The look of the game has its own unique style that is pleasing as well. Set in 1940s Paris, you do get a bit of a nostalgic feel while playing the game, from the garb worn by the city’s inhabitants to the old-fashioned cars and Nazi uniforms. You will notice some familiar sites as well, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
Part of the uniqueness of the game’s look is the fact that Nazi-occupied parts of Paris are presented in black and white, but you can change this yourself by completing objectives and freeing Parisians from the Nazis, which will in turn restore colorful imagery to that particular part of the city.
Something similar to the element of change present in the game from colorless to colorful is also employed for another unique point, which is the Will to Fight. As you gain more success against the Nazis, you will inspire a will to fight from those on your side which seems to add a bond of brotherhood between Devlin and the city’s residents, in a way resembling the actual human nature that prevailed at times during World War II.
Other than simply completing objectives thrown at you, the Saboteur has other quirks to help it keep from getting stale. You can complete objectives in a more precise manner using the game’s perks system, which gives you incentives to perform tasks at a higher level to gain bonuses.
For instance, you can become a sharpshooter after achieving a certain number of kills with a sniper rifle, in turn allowing you to proceed through future objectives with less of a fuss. You can also roam around Paris freely, exploring the different sites and also destroying Nazi freeplay targets, which are essentially Nazi assets, to earn yourself some extra money. You can hop behind the wheel and partake in racing contests, which is appropriate, as Devlin is a race car driver first and foremost. Finally, there is also a duck hunt mini-game to take up your time.
While the Saboteur may not be realistic enough to satisfy historical enthusiasts, the game is a blast to play. Characters are engaging, the graphics are intriguing, and the action is endless. Roaming around Paris and creating havoc keeps me happy, although some might be in the mood for a more immersive experience. Still, if you like third-person action games, the Saboteur at least deserves a rental.
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