Generally favorable reviews - based on 89 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 82 out of 89
  2. Negative: 0 out of 89
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  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Aug 11, 2015
    The Bat could not have hoped for a better send off. Graphically astounding, narratively compelling, and featuring two utility belts full of new gadgets. This is bat-time very, very well spent. [September 2015, p72]
  2. Jun 29, 2015
    Three games' worth of classic heroes and villains and six years of work come together beautifully in a fitting conclusion to an epic superhero trilogy.
  3. Jun 28, 2015
    Beautifully presented, slick gameplay and a storyline that in my books is better than the recent films, Batman Arkham Knight is a fitting way to end this franchise.
  4. Jun 27, 2015
    Amazing gameplay, stunning visuals, a deep narrative that takes Batman to a new darkness, and hands-down the best superhero video game in existence.
  5. Jun 25, 2015
    Arkham Knight triumphs as a richly empowering comic book fantasy that sees its hero fail almost as much as he succeeds, making him the most believable, the most occasionally unlikeable, and ultimately the most heroic he’s ever been.
  6. 100
    Rocksteady Studios leaves Batman behind at the top of their game in terms of visual presentation, gameplay, and storytelling. While Arkham Knight's innovations are few, they are impactful and smart, and all work towards the common goal of giving the player the ultimate power fantasy of being the Batman.
  7. Jun 19, 2015
    It’s the best-looking game across all three platforms (yes, even over The Witcher 3), but more importantly it just delivers in every aspect you could hope for. It’s challenging and engaging, expansive and enticing. Its game-world is wholly realised and gorgeous to look at, but above all else, it tells such an incredible story in so many new and unique ways, it’s impossible to ignore.
  8. Jun 19, 2015
    It's epic; it's grand; it's addictive; it's ridiculously good-looking and it's going to be remembered for a long time to come. A masterpiece.
  9. Jun 19, 2015
    Rocksteady have created one of the best comic-book games ever made.
  10. Jun 19, 2015
    After Arkham Knight, Batman has been perfected — and the end result is the best game of this console generation.
  11. Jul 1, 2015
    It’s the best Batman game you’ll play and by that measure, the best superhero game to date.
  12. Jun 24, 2015
    Rocksteady says farewell to the franchise with an utter masterpiece; its best game so far. Each element feels like a love letter to fans and to Batman himself. Batman: Arkham Knight is the perfect conclusion to an excellent saga, and it departs in the same way it once came: leaving us amazed and with great satisfaction.
  13. Jun 30, 2015
    Rocksteady and WBIE have managed to capture lightning in a bottle three consecutive times with the Arkham series, with the most refined and focused strike being Arkham Knight.
  14. Jun 28, 2015
    A stunning climax to the series, and a worthy send-off to the team at Rocksteady.
  15. CD-Action
    Jul 27, 2015
    Rocksteady proved once again that they’re in a league of their own. Arkham Knight not only outclassed their two previous Batman games put together, but also turned the whole trilogy into a masterpiece. It’s not just a strong candidate for the Game of the Year title. It’s one of the best games of the decade. [08/2015, p.44]
  16. Jul 2, 2015
    Arkham Knight is quite simply the Batman game that anyone who obsesses over the caped crusader always dreamed would exist.
  17. Jun 25, 2015
    The best Batman game by far. Rocksteady has perfected the formula by offering a beautiful open world, more than twenty hours of main story and a broad number of diverse activities. This game really lets the franchise end with a bang.
  18. Jun 19, 2015
    This is, for sure, the best chapter of the Rocksteady’s trilogy and if you’re a fan of Batman (but also if you’re not), you have to buy this game.
  19. Jun 19, 2015
    Batman and Rocksteay have achieved the impossible again, offering an amazing and unforgettable story and, at the same time, adding unique gameplay touches thanks to the perfect integration of the Batmobile. And all that wrapped in one of the most stunning and impressive technical showcases of the new consoles. A truly enjoyable ride that no fan of Batman should miss.
  20. Jun 19, 2015
    Rocksteady built a special experience that dazzles with its cleverness, intelligence, and ability to shift from kick-ass Batman moments to emotional gut punches to scenes stripped straight from some of Batman's greatest comic book stories. Lock yourself away, avoid social media and friends, and finish this game. You won't want this one spoiled for you.
  21. Jun 30, 2015
    An excellent trilogy ending from a studio that has earned its reputation with the three quality games of this saga.
  22. Jun 30, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is a nearly perfect ending of an excellent series. The package feels complete with its interesting fighting system and many gadgets. The Batmobile and the strong story make things fresh and new, even though fights with the Batmobile could have been better. We hope Rocksteady is not done with the Dark Knight yet.
  23. Jun 24, 2015
    Batman Arkham Knight is the best entry in the series. Rocksteady knows perfectly how to explode the formula established years ago, making amazing additions in terms of gameplay. You must play this game.
  24. Jun 23, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is a great final chapter for the Rocksteady trilogy, and by far the best title in the series. Amazing storytelling, a solid, well-known yet still engaging gameplay, and a convincing open world are the highlights of a top-notch production. The monumental graphics are just the icing on the cake. Fans of the Caped Crusader, thou shall not miss this game.
  25. Jun 19, 2015
    Rocksteady leaves us with a love letter to the fans.
  26. Jun 29, 2015
    Rocksteady knows what to do with Batman, and brings us another superb game. Batmobile's addition could have been better, as well as some moments with some of the Dark Knight's legendary foes. However, there's no other current-gen, open world action game as exciting as Batman: Arkham Knight.
  27. Jun 19, 2015
    The addition of tank combat thematically clashes with everything Batman stands for, but it is fun, and having access to the Batmobile for the first time gives us a new world of possibilities for interacting with Gotham City. Arkham Knight is an outstanding game on almost every level.
  28. Jun 27, 2015
    A great game for one of the greatest gaming franchises based on superheroes. Batman: AK will surprise you from its beginning to its end in an adventure full of content and unforgettable moments.
  29. Games Master UK
    Aug 18, 2015
    A million different elements blended seamlessly into one brilliantly cohesive experience. [Summer 2015, p.64]
  30. Play UK
    Jul 29, 2015
    Stunning. [Issue#259, p.68]
  31. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jul 17, 2015
    A technically brilliant superhero sandbox that empowers players like little else on PlayStation 4. [Aug 2015, p.85]
  32. Jul 15, 2015
    Unlike Arkham Origins, which felt like the Arkham story’s unwelcomed little brother, Arkham Knight earns its position as the end of this triolgy. It goes out hard and fast, carrying one of comics most iconic characters into an unknown twilight, and leaving us with Rocksteady’s undisputed triumph over the licensed game space.
  33. Game Rant
    Jul 6, 2015
    It plays great, it looks great, and its story is better than many Hollywood blockbusters out there.
  34. 90
    Arkham Knight has some flaws, but they generally pale in comparison to the wondrous spectacle Rocksteady serves us up. A fine end to the Arkham trilogy.
  35. Jul 1, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight may mark the end of Rocksteady’s trilogy, but it goes out with a bang. There is so much to love about it, it is easily in contention for one of the best of 2015.
  36. Jul 1, 2015
    Reinvigorated and ready for the ultimate fight to save Gotham City, Rocksteady's Batman is going out with the biggest of bangs in the definitive Dark Knight game.
  37. Jun 30, 2015
    While the emphasis on the Batmobile late in the game can be incredibly tiring, the characters and world around you never stop propelling you forward. Combine that with the numerous upgrades for your weapons and plethora of side content available, and you have one hell of a Batman video game.
  38. Jun 30, 2015
    Despite a not-so-smooth introduction of the huge anticipated Batmobile, Arkham Knight is an amazing game, and one of the best examples of open world games so far. The way you can interact with Gotham is remarkable, and there’s so much love for the DC’s comics that you can feel it in every corner of the city. Goodbye Rocksteady, and thanks for all the bats.
  39. Jun 29, 2015
    Arkham Knight tells a mature story that cares about its characters. The missions are a little over-committed to showing how much the Batmobile can do, but it also feels like the car completes Rocksteady’s vision of a living, breathing Gotham City; a war zone with lots of problems to solve and lots of fun ways to solve them.
  40. It’s not perfect. There are moments of irritation, mostly during those Batmobile sequences. But when it’s firing on all cylinders – which is the bulk of the time – there’s just no other super hero game like it.
  41. Jun 28, 2015
    The third Batman game from Rocksteady is an excellent title, undoubtedly the best in studio's history. It impresses not only with beautiful graphics and a dark city, but also due to a great selection of characters and brilliant storyline.
  42. Jun 26, 2015
    Arkham Knight is a massive technical achievement on consoles, and as a final note on the character and franchise, it delivers in almost every way.
  43. 90
    The thing to remember is that this will be Rocksteady Studios’ last entry into the Batman Arkham universe, so if you have been playing the previous entries in the series, and enjoyed them, this is going to be a no-brainer, just go get it.
  44. Jun 26, 2015
    Rocksteady and Batman is a combination we'll sorely miss. Their trilogy ends on a high though, with a refinement of their excellent Freeflow combat and Predator modes. The Batmobile is a somewhat mixed experience, but its heart is in the right place. Our much-awaited tour of the city of Gotham was a gorgeous sight to behold and an unforgettable goodbye.
  45. Jun 25, 2015
    The technical aspects are not only eye-popping but they’re also quite stable. The graphics are slick, the sound is stellar, the control is rock solid, and the gameplay variety is downright tremendous. I love the blending of puzzle, stealth, action, and adventure, and you have to give mad crazy props to the overall game design. I still say the story could be less predictable (perhaps give the player a little more credit in terms of literary comprehension) and the Batmobile, as awesome as it can be, is just overdone.
  46. Jun 25, 2015
    The definitive Batman experience and one of the best open world games of the new generation.
  47. Jun 25, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is the best game in a great series. Rocksteady continues to polish and improve a great combat system, with graphics and animations that have never looked better. A gripping, dark and perfectly Batman story with loads of great villains and heroes.
  48. Jun 24, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is not just the best Batman-game and the best comic book game ever, the game also has one of the most fun open worlds we've ever seen in videogame history. Rocksteady perfected its formula, but did take it a bit too far with the Batmobile.
  49. Jun 24, 2015
    The amazing Rocksteady Arkham trilogy ends with this awesome game. Maybe the Batmobile is overused, but if you switch over the many gameplay experiences that the new Batman brings you will be less likely to get bored.
  50. Jun 23, 2015
    Developer Rocksteady reinvigorates its Arkham series formula with fresh gameplay features and an expansive open world in Batman: Arkham Knight.
  51. Jun 22, 2015
    Simply put, Batman: Arkham Knight is an awesome game for any fan of Batman, any fan of action games, and I would even say any fan that enjoys just good games.
  52. Jun 20, 2015
    Quotation forthcoming.
  53. Jun 20, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is a game that shows what can happen when a talented development studio is completely invested in a fictional universe and has mastered the technology to bring it to life. We’ve become the Batman before, but never quite like this.
  54. Jun 19, 2015
    Despite the fact that the plot is less interesting than the one from the first chapter, and that the story lacks momentum in its first half, it's one hell of a ride, and it will make you feel like Batman once again.
  55. Jun 19, 2015
    With its gorgeous visuals, very entertaining storyline and nearly perfect gameplay, Batman: Arkham Knight is the best episode of this awesome franchise.
  56. Jun 19, 2015
    This is the best superhero fantasy we’ve ever enacted, and we’re so sad it’s over.
  57. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 1, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight presents a technically proficient and overall satisfying ending to the Arkham series, but suffers from overuse of the novelty item Batmobile and extremely repetitive tank battles. [Aug 2015]
  58. Jul 3, 2015
    The end of a trilogy the Batman Arkham series deserved. One of the most fun open world environments you’ll find in any game, mixed in with a good storyline and fun, but at times flawed gameplay.
  59. Jul 1, 2015
    Unfortunately, the game's most important addition is also its greatest weakness: the first couple of hours in the Batmobile are exhilarating, but the constant emphasis on this clunky vehicle keeps Arkham Knight from reaching its predecessors' heights. Nevertheless, this is one hell of a Batman simuator that's very worth experiencing.
  60. Jun 26, 2015
    The improved combat and predator systems are worth the cost of entry, and a lot of the core combat mechanics are still the best in the genre. Unfortunately, it's held back by a somewhat weak Batmobile mechanic and a lackluster plot.
  61. Arkham Knight is the best looking Batman game ever. Gotham is a massive world to explore and there are lots of side quest to complete. However Batmobile sequences are too frequent and campaign quests are forcing you to use it.
  62. Jun 19, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is a great ending to a terrific trilogy created with one simple rule in mind: if it's not broken, don't fix it. The game may be missing some of its gothic atmosphere and there are far too many batmobile vs tanks sequences but a well known gameplay formula does the trick again. My meeting with the Arkham Knight was extremely enjoyable.
  63. Jul 23, 2015
    In the end, Arkham Knight proves to be an excellent new chapter in the Arkham franchise. The story is absolutely fantastic, as is most of the gameplay, just prepare to be inundated with constant tank battles.
  64. Edge Magazine
    Jul 17, 2015
    Its biggest adventure to date isn't flawless, but the Dark Knight is far from one to underestimate. [Aug 2015, p.106]
  65. Jul 16, 2015
    Knight, for all its foibles and frustrations, consistently gives you that injection of adrenaline.
  66. Jul 8, 2015
    The attempt to diversify Batman's universe by using a controllable Batmobile paradoxically hurts the game by adding too exaggerated arcade action in it. In addition, the creators failed to find a sufficiently strong duo of bad guys after the Joker's death. Nevertheless, Arkham Knight is a dignified farewell to Gotham and an almost perfect action-adventure.
  67. Hyper Magazine
    Jul 7, 2015
    Arkham Knight is certainly a bigger, and in many ways a better game than its predecessors, but those attempts to make it ‘more badass’ do more harm than good. Even so, any frustrations I have with Arkham Knight don’t take away from the fact that I was unable to stop playing for four days straight, frequently in awe. It’s a stunning achievement in many ways, a game of ridiculous polish and obvious effort, and its best moments are good enough to make the worst moments worth bearing.
  68. Jul 3, 2015
    Arkham Knight’s take on the hero/villain relationship is unique. You can hail it as clever as Fight Club or dismiss it as stupid as midichlorians — you’re at least a little right on either count — but you cannot deny that it’s a compelling variation on the theme, and it works wonders to sustain the story with unique dialogue and narrative opportunities.
  69. Jul 3, 2015
    The combat is as good as it’s ever been, the writing is sharp, it’s visually stunning, and the game is full of iconic Batman moments that fans will adore and talk about for years to come. Don’t let the game’s few – admittedly glaring – flaws deter you from what is otherwise a terrific Batman tale.
  70. Jun 30, 2015
    Pretty much from the opening cutscene onwards the game roused the old comic book aficionado in me, leaving me to wonder what sort of tizzy the game would have sent me into when I was thirteen or fourteen.
  71. 80
    Despite some questionable use of characters, the narrative in Batman: Arkam Knight is engrossing. The city of Gotham is appropriately sprawling with a great deal to do. Combat is smooth and fluid, even if driving the Batmobile is not, and there are several good hooks for progressing Batman's character that reward you for the time invested in the game.
  72. Jun 29, 2015
    It's a shame the game focuses so much on the Batmobile, because even that provides a welcome change of pace in small doses. Unfortunately, Arkham Knight doesn't deliver the Batmobile in small doses, and it turns out to be the most intrusive part of the experience.
  73. Jun 28, 2015
    Even with all the gadgets, all the training, all the exhilaration of success, Arkham Knight's greatest achievement is in making it feel like it just might not be enough.
  74. Jun 28, 2015
    A dense and enthralling action-adventure game with a winding, if predictable, story that does make you feel like the Batman both inside and outside the Batmobile. There are too many Batmobile gameplay segments, however, making this predominantly similar in theme to that Batmobile-focused Batman arcade game.
  75. Jun 28, 2015
    It's a superior game that plays brilliantly, and certainly stands in a league of its own in the Arkham line-up for the most part, but it simply doesn't leave your jaw agape like Arkham City seemed to manage with such ease and finesse.
  76. Jun 27, 2015
    Arkham Knight sees Rocksteady becoming more confident in its design within the larger scope of an entire city, and despite a few uneven spots, this is overall a satisfying way to wrap up what the developer has referred to as its trilogy of Arkham games.
  77. Jun 25, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is bigger and bolder than its predecessors, but it’s not better. The plot has some good twists and the exploration of Batman’s character is well done, but overall it doesn’t draw you in like the events of Asylum and City.
  78. Jun 22, 2015
    Batman Arkham Knight is not as good as Rocksteady would have wished. The open world makes it difficult to keep the rhythm, and the all-around use of the Batmobile gets tiresome in the end. Despite this few problems, the software ends up as a nice game.
  79. Jun 19, 2015
    Rocksteady absolutely nailed the feeling of being Batman and Arkham Knight only increases the scope of the original games. Yes, I got annoyed, but the moment-to-moment play of Batman: Arkham Knight is still amazing. If you've saved the Asylum and cleaned up the City, it's worth finishing the Knight off.
  80. Jun 19, 2015
    An ambitious and successful end to Rocksteady’s trilogy, with a standard-setting open world you must experience. A superior main story and less Batmobile combat would’ve made a huge difference.
  81. Jul 5, 2015
    Sorry guys, you really nailed the atmosphere, but at the end of the day you left us with an overload of tanks, repetitive missions, and a story that’s okay, but just felt it could’ve been so much more.
  82. Jul 16, 2015
    It’s a spectacular summer blockbuster, and it keeps you entertained until you notice that as far as creativity goes, it’s been running on fumes the whole time.
  83. Aug 26, 2015
    Batman: Arkham Knight is the best looking game in the series so far, and includes a lot of cool stuff for fans of Batman. But at the same time it’s starting to feel like Rocksteady is almost too comfortable. It lacks new content, except the pretty bad designed Batmobile parts. If you haven’t played the previous games that much you will probably think that this is one of the best games this year.
  84. Jul 31, 2015
    The production values are sky-high. The graphics and the sound design is over the top. The addition of the Batmobile is great. But Rocksteady seemed to have run out of great new ideas.
  85. Jun 25, 2015
    Arkham Knight is a solid, if uneven send-off for Rocksteady's trilogy. Combat and predation are still satisfying. The narrative mixes unsurprising, but well done segments with unsurprising and uninteresting elements. It's full of nods, winks, nudges for batfans, even if certain super villain side missions feel needlessly tossed in.
  86. Jun 24, 2015
    Less consistent than the previous games, and the Batmobile is a surprisingly unwelcome addition, but even as the worst of the Arkham titles this is still a superior superhero adventure.
  87. Jun 19, 2015
    Arkham Knight is constantly trying to justify the Batmobile's presence, forcing it upon you at nearly every opportunity.
  88. Jul 3, 2015
    Gotham City looks astonishing while the story is full of suspense and surprises. Mechanically the star once again is the freeflow fighting system. But somewhere along the way Rocksteady lost the focus and missed the point, especially with the overpowering, omnipresent inclusion of the Batmobile. Those sequences (and there are far too many) are nothing but a second-tier shooter which takes away too much from the dark knight and everything he stood for up to now.
  89. Jul 3, 2015
    Arkham Knight is distressingly inorganic. Continuing the predictable trend the franchise, the game learns the wrong lessons from its predecessors.
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  1. Dec 8, 2015
    Its blend of “things that have been done” and “things that aren’t worth doing” is safe, just another turn in the wheel of the World’s Greatest Detective.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 4899 Ratings

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  1. Jun 23, 2015
    The best batman game EVER!!!! I picked it up at midnight and haven't stopped playing it since. The game is massive, so much content I feelThe best batman game EVER!!!! I picked it up at midnight and haven't stopped playing it since. The game is massive, so much content I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface.

    Gameplay: Nothing too different from the previous Arkham games but this does it better. The old mechanics have been polished moving it into the new generation of gaming. The batmobile is fun to play and so far I'm enjoying the tank battles, but hopefully we see some variation later in the game.

    Story: Although a little predictable for the more knowledgable batman fan, the majority of people will fall into the hook. Like a movie it's best enjoyed by just letting the narrative take you on the journey rather than trying to guess the ending. Im loving it so far though.

    Visuals: cant fault a thing. It doesn't look as good as the order but it is like 10 times bigger than the order in terms of content. The characters look great, the special fx are probably the best i've seen in a videogame, i really enjoyed the big scale moments (infamous second son is a close second).

    Overall I am loving the game so far and can't wait to 100% it.
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  2. Jun 23, 2015
    9 before we proceed; for all those Batman fans out there that may be sceptical about buying the latest instalment in this before we proceed; for all those Batman fans out there that may be sceptical about buying the latest instalment in this franchise then allow me to allay your fears.
    Yes the game does attempt to advertise its new and impressive addition that is the Batmobile seemingly at every possible opportunity; but its what everyone has been crying out for since the Batman first made his comeback on the modern day consoles so although it can become a bit repetitive in that sense, do not let this detract from what a marvel this game is.
    Slick combat engine that the game series boasted from day one, the detail in the world around you is at times mind boggling and the story is immersive and will keep you entertained from start to finish.
    If your in two minds about whether to part with your hard earned money to own this title then let me assure you that you will not be disappointed; the market is full of games that fail to wow or live up to expectation but the Batman will not let you down. I wont give it a 10 because nothing is perfect but this game is a worthy addition to anybody's collection. Enjoy :)
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  3. Jun 24, 2015
    Before I review the game, let me tell you how silly a lot of you look right now.

    First off, you PC gamers are complaining about the PC
    Before I review the game, let me tell you how silly a lot of you look right now.

    First off, you PC gamers are complaining about the PC version under the PS4 version. Maybe play it on PS4 and see how that turns out. Because one your problems are fixed, you're gonna love it, I bet you.

    Second, you guys who are saying this game sucks for nonchalant reasons: have you actually played the game? Play through it before writing a review, please. And I mean all the way through the campaign.

    Third and final, a lot of people are complaining and whining about the Batmobile and the fact that this game out too early. I find this funny because these are the same people who whined and complained about the Batmobile not being in the other games and the fact that Arkham Knight was pushed back not once, not twice, but FOUR times. Rocksteady read has done everything they can to make this work and you guys just come here and complain about it? If I was Rocksteady, I would honestly just stop making games all together for you people.

    Now, this is a message to everyone. If you're thinking about not buying the game because of some lousy reviews, please get the game. Seriously, don't let someone else's opinion decide whether you are going to buy a game or not. If you WANT to play it, then get it! It doesn't matter what others are saying, because who cares! When it comes to gaming, the only thing that matters is YOUR opinion!

    Anywho, sorry for all the ranting, but people just need to be told. This game is great, it is everything I was hoping for in the Batman finale, and it has blown me away on every scale. I am terrible sorry for those who did not enjoy it, but maybe those are the same people who enjoy CoD. Who knows? But wow, Arkham Knight took my breath away. It is predictable, yes, but does that ruin the game!? Heck no! It actually helps if you try not to think about it. Just play the game and enjoy it! But yes, the gameplay is flawless, graphics are stunning, story is on point, and the sound is great. Even the characters are wonderful. Come on: it's the same batman game we've been with since Arkham Asylum. Only this time, it's a lot bigger than Asylum and a lot more addicting then City. This game is beyond amazing. It never disappoints me tbh. And to all the Batmobile haters: I love driving it around. I don't care if it's forced on me, I'm going to drive it for fun because it's just THAT cool. I love it. Maybe add the Batwing next? Overall, amazing game and I recommend this title to everyone.

    Character: 10/10
    Story: 9.7/10
    Graphics: 10/10
    Sound: 10/10
    Appeal: 9.8/10
    Original Score: 10/10
    Average Score: 9.9/10
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