negative comment I see a lot is that there are several DLCs already out for it. I can see why that might be a little bit annoying, but I wouldn't let it turn you away from this game. As stated prior, I have never felt the need to buy any other guns, so that already opts out the gun DLCs. As far as other DLCs, I havn't played them. I have not needed to. The campaign has kept me quite sated, and the other modes, as well as competetive online, also keep you busy.

Everything in the game works well as well. I have not encountered anything game breaking or that unappealing. If the game is too easy, there is a mode that makes all bullet ballistics and physics 100% realistic, which believe me, makes the game MUCH harder. The AI wasn't anything spectacular, but nothing horrible either; it got the job done. I feel like there was a good mix of sniping and stealth, combined with "going loud" action. Voice acting was a little cheesy, but it fits the theme and time of the game.

I have had a blast playing through this campaign with friends co-op, and doing the spotter/sniper missions co-op. Decent replay value with all the modes and online, plus it's fun to try and play at higher difficulties.

Overall I'd give this game a 7/10. Worth the money, and I still come back to it often enough.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Great graphics. I love the bullet cam, that is what makes this game so unique compared to other games. If you love sniping, then you should pick up all the Sniper Elite games, including the Nazi Zombie Army series. I just wish that the playtime for the campaign was longer. I also would not pay full price for this, just keep an eye out for a price drop.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
I ask of you, please, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!
Even at a discounted price:

I'm surprised by how many positive reviews this game has received, I guess the people who play has no standard anymore.

The game is more or less Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V. Its identical to Sniper Elite V2, except that it now is in Africa and you get to blow a lot of vehicles on the process

* The campaign is boring as hell, same American-hero stereotype that is the same boring badass... uninteresting storyline, blah blah, find him, kill him, take his notes, oh a tank is going to kill you, blow them, escape. rinse & repeat, rinse & repeat, rinse & repeat.

* Unrealistic ballistics, those who think it's realistic, must be ♥♥♥♥ed in the head. Also most of the shots happen from 40-150meters, should atleast be more like +700meters. ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥, with that little distance I could urinate my enemies to death.

* Very few weapons to choose from, unless you want to spend extra money for the DLC's. Like they're not stealing money from you by just buying this game.

* AI is probably the dullest I've seen in a long time: Enemies don't give a ♥♥♥♥ if their comrades who lay dead beside them (even at hardest difficulty). One minute they hunt you, and suddenly all the enemies gets memory loss, goes back and patrolling as usual, even if you shot them. Friendly AI is a disaster aswell: In a level, he will wait for ~5 minutes without doing a damn thing. And ofcourse you must wait for the ♥♥♥♥er.
This game has so many bugs...

As I said, this game is like V2, though worse. Kill-Cams look exactly the same, even the same sound and music. I've got this game for free when I bought my PC, and yet I am ashamed to have it in my Steam Library.

Do yourself a favor, go play something else.
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