A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters in the game can be seen dirinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
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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.
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.
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