There's something about The Saboteur, a game which sees you as the most Irish Irishman there ever was, racing around Nazi-occupied Paris and blowing up as much stuff as possible, occasionally dabbling in a spot of car racing or womanising, that I really enjoy. It's fundamentally flawed on a number of levels, it's clunky as hell and has about as much finesse asa bottle to the face, but it's also a hell of a lot of fun. It's also only £8.98 at Argos' eBay outlet, saving you nearly £3 on the nearest alternative. You should probably get on that. Nice one goonertillidie.
As mediocre as The Saboteur is, it's nice to see a developer attempt a different spin on the tired WW2 formula. You're still fighting Nazis in German-occupied France - Paris, no less - but the striking art direction, the open-ended nature of the gameplay and the overall narrative is a stark change of pace to ubiquitous wash of FPS pretenders playing catch up to Call of Duty. For just under £13 you can snag The Saboteur off Send It. It's not a bad price, nor a bad game, but I suggest reading Matt's very helpful review above before placing an order.
It’s World War II in the hands of an Irishman in Pandemic Games’ final offering to the industry. Help Sean Devlin liberate France from a monotone German occupation by blowing things up, bumping off high ranking officials, winning street races, and gun running for the revolutionaries until colour returns to the world. Just like real life. It’s a game that features mechanics that have been better executed in other titles but if you fancy a different take on the WWII genre then for the price it’s a good way to kill some time. Thanks to SCornelius7mufc @ Hot UK Deals!
A guilty pleasure if ever there was one. Almost half a year on and I keep going back to it, mopping up side missions on the long journey to a Platinum Trophy. It might be a little rough around the edges but The Saboteur deserves your attention.
NB: You’ll need this voucher code to get the 15% discount required: FTSL15-1
You are Sean Devlin, an Irish racing car driver who becomes The Saboteur on his road to revenge against the Nazis. While the visuals are painfully average and the open-world gameplay offers nothing new, you might just get find yourself sucked right in anyway with fun gun battles and the optional stealth approach.
A neatly condensed Paris and its nearby countryside make up the landscape of the game. You help out members of the French resistance and British spies to help liberate Paris and send the Germans scurrying back to sausage country.
Missions are standard open-world fare: bring this, blow-up that, drive here, protect her, kill him and so on. The main element that sets the game apart from the GTAs of this world is the way stealth is encouraged by stealing Nazi uniforms and seeing how deep into a mission you can get without getting caught. This can be a tense experience as even walking past enemy soldiers puts them on edge. They’re so bloody paranoid it’s a miracle they even made it out of Germany without killing each other.
If you do get caught out it’s not game over as you can blast your way through most missions as it only takes a few bullets to drop ze Germans as this side of the game has a light arcadey feel. Once you fully grasp the stealth system available, you can start to really enjoy it and the more in-game perks you unlock the easier it gets too. Working out how to distract guards and blow up multiple targets while remaining undetected is a real thrill.
Devlin can climb any building, much like the Assassin’s Creed games. It’s not as smooth, but it gets the job done. Driving around is great fun too, with the car handling and speeds generally ignoring the limitations of the time setting and going for squealing tires and glorious hand-brake turns.
There’s no getting around many of the game’s rough edges. The accents and dialogue make a mockery of the line between awful and hamming it up for laughs. You’re never sure which it is. The graphics have a distinct lack of polish too, especially the buildings of Paris themselves, which are incredibly bland and look more like last-gen models. You get used to seeing the frame rate stutter occasionally, or if you’re really lucky a flying car float past. This put a bit of a downer on the games unique art-style that has heavily occupied areas in black and white, with colour returning once it was liberated. It wasn't exactly Okami though.
Despite the above though, you might just get hooked into the game thanks to the Freeplay challenges. These are simple tasks, such as blowing up searchlights, sniper towers and fueling stations, or finding supply boxes. There are hundreds of these dotted around and you’ll be hunting them down long after the story has finished.
Thanks to carson321 at HotUkDeals for the find
We're into the final week of Direct2Drive's spring fiesta of sales, with another barrage of choice games and a discount downloadable rate. It must be said, I rather think that the sales peaked around week 2 but, whilst there's nothing here to maybe rival snapping up GTA IV for under a fiver, there are a couple of sparkling price drops that may well interest the discerning gamer.
As with the previous three weeks, there are another 11 featured deals, which we've listed below; be sure to hit the link above, though, to have a look at all of the sub-£10 offers they've got going on.
In all honesty, this list is not quite as impressive as Direct2Drive might like to believe. Mass Effect, for example, can be bought as a double separately for under this price (considering that you can nab ME2 for £12.99 elsewhere). The Saboteur's price is the cheapest around at the moment, but only by about 3p. No, the real bargains here come at the bottom end, and Sid Meier's fans will have a bit of a field day. Civilization 4 and Pirates! are two absolutely cracking games, and you won't find them cheaper anywhere else for a couple of quid.
Prices, like cartoon anvils, are going to be falling all around us in these post-festive season weeks, but a few merchants are getting the jump on their fellows with a an extra pound or two knocked off early on. Even recently released games such as The Saboteur - the open-world GTA-meets-an-Irish-Inglorious Basterds action-fest I reviewed a week ago - are plummeting in price.
Whilst a good number of retailers are still holding onto copies of Pandemic's swansong for over £30, a few have undercut the rest, no more so that Gameplay who are currently offering copies of the Xbox 360 version for £22.98, saving you a couple of a quid on the nearest in-stock competitor (The Hut - £24.93).
The Saboteur isn't a terribly original game, it doesn't really have a gripping plot or blockbuster-style presentation. Everything in this game has been done before, and probably better. But The Saboteur is more than the sum of its parts, and it's actually quite a lot of fun.
You play Sean Devlin, a stereotypical Irishman with a bone to pick with the Nazis after one of their generals bumped off a mate of his. After the requisite few months of drowning himself in whiskey and women, Sean is approached by A French Man and persuaded to run around Paris blowing up German installations, liberating the people with a machine-gun and pilfering Nazi supply drops, all the while hunting for his German nemesis.
It's all very Just Cause, but without the cool parachuting and with additional comedy Germans. There's a pretty good cover mechanic for when things get a little hairy (and with an alert system that's more jumpy than a kangaroo on amphetamines, they will) and some nicely implemented stealthy options. It's pretty to look at, too, with areas yet to be liberated swathed in noirish black and white, a simple yet striking effect. The game is a lot of fun, and it helps that it doesn't take itself too seriously.
Unfortunately, it's all a bit of a mess and feels like it's been rushed, which it has. This is still a good price, and you get a lot of content and missions that to Pandemic's credit never really feel like shallow repetitions of a tired formula as some open-world games can, but it might be worth keeping an eye on to snap it up if it goes any lower, which it probably will. It's a shame, with a month or two spent tweaking it further, this could have been one of the games of the year.
Dealspwn Rating: 6/10
Platforms: PC/PS3/Xbox 360
Developer: Pandemic Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
As I write this it has been a month since Pandemic Studios ceased to be. It is dead, gone, defunct, kaput, no more. For better or for worse, we shall never see The Dark Knight: The Videogame or The Next Big Thing, the game rumoured to be bring The Hoff to the Wii. At this point in time Star Wars: Battlefront III lies comatose on a shelf at EA, waiting to be either cruelly euthanised or resuscitated by another company's healing hands. But fret not, Pandemic fans, for the studio's legacy lives on in The Saboteur, a game that comes across a little like Just Cause meets Inglourious Basterds meets Father Ted.
It seems that every single game that comes out at the moment is an open-world sandbox game, and The Saboteur is no different. I have no idea whether or not this is because Pandemic, poised under the sacrificial knife, simply couldn't really be bothered to create a particularly original and engaging storyline and decided that copying everybody else would be a good idea, but it does all seem frightfully derivative. Everything just seems like it's been done before, and much better at that.
Part of this is the setting: it's wartime Paris and you've found yourself in the shoes of the most Irish Irishman there is. My god he's Irish: he hates the British, he says 'feck' a lot, he can charm anything on two legs (pretty much) in spite of having a cauliflower for a head, his drinks like Bernard Manning's fish, and he slips the word 'arse' into every single metaphor and pun he can muster. He's got a bone to pick with the Nazis (there's a backstory involving an Italian, a Frenchman and some Brits, a racecar and an evil German spymaster that sets Sean off on his vengeful path) so he joins up with revolutionary Frenchman Luc and dives headlong into the underground fight against the Third Reich by poorly emulating every sandbox anti-hero from Niko Bellic to Cole MacGrath to Rico Rodriguez.