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The Saboteur

Over-the-top fictional take on WWII has murder and nudity.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game depicts murder in an intense manner, and shows nudity, as you see the seedy underbelly of 1940s France, but on the flipside you're working to overthrow the Nazi occupation.

 

Positive role models

Sean might be a good guy determined to rid France of Nazis, but how he goes about it -- plenty of violence -- doesn't make him a good role model.

Ease of play

The game is fairly easy to play, but the melee combat -- such as fist-fighting against enemies -- isn't the most intuitive compared to other video games.

Violence

This "Mature"-rated video game does contain a fair bit of violence as you must beat up, shoot at, or assassinate members of the Nazi regime in the 1940s. You can use guns, flamethrowers, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, or hand-to-hand combat. Blood can be seen but there is no gore. There are "stealth kills" where the target is killed by sneaking up from behind to break his neck of stab him. They are screams of agony heard. Players may see civilians killed by Nazi soldiers, and if they too kill civilians, they will be penalized.

Sex

This game contains some partial nudity -- including dancers who wear pasties on their nipples and a thong that barely covers their buttocks, but a free downloadable pack offers topless women (including sexy cinematics). The PC version of this extra download is included. The game also has prostitues walking around Paris, and there are references to brothels, sex and other suggestive dialogue.

Language

The game does have coarse language in some of the dialogue sequences, including the "F"- and "S"-word, as well as damn, hell, ass, bitch, and more.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters in the game can be seen dirinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Mature" for strong violence (with blood), some nudity and suggestive language, plenty of profanity, and images of alcohol and cigarettes. The violence and sexy imagery is not appropriate for anyone under 17, but it's not out of context with the theme of this game -- sabotaging the Germans during an occupied Paris in the '40s. While not pushing the envelope, there is a lot of mature content here.

What's it about?

Just as movie goers soaked up Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, a fictional tale of revenge during World War II, Pandemic Studios' THE SABOTEUR lets video gamers experience a less-than-historically-accurate-yet-still-enjoyable recreation of Nazi-occupied France in the early '40s. In this "open-world" action game -- meaning you can roam freely throughout Paris, on foot or in vehicles -- you play as the young Sean Devlin, an Irish race car driver who seeks vengeance against the Nazi regime. The backdrop to the compelling story is introduced over the first 90 minutes or so, and you'll also get a feel for the game's mechanics, such as walking around and talking with characters, driving cars and trucks, climbing buildings, scaling rooftops and fighting enemies with guns, flamethrowers, explosives, or hand-to-hand fisticuffs. While working as a saboteur, you'll also collaborate with allies, including the French Resistance and British Intelligence, while blowing up petroleum stations, armored vehicles, and zeppelins, derailing trains, and engaging in other acts of sabotage against the German army.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Yes, but The Saboteur isn't an "A"-grade game. While varied, the missions aren't horribly original, plus the computer-controlled enemies aren't the smartest, therefore the missions are on the easy side (which might frustrate seasoned players looking for a challenge). Hand-to-hand combat and some weapon handling isn't as intuitive as it should be. But the game does have its strengths, plus those familiar with Paris architecture might appreciate many landmarks you can play through, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. As a stylistic decision, the game turns mostly black and white when the Nazis take over the country at the start of the game, implying an oppressive state, but as you continue to fight back, the world becomes more colorful, or liberated. The Saboteur is a fun and attractive single-player adventure that, while not revolutionizing the crowded open-world action/adventure genre, manages to entertain with a gripping story, great-looking environments, and fun missions.

Platform Notes: All three versions of the game look and play the same, but the PC game ships with the extra (and racy) content, whereas that same content must be downloaded on the console versions.

Online interaction: There is no multiplayer component but you can download extra content online which includes topless women.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game is similar to Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds: An over-the-top fictional take on WWII, where revenge is taken out on Nazis during the French occupation. Interesting comparison? Are games that let you go back and rewrite history more rewarding than contemporary open-world games, such as the Grand Theft Auto variety?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:December 8, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydov December 13, 2009

don't worry about it

It is not the biggest deal if someone hears a swear or seas a woman partially nude. i am just talking for me, but its something that most 14 year olds have seen before. i know i won't be getting this game because of my mother, but for other parents that are on the edge about it, don't worry, and if there is something you don't like about the game just take it back to the store. your son/daughter with be mad at you for a few days until the next big game/s come out.
Teen, 13 years old Written bytommy18 January 4, 2010

Rented this game.

I decided to try it to answer Eagles question, well. This game is based in the city of paris and germany fighting nazis with lots of blood and gore. The nudity is minimal but there are half naked women wearing no more than pasties and thongs. But its not disturbingly full of nudity. Language is moderate and there is no option to turn any of this off.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byTomrock101 December 13, 2009

Perfect for mature older teens.

No you cannot turn it off, Very violent and full of nudity
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing