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The Saboteur

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Not to be confused with Saboteur!.

The Saboteur
The Saboteur cover
Pandemic Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows December 8, 2009
Metacritic 76
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Motorcycle, Tank, Truck
Art styles Realistic, Stylized
Themes Europe, World War II
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The Saboteur is a third-person action-adventure game where the player assumes the role of a member of the French Resistance in Paris during World War II.

The gameplay is a mix of third-person melee and ranged combat, driving, climbing, parkour and assassinations. As the title implies, many tasks involve sabotage.

This game's released state was quite buggy, with issues preventing proper display and gameplay, including crashes relating to CPU core affinity as well as improper map display at high resolutions (above 720p). The GOG release addresses these issues, among a few others.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM disc check.[1]
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of it's version of EA Play.
Included with EA Play.
SecuROM PA DRM, limited to five activations per machine.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
Icon overlay.png
Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows (unavailable)
Gamesplanet logo.svg (unavailable)


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

Essential improvements

Origin to GOG patch

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

Overwriting files[2]

Use The Saboteur intro skip

Retail patches

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

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

In-game general settings
In-game general settings

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Saboteur™\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24880/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Saboteur™\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24880/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


External video settings
External video settings
In-game video settings
In-game video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-. Use The Saboteur Fusion Fix.
Use The Saboteur Fusion Fix.
Use The Saboteur Fusion Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use The Saboteur Fusion Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
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.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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.
  4. Use The Saboteur Fusion Fix for borderless.

Vertical sync (Vsync)

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


In-game control settings
In-game control settings
In-game key map settings
In-game key map settings


Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Saboteur\SaveGames.
  2. Edit InputTemplates.txt.
  3. At the end of the DEFAULT section, change the following settings to YES/NO.


In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

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


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

Issues fixed

Bridges can not be blown up

When blowing up bridges, the cutscene showing the explosion is not played and the bridge remains intact. Despite this, it is listed in the statistics as destroyed.
Cap the frame rate to less than 60 FPS[3]

Game doesn't start on a Windows 10/4+ core system

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

Change resolution to 1920x1080[4][5]
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

Disable shadows[2]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\VideoSetup.exe.
  2. Disable the game's shadows in the options menu.

Broken map overlay

Fixed in the release.
Set lower resolution[citation needed]

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

Game only runs at 640x480 resolution

If the refresh rate is set higher than 60 Hz, the resolution will always default back to the lowest settings
(This is only an issue now when going above 85Hz, it will default to the lowest game settings when using 100/120/144Hz, maybe higher too)
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

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. If you install manually, you may have to name the Special K DLL dinput8.dll instead of D3D9.dll.
  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, <path-to-game>\dinput8.ini, or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\Saboteur.exe\SpecialK.ini, depending on the installation method.
  6. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

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

Set windowed mode[citation needed]

See Windowed.

Game freezes when opening certain messages from other characters

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 config.ini (//Windowed 1) or changing to Windowed 0.

Controller incorrectly mapped

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

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


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9n

System requirements

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Reclaim Your Game - RYG's SecuROM 7+ DRM List - last accessed on May 2023
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 13, 2016
    With a help of Radeon PRO on-screen display
  3. Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2022-09-14
    Tested on version 1.03b from using RivaTuner Statistics Server.
  4. - last accessed on May 2023
  5. - last accessed on May 2023