Metacritic (PC): 76/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 73/100
Metacritic (PS): 72/100
Release: Dec 2009
Reviewed on: PC

The Saboteur

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Good: Black and white feature – Atmosphere and setting
Bad: Some unpolished elements
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The Saboteur mixes up the standard setting that most open world action adventures flock to by using a World War II theme instead. It’s a setting that the genre hasn’t touched before and for the most part it pulls off an impressive and unique experience. The game is available on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


The game focuses on Paris during its Nazi occupation with players taking on the role of Searn Devlin as he attempts to sabotage the Nazi’s from within (as part of the French Resistance) while also hunting down the officer that has taken away everything he ever loved.

The game uses a unique colourisation system with areas that are controlled by the Nazis being displayed as predominately black and white. Once players free the particular area from Nazi control they are considered to be once again inspired to fight and thus restoring that area to its full range of colours. Once an area has been restored to colour their will be a significantly reduced Nazi presence compared to its black and white counterpart.

The Saboteur has plenty of activities and missions for players to involve themselves in but the majority involve the use of explosives on Nazi instalments, taking out Nazi strongholds by force or racing in a number of vehicles. During either free roaming or missions players also have the ability to assume a Nazi disguise which does add a stealth element into the gameplay should players choose to use it.


The game also packs some RPG style features by allowing players to upgrade their characters to increase damage, accuracy, ammo capacity and more.

The Saboteur is a nice change from all the modern day action adventures on the market and its unique black and white visuals adds a tonne of atmosphere to the game.


  • An open world adventure set in World War II.
  • Experience a war torn France and restore colour to it.
  • Level up skills and perks to improve the areas you prefer.
  • Explosions, stealth and racing blended together.
  • Available on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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The Saboteur, 9.2 out of 10 based on 42 ratings
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  1. Paiva
    October 19, 2014

    Not bad but it’s far away to be as good as GTA for example..

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    • Anonymous
      January 7, 2017

      @Paiva GTA IV and V had some of the biggest budgets in gaming, while The Saboteur’s developer was struggling financially and now you’re saying “oh this game isn’t as good as GTA”. Can you see how your comment can come across as moronic?

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  2. Daniel
    November 23, 2014

    I loved the game. It gave me an exciting feeling of how it was to live in WW2. It had lots of places to discover (still wish it was bigger). One of the downsides with it was that it was too few missions, i think it should have been more.

    But all in all it was a SUPER game. Very sad that the company got bought up by EA and then shut down. EA doens’t prioritize it so it doesn’t look like The Saboteur 2 is coming in the near future…

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  3. J
    October 21, 2017

    great game, good ambiance and music and it is fun to drive around paris (been there couple of times)

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