In the second part of the unfolding saga that could also be enjoyed independently, you can explore new corners of this unique world and experience the mix of old-school gothic and mad science, with more action, powerful foes and plenty of stunning places to visit.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,061 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2014

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April 2

Van Helsing III coming this May

It’s official now: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is coming this May.

For further details, check our devblog post :)

http://www.neocoregames.com/2015/04/van-helsing-iii-coming-this-may/

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February 18

Van Helsing II Changelog - 1.3.0 - February 18

Updates to Van Helsing II have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client (in on-line mode) is restarted.

General

  • Fixed a crash during the Viaduct Junction siege
  • Fixed a rare bug which caused the generator capacity remain full, even if no traps are installed
  • Fixed the perks not applying correctly after a map change.
  • Harker can no longer be selected at the bossfight, and the minions won't try to attack him.
  • Fixed the gargoyle's jumping attack
  • The game no longer forgets the powerup combo after map change.
  • Summoned chimeras now correctly die after the skill's duration is over. Sadly.
  • The Plague scenario condition is no longer applied, if you are under 25% hitpoints.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented the duration extending skills to work correctly on mechanical's minions.
  • Fixed the perks not applying correctly after a map change.
  • Fixed a bug which caused the character move, instead of attacking, when clicking on an enemy, who had an impassable terrain behind it
  • Fixed the Doomsday Automaton's model, it no longer has a graphic glitch.
  • Faded objects are no longer becoming gray.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented the chest to be opened using a melee attack.
  • Engineer's mines should now properly work.

Multiplayer:
  • Katarina now respawns correctly.
  • Fixed a bug which made the monsters unattackable.
  • TD no longer crashes when a client tries to deploy a trap.
  • Fixed a crash when the client tried to save during a bossfight, or a special script, when it should not save.
  • Fixed a graphical bug when using elevators.

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About This Game

It all seemed so simple: defeat the mad scientist, free the land and ride into the sunset, but sometimes the fall of a villain only opens the way to more sinister foes. So the incredible adventures continue, and Van Helsing, the famous monster-hunter returns to save the day again with the help of his charming, ghostly companion, Lady Katarina. The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plots revenge. It’s time to enter the dark side of Borgova and the forbidden wilderness, but beware: you are not the only one behind a mask.

Main features

  • Three playable classes – In the sequel to this gothic-noir adventure, you can choose from three very different classes: the classic Hunter with shooting and melee skills, the magic-wielding Thaumaturge or the Arcane Mechanic, the master of deadly devices, all included in the base game.

  • Hunter’s Lair – The Lair returns in the sequel as your perfect hideout to stash collected loot, trade with non-playable characters, teleport between locations, forge new items, utilize the alchemy lab and accept new quests from allies who join the Resistance against the scientific scourge.

  • Extended Tower defense mini-game – With enemies invading in waves, you have the opportunity to defend your Lair and other strategic locations with deployable traps and several upgradable functions to ward off evil, now with improved gameplay mechanics and up to 7 levels presented as optional side quests.

  • Resistance Management – As the leader of the Borgovian Resistance, you will participate in the micromanagement of the allied troops, improve the equipment of the Resistance fighters or find loot that makes them more powerful.

  • Rage system – You can charge up to three skill modifiers called PowerUps on 8 active skills by way of spending Rage points collected from impressive feats.

  • Unique companion – Lady Katarina, a ghost with snappy wit, comes to the support of Van Helsing with her own set of abilities, behaviors, and two skill trees.

  • Runecrafting – Besides forging, enchanting and infusing items with essences, you’ll have another option to alter items to your liking. Artifacts can be taken apart, shattered into magical fragments to be turned into purely magical runes that can be altered and put on new items, changing them into various new powerful artifacts.

  • The Beast in the Lair - The Chimera is a unique creature, an artificial monster straight from the Ink. You can enhance its abilities and summon it into combat or send away to the Ink to hunt for treasure.

  • Hall of Trophies - You can decorate the Lair with trophies that give global modifiers to the game world, like empowering monsters, granting more spellpower to all allies or turning Katarina into a more lethal ghost.

  • Multiplayer – You and your friends can test your skills against each other via the PVP mode (8 players) or join forces and complete the story in the co-operative campaign (4 players).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800 GT, Intel HD4000 or AMD HD3850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 275 GTX or AMD HD5770
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 330M, Intel HD4000 or AMD HD4670
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 285M or Nvidia 640M or AMD HD4870
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
I bought VHII for 10 dollars with an online coupon. Even though I'm sure I didn't get the BEST deal out there I'd say it's money well spent.

I never played the first game. So, I started on this one with a new toon and leveled him up to 30 by the time I beat the game on Hard Mode. Then, went to veteran mode afterwards on fearless and had a blast. The loot was much better on the higher settings and for those who like crafting -- you can spend a good amount of time sifting through loot to enchant and enhance your gear to get the most defense/offense out of them. If you don't like crafting then I'd stay away from that part.

Replay value is fairly good. The story itself isn't spectacular, but if you're going for achievements it's always nice to get a few new options when you do the second run through. If you don't want replay value. It took me roughly 28 hours to beat it first time through on hard mode. So, again worth the ten bucks I spent. Voice acting for main toons is good, and side characters is a bit shady from time to time, but overall good with music that is also good. Nothing was annoying to my ears.

Tower defense is tricky. Harder the mode you put it on the less likely you are to succeed. Or, maybe I just suck at tower defense, but on fearless mode it was crazy as the joker with 300 minions willing to do his bidding.

Music - 7/10
Challenge - 9.5/10
Loot - 9/10
Skill system - 7/10
Story - 7/10
Price - 10/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
One of the best RPG games ever. Pretty nostalgic since it reminds me Diablo. Great story, boss fights, variety of heroes and talent/skill builds, amazing environment, graphics, items and sets, healing and mana potions, awesome in every single way. And all the Easter Eggs you can find will make you smile. This is one of those must have games. Easy to beat once, but can you do it again with different hero and on hardest difficulty? Play and master it!
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Excellent follow up game to Part 1. Worth a 10 spot if you liked the first game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Complete Review


The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II Complete is a game you don't want to miss. The game starts out a bit slow but after you get a couple of hours in, its non-stop action and excitement. A must-have for any action role-playing fans. There are numerous skills and perks to customize your character, a multitude of magic items and artifacts, rare monster trophies, many extensive sidequests, runecrafting, and more that is sure to keep you entertained for many hours. Controllers are fully supported and there are several multiplayer options as well. While Van Helsing II is mostly hack and slash combined with RPG elements, it also has a well developed tower defense game weaved into the story along with numerous sidequests that add to the fun.

This game has many great features that would easily fool you into believing it was developed with a massive gaming budget. The storyline is great, the soundtrack is perfect for the mood, the voice acting is superb, the graphics are rich with detail, and the gothic art is simply astonishing. It does so many things right and that is rare, even from many of the bigger studios.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II plays out much like its predecessor and picks the story up right at the end of the original (although it can be enjoyed without having played the first one). In fact, there is an option that allows you to import your favorite characters from the first game. However, it has several key improvements, most notably, the game offers several character classes from the beginning and even more skills/perks to suit different play styles instead of adding them as DLC like in the original game. The tower defense portion of the game has been improved and enriches the story. The User Interface has been re-designed and is much better. The graphics have been improved as well and really give you that gothic feel. And don't forget about the DLC's included in the Complete Package. The Pigasus DLC introduces a new lair NPC pet that you can send out into the Ink to search for rare magic artifacts and weapons. The Ink Hunt DLC is an extension of the game that adds 4 new maps along with quests and nmissions to extend the overall game and can only be played after the base game is finished.

The Good:
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+ Nice graphics/artwork
+ Quality soundtrack
+ Well-written storyline and good voice acting
+ Numerous character cusomization options
+ Several Multiplayer options
+ High replay value
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements
+ Full controller support
+ Quality DLC
+ Well designed user interface
+ Smooth graphics
+ Active developer support with updates
+ Many customization options for game, sound, video, hotkeys


The Bad:
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+ Long Intro video
+ Initial learning curve is high (it gets easier)
+ Slow loading at startup
+ A few bugs still remain (not game breaking)
+ Changing between controller/mouse requires re-launch


Final Thoughts:
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This game is nothing like it was when it was first released on Steam. Originally, there were many who had issues with bugs and crashes but the developers have actively worked to fix them and still remain involved in the community. Since then, this game has vastly improved and new features are still being added. The game is very entertaining and offers a lot of quality content for the price. I strongly recommend this game to all action role-playing fans. It has quickly become one of the best available and I look forward to a Van Helsing III.


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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
This game is a perfect quick fix if you have a Diablo/Path Of Exile craving, but don't want to spend another hundred hours to satisfy it. Game's story lasts for about 15 hours at normal pace, but there are possibilities to continue playing if one wishes to: the story can be replayed at higher difficulty and there are scenarios that are certain non-randomized levels with varying challenges for end-game.

My advice is to play the first game first (because it is pretty good too), then import the character into the second game (just a button click away) and continue the story with 30 new levels of skills. Van Helsing II is otherwise a very nice game, good-looking steam-punk theme, good voice acting and an entertaining story, plus a lot of parody and great humour with references to various pop culture. Game play offers three classes and there are several builds to explore. Tons of items, including legendary and set items.

Game runs smoothy, with an occassional crash (had about 3-4 crashes during 20 hours), but game saves frequently so one seldom looses progress. No other issues encountered here. Combat is fun and satisfying, and it is very entertaining to explore the world. This is actually the first game of this style where I bothered to pay attention to the story and other lore-related details. Great fun stressless casual hack-n-slash game!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
81.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Extremely fun. Great characters and dialogue, good skill and item system. Only negatives I can think of are the end game could be a bit better, and more people need to play cause multiplayer is dead.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Thank you guys for this game. It's my favourite hack'n slash game so far. Love music, love humor and huge amount of tiny tiny features that keeps you enjoing even after hours of playing. Thank you for not being boring repetative dumb hack'n slash like competitors i.e. "snowstorm" production about "hellboy". A tons of skills, upgareds, modifications, enhancements, runes, addons, pets, companions, crew, army, base, radio, Silver hair witch hunter, random events and much much more. Even simple tower defence as a side quest created something like "woow" factor on my face. I just simply didn't expect that. Most important for me is Co-op and I have to say it works pretty well, apart from the resistance army management (only a player who own the session have an access to it). Thumbs up and thanks for this. Looking forward to see the 3rd part.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Very awesome game, you should give it a try as a gamer or even to new gamers out there.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Personal rating 8/10

A little fun game, a lot like diablo but it's way more friendly. I strongly recommend getting this if you enjoy diablo type of games. It has improved from the very first game on every aspect of the game. This game has a great value for the money.

Pros:
Cracking jokes, references from other games or movies (such as batman sign in the sky or half life sign on the wall,star wars, alien and so on...you have to look out for those well worth it.)
Good story took me 20 hours to beat the game, i wasn't rushing tho.
Simple controls, variaty of items to satisfy your builds.
Visually looks very appealing for such a small game, it looks even better than diablo 3 in my opinion.

Cons: had a few crashes, that's the main reason why i didn't give this game a higher rating than 8/10.

Improvements? set items could get a small boost to the drop rate, fairly difficult to obtain a full set.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
YES.

I mean, it's a great game. Finished it singleplayer with a completely new character (i.e. I didn't start in veteran mode) in like 16 hours I believe, but I did not find all the secrets. Started veteran and I'm still having fun with slightly harder enemies and - of course - better SHINIES. Hopefully I won't miss things this time.

The story was fine, although a few things were predictable, but I didn't mind. OST is great, Katarina is awesome again - although I'd wish for a few new lines instead of those we already know from VH1 (mainly talking about her reactions to "send to town"). Also perhaps different voice packs for different class (you have three to choose from). But still, I can't complain much about the visuals nor sound (some monsters sound stupid when they get hit repeatedly, but whatever). VH2 also has several new features compared to VH1, mainly Chimera (I'm not gonna spoil it, but it's a fun thing) and generals (or whatever they were called, those guys you send out to do missions). And the tower defense minigame is back (this time we have 6 different levels).

The only thing I fear about is multiplayer, since I've heard that there are still MP bugs, similar to those VH1 had. However, as I haven't played MP yet, I'm only mentioning things I've read on the forums - nothing I've experienced myself. I did have some trouble with VH1 multiplayer, though...

Did I mention the OST and Katarina are great? No? Well, OST and Katarina are great.

tl;dr: Buy it if you like aRPGs.

EDIT: So, I now had a chance to play multiplayer. In fact, went through the whole first playthrough with a friend and on the veteran one now. Yes, this game still has some glitches, but not even half as bad as VH1. No more incredible, random lags during any dialogue. I (as a non-host) did crash a few times, maybe thrice during that one playthrough. There are other glitches such as "invulnerability bubbles" staying on champions despite them being vulnerable (you can see their HP go down, though, so that's a clear indication they're not immortal ;-)), had some (mostly allied) characters keep running into a wall, etc. But the gameplay is smooth and frankly - I'd say that considering my friend's laggy connection (he lags on TeamSpeak!) this game somehow manages to workaround those lags well. Well, that's if you get used to the fact that each of your hit is slightly delayed, but that's not a problem after you play for a bit. I don't even pay attention to that anymore.

So, yes, this is still "thumbs up" and still "definitely recommended".
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Best game in which domestic firms were able to show, this is my favourite game and i very interested for the third section :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Прогресс относительно неплохой первой части во всем. Уйма возможностей пооптимизировать, достаточно интересные механически враги, которые красочно умирают под красочным месивом спецэффектов. Любопытные референсы и умеренно хреновые шутки. В каком-нибудь бордерлендс пресиквел с этим все сильно хуже.
Думал пробежим сюжет персонажами из сейвов первой части, но я по пути буквально утонул в возможностях рункрафтинга, прошел стори и остался на сценарии ради "вот еще пяток миллионов/эпик рун и будет идеально". В итоге за 50 часов докачался до состояния когда фирлесс как изи и на этом закончил. Но порывы пройти еще раз и найти не найденные секреты пока не отпускают.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
I bought this game to play co-op with the wife. So far our experence has been lack luster at best. The co-op suffers from too many glitches like: skills/abilities stop working and connection issues/disconnecting.

The achilles heel for us is the skills and abilities which stop working/not responding. The affects the joining party member and not the host.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Well i just completed Van helsing II and it took me round about 20+ hours with 20 of the 63 achievements aquired.

To be honest this could have been Van Helsing 1.5 as it's really just more of the same but hey that's no bad thing if you enjoyed the first one and I did so i definitely got my moneys worth.

I would say worth purchasing especially if you can pick it up in a steam sale.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
i picked this up because it was one of the few on steam i didnt have in the action apg. let me start by saying it looks good game play is good. it has the right feel and alot of good things. the one big issue is this. they dont change the look of your player with the armor or cape. the skills are mostly passive , i liked that, boosts and other changing buffs. the story is ok not great, voice acting is good. skills are nice to look at but they dont seem to have that yes that hit feeling when you used them. you have active buffs that have no animation. its a mixed bag. no d2 or torchlight but worth the money mostly. it needs a few fixes to show changes to what your wearing or actively useing. the sounds for skills need to be changed some and load times need to be inproved. the load times may be my system. my only real problem is that the fact that the armor and skills dont show when changed. it bugs the hell out of me and makes me feel like im playing a game from 15 years ago in spite of the rest of the good things. if d2 could show this there is no reason of any game like it made after it shoule not .
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Cool
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
After a few hours playing this game with two of the three different classes on normal I don't feel like recommending this game to anyone.
I grabbed it on a sale on humblebundle for roughly 7 $ so it doesn't hurt much.
The graphics are ok. The sound and voiceacting are ok, the voices of the hero and his companion and her not so funny comments are more annoying than I enjoyed them.
The main problem for me with this game is the rather confusing and not very interessting skill system, none of the spells I used in the short time I played the game feel like the do much, the animations are also rather unexciting.
I don't feel like I'm playing a game released in 2014, it feels much older, other ARPGs do much much better work released before this game.
Go buy torchlight II oder Diablo III if you don't already have, you will have much more fun with this two games. Or get path of exile which is also better in my opinion.


EDIT:
Pulled myself together to at least finish the story, which was done in 450 Minutes as I can see in the ingame statistics, which is rather short. The story itself is......maybe it's because I have not played the first part but I don't believe that the story can be much better there. The ending is just...yawn.

!!!*SPOILER*!!! you just hunt that one guy for the whole game and then in the end he just "explodes" in a few guts an blood after the barrier brakes, no voiceacting before his final death, nothing? come on how ultra lame is this?

At least gameplay got a little bit better with higher lvl and gear but still not phenomenal.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I am a living room gamer; because I am a professional programmer I strongly dislike playing games with a keyboard and mouse -- it feels too much like work. A few weeks ago my son and I got bored with playing Reaper of Souls on Xbox One, and we were in the market for another ARPG of similar quality. We tried Crimson Alliance on the 360 and got bored with it fairly quickly.

And then, WOOOSH: we discovered the first installment of The Incredible Adventures of "Maester Van Helsing"! We were so excited that I took a day off to rebuild an older PC into a dedicated machine for my living room. Years ago I brushed off Steam as a failed experiment; but Van Helsing made me come back to it, and build my own Big Picture Steam Machine! Sure, the game's UI could use a bigger text size for those of us who like playing on sixty inch monitors from twenty feet away, but that's the only fault I found with the game (perhaps in Neocore's native Hungary big screen TVs have not been invented yet). Overall, the first Van Helsing game was a delight, and we put some fifty hours into it!

Naturally, we wanted to continue the adventure and bought Van Helsing Two. Not just game number two, but two licenses as well since we were dying to try multiplayer.

Now I wish I could put this nicely, but what en effing dissapointment!

Van Helsing Two is a Piece of Crap.

After being released roughly one year ago, it suffers from tens, if not hundreds of bugs. It is slow. Multiplayer sucks (it fails to update one player's screen correctly, randomly disconnects, etc). The added complexity of the Command Center minigame adds unnecessary confussion and bugs (you have invisible characters that will speak to you although they are away on a mission). The game crashes when you add essences to yout equipment.

I could go on and on and on, and while I found the concepts, graphics and overall atmosphere of Borgovia enticing I cannot really recommend the game to anyone. The execution was obviously left to twenty year old incompetent programmers. And to be clear: when I say the game is slow, I mean that compared to playing the first game on the exact same 3.4 GHz AMD dual core machine that plays Van Helsing One without breaking a sweat.

Judging by the rate at which Neocore launches new DLC and new games (Van Helsing Three is about to be released this year, and in between they made Deathtrap, a spinoff from the Van Helsing series capitalizing on the Ink) they are more interested in taking our dollars than fixing the bugs in their existing games.

Overall the game feels like a rough, unfinished BETA. Save your time and money and play something else -- even the early access version of Victor Vran is a better investment.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Unplayable due to countless bugs stopping quest progress or access to new areas.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Very fun, good story, little less on the adventerous side, more of comabt focused, 8.5/10
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