The Saboteur

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The Saboteur
The Saboteur cover
Pandemic Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows December 8, 2009
Metacritic 76
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Tank, Truck
Art styles Realistic, Stylized
Themes Europe, World War II
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The Saboteur is a third-person action-adventure game taking place in the setting of World War II's Paris, France, as it is occupied by the Nazis. The actual events and situations have been altered in the name of game play and the ability to tell a single, if wide-ranging, story within this volatile setting.

The gameplay itself is a mix of third-person melee and ranged combat and various driving tasks, as presented in the Grand Theft Auto series beginning in its 3D era; and climbing, parkour and assassinations as in the Assassin's Creed series. As the title implies, sabotage of the Nazis' various materiel also takes place, usually of the explosive variety.

This was to be the last title of the developer Pandemic Studios - the publisher EA, as they have done with other studios over the years, closed Pandemic after the title was released.

This game's released state was quite buggy, with issues preventing proper display and game play, including crashes relating to CPU core affinity as well as improper map display at high resolutions (above 720p). GOG has released a version which addresses these and other issues.

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM disc check.[1]
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Included with EA Play.
SecuROM PA DRM, limited to five activations per machine.
Windows (unavailable)

Essential improvements[edit]

Origin to GOG patch[edit]

This patch updates Origin version of The Saboteur to GOG version. Patch only affects game's main executable. Download it here.
With this patch you'll get all the GOG fixes for your Origin release of The Saboteur: fixes for multi-core and map issues, plus enabled LAA.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Overwriting files[2]

Use The Saboteur intro skip

Retail patches[edit]

The latest version for retail release is Patch 1.03b.
This patch may slightly improve any performance issues on ATI/AMD cards. GOG and Origin versions are already patched.

Large Address Aware[edit]

Allows the game to use more than 2 GB of RAM (already enabled in the version, you do not have to patch it).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Saboteur™\SaveGames\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Saboteur™\SaveGames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Configuration tool.
Configuration tool.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can enable MSAA and SGSSAA by following this guide.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double Buffered V-sync enabled by default. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.


Edit config file[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.ini.
  3. Add Windowed 1 at the end of the file.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Edit config file[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.ini
  3. Change VSync 1 to Vsync 0 to disable V-sync.

Motion blur[edit]

Edit config file[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.ini.
  3. Change PostProcessing 1 to PostProcessing 0.


The controls menu.
The controls menu.


Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit InputTemplates.txt.
  3. At the end of the DEFAULT section, change the following settings to YES/NO.


The audio menu.
The audio menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, effects and voices.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation: download (GGames)
Fan translation, ZoG.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation by IGTC Team, download.
Fan translation by [1].
Languages can be changed by modifying entries under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\electronic arts\The Saboteur

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't start on a windows 10/4+ core system[edit]

Fixed in the release.
There is no dedicated fix - just use GOG version

If you don't own GOG version of the game, use Origin to GOG patch. Fallback version of the patch may theoretically be used with retail version.


The problem may still persist on Windows 10 x64 build 1803

Accessing the Stats screen and exiting the game crashes to desktop/freezes the game[edit]

Change resolution to 1920x1080[3][4]
As a workaround to exit the game at higher than 1920x1080 resolutions, select the stats screen to force the game to crash to desktop and therefore exit without freezing the game at the exit prompt. If exiting normally at 4K resolution for example, a freeze occurs which can block access to the desktop requiring a system restart to regain control (saves are not impacted by this workaround).
  1. Set the game's resolution to 1920x1080 or less (1440p and higher causes these crashes)

Low performance on modern systems[edit]

Disable shadows[2]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\VideoSetup.exe.
  2. Disable the game's shadows in the options menu.
Disable Vertical sync (Vsync) for more consistent frame pacing[citation needed]
Set compatibility to Windows XP[citation needed]
  1. Right-click on the launcher (or desktop icon).
  2. Set the compatibility to Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows XP (Service Pack 3).


On Windows setting the game's priority through the task manager to Real Time might help.[citation needed]
Running the game with less cores will only end up with the game running even more poorly.

Broken map overlay[edit]

Fixed in the release.
Install older drivers for Nvidia GPU's[citation needed]

Install older drivers versions for Windows Vista and 7 (64-bit), Windows Vista and 7 (32-bit) or Windows XP.


No need to uninstall current drivers, they can be simply overridden.
Limited fix only up to the GTX 400 series.
Set lower resolution

Set the game's resolution to 720p or lower.

Game only runs at 640x480 resolution[edit]

If the refresh rate is set higher than 60 Hz, the resolution will always default back to the lowest settings
Change refresh rate[citation needed]

For running the game at higher than 60 Hz properly, see Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Set windowed mode[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Open VideoSetup.exe in the installation folder.
  2. Set refresh rate to 60 Hz or less.
  3. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  4. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  5. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\Saboteur.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  6. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

"The Saboteur is unable to continue due to an error initializing your graphics hardware."[edit]

Set windowed mode[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Game freezes when opening certain messages from other characters[edit]

Set windowed mode. Alternatively, try changing Vsync and refresh rate.

See Windowed.


The game auto saves after a (properly) opened message is closed, so you can quit the game and revert the changes before meeting the sender. Windowed mode can be disabled by adding "//" before it in the config.ini file (//Windowed 1) or changing to Windowed 0.

Controller incorrectly mapped[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download The Saboteur - Controller Remapping Fix.
  2. Copy the file to the installation folder and overwrite.


Alternatively, go to the installation folder, open InputTemplates.txt and remove alternative pad then save.

Xbox 360 Controller camera control fix[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open InputTemplates.txt.
  3. Look for a section called OTHER GAMEPAD.
  6. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  7. Repeat this process for InputTemplates.txt.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 1.86 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
ATI Radeon HD 2600
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible