The Saboteur Review
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System: X360, PS3, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Pandemic Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 8, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Finally, climbing up buildings is slow and cumbersome. Instead of holding a modifier button to engage the climb mode, you'll have to repetitively tap a face button. This gets annoying and tiresome quickly - I did everything I could to avoid climbing, but the game is rife with missions dependent upon the lousy parkour controls. It's by no means impossible to play The Saboteur, but the devs sure didn't make it easy.

The Saboteur screenshot

Thankfully, the production values and overall presentation fare much better. Visuals, in particular, are absolutely outstanding. The black and white filter, later overtaken by a vibrant color palette, does a great job of communicating the desired mood. The expansive environments are wonderfully rendered and detailed, as are the character models and animations. In fact, some of the best female nudity in video gaming is on display here. However, my favorite bit of visual magic found in the game was that of explosions - the stark contrast between the drab backgrounds and the rolling, roiled, fiery clouds are magnificent to behold.

Sound isn't quite as amazing, but it still superior to most other games out there. The period ballads and instrumentals that accompany the game allow for a high level of immersion, and the dialogue is often hilarious and laced with risqué double entendre. Voice over work is hit or miss, though. While I enjoyed the Irish quips from protagonist Sean Devlin, a number of characters stand out as being quite poorly voiced. This is especially the case when listening to the French characters - it is obvious that Yank actors were putting on a Froggy accent that rarely comes off as genuine.

The only thing more played out more than WWII is perhaps open-world action. Nevertheless, both conventions are overused for a reason: they have great video game potential. In the case of The Saboteur, they combine to provide for a compelling if uninventive experience. Working in concert, this game's tired, uninspired mechanics still manage to get the job done; the whole is definitely more than the sum of its parts. If you're looking for a truly unique experience, this game isn't for you. However, if you love WWII or open-world action games, The Saboteur is a gorgeous title that somehow manages to remain fun from beginning to end.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

The environments, unique color palette, and female nudity are exquisitely done. Sometimes facial expressions look artificial and jenky.
They're good enough to get the job done, but a lot more attention should have been paid to their implementation.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music selection is great and sets the mood. Sean Devlin is a cool cat, but the onslaught of poorly delivered French accents can be grating.
Play Value
There's an awful lot to do in this open-world action title, but most of it you've done before and it eventually gets very repetitive. Still, it's somehow manages to be fun from start to finish - assuming you aren't a completionist zealot.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • 1st Ever Open-World Paris - Climb the Eiffel Tour, snipe from Notre Dame Cathedral, and brawl on the Champs d'Elysee as you sabotage your enemies. Fight, climb, and prowl through the dark alleys, rooftops, burlesque houses, and seedy streets of the City of Lights-the ultimate playground for The Saboteur.
  • The Art of Sabotage - Being The Saboteur is all about attacking while staying unnoticed. Get your mission intel at underground clubs and cabarets. Eliminate your adversaries with stealth attacks, disguise, distractions, and explosives. Master a variety of weapons, automobiles, and skills to sabotage enemy operations.
  • The Will to Fight - An action-packed experience and thrilling storyline are made even more engaging by an innovative visual style, characters, and the new "Will to Fight" technology. Experience how the city reacts and changes around you as you free it from Nazi oppression. Only you can restore hope and grandeur to Paris.
  • French Resistance Strikes - Call in for support from The Underground in the form of getaway cars, weapon deliveries, distractions, and much more!

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