The Saboteur [Download]

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Platform: PC Download

Product Description

Publisher / Software Vendor: ELECTRONIC ARTS Language: English

From the Manufacturer

The Saboteur is a brand-new take on familiar World War II gaming. The first open-world, action game set in Nazi-occupied Europe, it contains a mix of single player stealth, third-person shooter and racing gameplay in which the player assumes the role of a hero obsessed with a personal vendetta against the Nazi regime. Utilizing a wealth of items, abilities, weapons and vehicles the player turns his private, stealth war into something much broader with the game's "Will to Fight" system which graphically reflects the will of the occupied peoples in the game, which can proves the deciding factor for all.

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Hero Sean Devlin overlooking Paris in The Saboteur
Open-world WWII gameplay.
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Shooting it out against Nazis with a machine gun and minimal cover in The Saboteur
A wide array of weapons and items.
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Sean in his race car being tailed by Nazis in The Saboteur
Fast-paced vehicular action.
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A hopeless looking black and white scenario as Sean takes on a group of Nazis in hand-to-hand combat in The Saboteur
Restore color and hope to Paris.
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Fighting for bottles of wine used as currency on the blackmarket in The Saboteur
Fight for items for the black-market.
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Vertical oriented environments in The Saboteur
Go anywhere in the game.
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Welcome to Nazi-occupied Paris, a unique open-world environment where you take on the role of street-tough Irish race driver Sean Devlin and eventually become The Saboteur. Although living in occupied WWII Paris, Sean is initially concerned only with the racing lifestyle and his friends within it. That all changes though when the Nazis kill his friends, and change his life forever. Seeking personal retribution on a Nazi officer and others involved, Sean's life soon becomes dominated by a need for payback, which is exacted with the help of the French Resistance, British intelligence, an arsenal of weaponry, and your own street smarts and brawn. Motivated by retribution and armed with tactics of sabotage you are a one man wrecking crew, blowing up zeppelins, derailing trains, imploding bridges, destroying armored tanks, and leveling enemy facilities in the name of vengeance.

Open-world Gameplay
The Saboteur in the first open-world, action game set in Nazi-occupied Europe, and combines a variety of different kinds of gameplay, including third-person shooter, stealth and racing. As in other open-world games, this means that although players will be tasked with completing an extensive list of set missions against Nazi units and individuals, they will also have the freedom to explore and fight throughout the game world as they choose. This world although set in Paris also encompasses the French countryside, as well as parts of Germany. Within it players will be able to use representations of actual landmarks — for example, the Eiffel Tower — for navigation, and a variety of vehicles for transportation and combat. In mission play, with each success players move closer to tracking down the particular Nazis responsible for the death of Sean's friends by putting the rewards that they receive for success to work on the black-market. They can trade for all sorts of items to help their progress, from weapons, to cars, maps and more. These all can also either be found throughout the game, or taken from defeated opponents, although the more commotion that is created and the higher the skills of the player, the greater the enemy response will be.

The "Will to Fight" System
Although built around Sean's desire for personal revenge, The Saboteur also contains a play mechanism through which the lives of the non-player characters (NPCs) are improved, and can even be manipulated. This is the "Will to Fight" system. Long known as the "City of Light," Paris as depicted in the game under Nazi occupation is a place dominated by stark black and white colors. These colors reflect the hopelessness of the people. But as the player collects victories against the invaders, a change will begin to be seen in the physical environments of the game, again reflecting the mood of the people. Where once there were only stark black and white colors and few civilians on the street, now players will see increasingly bright colors, reflecting the hope of the civilians and eventually incite an underground resistance among the Parisians to take up arms on their own, and even come to your aid when the odds are stacked against you.

Key Features

  • Explore 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.
  • Be the Saboteur - Use a broad range of weapons and explosives to perform your blockbuster sabotage as you single-handedly hunt-down your enemies to dismantle and destroy the Nazi occupation.
  • Stealth Gameplay - Use gameplay systems like Climbing, Sneaking, and Stealth Kills to infiltrate the Nazi occupation to perform acts of sabotage Once you've blown your target to pieces, leverage the intuitive cover system and assortment of weapons to blast your way to freedom.
  • Vertical World - This version of Paris was designed to leverage the unique abilities of The Saboteur. Being a saboteur is all about surprise attacks and Paris' rooftops are the perfect path for your secret operations.
  • The "Will to Fight" System - The Saboteur introduces a innovative new feature that is both an iconic visual style, and a compelling gameplay element. See and feel Paris change around you as you progress through the game. Go from a dark and oppressed black and white policed state, to a bright and inspired world where the citizens fight back.
  • Jack Your Ride - From high performance race cars to military vehicles, as The Saboteur, you can drive any vehicle that comes along to escape your pursuers.
  • System Requirements:

    OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7
    Processor: 2.4GHz Core2Duo, 3.0 GHz Pentium D or better
    RAM: 2GB or more
    Hard Drive: At least 7.5GB of free space
    Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card (card must be 256MB or more and contain one of these chipsets: NVIDIA Geforce 7800 GTX, ATI Radeon X2600 XT, or better)
    Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Input Device: Mouse, keyboard or game pad


    Product Information

    Platform:PC Download
    Release date December 8, 2009
    Customer Reviews
    3.7 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews

    3.7 out of 5 stars
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    Platform for Display: PC
    An Irish dynamiter, blowing up Nazis. In an "open world" Paris of the 1940s. What could go wrong? Well, not much, actually - apart from a slight lack of polish in a few places (the enemy A.I. for instance, although on the PC that's fully adjustable at the file level). This PC game is a lot of fun for someone who's never played GTA or Assassin's Creed (both games which The Saboteur borrows from). The art direction is excellent and is consistently imaginative, although the lack of forced PC anti-aliasing and the chunky on-screen interface both detract somewhat from your view of the beautiful game-world. The sharp and funny script is written in the style of a 1940s pulp novel (think Doc Savage), and the black and white graphics and art-deco models certainly help to evoke the period. Period 1940s cabaret and jazz music is used. Dialogue is suitably hammy and over the top, but some of the accents can be strained. The game's "open world" is genuinely large (12 square miles in total, with 1940s Paris recreated in about 3.5 square miles) and genuinely free-roaming. The game installed perfectly and ran perfectly for me on Windows 7, with excellent frame-rates even when all eye-candy was set to maximum. Talking of eye-candy, there's plenty here of the young female variety - this is a game that's resolutely targeted at a male audience. Your hero hides out in a classy brothel, venturing out for a wide variety of stealthy "quiet in, noisy out" missions. Hardcore gamers may have seen all The Saboteur's elements before, but for those who have never played GTA or the mass of me-too WWII shooters, and who have been attracted to The Saboteur for its novel premise and unusual visual aesthetic, the game is an engaging and genuinely fun experience.
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    If you are old enough to want a little reality in your video games and aren't into killing metallic space aliens with "Whomper-dazzler guns" and know the difference between killing people in a video game and killing people in reality, this is a pretty cool game. The menu/map system is typically Bethesda awkward, but the story line is pretty interesting. The game took me about 20hrs to complete over a couple days, but some basic mechanics of the game seemed to make it get easier toward the end, rather than more difficult. Figuring out how to 'beat the game' rather than the enemy was pretty transparent. At the end you basically have a mini gun and a 100 shot automatic shotgun that are a little out of touch with reality. My connection is poor, so it took a little longer to download than to play out, but for $6 and almost instant gratification I thought it was a very good deal (somewhere around $0.34 an hour for entertainment) I like open world realistic games. You get to race and drive a variety of cars, the Paris world is very cool, the entire map is a condensed France and since the game is a little older (2009) it runs swimmingly even on a decent laptop with a better vid card. Although it has evidence of framing issues I didn't have any trouble "playing" it at "max everything" settings on $1000 laptop. At that level a drive through the scenery alone is worth $6. There are certainly much worse ways to get rid of $6 - enjoy.
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    This game is a blast. Even after the story line is done with there are still over 1,000 different objectives. You can play for 10 hours just clearing objectives and find that a small portion of the map was actually cleaned of Nazis.
    The game play and graphics are quite good and each scene is different from the last. The controls are the same as any first person shooter and fit very nicely into the game. There is an extreme amount of freedom in how you can play each mission. Guns a blazin or clean and quiet, or maybe a combination of both. Think of this game like GTA and Assassins Creed based in Nazi occupied France. Definitely goes into my top 10 games of all time. Have fun with this one.
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    This game is awesome, but when it comes to LOADING... It is SLOW as hell. In the beginning, when the game loads there is a black screen for about minute or two.. you will hear music and there will be nothing on the screen.... you will have to wait. I thought the game crashed. So, I rebooted my system and then I realized reading a comment that mentioned this. Also, make sure your computer has 2GB or more memory. If not, your game will be choppy and lag big time.... :)
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    Just a quick note for those worried about picking this game up to play with their ATI card. It absolutely DOES work once you download the 1.03 beta patch. In fact, it works so well I've been playing it every waking second since I picked it up last week. It's so immersive and addictive it's actually cutting into my work productivity.

    I did have to turn some of the video settings down to run the race portions, and I've had a -very- occasional crash (once per 48 hours of solid play, on average), but that's better than some recent games with full support.

    I'm not usually a fan of sandbox games. The only GTA game I could finish was 4, because the idea of a hoodlum protagonist just didn't appeal to me. I was drawn to the game for the stealth action aspect, which has not disappointed. This game is much more forgiving than Hitman or Death to Spies, but is no less fun. The use of color and environment really adds to the atmosphere.

    In short, if you're at all a fan of stealth action or sandbox play, this one is definitely worth checking out. And if you have an ATI card, just google "saboteur beta 1.03 patch." It's a small, fast and easy to find download. One click install.
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