History VideoGame / TheSaboteur

29th Mar '18 9:52:14 PM nombretomado
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The player steps into the shoes of Sean Devlin, an Irish mechanic turned race car driver turned saboteur, as he attempts to avenge his friend's death, while beating back the Nazi occupation of France along the way. One of its most distinctive features is that [[DeliberatelyMonochrome the Nazi-occupied sections of France are black and white]] ([[SplashOfColor with occasional tinges of red and blue]]), presumably inspired by ''SinCity'', while sections where Sean has effectively disrupted the Nazis' control are [[LighterAndSofter fully colored, and the citizens will aid Devlin in his fight]].

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The player steps into the shoes of Sean Devlin, an Irish mechanic turned race car driver turned saboteur, as he attempts to avenge his friend's death, while beating back the Nazi occupation of France along the way. One of its most distinctive features is that [[DeliberatelyMonochrome the Nazi-occupied sections of France are black and white]] ([[SplashOfColor with occasional tinges of red and blue]]), presumably inspired by ''SinCity'', ''ComicBook/SinCity'', while sections where Sean has effectively disrupted the Nazis' control are [[LighterAndSofter fully colored, and the citizens will aid Devlin in his fight]].
11th Jan '18 10:00:51 AM Shamrock95
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** There's also the ''"What the fuck is 'radar'?"'' conversation, but justified here as well, since the British referred to it as RDF at the time, thus Sean would either know it by a different name or not know about it at all. Also, only the British made widespread use of radar at the time the game takes place in, so they would be keeping the details as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (Wilcox immediately responds to above along the lines of 'something very secret, you don't need to know'.

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** There's also the ''"What the fuck is 'radar'?"'' conversation, but justified here as well, since the British referred to it as RDF at the time, thus Sean would either know it by a different name or not know about it at all. Also, only the British made widespread use of radar at the time the game takes place in, so they would be keeping the details as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (Wilcox immediately responds to the above with something along the lines of 'something "something very secret, you don't need to know'.know").
6th Jan '18 5:02:00 PM nombretomado
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** There was also a bit of [[IThoughtThatWas name confusion]] on part of the developers with regard to the German firearm designation scheme, the result of which is the fictional [=MP60=], which is neither a Maschinenpistole (submachinegun, though it might as well be one in the hands of the [[EliteMook Terror Squad]]), nor was it introduced in service in 1960 (and then presumably traveled back to [=WW2=] via a temporal vortex).

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** There was also a bit of [[IThoughtThatWas [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas name confusion]] on part of the developers with regard to the German firearm designation scheme, the result of which is the fictional [=MP60=], which is neither a Maschinenpistole (submachinegun, though it might as well be one in the hands of the [[EliteMook Terror Squad]]), nor was it introduced in service in 1960 (and then presumably traveled back to [=WW2=] via a temporal vortex).
26th Dec '17 4:25:55 PM nombretomado
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** Mission names contain a ton of these, for example: [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Symphony of Destruction]], [[Literature/TheManchurianCandidate The Bavarian Candidate]], [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb Set Up Us The Bomb]], [[{{Fahrenheit 451}} Fahrenheit Four-Fifty]], [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto Grand Theft Limo]], [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Needs of the few... or the One]] and Film/BlazingSaddles.

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** Mission names contain a ton of these, for example: [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Symphony of Destruction]], [[Literature/TheManchurianCandidate The Bavarian Candidate]], [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb Set Up Us The Bomb]], [[{{Fahrenheit 451}} [[Literature/Fahrenheit451 Fahrenheit Four-Fifty]], [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto Grand Theft Limo]], [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Needs of the few... or the One]] and Film/BlazingSaddles.
7th Nov '17 3:01:28 PM Shamrock95
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* [[spoiler:ZeroEffortBoss]]: [[spoiler:The last confrontation with Dierker is essentially you riding an elevator up the Eiffel Tower in order to execute him with a single shot, without him ever trying putting up any kind of a fight. He will even jump off the tower himself if you remain idle for some time, sparing you the trouble of killing him.]]

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* [[spoiler:ZeroEffortBoss]]: ZeroEffortBoss: [[spoiler:The last confrontation with Dierker is essentially you riding an elevator up the Eiffel Tower in order to execute him with a single shot, without him ever trying putting up any kind of a fight. He will even jump off the tower himself if you remain idle for some time, sparing you the trouble of killing him.]]
9th Oct '17 6:38:32 PM nombretomado
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[[{{Tearjerker}} Sadly]] for fans of Pandemic Studios, the game proved to be their "swan song" and [[ElectronicArts EA]] promptly liquidated them soon after. Unsurprisingly, this soon lead to untold amounts of hate directed towards EA, not helped at all by the fact that Pandemic was only bought over due to its past successes, only to cease to exist under its new owners.

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[[{{Tearjerker}} Sadly]] for fans of Pandemic Studios, the game proved to be their "swan song" and [[ElectronicArts [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]] promptly liquidated them soon after. Unsurprisingly, this soon lead to untold amounts of hate directed towards EA, not helped at all by the fact that Pandemic was only bought over due to its past successes, only to cease to exist under its new owners.
21st Sep '17 7:08:35 PM MM_Crusader
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Sean apparently did something so bad back in Ireland that he was forced to leave the country after his father was killed by his enemies.


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* ParentalSubstitute: Vittore took Sean in after the latter was forced to flee Ireland and treated him as the son he never had.


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* SupportingLeader: After taking over the slaughter house, Luc rarely does anything other than spending time with Veronique. Despite this, he still gathers a lot of respect. Sean even calls him out for it despite he's the one who does everything.


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** The chest that British Intelligence sought is not brought up again after Sean delivered it to them and the players are left wondering what is inside it.
20th Aug '17 9:31:49 AM nombretomado
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''The Saboteur'' (2009) is a WideOpenSandbox game mostly set in GayParee during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It can be summed up simply as ''{{Mercenaries}}'' but with ThoseWackyNazis instead of UsefulNotes/NorthKoreansWithNodongs, or as ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''; though that's a bit simplistic.

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''The Saboteur'' (2009) is a WideOpenSandbox game mostly set in GayParee during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It can be summed up simply as ''{{Mercenaries}}'' but with ThoseWackyNazis instead of UsefulNotes/NorthKoreansWithNodongs, or as ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''; though that's a bit simplistic.
20th Aug '17 12:49:07 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* AlternateHistory:
** [[spoiler:[[LaResistance The French Resistance]] effectively forces the Nazis out of France, reducing them to [[TheRemnant a minor token presence with virtually no power]], over a ''year'' before the Normandy landings.]]
** The role of Vichy France is vastly downplayed with no sign of French military forces underneath the Nazis. The only sign they exist is an off-hand mention by Sean that the French military is fighting with the Nazis. This may be ArtisticLicenseHistory to prevent killing French soldiers.
** Not only are there apparently no British, Dutch or Polish units stationed along the border, but there seems to be no ''French'' units stationed there either - in fact, there's no evidence of a French military even ''existing'' in the game beyond a few Foreign Legion prisoners you rescue in one mission.
** At the beginning of the game, there is talk of an "impending" war with Germany. There is no mention of Poland being invaded and France's subsequent declaration of war on Germany several months prior.



* AnachronismStew:
** The game manages to make quite a hash of [=WW2=], featuring weapons that were introduced into service years after it takes place. Most visibly are the [=MP44s=] commonly carried by [[EliteMooks SS troopers]] (introduced 1943), and the Panzerschreck (1943). France is also littered with V1 and V2 launch sites (the latter was first launched in 1944, in a bit of historical irony, it was aimed at liberated Paris).

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* AnachronismStew:
AnachronismStew[=/=]ArtisticLicenseHistory: Basically, the developers weren't trying to be historically accurate; they just went with whatever looked [[RuleOfCool cool]]. Be sure to remember the [[MST3KMantra mantra]], because you'll be reciting it quite frequently if you have more than a passing familiarity with [=WW2=] history.
** The game manages to make quite a hash of [=WW2=], featuring weapons that were introduced into service years after it takes place. Most visibly are the [=MP44s=] commonly carried by [[EliteMooks SS troopers]] (introduced 1943), and the Panzerschreck (1943). France is also littered with V1 and V2 launch sites (the latter was first launched in 1944, 1944; in a bit of historical irony, it was aimed at liberated Paris).



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: If the placement of the Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Chenonceau is any indication, the Loire Valley is north of Paris in this version of France. It's south of Paris in real life.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Basically, the developers weren't trying to be historically accurate; they just went with whatever looked [[RuleOfCool cool]]. Be sure to remember the [[MST3KMantra mantra]], because you'll be reciting it quite frequently if you have more than a passing familiarity with [=WW2=] history.



** The role of Vichy France, is vastly downplayed with no sign of French military forces underneath the Nazis. The only sign they exist is an off-hand mention by Sean that the French military is fighting with the Nazis. This may be to prevent the player having to kill French soldiers.
** Not only are there apparently no British, Dutch, or Polish units stationed along the border, but there seems to be no ''French'' units stationed there either. In fact, there's no evidence of a French military even ''existing'' in the game beyond a few Foreign Legion prisoners you rescue in one mission.
** During the prologue, which is stated to be set three months before the game proper, there is talk of an "impending" war with Germany. There is no mention of Poland being invaded, of France's subsequent declaration of war on Germany, or of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoney_War "Phoney War"]] that lasted ''eight'' months between the declaration of war and the actual Nazi invasion.
** [[spoiler:[[LaResistance The French Resistance]] effectively forces the Nazis out of France, reducing them to [[TheRemnant a minor token presence with virtually no power]], over a ''year'' before the Normandy landings.]]
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: If the placement of the Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Chenonceau is any indication, the Loire Valley is north of Paris in this version of France. It's south of Paris in real life.



* BackStab: The Knife {{DLC}}/Touch of Death perk upgrades Sean's stealth melee kill into a backstab so quick and quiet that he can slip away before his hapless victim topples over.

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* BackStab: The Knife {{DLC}}/Touch {{DLC}}[=/=]Touch of Death perk upgrades Sean's stealth melee kill into a backstab so quick and quiet that he can slip away before his hapless victim topples over.
23rd Jul '17 3:11:13 PM nombretomado
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: One of the rare WW2 games to avert this, as the game takes place before the United States actually entered the war - in fact, there aren't even any American ''characters'', although [[FakeNationality there are plenty of American voice actors]] and a couple of CoolGuns.

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* AmericaSavesTheDay: One of the rare WW2 [=WW2=] games to avert this, as the game takes place before the United States actually entered the war - in fact, there aren't even any American ''characters'', although [[FakeNationality there are plenty of American voice actors]] and a couple of CoolGuns.



** The game manages to make quite a hash of WW2, featuring weapons that were introduced into service years after it takes place. Most visibly are the [=MP44s=] commonly carried by [[EliteMooks SS troopers]] (introduced 1943), and the Panzerschreck (1943). France is also littered with V1 and V2 launch sites (the latter was first launched in 1944, in a bit of historical irony, it was aimed at liberated Paris).
** There's also more minor ones in the form of the song "Feeling Good", which was written 20 years after WW2, the cabaret song "Koop Island Blues", which was written in ''2006'', the 2004 Madeleine Peyroux cover of "Dance Me to the End of Love", originally written in 1984, and... let's just say ''most'' of the soundtrack isn't from the time period, they just sound like they would be.

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** The game manages to make quite a hash of WW2, [=WW2=], featuring weapons that were introduced into service years after it takes place. Most visibly are the [=MP44s=] commonly carried by [[EliteMooks SS troopers]] (introduced 1943), and the Panzerschreck (1943). France is also littered with V1 and V2 launch sites (the latter was first launched in 1944, in a bit of historical irony, it was aimed at liberated Paris).
** There's also more minor ones in the form of the song "Feeling Good", which was written 20 years after WW2, [=WW2=], the cabaret song "Koop Island Blues", which was written in ''2006'', the 2004 Madeleine Peyroux cover of "Dance Me to the End of Love", originally written in 1984, and... let's just say ''most'' of the soundtrack isn't from the time period, they just sound like they would be.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Basically, the developers weren't trying to be historically accurate; they just went with whatever looked [[RuleOfCool cool]]. Be sure to remember the [[MST3KMantra mantra]], because you'll be reciting it quite frequently if you have more than a passing familiarity with WW2 history.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Basically, the developers weren't trying to be historically accurate; they just went with whatever looked [[RuleOfCool cool]]. Be sure to remember the [[MST3KMantra mantra]], because you'll be reciting it quite frequently if you have more than a passing familiarity with WW2 [=WW2=] history.



** There was also a bit of [[IThoughtThatWas name confusion]] on part of the developers with regard to the German firearm designation scheme, the result of which is the fictional [=MP60=], which is neither a Maschinenpistole (submachinegun, though it might as well be one in the hands of the [[EliteMook Terror Squad]]), nor was it introduced in service in 1960 (and then presumably traveled back to WW2 via a temporal vortex).

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** There was also a bit of [[IThoughtThatWas name confusion]] on part of the developers with regard to the German firearm designation scheme, the result of which is the fictional [=MP60=], which is neither a Maschinenpistole (submachinegun, though it might as well be one in the hands of the [[EliteMook Terror Squad]]), nor was it introduced in service in 1960 (and then presumably traveled back to WW2 [=WW2=] via a temporal vortex).
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