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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 andInspired 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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Score distribution:
  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. PC Format
    81
    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. PC PowerPlay
    70
    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: 38 out of 55
  2. Negative: 7 out of 55
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    10
    Its really quite amazing. Fun gameplay, dumb accents, and a huge open world Paris make it worth the $20. Granted some missions are tedious,Its really quite amazing. Fun gameplay, dumb accents, and a huge open world Paris make it worth the $20. Granted some missions are tedious, and some of the gameplay old, it still remains fun. It may be far from historically accurate, but really, who cares?Its like if Assassins Creed, Max Payne, and cell-shading had a baby together, and this was it. So please, do buy it. **** Origin, but don't **** this game.

    FYI-There is a **** of blood and **** and swearing in it, so kids, don't play it.
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  2. Mar 16, 2011
    10
    I like this game, kicking some butt and hiding on rooftops and wells.....You'll love the missions that this game offers: racing mission,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
  3. mariop
    Dec 21, 2009
    9
    Very good game...amazing 1940`s paris and surrounding....it s a huge world with thousands of nazi installation to destroy...u got racing Very good game...amazing 1940`s paris and surrounding....it s a huge world with thousands of nazi installation to destroy...u got racing ,shooting,upgrades and girls...oh yeah...u can do what u want whenever u want...i didnt had a feel of linearity....if u like gta and world war type of game...this one is for you ....i enjoyed it so much i almost declared myself sick from work just to play it...it s a must... Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    9
    It was such a pleasure going through this game. For some reason, I did not have great expectations, but after the first few hours I literallyIt was such a pleasure going through this game. For some reason, I did not have great expectations, but after the first few hours I literally fell in love with it. Artistically it is outstanding, wandering in Paris is extremely entertaining, the music choices are fantastic and the main character is charismatic.
    Simply put: a game hard to forget.
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  5. Aug 18, 2015
    8
    this game is an well-made open-world game. nice driving, nice shooting, and nice parkour. and the background view the PARIS is look nice. butthis game is an well-made open-world game. nice driving, nice shooting, and nice parkour. and the background view the PARIS is look nice. but the graphic is so normal. storyline is scanty Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2016
    7
    The Saboteur is some sort of a mediocre-wannabe-GTA-and-or-Assassins-Creed.
    Some would argue and be mad with this statement, for various
    The Saboteur is some sort of a mediocre-wannabe-GTA-and-or-Assassins-Creed.
    Some would argue and be mad with this statement, for various reasons.
    Yet, that's the feeling this game gives. You can't escape it, no matter what.

    Is it doing a good job mimicking the two titles I just mentioned? It does not.
    Is it a good, fun game on its own? Hell yeah.
    While not being everyone's cup of tea, The Saboteur does some stuff right, and was enough for an enjoyable experience through most of the 26 hours I spent playing it.

    The Story&Cast: Saboteur is taking place in France during the days of WWII. I won't spoil too much, basically you're a part of the resistance against the nazis. There's some more to it as you'll see early in the game, some personal stuff.
    The game also begins with a pair of boobies right at the beginning, and our story actually begins in a brothel. There's also some sexy british agent, and also a "nudity" setting in the options menu. All these conspire to give the game a "sexy" shade. But no. There's really nothing sexy about it. Just your old ordinary Nazi resistance stuff.
    Anyway, while the story wasn't disastrous I didn't find it too charming, with a slightly slouchy beginning to a rather mundane road, and, and better and serviceable 3rd and final act to the story, it simply wasn't the main attraction here.
    The script was nifty at times but the characters themselves were very "dry" and highly uninteresting. The voice-overs were a little annoying, even though there were good accents (british, german, french, and **** IRISH!), the acting just didn't do any good to the game, aside from the one of Sean Devlin perhaps (which is the main protagonist and currently my favorite irishman).

    The Gameplay: Saboteur doesn't really decide what it wants to be, and that might feel both good and bad at times. As you get into the shoes of Sean, you'll go through a rather long prologue which seemingly never ends. Why's that? Because it presents to you all of the game's concepts and aspects, and that's exactly the point where you can see that the developers may have crammed too many genres into one product, as you'll be introduced to the winning combo of The Saboteur- Racing, Parkour, Stealth, Killing. Many of your missions will include SOME elements of SOME of the big words I've just mentioned.

    The Saboteur would offer you story and side missions with the usual NPCs recipe, and also the freeplay targets, which are mainly some Nazis' stuff you'd want to blow. Oh, and you can collect cars as well. And there are also "perks" which serve as some sort of achievements and would reward you, depends on the achievement (e.g. you get an awesome racing car for winning all the races, you get a certain fighting move for killing a certain number of nazis. this type of things).

    The Longevity: With everything mentioned above, you'd get hours of gameplay. I've completed the story with all side missions in 26 hours, and only did 31% of the freeplay targets, didn't collect all cars, didn't get all the perks as well. Now the million dollar question is whether you'd want to do these things or not!

    The Graphics: Here comes a nice concept of The Saboteur. While the graphics themselves are nice but not top-notch, they hold a beautiful vision of France of the 2nd WW, and, large portions of the map would be black&white. These portions represent areas where there's no resistance to the nazis. As you'd progress through the game the b&w would transition into beautiful pallet of colors. The idea is very original and was certainly nice to watch.

    The Soundtrack: Was quite nice, ranged from dramatic symphonic stuff in action sequences to a very fitting and easy-listening songs playing while you drive with your car through Paris. It felt like much of the music was recycled throughout the game, which is a thing I really hate when done in video games, but here it just flowed nicely.

    The Atmosphere: Is definitely very worthy and well done, the visuals, sounds, colors, people, scenery, everything merges perfectly into a lively noir-France, and that's one of the things which kept me going with the game.

    Technical **** Game's not innocent when it comes to technical bugs, the controls are clunky in a way and take some getting used to, and lots of crashing and stumbling upon walls. Also, AI gets VERY expected, and ranges inconsistently from simply stupid to horribly sharp. But, as you 'get' the game you can get used to it all.

    Execution&Summary: Saboteur does some nice job in many aspects of video-game creation. Too bad it fell into the trap of screaming at you ASSASSINS CREED through the screen, therefore making itself pale beside the titles it tries to copy, in a way. Unfortunately it does feel at times that there are too many ideas and concepts in this one single product, some are well done and some are half baked.
    Still, the atmosphere and uniqueness the game has is worth it.
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  7. RilusZ
    Dec 12, 2009
    0
    Considering that the game does not run at all with Windows Vista/7 and ATI graphics cards, I can't see the game getting more any score Considering that the game does not run at all with Windows Vista/7 and ATI graphics cards, I can't see the game getting more any score at all. It is literally unplayable for thousands of PC players. Expand

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