The Saboteur – first look

As Thomas Haynes Bayly once wrote, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” And we have certainly had a lot of time to accrue fondness for The Saboteur. This unique sandbox title from Pandemic – developers of Mercenaries and Star Wars: Battlefront –was announced over two years ago, and to say that information has been scarce since then is an understatement. Now that Pandemic has been bought by EA, Saboteur has a publisher, and while there’s no talk of a release date yet, the company has pulled the wraps off the game once again.

Saboteur’s setting may not sound all that new, but it takes the player through little-seen (at least in games) parts of World War II. Instead of being on the battlefields of Normandy or Iwo Jima, you instead inhabit German-controlled Paris. The City of Lights got to keep its beauty by surrendering to the Nazis, something the French are reminded of daily by xenophobic dicks like us. But not everyone kept quiet; in fact, many brave Parisians fought their oppressors, with the title character playing a big part in the Resistance.

You play as Sean Devlin, an Irish racer who is out to take down the Nazis, one hideout at a time. Sean’s reasons for revenge on the Nazis are more personal than political, as the national German racing team, Doppelsieg, caused Sean’s team,  Morini, some strife (though the devs were vague on the particulars). Specifically, Sean is out to get vengeance on Doppelsieg’s top driver/loyal Nazi Kurt Dierker, and that path is going to be littered with scores of corpses.

Above: Saboteurin’ ain’t easy

As the title of the game suggests, your main mission is to sabotage the many places the Nazis are occupying in Paris and the outlying areas. You’ll have loads of avenues of Fascist destruction: guns, explosives, rocket launchers, and the angry fists of an Irishman, which are probably Sean’s greatest weapon. Despite those instruments of death, stealth is fairly important too; sneaking up on people gets you bonuses, while missions get much harder once you’ve been spotted. On the other hand, being swarmed by hordes of Nazi guards on high alert means you’ll get to take advantage of the game’s cover system, which will enable Sean to easily stick to cover and pull away from it during firefights.


  • everlia - May 7, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    I have already downloaded this game from Its quite good.
  • TNT501 - May 3, 2009 5:53 p.m.

    I cant wait for this game!!!
  • CNnegative1 - April 28, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    I can't stand it.... I know GR planned it...
  • gijas04 - April 28, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    just like my women and my wine, cant resist...
  • everlia - April 28, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    Amazing game! Just downloaded full version from I think I am addicted lol :)
  • Reaper7xu - April 27, 2009 8:38 p.m.

    Interested in this might give it a rent first. Sounds like it could go a bit off track knowing Pandemics recent form. We'll have to wait and see I guess
  • helix92 - April 25, 2009 8:31 a.m.

    been waiting for this since it was 1st announced, thanks gr
  • jar-head - April 24, 2009 11 p.m.

    looks great thanks gr
  • Shane1403 - April 29, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    It's Irelands time to shine Thats right we saved France!
  • Juggernaut140 - April 27, 2009 7:42 a.m.

    "something the French are reminded of daily by xenophobic dicks like us." B'aaaaaawwwwwww
  • jar-head - April 26, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    it takes honor to fight with squads at your side and tanks rolling with planes bombing form above, but it takes Every Ounce of Strength to devour an enemy form within, much like what the Rebellion did to Germany, this story is goign to be epic, no matter what. To the men, women and children who fought the enemy from within, and won. Cheers.
  • GeneralTickTock - April 26, 2009 2:57 a.m.

    how have i never heard of this before it looks awsome!
  • masewindu - April 26, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    man i havent heard from this game for like a year and great beastie boys reference :D
  • GoldenMe - April 25, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    So, it's GTA meets Assassin's Creed acrobacy with some Okami mixed in. My prediction would be a 7/10.
  • MercenaryQ - April 25, 2009 7:29 a.m.

    Very cool game, and I love the Beastie Boys reference
  • sixboxes - April 25, 2009 4:39 a.m.

    You guys never miss an opportunity to mention Okami, do you? And I say this with admiration, not scorn.
  • AMayer - April 25, 2009 3:46 a.m.

    Hold on a sec. The video says 2008 at the end. What's up with that?
  • AMayer - April 25, 2009 3:43 a.m.

    Ugh... I need this game to come out, right now.
  • Samael - April 24, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS! I want this game so much.

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