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on 1 January 2010
One of the chores I assume of being a paid games critic is you probably see 20 open world shooters. And they have come out in spades this year (inFamous, Assassins Creed 2 and Red Faction being the better known). So it's easy to see why their reviews may be more harsh than that from us average gamers. OK so Saboteur is not as good as GTA etc etc but really who cares? The next Grand theft auto is miles away and after completing Infamous and RF:Guerilla I need something to fill in the wait and saboteur fits very well.
Despite the black and white idea you do play much more in colour than expected, especially the early missions, which is a bit of a shame as the mix of yellow and red light mixing in with the monochrome gives the game an anarchic touch which is quite nice. It also makes it feel very much like an early GTA in that it's set a lot earlier BW etc, and pretty much plays that way.
The cars even steer like a GTA game (ie not brilliantly but ok once you get the hang of it)and even the missions and icons are very similar. In fact with the Nazi's replacing the police, it even felt like it WAS GTA with the alarm rating working exactly like the wanted stars . If you manage to drive out of the red area and the Nazi's give up chase commit more serious sabotage and the area increases with more vehicles (Zeppelins replace the helicopters).
Essentially this IS our GTA fix this year. The missions flow like they do with the only exception that there are essential missions in yellow and optional ones marked in white. Otherwise they do have the variety of Rockstars big seller only with less guilt about rebelling authority.
Anotherr difference I didn't notice mentioned is perks. Whereas most upgrades in these sort of games are done with XP, colection ore, or in this case, contraband most upgrades are actually earned. Get x amount of headshots and your sniping skills imrove, blow up so many soldiers with grenades.. on so on. It does make a nice change.
As said already there are flaws to, the climbing in particular is pretty lame and the characters are little more than racial stereotypes, but The Saboteur has the fun factor and at the end of the day, that's what counts
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