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  • Summary: Inspired by a true story, The Saboteur stars Sean Devlin, a street-tough Irish race car driver trapped behind enemy lines in 1940s Nazi-occupied France. Motivated by personal revenge, Sean fights, climbs, and races through open-world Paris, sneaking into the heart of the Nazi operations and sabotaging their every move. With the help of the French Resistance, the British intelligence, an arsenal of weaponry, street smarts and brawn, players exact revenge on those who aim to destroy Sean's life. From derailing trains and blowing up zeppelins to scaling famous Parisian landmarks and more, this action hero uses a broad range of weapons, explosives and vehicles to get the job done. As Sean takes down enemies, the citizens of Paris are empowered to resist the tyrannical Third Reich and their eyes open to the colorful world around them. This innovative mechanic, called the 'Will to Fight,' change the way Paris is seen and felt - from a dark and oppressed policed state to a bright and inspired world where the citizens fight back. As the player executes acts of sabotage against the occupying force, color returns to the stylized black and white world - both figuratively and literally. The ‘Will to Fight’ spawns an underground resistance that takes players not only through Paris, but across various parts of France. [Pandemic Studios] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Thus, I warmly recommend the Saboteur not only to sandbox fans, but also to people looking for a special atmosphere beyond anything else, placed at the beginning of World War II.
  2. The GTA-clone has his strong points in lots of action and the thrilling setting of occupied Paris during WW2. Amazingly, a GTA-clone can be a great game, too, and if you like a hero fighting Nazis, then this is your game.
  3. It's got entertainment in spades. [Feb 2010, p.86]
  4. You can say whatever you want, but this is a great game. If you can live with some small bugs, you should go into the next store and buy this game.
  5. The Saboteur causes mixed feelings. Paris is very living and the use of the black-white contrast is superb. On the other hand the game is rather glitchy and isn't polished up at all. The fun that you get out of sabotaging Nazi's makes up for most of it though.
  6. A mix of good ideas, but they come off a little half-baked. [Feb 2010, p.59]
  7. The Saboteur was a great concept in an interesting historical period that's deeply broken by bad history, technical issues and poor gameplay choices.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    I like this game, kicking some butt and hiding on rooftops and wells.....You'll love the missions that this game offers: racing mission, assassination, etc etc............ Expand
  2. May 5, 2012
    I loved this game. Take the city exploration of Assassins Creed, the driving of GTA, throw it into Paris and get to hunt all the Nazi's you could wish for. Choose to sneak or gun, shot, bomb or punch your way to victory. Lots of ATI issues but none for my Nvidia cards. I played it then played Mass Effect 3 then went back to it again. I'm now playing Sniper Elite 2 and will go back to it after that probably. A must have. Expand
  3. Nov 26, 2010
    Don't believe the corporate media, this game is fundamentally an atmospheric, character-driven and thoroughly-enjoyable re-imagining of nazi-occupied Paris which delivers on almost all of its initial promise. The story and characters are enthralling, the soundtrack is poignant, and the sense of free-roaming, which sees the player sabotaging various kinds of nazi installations, is incredibly fun, at least for the first 10-15 hours. The graphics and the ambient design of the game is at times breathtaking, and is definitely a highlight. Nazis assault civilians as you drive past, Zephyrs fly through the sky, nazi flags and guard towers dominate the thundering black and white skylines and once you get into the later missions you will even face off against Orwellian-styled SS flamethrower troops, tanks, and fighter planes. If you are interested in atmospheric, historical and/or character-driven games with plenty of free-roaming, this game is for you. The only negatives really surface after the first 15-20 hours where the novelty of the sabotaging begins to wear off, but by then you should have enough contraband to buy most of the good weapons, etc. Compared to the free-roaming elements that have featured in games such as GTA 4, it is much better (no annoying date-calls here!). There are also a few minor bugs (you will occasionally see the odd nazi floating through the sky) but they are rare and throughout 35-40 hours of total play I never encountered any game-wrecking bugs. Overall, this game is by far one of the best games released in the last few years, combining a thrilling war setting with fun and atmospheric car races, wall-to-wall shootouts and exploring the city of Paris (which is wonderfully designed). There is so much to do and see in this game that it can easily deliver over 35-40 hours of gameplay before you finish the last mission, as it did for me. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2012
    This is a great game. Lots of action, climbing on rooftops, and killing Nazis. You can pick from a variety of weapons and explosives to complete the missions. The scenery in the game is also interesting and authentically Parisian; e.g., Pigalle Street, Montmarte, and the weird roads and biways. When I played the game, I really got caught up in the plot even though Sean Devlin is somewhat transparent and the ladies are pretty, but not very entertaining. The only reason I didn't give this game a 10 was because the characters seemed to move in a jerky motion and the Sean was slow to react to the controls. Overall, I recommend this game highly. Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2014
    From the art style of the Nazi occupied Paris in black and white contrast to the run & gun action and joy of blowing up anything in sight. I just had a blast with this game. Now like most open world "sandbox" style games, you could spend hours roaming the map and still never see everything that is in this game. Now granted sometimes the story seems to get a little slow and a tad bit tedious but you get a pretty good amount for entertainment. A whole slew of people say " I would rather buy GTA" and i cant blame you for that, GTA is awesome but this is a whole other monster.

    Being in Paris during a point in history where the world was falling into its darkest days while under the boot heel of the Nazi's is a far cry from Liberty City. Granted they share a lot of the same features such as most sandbox games, in this you most always be ready to fight. In GTA you must do something bad to even have the police come after you let alone gun you down. The Saboteur on the other hand keeps you watching out for any jack booted solider ready to air you out if you cross over into Nazi controlled areas.

    The historical elements I quit enjoy, I mean hell I've been blasting away at Nazi's since I was about 7 years old playing the first shareware version of Wolfenstien on PC. A lot of the missions you take on are based on many of the real events the resistance movement .Even the main character Sean Devlin is based off a S.O,E operative named William Grover-williams , a racer car driver who help organize the resistance movements and plot sabotage cells to help aide in the fight to stop Germany.
    The whole map does a great job of showing to now just the city but the whole area outside Paris, you can even go out into wine country, pick off some Nazi with your rifle, blow up a radar station on your way back to town and still have time to catch a burlesque at the Belle de Nuit.

    So lets get down to some of the MAJOR problems this game has had since day one. I haven't played this on console but the PC version has some of the buggiest graphic errors i have ever seen. If you set your resolution too high when game map over lay is all a skew and never lines up, so your forced to play the game with a lower resolution even if you have a high end rig. Also I noticed tons of shader glitches and rendering effect go wrong while playing. For instance I was inside a building during a rain storm, I took cover behind a metal crate to get off some shoots and i noticed that even tho I was inside the box had a rendering effect like water was running down the side and rain drops splashing on the top.Another thing I found is that if you own a 3rd party xbox 360 usb controller you must have it unplugged before you start the game and open your save file. what happens is when left plugged in the controls go nuts and are mapped out in some weird fashion and even without touch it you seem to spin around in place.

    The year this came out you would think that since its a new title and alot people did buy this on PC, they would put a patch out to address of course not. EA games has a bad habit of never fixing games, and its left up to the studio who made it or some fan in the public to fix it. Since Pandemic broke up there was no help coming and reading alot of post here I see many people cant even play it. Now I spent a few weeks debugging it on my PC and smoothed over 90% of the glitches and I have windows 8. Even before going over this with a fine tooth comb the game ran from day one and I could play it fine.
    Sorry none of you got to work but, I see that most of you are using ATi cards...yea there is a reason why I dont buy those card. Most major studios partner with Nvidia and I use custom software and firmware with my graphics cards to have a full range of control with any program . So unless your willing to do alot of extra code work and reprogram the software when you have these problems I would shut up and buy more popular hardware.It will save you a headache and even tho people talk smack about either of the 2 doesnt matter one is a more stable and widely used format then the others so screw the techie trash talk ,go buy an EVGA and play some games.
  6. Feb 26, 2011
    The game is certainly fun, and I found the campaign much more enjoyable than Just Cause 2. Yes you will likely get bored being a completist and trying to get every last Nazi structure destroyed. Nowhere near as boring/cut&paste as Just Cause 2. The car driving is tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun. I would say Just Cause 2 certainly wins in the vehicle diversity/mayhem you can cause with vehicles, but there is still a lot of fun to be had with them here, and frankly that style wouldn't work well in this period. Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2012
    Athmoshpere is quite nice, but game is bugged like hell... All my saved games including quick save brings me to the begining of the game - to the bar. Hence its unplayable for me. I cant even find any working Saboteur forums to get help to that. EA is a big disgrace.

    When i finally googled my way to a forum thread describing my problem EA says i dont have privileges to read it... even tho im logged in >.< omfg

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