Sunday, January 24, 2010

Video game number ten: The Saboteur

Game review number ten in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "The Saboteur".

A foul mouthed Irishman running around Nazi-occupied Paris, racing cars, killing bad guys and visiting burlesque clubs. This game is tailor-made to appeal to most guys. It's an open-world sandbox third person action game, and it's a lot of fun.

First of all, this game deserves the "M" rating for more than just the language. The opening cinema features lots of topless ladies, and it's followed by cursing, shooting and fighting right out of the gate. I actually found this level of maturity interesting, as I haven't seen anything quite like it in a game before. There are games with gratuitous language, or games that threw in some digitized nudity to appeal to horny teenagers....this one seems like a game made for grown-ups with some grown-up themes.

Set in World War 2, you're a race car mechanic/driver who finds himself playing revolutionary, running around killing as many Nazis as possible. As you progress through the game, you find out why your character is where he is, and the back story is actually pretty interesting. The voice acting is OK, but not at the level of Grand Theft Auto. The same can be said for the graphics and the gameplay. This game feels like if it had been just a little better, it would have been amazing.

As it stands...it's a fun adventure, and I played through the first several chapters before trying some more titles. I'll definitely be coming back to this one though, as I want to find out what happens in the story.

Overall rating so far: 7 out of 10

Achievements unlocked so far? Quite a few:

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