Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Saboteur - PS3 - currently playing

I've been playing quite a lot of Saboteur these days.
The game is fun, I like it. There's a few little nitpicks so far.
Now, I haven't played a lot of sandbox games, so I don't know if this is common or not. I can only compare to the two Assassin's Creed games I've played.

What I like:

- Not all the windows in the city are lit at nights. It may sound dumb, but to me that adds a lot to the believability of the environments.

- There is changing weather. It starts raining sometimes and the characters react to it: huddling close, pressing their step, getting an umbrella out.

- NPCs come in and out of buildings. They don't just roam the streets aimlessly.

- NPCs walk at different speeds, as opposed to a steady uniform walk. Makes them seem less like robots.

- The driving isn't as horrible as I heard it was said to be. Luckily for me, it doesn't matter too much when you mow down the random dumb pedestrian that wasn't bright enough to not cross the road when I was coming.

- The music is a nice selection of 40's tunes. You only get it when you're driving though.

- Blowing up nazi installations is fun and satisfying. BOOOOOOOM!!!

The Saboteur Screenshot

What kind of bugs me (not outright hate):

- Climbing DOWN from things is a pain. Saun will grab each ledge meticulously and you have to hit the drop button everytime he re-grabs something. So if you're trying to climb down a wall, it's drop, drop, drop, drop, drop, drop, drop, drop, drop.

- When you're being chased by nazis, some hiding spot's become available on the map. Except that it doesn't tell you how HIGH the spot is. It may be on the sidewalk or it may be up on the roof of the building. And what's worse, you can't easily see it on the game screen. There's a tiny blue icon on top of it, but is anything hides it, you can't see it. So I just run until the alarms go off.

- The French in this game is horrendous! Some of the acting is really bad for starters. Then you get American actors faking a French accent, which kind of passes. But when someone is speaking outright "French", it hurts.

The Saboteur Screenshot


Blake said...

I heard that the newfinesse is pretty bad aswell!