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Old 12-08-09, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default The Saboteur - Official Thread

Released today on Direct2Drive, Impulse and retail. VERY good game in my opinion, so let me tell you all about it.

The last game from Pandemic, the makers of Mercenaries and Battlefront, The Saboteur is set in a highly stylized and exaggerated World War 2 setting similar to Wolfenstein. You play a member of the French resistance with a personal grudge against the Nazis. The world is black and white at first with hints of color, but as you do missions and free areas it becomes color. The gameplay is like Grand Theft Auto mixed with some Assassin's Creed climbing and athletics.

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+ Controls well, aiming feels like mouse aim and keys all work well with full remapping.
+ Black and white style works amazingly well with red blood and orange fire making striking stand-outs.
+ Graphics well done for the most part, nice textures, several options like textures, draw distance and specular effects.
+ Story well presented with lovely music and direction, good voice acting.
+ RPG-like unlock system with new character options and weapons.
+ Extremely well done nudity for a video game, very classy and it makes sense for the mood and story (off by default, turn on in settings before starting the game).
+ Main character has a James Bond feel and quips... sex-driven dialogue actually works.
+ Quick save and quick load.

Cons:
- No in-game AA or AF settings, must force. Forcing does work according to official forum.
- Pop-in even at max settings is a little too obvious, especially object fading.
- Distant textures are poor in the country areas, like Oblivion roughly.
- HUD is too large at high-res.
- While performance is smooth my machine runs the game at 35-40fps at max settings. Still, it does not feel jerky at all and no framerate dips were noticed, it feels smoother than some port at higher fps like Borderlands.

In summary the game is a little rough around the edges but seems extremely well presented and fun to play. PC port seems great other than the AA/AF forcing. Runs smooth, great shooting, I would say open-world game fans should go ahead and purchase this.

Some pics are below... NO AA IS APPLIED, I had not forced it yet.







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Old 12-08-09, 11:42 PM   #2
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For some reason, remind me of Mafia. Looks very interesting. How much is it?
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Old 12-08-09, 11:46 PM   #3
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Standard fifty on D2D and Impulse... not sure about local retail.
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Old 12-09-09, 01:24 AM   #4
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Well looks like at least Pandemic went out creating fairly good game.
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Pandemic was mostly absorbed into EALA actually, the head staff and many others as well as the IP. I think they might even continue to use the Pandemic name, though I could be wrong about that.
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They may be absorbed but from what I read they are letting a lot of the staff go.
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Old 12-09-09, 05:03 AM   #7
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Well I never said otherwise.

On The Saboteur... the game is very fun. I played it another hour or so and while the rough edges continue to be there the core gameplay and presentation are so well done it is hard to notice. I am really enjoying the game and find it sad it is not getting more attention.

I can't force AA though... people swear nhancer general compatability works but it does not for me. Tried some other profiles and got nothing.
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Con:
Doest not work on ANY/ALL ATi Cards


Though it seems that the game has no problems with XF

A patch is in works but no ETA on it is available
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by your comment about the lack of AA... is it constructed around the UE3 engine?
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I don't think FSAA is working at all for any card yet.
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What's the climbing/parkour like?
Is it clunky like Tomb Radier Underworld or smooth and intuitive like Assassins Creed?
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I'll be getting it from ups today from the egg. Should I play it 5870 crossfire, or my GTX280 Tri setup?
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