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The Saboteur

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The Saboteur
The Saboteur cover
Developers
Pandemic Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Odin
Release dates
Windows December 8, 2009
The Saboteur at Wikipedia

Key points

The game does not start on CPUs with more than four physical cores. See below for a workaround.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM disc check.[1]
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Origin
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SecuROM PA DRM, limited to five activations per machine.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Overwriting files[2]

Use The Saboteur intro skip

Notes

This causes low fps (30-40fps) issue.[citation needed]

Patches[edit]

The latest version is Patch 1.03b.
This patch may slightly improve any performance issues on ATI/AMD cards.

Large Address Aware[edit]

Allows the game to use more than 2 GB of RAM (already enabled in the GOG.com 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
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Configuration tool.
Configuration tool.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can enable 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.

Windowed[edit]

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.

Input settings[edit]

The controls menu.
The controls menu.

Toggles[edit]

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.
    • SPRINT_TOGGLE
    • SNEAK_TOGGLE
    • AIM_TOGGLE
    • MELEE_STATE_TOGGLE
    • MELEE_GRAB_TOGGLE

Audio settings[edit]

The audio menu.
The audio menu.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, effects and voices.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Fan translation, download.
Languages can be changed by modifying entries under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\electronic arts\The Saboteur

Issues fixed[edit]

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).

Notes

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 GOG.com release.[3] (May not work for other resolutions than 16:9)
Install older drivers[citation needed]

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

Notes

No need to uninstall current drivers, they can be simply overridden.
Setting the game's resolution to any values starting with 1280x should also work.[citation needed]
Limited fix only up to the GTX 400 series.

Game only runs at 640x480 resolution[edit]

The resolution will not be taken into account if the refresh rate is set higher than 60 Hz in the launcher.
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.

Controller incorrectly mapped[edit]

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

Notes

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.
  4. Change SOLDIER_TURN_LEFT from JOYSTICK_STICK2_LEFT to INPUT_NONE.
  5. Change SOLDIER_TURN_RIGHT from JOYSTICK_STICK2_RIGHT to INPUT_NONE.
  6. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  7. Repeat this process for InputTemplates.txt.

Fixing crash on CPUs with more than four physical cores (GOG.com)[edit]

The game crashes on CPUs with more than four physical cores, such as AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and others.
Apply the fix with patcher[4]

Use Saboteur CPU Fix to patch the game binary, or use the pre-patched file.

Apply the fix manually[4]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Saboteur.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Change the byte at offset 9f56d0 from 76 to eb.
  4. On Linux, you can do it for example using this script, to run the game in Wine.

Notes

This exact method is only applicable to GOG.com version (Saboteur.exe md5sum ab4f7f1cf40e98b0b4a7858e8f11b8dc). Thanks to jackfuste from WSGF, who figured out the way to do it.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 1.86 GHz
AMD Phenom 9500 Quad Core
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6850 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
ATI Radeon HD 3800
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
512 MB of VRAM

References