Sabotain: an unfinished game from Russia
nemesritak wrote this review on .
This is my first review I try to write, as I played a game which has not been reviewed yet. Sorry for the linguistical and spelling mistakes, English is not my mother tongue.
The game has got serious bugs, which make it impossible to reach all the alternate endings of it. The logical structure of the game makes me think it has got minimally 3 different endings, depending on that, which fraction you choose to support.
It has got stability problems, too, it crashes many times, some crashes are so deep, that even the quicksave and the settings disappear. So, if you decide to try this game, do not forget to make normal saves quite often if you do not like to loose your progress because of crashes. (Crashes usually occured just after loading a new map.)
The story itself is quite good, the game is addictive, there are a lot of quests to do, so I really feel sorry for this game, which could be a good one if the developers really finish it. But unfortunately they do not seem to plan to release a patch to fix the gameplay and the stability bugs. So, this game is as it is now. I do not know how the Russians dared to release it in this condition.
About the story. There is a war between the Empire and the Confederation. The Confederation seems to be in a better position, so the Empire sends you, a secret agent to the capital of the Confederation to make sabotages to reverse the situation. At a later point of the game you have to choose: staying loyal to the Empire, or working for the
Confederation. If you decided to help the Confederation, then later you will have to make one more decision: staying at the Confederation's side, or choosing the Rebels instead. There is a little of difference in the gameplay if you choose Rebels, depending on that you are playing the role of the male or the female hero.
Tasks are quite various such as a lot of shooting (both people and monsters), talking to a lot of different characters, buying, selling things, arena fights, casino games, looking for things and locations, driving. The only thing I did not like is that some tasks are rather cruel. (E.g. you have to eliminate the Rebels, if you are working for the Confederation. But there is a person among them, who helped you to escape from their captivity. He/she is unarmed and not resisting when you attack the Rebel
headquarters. But you must execute him/her, too. In an other case, you have to attack the CIA Office to destroy their computers. Also you are ordered to kill all the agents found inside. Well, some of them are unarmed, just shivering with their hands up. I know, they are only NPCs, but I did not like to butcher them. It is not my style!)
Alltogether, I rate this game 4.9 points out of 10. Difficulty: medium. (Not the gameplay itself, that is mostly easy, but avoiding bugs needs a big effort.) Graphics: comparing to games came out the same time, I must say it is poor. Music: mostly good. Voice acting: mediocre or rather poor, spiced with some sound bugs, too.