The Saboteur

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Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Mfg Part# 19100
SKU 209955797
UPC 014633191004
UPC 14 00014633191004
Format Xbox 360
Review The Saboteur is Pandemic's swan song. Since the studio was recently dissolved by its parent company, this is the last hurrah from the ambitious development house that brought us Mercenaries and Star Wars Battlefront. Like Mercenaries, The Saboteur is an open-world, sandbox game that benefits from an impressive scope but is noticeably rough around the edges...The Saboteur has one of the more intriguing setups of any game this year. Players are thrust into Nazi occupied France and given the opportunity to turn the tide of the war one explosion at a time. The setting is both sexy and dangerous, with a colorful cast of characters that border on period-piece stereotypes. You take on the role of Sean Devlin, a hard drinking womanizer with a past who has fled his native Ireland to try his luck at race car driving in Grand Paris. Sean's main competition is an Aryan named Kurt Dierker who cheats his way to victory and provokes Sean to get even off of the race course. What starts as a prank against Dierker quickly escalates to a game of life and death and ensnares players in a blood oath to kill him and remove his Nazi brethren from the country...The main quest is meaty and involving, coming in at around 13 hours. There's also a glut of extra content. The side quests involving other characters are somewhat interesting, especially if you intend to liberate the entire map. Then there are cars to collect, races, vantage points, even a duck hunt mini-game that can be found in the countryside. It's all fodder for achievement hunters and completionists but none of it is really worth singling out...On paper, The Saboteur is a winner. The plot is intriguing and the conversation is snappy. And if you tire of following the particulars of "La Resistance" there are always some nicely rendered nude women to ogle. But boil it down to the gameplay and you're left with a good chunk of clumsy third-person shooting with bits of awkward driving. The Saboteur borrows plenty of great elements from other games, but doesn't execute on them as successfully. That's not to say there isn't fun to be had because there's plenty. It just isn't as well constructed as many other similar games on the store shelf.
Reviewer David Clayman
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Play Magazine
Review Stacking Nazi corpses like cordwood in Pandemic Studio's The Saboteur yielded some bittersweet sentiments. Well, more specifically, playing through the game drove such feelings, not filling Hitler's goose-steppers full of lead -- that part was pure adrenaline-fueled fun. You see, shortly before treading the path of race car driver-cum-French resistance fighter Sean Devlin, I'd gotten word the once up-and-coming studio was being shuttered by its parent company Electronic Arts. It genuinely saddened me to learn this was to be the last game I'd be playing from the guys that graced last-gen with some of its coolest titles...Like their Xbox-era hits Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and the Star Wars: Battlefront series, The Saboteur crackles with the passion, promise and potential of a developer truly enthusiastic about their craft. It's by no means a perfect title, but its rough edges are easily overshadowed by its better moments. If you've been following it at all, you already know this open-world entry takes the tired World War II genre and injects it with an addictive cocktail of seat-of-your-pants Indiana Jones-esque action and Inglourious Basterds-flavored revenge fantasy. Further separating it from the glut of me-too sandbox and WWII games is one of the neatest visual presentations of recent memory; as its black-and-white world -- save for a few affecting contrasts, such as the blood-red Swastika-emblazoned armbands of your enemies?is liberated, bit by bit, from under the boot of the Third Reich, it blossoms with color...Pandemic delivers one of their best efforts, offering an experience that innovates both the sandbox and WWII genres. It's not without its flaws, but its slick action, cinematic style, and colorful characters rise above its shortcomings. Who knows: If it had been released before Lord of the Rings: Conquest and Mercenaries 2, we might not be saying goodbye to that cool gas mask logo.
Reviewer Matt Cabral
ReviewRating 9
1st Ever Open-World Paris: 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.
Product Attributes
Game Format XBox 360
Game Genre Adventure
Matt Bertz , ...protagonist Sean Devlin's quest for revenge and an alluring 1940s Paris make this a World War II memory worth making.
Neon Kelly, As addictive as the perk goals are, it's the bread-and-butter sabotage that proves to be the real distraction.
John Teti, The Onion A.V. Club The nicest touch is that your free-roaming sabotage has a direct effect on the quests that advance the main story.

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