The Saboteur – Review
The Saboteur is a World War II action/adventure video game available on the Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Microsoft Windows platforms. Set in German-occupied Paris, the game can be played in third person shooter, single player stealth, and racing modes. Developed by Pandemic Studios, The Saboteur is one of the most popular open world ‘destruction’ video games to hit the shelves in recent times.
You will assume the role of the protagonist, Sean Devlin – an Irish race car mechanic who becomes obsessed with vengeance after a Nazi Colonel, Kurt Dierker brutally kills his best friend. Sean goes after Dierker, aided by the French Resistance and the British Special Operations Executive.
The most impressive aspect about The Saboteur is its brilliant art design and dramatic cutscenes. Colour plays an important role in this game and the art design does an amazing job of mingling colours with a black and white palette.
Since The Saboteur is an open world game, you're free to explore Paris on your own, although you do have to accomplish lots of tasks against the Nazis. In keeping with this, the game awards you lots of perks for tackling situations creatively and imaginatively.
The game has a Will to Fight System that measures public morale. This helps you change Paris from a bleak city under an oppressive regime to a bright and colourful one where people fight back.
The Saboteur is all about spilling blood, explosive action and surprise attacks. You're bound to have a blast navigating through dark alleys and rooftops, using your awesome weapons, and employing your stealth skills to infiltrate the Nazis.
...And the Cons
The Saboteur has been criticised for the way in which stealth action feels undeveloped and weak. Some parts may also feel a tad boring – especially climbing so many walls and buildings. Allegations of Irish stereotypes have also been made against the game.
These are minor quibbles; The Saboteur is a well-executed game and small drawbacks should not come in the way of your enjoying it.