Jagged Alliance Flashback brings back the true spirit of this legendary series: Turn-based tactics meets crazy mercenary personalities and intense battles. Manage your squad of unique mercenaries, secure your income and take back the island - sector by sector, turn by turn.
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Release Date: Oct 21, 2014

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About This Game

Jagged Alliance is back – and it is all about the unique mix of turn based tactics, fierce battles, squad management and crazy mercenary personalities.

It is 1988 on the Caribbean island group of San Hermanos. A corrupt leader has the islands in his grasp ... yet a group of rebels fights for democratic values and freedom. However, once the head of the rebels is arrested, the insurgents quickly dissolve. Arriving on the island, the player’s mission is to help the rebellion before things take a turn for the worse.

Take control of your own band of mercenaries, lead them into battle and manage your resources wisely. Fight back for freedom, sector by sector, turn by turn. Like the original Jagged Alliance series, Jagged Alliance Flashback gives you the choice to use your preferred tactics and build your squad around it – rush in with heavy armed troops or take the high road of distance shots and sniping.

More features and content will be added on a regular basis, and together with your feedback and support we will shape this game to be the best Jagged Alliance game yet! Please feel free to give us your comments, your thoughts and your recommendations. We listen to every one of you.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4400 / AMD HD 6670
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1
    • Processor: Intel i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeFirce 600 series or AMD equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9.0 or later
    • Processor: Intel i7 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 700 series
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4400 / AMD HD 6670
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
    • Processor: Intel i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 600 series or AMD equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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Mixed (609 reviews)
Recently Posted
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
i bought it $2 in Summer Sale, it's like XCOM for poor people :)
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 22
Don't even think of buying this. This game was the biggest waste of money and most disgusting early access ripoff in all my Steam history - and I made some really bad purchases. This bearing the name "Jagged Alliance" is just wrong. Shame, developers, shame!
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|HSRr| lisiec
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Better install JA2 with 1.13 patch.
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 19
Absolutely DISGUSTED by the dev team. How could you do this to an old legend?
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TE | Dr.Duke
( 36.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
To Play or not to play?

Hi Folks as a big JA Fan I testet the game and here are the results:

JA Flashback is not as bad as the reviews say. I tell you the reason.
First thing: as a JA2 fan you'll definitely get the Jagged Alliance gameplay Feeling .... that is for sure!!!!!!!


- I discovered some minor bugs; femals mercenaries go phrone on every start.... but you can change them easily ;)
- you can not flee from combat, when enemies reenter a sector, therefore you have to play strategic ... no problem
- some options from JA2 are missing, like openig Doors and Cases.... beside the repair thing theres no Use for the mechanic skill - but I can live with that
- no intro trailer, the story is similar to JA2
- its not possible to level specific skills, during level up.... the skill raise just by doing it -> but in my opinion I can live with that - -> anyway I push the shooting skill and the stealth skill for my custom merc ;)
- some other options are missing, like using helicopter, delete the merc contracts, so you always have to wait til the contract is over, etc.


- very nice graphics ( I like the comic aspect)
- really nice Jagged Alliance mercenary Music
- very nice Weapon Sounds, much more better then JA2
- good blood and physics Animations
- enough functions to at least play the game completely through
- nice atmosphere through weather and nighttime
- nice Weapon atachements
- good balanced lenght of side quests and main quest
-> its not very complex, but enough
- looting is really fun, because you get rather less at the beginning

- similar KI like in JA2
- Map Principle and Merc Management similar like in JA2
- Weapon ballistics feel similar
- stealth gameplay is not easy butpossible... (Skill should be 60 or more)

So is it worth`?

for 3 Euro yeah man ... I like Independent Developers support them!!!

when I compare what big Studios bring out and how high the games are rated, like Assassins Creed Black Flag, Far Cry, Total War, etc... that I get fed up, becaue its no soul in it any more..... This game I can play till the end, without lossing the fun...

In the end it is a little reduced and renewed Version of JA2....

my Rating for this 75% out of 100%

because its not the best game on market but its fun... as I already said, more fun than many of the Mainstream games that get 90% ratings.

So buy it, when you are a Fan of Jagged Alliance and a skilled strategic player...

in my Opinion Jagged Alliance is one of the best Strategic games that exist
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
If u liked Jagged Alliance 2 DO NOT BUY THIS.
Don't waste your Money, this is crap.
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( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This is game is far from a great turn based strategy game but its not a bad game either. I bought this due to enjoying the other JA games and to be honest I wasn't let down. The are a LOT of worse games out there that cost more than double the price of this and then again there are much better games out there that cost more than half the price of this game.

I am not someone that playes a game for 30 minutes then posts a negative review, I like to give a game a few hours before I make up my mind and this one I played for 3 and a half hours before posting this. I will also be playing it a lot more in the future.

Overall I can't give this game a negative (thumbs down) review as I personally enjoyed it and thats what games are about, if everyone liked the same thing then Steam would be a boring digital store.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Unfinished, incomplete and buggy. Developers have abandoned the game and won't open it up to the modding community. Deeply flawed storyline cannot be completed in some cases.
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( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
DONT BUY IT! It is not a good game at all....I bought it in hopes of being JA2 with some better graphics, but NOPE! Not even close....This was just designed to rob poor JA fans and abuse the title....DISGUSTING!
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( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
I am a huge JA2 fan,
And even if flashback is stable, it feels like it has not been finished.
No way to buy waepons online, looting system quite poor,
A very irritating feature is that ennemies will always appear ins ectors where you train your milita and kill them before you have finished training them. There is no way to support your attacked milita,
Overall a lot of features are just missing, and not covered by mods
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
i bought it $2 in Summer Sale, it's like XCOM for poor people :)
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 22
Don't even think of buying this. This game was the biggest waste of money and most disgusting early access ripoff in all my Steam history - and I made some really bad purchases. This bearing the name "Jagged Alliance" is just wrong. Shame, developers, shame!
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188 of 202 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
As Full Control has come to an end, not too long after the game's release, I cannot seriously recommend this game to anyone, not even hardcore JA fans or enthusiasts of the genre. If anything, this half-finished game will make them bawl their eyes out.

The devs didn't deliver on many of their promises for the game, and it shows in the lack of features and game world interactions. Painfully minimal, there's no more banter between mercs, NPCs are jokes or avatars of backers who serve no real purpose in the game world, other than as glorified interactive credits. They barely got working merchants into the game, post release.

Don't buy this game. I backed it, and regret the decision. After Full Control's insolvency and dissolution, there's no further support from developers, no further hope of getting a finished game and have the myriad of bugs fixed and promised features implemented.

The game will forever remain a half-finished, misspelled love letter to the franchise.
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407 of 495 people (82%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Jagged Alliance: LOST CONTROL - A game made by FULL CONTROL.

Short version: This game is a big disappointment.

I had a bad feeling about the game when I watched the videos of the Alpha version, then I thought, well the game was still pretty far from finish maybe things would turn out to be better (and it came out yesterday).

Despite the plastic 3D-models and UI designed by some "Hello world!" level programmer, the tactical part of the game is not there at all. It plays like a cheap clone of XCOM with that half-shield/full-shield mark when you take cover but note that you can't do any smart shooting behind an object. The object just block both line of fire and line of sight of yours and enemies'. The whole combat part is to play the "move from a cover to another cover" thing. Enemy duck down, you crawl down, stand up, move a bit, duck down, blah blah blah. I cleared the 1st town with only my IMP merc and not got shot once (default difficulty). I would be grinded to meat pieces if it's a similar situation in JA2.

One funny thing is that enemies tends to rush to your face and not doing anything, I assume they don't plan their AP very well? Remember how you get beaten up by the melee/sprayer enemies in JA2? It's not likely to happen in this game unless you are very very reckless and do nothing when enemies come to you. After you hit them, they sometimes stand in the open ground and do not move. Sometimes they run back and forth a bit. Sometimes it says "Panic" and the wounded enemy run to some random directions. So they behaved like Kamikaze-commandos then suddenly became cowards? Do they have a political commissar kicking their ♥♥♥ but has a limited area of effects?

Sometimes I just rush with all team members when there are few enemies left (remember how cautious you were when getting the last rats in every battle in JA2?), because getting hit is not that lethal at all, since you heal even faster than Wolverine in X-Men. Btw: Sometimes you can have >100% chance of hit. How is that possible? During battles, sometimes when you change the direction your merc is facing, you quit the combat mode, and it says ENEMY CONTACT LOST. It's really confusing.

Enemy will attack the land you occupied very quickly. Once they sent the troops and headed to my land, so I send my team to chase after them. They took down the millitias I trained, I felt so bad about it and I wanted to avenge them. There were at least 10 enemies in their troops so I was preparing for a bad fight. Then, after they took the last pieces of my land, they vanished from the map!!! I felt like a dog chasing a vanishing sausage.

There were some people on the Steam community posting posts to tell how they like the combat and how thrilling it is. I did give the game a second try due to those positive comments, I tried to enjoy the combat, but I failed. I also saw some posts regarding the postive comments of the combat:

[Quoted from Steam Community]

Originally posted by Keyboard Cowboy:
..It sounds like you guys are playing a completely different game than I am... o.O
Ohh well... :o

Originally posted by SoulsandBlood:
..Seems like we are playing a different version.My AI is as dumb as dirt.

[/quoted from steam community]

Maybe I got a wrong link of the download of the game, too?

Scripts & story:
You start with receiving some mysterious radio distress from someone and you must kill some evil Prince who is rich and bad. The whole intro feels pale and vague. The scripts of the game were written by some guys who thinks he/she is humorous but there were no humor at all. It doesn't stop mentionning Lynx banging Buzz, or Ivan drinking vodka while loading the game, trying desperately to hook up with old fans of JA series. Not a nice trying I'd say. Even in the very beginning of the game, in the IMP text, I saw they spelled "rathar than" as "rather then". Ye, English is not my 1st language either.


Short version: It's cramped.

You can't interact with most part of the world. I didn't figure out how to jump over a short wall or fence, or jump on the roofs of houses. You can't shoot dead bodies or break a window or open/close a door. Full Control promised many things in the begninning. You can check them here:

Did they have the things they promised in the final game? Ok let's check with "Destructible Environments" first since it's the update1:

I tried throwing grenades to various things, including wooden barrels, wooden fences, walls, sofas, tires, rocks, sandbags, cows and pigs.... and nothing got destroyed. The only thing I destroyed with grenades is a huge sun umbrella, it looks like the one in the main title screen.

Other things:
There are lots of animals roaming around on the island. I mean LOTS of, cow, sheeps, pigs, chickens, birds..it feels like an island version of Mongolia. Why do people fight when they are so rich? Don't the evil Prince have feasts with his pawns? Are they all vegans? I tried to kill the cows in the game, but found out that you can't. Even grenade can't kill a pig or a chicken. Not to mention that I want to boost up my strength by punching them! However, you can use the bodies of cows or pigs as cover! Try to lean your body on a pig in real life, please. And don't do it in front of your neighbours.

You can stand in fires and not get burnt.

You can't loot the civillian houses, because in 1988 people were as poor as ♥♥♥♥, there are nothing in their houses. Only in one or two houses out of 20 you can find a case containing some loots. Most NPCs are filled with random taglines, like "Hola" "Can I touch you?". Why the heck you want to touch me?? Also there are side missions like "Please sleep with my wife so I can work". Hmmm, the island dwellers are really friendly aren't they? One thing is really annoying, you must face the directions of the NPCs to see them. No, standing around them is not enough. The town people duck down when you fight your enemies and refuse to talk to you. They don't really need to, because they are as invincible as the animals, but you can't use their bodies as covers.

I hired Buzz and she has less than 10 taglines, and she sounded like a buffalo with a cold. Then I hired Lynx, thought maybe he would spice things up a bit. But nothing happens. Where is the banging part they mentioned before?? They don't even talk to each other! Later I learned that merc Vicky Waters from JA&JA2 is a farmer's daughter. Is that Fallout-looking wrecked car shell in the northern farm supposed to be a 1964 Chevy? It doesn't look like one. Later I saw the Danish girl Monica "Buns" Sondergaard, yes the annoying kindergarten teacher (but I like her) being some local gangster's body guard. I thought she was 12 years old in 1988?

Btw: when you hire someone by calling them, they appear in front of you right after. Are they paratroopers already? Or are they waiting on some satelite and got beamed down to you?

When you talk to recruit-able NPCs, you can ask telephone numbers so you can recruit them later. Then the NPCs vanish in front of you!!! What the heck is that? I want to master that skill too, so I can FLASH to the BACK of the evil Princes and a**l them with the tampon-looking bandage!

On the Steam community people say things like, oh they are a small studio and they lacked money. You know, they missed the cheapeast things to add in this game, the highest value for money things in this game --- All the interesting details that exist in JA2, and they somehow promised to create them in this game.

I donated 25USD because it lit up my hope to see a better new JA game. I'm going back to JA2 now.
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128 of 140 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2015
Small budget Kickstarter-funded game that is missing a lot of what made prior games in the series what they were. Underwhelming, but playable, ultimately completely undermined by the behavior of the studio behind it who have engaged in things like threatening to stop supporting the game if customers didn't remove negative Steam reviews. While those who backed this $20 USD game on kickstarter had to pay $25, I would say this game is worth buying perhaps at $5 and only, then, if you have nothing else on your plate.
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90 of 97 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
1. Has about 15% of the content in JA2.
2. No feeling or caring about the mercs at all as done so well in JA2.
3. About the only real thing this has in common with JA2 or JA is some artwork and names of the mercs.
4. Not even a finished or complete game as a stand alone product, and a galaxy away from the awesome JA2.
5. One product I wish I could just get my money back. Now jaded about backing or early accessing anything at all.
6. It should be a crime to take a classic title of ANY great game and screw it up this bad.
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221 of 285 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Short opinion:

This is a piece of crap that brings shame to Jagged Alliance series. If you're a fan of any type of tactical turn-based games - avoid it!

Long one:

Yeah, i'm a long time fan of Jagged Alliance games like many others around the world. I don't regret that i was a backer during KS campaign, it was my choice and i was fully conscious about what i was doing. I only regret the final result of this project.

I really don't want to write a book about gameplay, so i will focus on advantages and disadavtages of this game. Here we go:


- Graphics, you can love it or hate it, but i think that graphical style that was taken was a good choice.

- Fighting, well, sometimes fight is annoying, but sometimes it can be fun.

- Music, not bad.

- The game is clearly described, you can easily sense what is it all about


- Graphics, style is ok, but there are too little details and 3D characters have jest few polygons.

- Sound, i don't mind soundtrack, but sometimes sounds in the inventory are too loud and overdriven.

- Just one save slot!

- Very small quantity of stuff thrown around, so there is no sense in wandering on a map, there are only few containers in which you can find some loot.

- Can't open/close the doors!

- There are no second floors, and you can't go on the roofs!

- There is no possibility to modify weapons!

- Bugged and totally unrealistic weapons. There is no such thing like UZI in .45 caliber, there is no such thing like Thompson with 7, 10, or 15-round clip. Sometimes I had action points, proper ammo and just can't reload the weapon.

- Can't see bloody thing during the rain/storm.

- Pathfinding is totally broken. You can click on a single and simple part of the ground and some of your merc will choose the most complicated and longest possible way to get there (and some of them will probably stay just where they are).

- User interface is not well designed, you can easily click on a random place and accidentally move your merc.

- AI, there are no sophisticated tactics that enemies can use, They just get closer and closer, one by one. Forget about flanking and such things.

- Useless militia, you train them, they lose and so on... There is no possibility to enter combat when your militia squad is fighting.

- Strange mechanics, aim shot is useless and sometimes you can embark into weird "never-ending" shootout. It looks like this: the distance between your merc and the enemy is about two squares, you have rather high hit probability and you just can't shot him no matter what. Another thing: 103, 105% hit probability? What is it? Are devs kidding us?

- No noticeable mercs relationships, They're just callous puppets.

- You can use cow as a cover, the cow is...armoured...

- There is no, absolutely no optimalization!

- What the hell "interrupt" button is doing in UI? Interrupt action should act automatically when given character have enough action points!

- Illegible table of guns characteristic.

- There is a shop of course (in text, not graphical form!). You can buy, but you can't sell your own stuff!

- Camera angles are uncomfortable

...Jesus, i have enough, there are probably quite a few things that i could mention, but this list annoyed me enough. As You see, this game has been practically deprived of the most needed functions. I don't really see sense in existing of JA-ish game which is so neutered. Just look at Silent Storm and even 7.62, or Back in Action. These games have some flaws, but this is nothing comparing to Flashback. This game is so bad that i don't see any potential in it and any chance to upgrage the main problems of it.

People from Full Control said something like this: "KS campaign succeeded with minimum amount of money needed to create Flashback project, and that's why fans and backers will receive minimum amount of content". Pure and simple, 368k $ was practically the lowest amount of money necessary to achieve lowest stretch goals and start developing of this game. This is the point where Full Control made a huge mistake, they should never start developing this game with such a low budget. Some would say: "but minimum budget could not be lower due to low interest in community. If the amount was higher , this game would never have been created!". Exactly! Jagged Alliance: Flashback should not exist! This is so weak and embarrassing piece of crap that only brings shame to Jagged Alliance brand.

Maybe if FC had more manpower, capabilities, experience, consistent vision and skills to make things right, then they might have a chance to make a really decent game... But they hadn't and they were overwhelmed by the task which they have chosen, They had to feed their families and stay aflout, we received a game that is poor in almost every aspect. Was it worth it? I don't think so...

I believe that time will come and we will finally receive worthy successor of JA: 2. It doesn't matter how long i will wait, real mercs never die!;-)
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369 of 499 people (74%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Just gave up playing it. It looks like JA:Online. Not even close to JA2, or it's successor 1.13 mod. Do you even know what makes JA2 a good game? Like micromanagement, Inventory management, fully detailed weapon customisation, more simulation aspects. And what is that? Just an JA:Online (cover-marks ("shields") even haven't been changed) with great advetrisment. Tactics? Just saw three opponents gathered behind same log and started shootng at my guy, while he was at the opposite side of a log, right behind it... Stealth? Forget about it, since cover-logic haven't even been implemented, as i told you already. When i saw all this, i recognised, that noone will ever make something even close to JA2, since noone can into community forums and community-requested features. "Why should i spend my prescious time on reading this BearPit forum, which have brought JA2WF, JA2UB, JA2 1.13, AIMNAS and all that stuff to this world, if i can grab my kickstarter money and make something like JA:O?" This game became my biggest disappointment of this year. Just give this game to community, make extended API for modders and extend modding support. You have failed fans of the JA, just let them fix your monster atleast, since you aren't able to do that by yourself.
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154 of 198 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Huge disappointment. It looks like good old JA in nice 3D HD, it sounds like good old JA - but it's just extremely empty and lacks lots of features. Targeting and surroundings' hitbox ballistick model is just ridiculous - you never know how to set your agents. There is no advanced wound model - characters are just simple life bars. No weapon customization, dialogues are clicking nonsense (you can click whatever, no choices), no exploration, no civilian movement phase, you can't even open or close doors, etc. etc.

Stay away! (or eventually get for about a dollar, when it's on a steam sale and mods get some features back)
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72 of 80 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
Ok let's be honest here, I love Turn-Based games and I remember playing Jagged Alliance 2 when I was a kid.. But this here.... I tried, I really REALLY tried to like this game, but there is nothing to like about this game. It is shallow, not only shallow it is bare, empty... it is a empty void with few shells that are the "game". AI if one may even call it that way is next to non-existent. Enemies will just charge you head-on. Shops are only on several places, almost no loot, no interaction with environment. No character customization, no nothing. The arsenal of those few weapons that are currently present in the game won't save it either. The gameplay is extremely boring and by boring I mean you will enjoy more fun by throwing money out of the window than using them to buy this bad joke of a game. It feels unfinished it feels rushed it feels unpolished it feels rigid and empty. If you love Turn-Based games grab a Wasteland 2 or something especially if it's on sale. Keep your hands off of this... 2/10...
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