The Saboteur

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Over-the-top fictional take on WWII has murder and nudity.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBounceMaster May 1, 2012

content update

The nudity has been removed in the sense that it cant be viewed any more, because of a server take down, if that changes parents mind.
Parent of a 14-year-old Written bylrush31 March 6, 2011

Good for about thirteen or older, lots of fun and educational.

The Saboteur takes place in 1940's Paris, France during the Nazi invasion. In the game, you'll do such things as driving fast cars, blowing stuff up,... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 26, 2019

Just avoid the theatre

You just need to avoid the theatre. You do need to go in it and see some partially naked women but you can just get your parents to go into it for you. Nothing... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNaught Paw June 28, 2014

The Saboteur

It's a great game for history purposes like the WW2 and all that. But when i got the game i went through the settings and you can turn off the nudity so it... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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