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The greatest '09 holiday games you've never heard of Part 1: The Saboteur


We all know that this holiday season is going to be another big one in the world of gaming. With the release of Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3: ODST, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves gamers’ budgets are being stretched as thin as they can possibly go. But what about the games that fall under the radar? What about the games that are not as high profile as ODST that might go unnoticed in this bloated holiday shopping season? Every day this week I’ll be introducing you to a new game that you may not have heard of, but should be excited about.

Name: The Saboteur

Developed By: Pandemic Studios

Published By: Electronic Arts

Release Date: December 8th 2009

Genre: Action/Adventure, Third Person Shooter, Stealth, Open-World

Systems: PC, PS3, Xbox 360




While we might be getting tired of games that take place in World War 2, Saboteur seems to be the first that shows the greatest war in the history of mankind from a completely unique perspective. You play as Sean Devlin, a member of the French Resistance group Free French Forces, who fought the Germans in occupied France. According to the game’s press release, this is an open-world game where you can travel through all of 1940’s Paris “from the top of the Eiffel Tower, to the riverbanks of the Seine, the cathedral of Notre Dame or the prestigious Champs-Élysées.” Part of what makes the game so unique is that it features an “Okami style” palate where players are tasked with “coloring up” the streets of France by increasing the area’s “WtF” meter, or “Will to Fight.” By reducing the German presence in that particular area, members of the French resistance will help you by giving you places to hide when the heat is on, store weapons, and aid in the fight. Areas with high “WtF” will not be completely devoid of Nazi troops, but they will be isolated to “military bases, barracks, police stations, HQs, and other strategically-important areas.”

Fighting Nazis in an open-world Paris where you have a direct effect on the color and quality of the environments? Sign me up. The release date of this game is also perfect for those of you who will be buying Modern Warfare 2 on November 11th, and will likely have it finished by November 15th.

Make sure you check back tomorrow, and every day this week, as I’ll be introduce you to the next greatest holiday ’09 game that you’ve never heard of but should play.