Scheduled release date:
December 2009
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
Developer:
Pandemic Studios
Number Of Players:
1
Genre:
Action


The internet can save its collective "oh, another World War II game" groan when referencing The Saboteur. Unlike other WWII titles, this one's different. You're not in control of an American, or an Englishman, a rebelling Nazi, or even a Russian. In a WWII videogame first, you're running around controlling an Irishman. And this particular Irishman isn't even a trained operative, agent, or military recruit – he's just an average guy on a personal quest to fulfill a vendetta against the Nazis.

As I just mentioned, unlike other WWII games, this vendetta stems from a personal issue that isn't war related. You're not fighting as a man of honor, but as a professional race car driver. You will take on the roll of Sean Devlin, and all throughout Paris and parts of German, you will eradicate the Nazi control of various towns. If you've seen some videos and images of the game, you've noticed it's black and white in some places, and color in others. The black and white areas represent a portion of the game's world that are still under Nazi control and presence, where as the colored areas represent cities with no more oppression and people walking about freely.

So as you play the game, the world evolves from a desolate environment that is overrun with Germans, to a bustling environment where people walk around happily and peacefully. The guys at Pandemic call this a game with an Indiana Jones twist. And we certainly saw some of the similarities, as you have the ability to utilize weaponry, as well as scale your environments, by climbing up virtually everything you see in the game. In fact, the interaction between you and the environment is so grand that you can actually scale the Eiffel Tower and reach its very top.

Now, mission structure is much of what you've probably played in other games. But your approach can vary in three different ways. You can stealthily sneak in, perhaps by using the rooftops or shadows. Or you can barge your way through by picking up some guns and assaulting everything in sight. Or lastly, you can quietly take an opponent out, steal their uniform, and disguise yourself as the enemy. If you happen to take damage, the game uses a regenerative health system, and if you need to run away and hide, there are specific hiding spots all over the map you can use.

Because Sean Devlin is actually a character loosely based on William Grover-Williams, you can expect to see some similarities in the story as you play through the game. Furthermore, because this is, after all, a race car driver, you can very well expect to use a car all throughout the condensed version of Paris. And the car you use is a 1930s/1940s Formula One-like race-car.

The one thing I didn't find impressive were the graphics. The texture detail was clearly lacking and there were aliasing issues, but I am hoping to chalk it up to an unfinished game, as The Saboteur won't be released until December of 2009.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I enjoy games like this. Bigger things going on around but the game deals with a personal agenda. I look forward to checking this out, seems rather interesting.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Thanks Arnold,
I've been waiting for some more info on this one.

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
11 years ago

Sound like a refreshing take on the WWII era seeing that is doesn't focus on the war at all…

I think I will give this one a go. Seems like it might have a Hitman feel to it, which will be awesome…

___________
___________
11 years ago

is this actualy comming out?
theve delayed it so many times………..hmmmmm sounds like some other pandemic game.
lets hope it turns out better than that.
and any news on heist?
i really want to play that its been delayed so many times its not funny, i havent even seen a preview of it.
its not canned is it?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

You're lookin at a preview brother.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
11 years ago

Sounds good,i'll look out for this one!!
Not many games let you play as an irish dude,and as i'm irish myself i hope the developers remember to put in the 'popeye-like' powers we get once we've drank any alcoholic beverage,yes one pint of guinness =ten nazi's knocked out in under a minute.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Hell yeah.

And..
The Black Donellys, w00p!

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

I'm rooting for this game, it sounds cool.

But in the game I wanna go into a bar, play some darts, have a drink, get into a fight, maybe kill someone with the dart. lol

All accompanied with some awesome happy sounding high tempo Irish 'fighting songs'. You know the ones ^_^

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

I am pretty interested in this one, I was intrigued with the first trailer I saw.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

This game was IGN's "Best of E3 2009" winner

FYI, if you pre-order The Saboteur now, you'll be able to make your enemies die at the blade of an exclusive Nazi knife, stolen from your enemies.

Available only to those pre-ordering The Saboteur at these stores now, this in-game weapon will give you the ultimate revenge with a silent, but swift execution maneuver
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