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Genre: Driving & Racing / Video Game for Xbox 360 / To Be Announced / Release Date: 2008-01-25 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      26.06.2012 22:43

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      Being in a real car chase wouldn't feel as exciting as this. Probably.

      The mini-map is too small to be useful. The soundtrack (Paradise City aside) is awful, not to mention the punchable DJ who sounds like a teenager trying desperately in vain to prove how 'awesome' and 'to the max' he is. There's no split screen multiplayer. Crashes go on for too long leaving you waiting to start playing the game again. If you fail a race, you have to drive all the way back to the start line to have another go at it.

      And despite all that, this game is a masterpiece. Speeding down a mountain at a billion miles per hour, skimming through oncoming traffic and leaping up a ramp, crunching through a billboard and flying to the ground, barging your opponent into a bus and watching his car explode as you speed into the lead. These are the moments why you play racing games, and in Burnout Paradise you can expect one roughly every five minutes. No game captures the thrill of speed like this.

      Takedowns (smashing into your opponent to take them out of the race) are as satisfying as ever. Barrel rolling, a new addition to the series possible because of speacial ramps, is hard to pull off but immensely satisfying when you do. Oh and press both bumper buttons to turn your car into essentially a wrecking ball, with the pure purpose of destroying as much traffic as possible.

      If you can look past the aforementioned design flaws you'll find the best lunatic behind the wheel simulator available. Bar none.

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      27.09.2010 11:11
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      A great game that combines awesome graphics with superb arcade racing fun!

      Burnout paradise is the next gen HD game in a series of the game.
      Burnout came onto the scene a long time ago and made waves in the gmaing world.
      The first real game you could crash cars at stupid speeds into oncoming traffic other cars and building and actually see them shatter.
      Gt gave us the graphics and realism, burnout gave the world speed and carnage together.
      When the new game arrived on the Playstation 3 and xbox it combined hd graphics with the usual exploding vehicles, awesome stuff.
      With over 70 vehicles and many many things to do you will keep coming back to burnout.

      The best new features of the game is day and night changes, hurtling round the place at night is great fun, especially wehn you smash both headlights out!!

      You also have the option to zoom about on bikes too, super fast adrenaline filled fun.
      So this really is a step up in terms of gameplay and graphics, they give you different race/objectives to do. burning route, race as fast as you can to beat the timer to a specified point. Marked man - try to get to a specified area without being ran off the road by your tails. Race- as normal race against opponents. Stunt run- gain as many points as you can by perofmring stunts, jumps etc. and the old famous road rage, beat the target number- they get quite high!

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      30.05.2010 17:07

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      Good if you a racing game fan.

      An action packed game from the beggining, you start off in a fairly bad car (compared to the ones you get later on). You then drive round paraddise city looking to complete certain events like road rage (my personal favourite) where you aim to take down as many cars as possible in the alloted time trying to beat your previous best. Though if your not into that there are many other events such as normal racing, doing tricks and marked man in which your chased by several cars, trying not to be taken down before you get to the finish. When cruising along in Paradise city remember to look out for billboards, breakable gates and super jumps all eventually granting you achievments if you do enough of them. Oh and look out for other 'burnouters' whilst driving along, taking one of them out will give you there car that you can then customize at the nearest garage with all your other cars. And the motorbike expansion i definately reccomend getting if your more of a racer as they are very fast.

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      21.02.2010 00:04
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      A really incredible game, but it asks you to do every event twice, which can be tiring.

      Graphics: 9/10
      Sound: 8/10
      Gameplay: 8/10
      Time Spent: Just over 20 hours
      Overall: 9/10

      I found this game quite fun for a while, but the games AI is quite easy, making losing a race a rare thing. Theres 120 events in the game i have done about 50 of them, only losing about 5 of them, the other 45 or so i won first time i raced. The removal of crash mode is a big downer, it was my favourite mode in Burnout. The Showtime mode is a pathetic compensation for the removal of crash mode, basically allowing the user to, at anytime, switch into showtime, which will turn the physics into those similar to crash mode, and the player must use his boost bar to bounce the car down the road, hitting cars and other vehicles to refill his boost. The online mode is quite good but as you can only have up to 8 players in an online freeburn event and the city is so big, seeing the other players can be rare, but there are hundreds of multiplayer challenges to get your teeth into, so you'll probably spend a lot of time online. Also cars have unlimited gears, if you go on a long straight and keep accelerating your car just keeps gaining rev's and changing gears which i found a little odd, but it doesnt affect anything, just something i picked up on in the demo.

      This game as always features the famous crash physics present in Burnout games, now with revolutionary deformation of cars. Plus your car instead of exploding, will more realistically, crumple. My favourite part of the demo was crashing into cars and seeing the amazing deformations.

      Exploration is quite a large part of the game, the player must smash all the smash gates (smash gates cover entrances to short cuts), all the billboards, as well as find and succesfully jump all the super jumps on the map. Doing all this without a walkthrough can take a good few weeks.

      Overall this game is pretty good, my favourite Burnout game so far, the online multiplayer and crash physics make the game really fun, not to mention the large amount of cars, and the addition of bikes, although i don't really like driving them much. A cool addition was the night and day cycles, the player can set up the time of day in the options menu, either setting the day to last a certain amount of minutes, keep it at a set time of day, or setting it to match your consoles time.

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      11.01.2010 19:39
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      Solid race game with some problems

      As a race gamer, I found Burnout - Paradise City is fun and well made, keeping all the original race types and adding a free roam element and some very nice cars. Unfortunately it also has its problems.
      I enjoyed the fact the main aim of the game is to smash up other cars, cause distruction and chaos, and to get to the finish line first whilst doing it. I also quite like the fact you get a drivers licence in this game, which can be updated as you win more races in certain race catagories.
      While the free roaming adds a unique edge to the whole thing, it also slows the pace as you spend a lot of time searching for races or randomly doing races as you come across them. This annoyed me quite a bit and caused me not to want to play it so much, I like a bit more of a structure from a game, some may enjoy the more "free" aspect of it.
      You also end up having to skip past most of these races as you are in the wrong car, I didnt really like having to keep trying to find my cars to change them, and then attempt to find the race again, most frustrating.
      The navigation during these races can also be a problem as the map is still free roam during the race, so a wrong turn can very easily happen and mess things up for you, while adding an extra sense of difficulty it can be frustrating. I am used to racing games which have some sort of indication as to which way you are meant to go in races. Surely this is the norm for racing games right?
      The graphics in the game are pretty good, with some extra fine details in places, helping to make the good cars look great.
      Visually the game is good, but personally I dont think its a very playable game, although I have not yet tried it in online mode.

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        30.12.2009 15:18
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        one of the best racing games on the market

        After waiting for this game to come down in price, I finally succumbed and bought the Ultimate edition. The various challenges are fun and exciting, continuing Burnout's penchance for racing and destruction. The game combines excellent gameplay with nice looking vehicles thanks to detailed graphics. The challenges start at a reasonable level that develop with difficulty as your skills progress. The actual game is fast paced and packed with action however the individual races are hard to find initially. Much like the previous Burnouts, the aim of the game is to complete the races whilst causing destruction on other challenges. The more destruction caused, the higher the reward money and the more levels unlocked. This game is enjoyed by all the family, although the two player option isn't ideal as both players have to take turns. Whereas in previous racing games it has offered a spit screen option to race against each other.

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        07.12.2009 21:01
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        For those who love the burnout series, it just got better!

        I got Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box free with my Xbox 360, in a double pack with Trivial Pursuit, however, if buying it, it can be picked up for around £10 on Ebay, which is a bargain.

        You start out with just 1 car, and a D class license and you must work your way up to a Burnout Paradise License by winning events.

        There are 5 different event types; Race, Road Rage, Stunt Run, Burning Routes, and Marked Man's. A race is a race between 8 competitors including you from one place to another, through the busy streets. A road rage is a takedown event, where you must take down a certain number of other competitors, in a two minute time limit, but the time limit is extended by 10 seconds for every takedown. A Stunt Run is a stunt event where you perform stunts such as barrel roles, and drifts for points and multipliers to try and reach the target number of points. And, a Marked Man event is where you must travel from one place to another without destroying your car, with a number of attacking cars trying to take you down.

        The 5th event type, Burning Routes, is where you drive from one place to another with a certain time limit, however, you may only use one specific car in each event, and in each one which you win, you unlock a new upgraded version of the car which you used in the event.

        All these events give this game a wide variety of options of how you want to play it, and mean that it is not repetitive, as you upgrade through the licenses.

        As well as this, you unlock cars by taking them down after you unlock them through winning races. And, through winning Burning Routes, you unlock cars. There are 75 cars to unlock in total, and 4 bikes to drive around the streets in trying to beat the Time Trial times for each road.

        In conclusion, this game will provide you with many hours of entertainment, as the story mode is almost endless compared to other racing genre games, with it taking me 2 days of game play to achieve my Burnout License, and I still have to win my Burnout Elite License. A must buy for all racing fans, with the ultimate box being the ideal purchase as you get all the extras included and don't have to purchase them individually for Xbox Live Points from the Marketplace.

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        07.12.2009 17:58
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        Possibly the best Burnout game to date

        The Burnout series has always been a fresh and exciting take on the racing genre, stripping away all of the technical intricacies of the simulator and making an arcade racer that is always a blast to play. Burnout games have always been about having fun; with their over the top boosting, bone crushing crashes and insane speed, and Burnout Paradise is no different.

        The main change in Burnout Paradise is that now the whole game is set in one huge open world city, Paradise City. This initially does come as a shock and takes a while to adjust to as all the races, objectives and events are available to you from the start. Everything is in Paradise City, insane jumps, outrageous shortcuts and traffic galore, which means that there is no need for any menu system, no need for gradual progression, all you need do is pick up your controller and you're away. Events such as races and Road Rage events can all be started simply by holding down both trigger buttons at a set of lights, so no matter where you are in Paradise City there is always something to do close by.

        The graphics are crisp and clear and the frame rate holds up really well even when pushed to it's limits. The action is immensely fast paced as usual for a Burnout game and the driving is extremely satisfying. Also, the online play is very robust and fun too. Players can join up and burn around within the same city together, participate in custom racing tournaments, complete cooperative challenges and lots more. Overall there is a lot of substance to the game as well, with lots of challenges around every corner of Paradise City.

        Burnout Paradise may have moved away from its predecessors with the open world format, but this in no way detracts from the game's quality and sense of fun, in fact I believe it enhances it in many ways. This is a great game that all driving game fans should own. And with all of the impressive downloadable content that EA has gradually introduced since it's release there is even more reason to own this game.

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        02.08.2009 02:23
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        great game recommend to any one looking for a racing game that isnt just a racing game!

        burnout paradise is more of an adventure driving game as there is plenty to explore in your car. with shortcuts to find and plenty of stunts to pull across the city it makes for hours of fun for everyone. you get different liscences in burnout which lets you unlock better cars and wrok towards completion of the game. when you unlock a car and fix it at the garage (all free) you unlock a burning route for the car. this allows you to unlock a special version of your car but only if you complete the time trial. there are different types of races in burnout. obviously there is a normal race and then there is a marked man race. here you have to get to a certain destination without getting rammed off the road. the next race type is a road rage event. the objective of this is to takedown the required amount of cars in the time limit. the last is a stunt run where you have to chain together stunts to earn a score. beat the target score to win the stunt run. one cool feature of burnout is the showtime feature. this is when your car rolls and crashes and you get points for crashing into cars. go online and try and beat showtime records set by people from all over the world. burnout is a very addicting yet fun game offline and a very easy going fun game online too. i rate this game 9/10 as it is just missing that one little extra thing to really take it to the next level

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        01.07.2009 16:06
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        About as good a racing game as is currently available.

        The Burnout series has been going for a while, and in doing so, has never really grown old and tired. Paradise is a perfect example of this, as the game is great again.

        Burnout Paradise brings something slightly new to the game, it is now a free roam racer. You aren't restricted to menus and car selection screens, rather, you can now just race whenever you're in the vicinity of the starting line, a solid addition to the game. The freeroam also allows players to search for things such as gates, billboards and stunt jumps.

        There are many game modes to partake in, there is the standard race, a returning road rage mode, a returning and more realistically timed burning lap, or now route, as well as a stunt run. There are also "Side game modes" in "Showtime", a strange version of crash mode, and "Road Rules", where you basically have to race down all the streets in a time limit.

        The major flaw to this game is perhaps the lack of the Burnout 2, 3 and 4 Crash mode. A massively popular part of the Burnout series which was bizzarely removed by Criterion, and subsequently replaced with "Showtime". Showtime can be fun to play, however, it's not as realistic or enjoyable as the crash mode was. The loss was, and still is, a massive shame for the game, and many Burnout fans as well.

        A big part of the game, and also notable high point, is the online. You can choose to do any of the single player modes at any time whilst free roaming online. The more used option however, is to take part in 1 of the 500 challenges available to you (Including DLC). These challenges are either normal or timed, and there are 50 normal challenges to do in each player category (eg. 2 player, 4 player etc.) all the way up to 8 players. These will keep you playing for a while as it takes a long time to complete them.

        Talking of DLC, there is a lot of it. The first set of DLC, which was motorbikes, timed challenges and a few online cars were completely free. These were followed by the Cops and Robbers add on, which is an online game mode with just about 30 cars, which costs 800 MS Points - Which is considered a bit steep. The other smaller add ons were mainly cars packs which all vary in price. The main DLC released by Criterion was Big Surf Island, which costs 1000 MS Points. It comes with challenges, new events and vehicles. The amount of support by Criterion following the release of Burnout Paradise is astounding and there are signs that it will continue.

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          21.06.2009 19:02
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          AMAZING

          Take me down to a Paradise City...

          Burnout Paradise is the latest installment of the highly succesful Burnout series, representing the brand in the so called 'next - gen' era (PS3, X360 & PC). Once again, Burnout Paradise is developed by Criterion games, who I personally can't say a bad word about.

          On my birthday, to my surprise, I opened my 360 ad there was copy of Burnout Paradise there "Damn, no Call of Duty". Those thoughts quickly diminshed 20 minutes later after I set my Xbox up and put this game in the disc drive. I was met with highly detailed graphics and beautiful scenery throughout 'Paradise City', from the crisp, blue sea to the bustling city to the peaceful mountain side, it had it all. When you wreck, not only is it enjoyable to see the path of destruction your now battered car will take, but the graphics of the damge is stunning and not a piece of smashed up car to be missed. Oh, did I forget to mention, I'm playing on an SDTV, I can only begin to dream to imagine it on HD *drools*...

          The sounds that your car makes as roars along the bridge is oh so sweet, as are the sound effects when smash into buidling! But, the greatest 'audio' feature of the game has to be the one, the only, DJ Atomika! Giving frequent updates as to what's happening around Paradise City, and the occasional hilarious one-liners, he has become well - reknowned in the world of Burnout.

          Onlnie is a bunch of laughs too, whether you are trying to complete the challnges or just freeburning, trying to take each other out, there is hours of entertainment at your fingertips (or should I say in the palm of your hands) But, if you do plan on heading online, make sure you have some mates to play with, as, if I'm brutally honest, people who don't know are quite what boring online.

          In a nutshell, if you are looking for a driving game for Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 (or even your trusty old PC), look no further - Burnout Paradise is THE driving game.

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            29.03.2009 23:37
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            amazing game

            Burnout paradise is a graphically stunning game, there are 2 main types of this game the original which was released on the 5th of January 2008 and the ultimate box which was released on the 5th of February 2009. I got my burnout paradise city the ultimate box in February which cost me £29.99, because it wasn't much dearer than the original copy which was priced at £19.99.

            Burnout paradise is a free roam racing game online and offline. The company that makes it is criterion games.

            There are downloadable content that you get with the ultimate box which is on the disk the downloadable content you get is the party pack which allows you to play offline with your friends using the same controller, the bike packs which means you can use bikes in the city and the codename pack which allows you to get extra cars online and offline to u e thought the city.

            As you win races in the city you go up licences for winning a race, to get licence d you must win 2 races, to get licence c you must win 7 races, to get licence b you must win 16 races, to get licence a you must win 26 races, to get licence burnout you must win 45 races and to get licence elite 110 you must win 2 races. For every licence you upgrade you get a car and an achievement.

            There are different types of races there is a stunt race when you have to get to a target score by doing stunts as you do special stuff you get a multiplier, a road rage which is when you have to take out cars with your car and you get a target set and once you achieve it you can stop the race, a marked man is when you have to get to the finish line without getting taken out by the other cars that are pursuing you sand a normal race which is when you have to get to the end and win and to, start a race you have to hold Lt and Rt together.

            As you get further into the game you get better cars, there are different types of cars a stunt, speed and an aggression which are all types of the boost the cars have, a stunt cars boost can be used at any time, a speed cars bar has to be full before you can use any of the boost and an aggression boost can be used at any time as well.

            Burnout has online which you can do challenges with your friends or just free roam about and try and take them out if your friend has a Xbox live vision camera plugged in you can get a picture sent to you when you take them out.

            I personally think the achievements are easy to get as they can all be done as you play through the city, there is a total of 1000 gamer score to get out this game if you don't the party pack, if you have the party pack you can get another 2 achievements which add up to a total of 50 gamer score

            I would recommend this game to anyone who loves free roam racing games, I would rate this game 5 stars out of 5 because it is a simply amazing game.

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              27.03.2009 23:55
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              Great game for everyone

              Today I will be reviewing Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box for the Xbox 360.
              The original game came out on the 5th of January 2008 and the Ultimate box came out on February 5th 2009. I bought the ultimate box in March 09 for £27.99 new and I noticed the original for £19.99 preowned (2 for £30) in gamestation.

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              Burnout Paradise is a free-roam racing game made by criterion games.

              Extra with Ultimate Box
              Bikes Pack - Get the bikes to use in paradise city
              Party Pack - An offline multiplayer mode where up to 8 players can take part in challenges using the same controller
              Codename packs - Extra cars and online events

              Cars
              It has 75 cars not including downloaded content and also some bikes. There is 3 types of boost for the 75 main cars which are:
              Speed - you need a full boost bar to execute and if you use the whole boost in one go you get burnouts
              Stunt - Can use no matter how full bar is and is filled by doing stunt like actions I.E Drifts
              Aggression - Can also use no matter who full and is filled by doing aggressive actions I.E takedowns
              There is also a few more boost options but you need to download the cars to use them.

              Burnout License
              In paradise city you get a licence which as you complete events gets upgraded the various levels are
              D - Complete 2 events
              C - Complete 7 events
              B - Complete 16 events
              A - Complete 26 events
              Burnout - Complete 45 events
              Elite - Complete 110 events

              Events
              To start an event is Paradise City you drive up to a set of traffic lights and hold RT and LT which starts the event specific to those lights.
              In burnout Paradise there are 4 types of events these are:
              Race - A normal event where you try and beat the other cars
              Marked Man - Try to get to the finish without being taken out to many times by the other cars
              Road Rage - Get as many takedowns on the cars there is a target and a time limit which is increased with each take down
              Stunt Run - Get as many stunt points as you can within the time limit you get these by doing jumps, drifts, boosting and loads more stuff. You also get multipliers which you get by doing long jumps hitting billboards or going over super-jumps.

              Online
              Burnout is also an online free-roam game which you can play with up to 8 players just driving around trying to bear each other's oncoming ,drift length, air time ETC or doing challenges and races.
              There is also various Downloadable Content which you can pay for this includes new cars and soon a new part to the island. These vary from 160 Microsoft points per car to 1000 for a pack.

              Xbox Live Vision camera
              In an online game you can use the vision camera so that when you beat someone else's best road time it takes a smug shot of you can sends it to the other player. It will also do the same if they take you down it will take a picture of you looking annoyed.
              You can also use the vision camera to take a photo of yourself for the Burnout Driving license.

              Achievements
              As it's the Xbox 360 version you can get the 1000 achievement points as well as an extra 50 for getting the ultimate box. These achievements are a mixture of online and offline. The extra 50 is from the add on Party Pack.

              Thanks for reading is there is anything else you would like to know about the game please message me or comment thanks :)

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                13.03.2009 07:57
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                A huge, fun original arcade racer

                It's a racing game, but unlike any other. You don't progress from one race to another as in other games. You begin in a completely open city with all races (and other challanges) open to you from the off. As you drive around, you hit a junction and a challange will show on the screen. You hit your bumper buttons to play it. There are all sorts of challenges, a simple race from a to b is just the beginning, how about a race where you win by knocking as many other cars off the road as possible, or one where they're all out to get you and you has to survive getting from a to b.
                Firstly, it's beautiful...a year old, and you won't find much better graphics. Secondly, it's huge, thanks to massive chunks of free downloads (motorbikes, new bits of city) I'm still playing this a year on.
                The only real problem is the lack of a restart button. If you race from one side of the city to another and lose then there is no way of automatically returning to the start.
                Minor point though. Best racer on the 360 says I.

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                21.01.2009 21:34
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                Can be daunting when starting out but is rewarding in the long run

                Let's start at the beginning, this game is hard to get into. I had it sitting for months before I decided to give it time and I know I'm not the only one. The city is daunting and there doesn't seem to be the crash potential that previous games in the burnout series had HOWEVER after 160 hours of playing this game inside and out I can confirm that this is one of the most enjoyable car games ever made.

                There is so much to do what with collecting cars, doing stunts, taking out opponents and then we get onto the stupendous freeburn online. There are endless possibilities for playing this game online - 490 challenges, stunt contests, marked man or just driving about while the hours fly by.

                This game was mssive when it first came out but Criterion have since released the free bike pack containing bikes, new challenges and races!! Free!!! There is more to come in 2009 as they are to release a new car pack, party mode and a whole new island - unfortunately it looks like these are charged for downloads but I reckon they'll be well worth it.

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