For some reason, the critics were widely divided over this offering from Pandemic. Admittedly, I was hesitant about playing it because of the reviews, however, a massive price decrease since its release meant it found its way onto my xbox......and to my surprise, it turned out to be a couple of weeks worth of damn good, fun, addictive gaming.
The Saboteur starts well enough, throwing XP at you like its going out of fashion, and giving you a quick flash of what's on offer - however, it soon settles down after the intro to give you a handsome helping of driving, racing, shooting, blowing stuff up, escaping, and, for fun, a good plot with some good characters - oh, and a war time Paris occupied with plenty of Nazi's!
It's pretty much a mix of Grand Theft Auto and Assassins Creed in my opinion - the climbing part of AC, and the panoramic shots of famous monuments as you reach the top are a definite steal - however AC doesn't let you plant bombs on sniper nests, and it definitely doesn't give you an array of weaponry to fight the hun with! The GTA "do something naughty and run / drive away" part is also a steal but is still good fun, and a must for fans craving for more of that type of gameplay.
The main plot could be finished in a weeks worth of steady gaming, however, to clear all of the Nazi outposts / tanks and other military parafinalia out of Paris and its outer countryside regions could take you a decent fortnight - with the scenery turning from black and white to colour as you take out a certain number of the enemy, it certainly inspired me to turn on and blow-up......
So try The Saboteur - its good fun - and a little different - even if that difference is a combo of GTA and AC, those are still two mighty games to pilfer from.....enjoy!