The Saboteur is a free roaming action-adventure game brought to you by Pandemic (RIP) set in Paris during the 1940’s. You play as Sean Devlin, an Irish race car driver/mechanic who is out for revenge to take out Kurt Dierker, the man who killed his best friend.
The Saboteur takes what so many great sandbox games have done already and adds a delicious film noir art style to it, I found the black and white very fitting to a game set in the 1940s. As I began my quest to seek out revenge, I first stopped to enjoy some tasteful nudity at the beginning thanks to the midnight show dlc. I know, I know video game boobs are not tasteful you say, well screw you, in the Saboteur they are. Anyways, enough about the boobs, lets get the gameplay.
One thing I’m extremely horrible at in games is having the patience to stalk someone or be stealthy. I find myself rushing too often and alerting the authorities when completely unnecessary. A major part of the Saboteur is blending in and not drawing attention to yourself, though not all the time necessary, unfortunately for me, most of my missions ended with either me getting mobbed by enemies and dying or having to shoot my way out of every situation (I would make a horrible spy), thankfully, your weapons handle exceptionally well, you have the option to run and gun, shooting from the hip or use iron sights with a slight loss of mobility. Sneaking up on an enemy is fairly easy and taking them out quietly is even easier, once an enemy is taken down with a stealth skill you can take their outfit and somewhat blend in with the rest of the enemies. This is helpful in a lot of missions, except only the slightest movement will cause suspicion and alert your enemies.
You can unlock perks in the Saboteur to help with sneaking, shooting, driving and much more. These come in quite useful the farther you get into the game as you’ll need them to help make your missions even easier. Another element to the Saboteur is the ability to climb buildings, Assassin’s Creed style, only nowhere near as well. You will find yourself somewhat frustrated trying to make your way up the side of a building since the climbing is bit sloppy. None of this however took away from me having a good time taking out Nazi’s.
Paris is quite large and the Saboteur lacks an option to fast travel, so a lot of your time is spent traveling back and forth from one side of Paris to the other, fortunately enough, you can steal cars and drive. The cars don’t handle too well, but again this is the 1940s so I guess it’s expected.
Overall I really enjoyed playing through the Saboteur, plenty of action and a great story to keep you entertained. The controls handle nicely and the gameplay is a lot of fun. The thing that bums me out is that Pandemic is no more so any support in the future will be pretty scarce I’m sure. Given a few more months in development and some extra dlc in the future could have made this game one of the greats. If you get a chance to pick up the Saboteur, I would definitely recommend it, you’ll easily get 20+ hours of play out of it.
The Saboteur was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: PlayStation 3,Xbox 360,PC; Rated M
Developer: Pandemic Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release: November 25, 2009