posted by zombieorc (GRASS VALLEY, CA) Dec 12, 2009
Member since Mar 2008
gamers (63%) found this review helpful
Take control of Sean, an ex-mechanic/race car driver in a game that can only be described as “GrandThieftMercenariesCreed”, in the Saboteur.
Even though this game takes its design and core game play elements from some of the best games out there right now, the Saboteur implements them with clunky, glitchy imperfection.
First of all, the implementation of the driving is just sloppy. The vehicles feel light and the damage modeling is virtually non existent until the vehicle is about to explode at which point it will burst into flames. Also the engine sounds cut in and out while driving and sometimes are just gone all together creating an odd silence while the car is moving.
The combat mechanics are solid and will be immediately familiar to anyone who has played any of the games in the Mercenaries series. However the rifles sway so much before they are upgraded they are pretty much useless since you have to get close to the target before you can even hit it. And the AA guns simply will not destroy some targets. Even when those targets are the exact same vehicle or soldier you just shot and destroyed ten times a few seconds ago with that very same AA gun.
Furthermore the plat-forming is just plain clunky. Simply climbing up the side of a building cannot be done. You have to continually press the jump button to move from ledge to ledge. This can very tedious and sometimes frustrating to say the least.
However, the Saboteur does have its good points. Running around France blowblowing stuff up for contraband to buy new weapons, perks, and vehicles is lots of fun. The main story missions are varied and range from a variety of different tasks such as stealing ancient artifacts to beating German race car drivers in a race.
This is probably the best game to ever come out of Pandemic. Everything in this game has improved over their previous games in terms of quality, story, graphics, everything.