The Saboteur

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=musin01-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00149ILDO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrPerhaps one of the more underrated games out there, The Saboteur is a clean, if not innovative, title.

Genre: Action/Adventure
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature (Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language)
Platform: PS3*/Xbox 360/PC


Perusing Gamestop during one of their “Buy 2 Get 1” promos on pre-owned games, I found myself with F.E.A.R. 2 and Resident Evil 5, with no idea on what to get as my third game, but aiming for a bargain. Reading the back of The Saboteur, I was slightly intrigued, and my local Gamestop employee said it was certainly worth the minimal price tag. So I picked it up.

The story follows, oddly enough, an Irishman in Nazi-occupied France, Sean Devlin. Devlin is a Grand Prix racer on a mission to kill Nazi colonel Kurt Dierker, who kills his best friend Jules.

The basic premise of the game involves Devlin seeking out Dierker, and along the way, inspiring the French nation, which is portrayed through color. The oppressed areas of Paris are a bleak black and white, while areas in which you have inspired hope are colored.

The game is interesting in that nothing is overly complex. In an FPS like Call of Duty, one sees a lot of focus on the gunplay, and in a racing game, the racing is usually pretty deep. However, this game does a variety of things, all of which are wonderful in their simplicity. Devlin climbs buildings, races cars, sneaks through Nazi camps, and fires guns, and it all works pretty well in its simplicity. There was never a point where I wanted to throw down my controller thinking “This isn’t working like it’s supposed to”, no matter what I was doing.

A large portion of the game is spent blowing things up. While the main story takes you through a lot of these destructible objects, one can sink a lot of time into exploring the map and blowing up every possible object, labeled conveniently on your map. This doesn’t get as boring as one would think.

The plot isn’t particularly great, and it doesn’t look anything fantastic. The game throws in some cheap, and arguably unnecessary nudity in your initial headquarters (who really gets off on that?), but other than these things, it’s really a pretty great game. Not outstanding, but polished in what it does.

Bottom Line: 8/10

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