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11:40 AM on 11.15.2010

A look at the Mercenaries 3 you'll never play

// When Pandemic closed up shop last year, it was in the middle of developing the third game in its open-world Mercenaries games for Electronic Arts. The game was called Mercenaries 3: No Limits, and this video (obtained b...

Nick Chester


11:00 AM on 03.29.2010

Ex-Pandemic devs make fun of EA in new iPhone game

Who says that being laid off can't be fun? Four victims of Electronic Arts' Pandemic closure created their own studio -- suitably named Downsized Games -- and have taken to that most lucrative of ventures, iPhone game develop...

Jim Sterling

9:40 AM on 01.18.2010

Helicopters in Mercs Inc. concept art, confirmed

It didn’t take long for an ex-Pandemic Studios staffer to leak an unannounced project after EA handed out pink slips. Our first glimpse of Mercs Inc. followed news of the closure, but to our surprise, it was later confi...

Brad Nicholson

6:40 PM on 12.16.2009

LEGOs and blasts: Why I placed TNT on cows in Saboteur

Sure, the structures in The Saboteur burst into chunks when RDX (remote TNT) is applied, but does one of the most common farm flesh-bags react the same way?The answer is yes.In the latest Electronic Arts podcast, EA.com&rsqu...

Brad Nicholson

2:00 AM on 12.16.2009

EA brings The Saboteur to life in live-action spots

Ubisoft's not the only publisher who can bring its games (Assassin's Creed 2) to life. Electronic Arts has just released two live action videos set in the world of Pandemic's The Saboteur.  Both spots are surprisingly h...

Nick Chester

8:00 PM on 12.10.2009

Ten Minute Taste: The Saboteur

You’ve watched delicate dancers gyrate with bouncing breasts exposed, now consider watching nine more minutes captured from the opening of Pandemic’s The Saboteur, the studio’s last release before EA closed...

Brad Nicholson

8:00 AM on 12.07.2009

EA: Saboteur sequel could happen if first one sells

With the death of Pandemic and Electronic Arts not exactly putting its marketing weight behind the thing, a sequel for The Saboteur seems unlikely. Nevertheless, EA has said that a sequel could come ... provided enough people...

Jim Sterling



Review: The Saboteur photo
Review: The Saboteur
by Jim Sterling

World War II games are a penny a dozen, having earned a reputation as one of the most overused settings in videogame history. Likewise, the open world genre has been exploited so often and so shamelessly that the whole idea of "sandbox" gameplay tends to be met with yawns and sneers from a great many people. Logically, a World War II open world game should be a recipe for extreme boredom.

So why is Pandemic's The Saboteur so bloody good?

It's a World War II game. It's an open world game. It's also one of the biggest surprises of 2009. If you're interested in blowing up Nazis and looking at endless breasts, then you really want to check this out. Read on for our full review of The Saboteur.

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7:40 PM on 12.04.2009

High costs of California to blame for Pandemic closure

Since neither The Lord of the Rings: Conquest or Mercenaries 2: World in Flames were met with warm reception, the Internet seems to have collectively decided that the widespread layoffs at Pandemic and integration into EALA w...

Jordan Devore



The Saboteur's free launch DLC features nudity settings photo
The Saboteur's free launch DLC features nudity settings
by Jim Sterling

The Saboteur released in the UK today, and those who purchase the game brand new are in for a sordid treat. Pandemic's last hurrah is getting launch DLC known as "The Midnight Show" that will allow players to toggle nudity on or off, as well as open up a brand new playable area. The rub, of course, is that this it needs a one-use code provided for those who purchase brand new.

If you buy The Saboteur new from launch, you will get a Belle de Nuit ticket inside that unlocks the secret basement of Sean Devlin's favorite strip club. Inside, you can play a minigame to earn some extra cash, and watch a saucy nude dance from one of three buxom French girls -- or all three at once, if you're feeling frisky.

In addition, extra hiding places will open up in the game's world, allowing Sean to evade Nazi pursuit by ducking into a selection of brothels. Note that this DLC is the only way to activate in-game nudity, which will fill the game with more boobs than you could possibly imagine. If that's not a purchase incentive, I don't know what is.

I've been playing The Saboteur for the past few days, but the game is so big it's been impossible to beat it before embargo. Our review will definitely hit before the US release next week though, so stay tuned. What I can tell you right now, however, is that this game is one of the biggest surprises of the year.

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6:00 AM on 11.24.2009

Here's what Pandemic's canceled Mercs Inc. looked like

The pain of Pandemic Studio's closure is starting to intensify, now that footage of a canceled project has reared its head. It's a multiplayer-only game called Mercenaries Incorporated, and it looks rather cool. Thank goodnes...

Jordan Devore





5:20 PM on 11.23.2009

Pandemic goes out in a blaze of glory

With the closing of Pandemic Studios, maker of Mercenaries and The Saboteur, and most of its staff now out of a job, things have been looking gloomy. But during such a sad time, you've always got to look on the brighter side...

Jordan Devore

8:40 AM on 11.19.2009

Saboteur 'sent out to die,' Pandemic closure was 'right'

It was incredibly surprising to hear that Pandemic -- a studio hard at work on the The Saboteur -- had been eradicated by Electronic Arts during a wave of layoffs. Despite the surprising turn of events, however, a former Pand...

Jim Sterling

7:30 AM on 11.17.2009

Rumor: Pandemic Studios to close soon

If sources have it right, then EA is to make Pandemic Studios no more after this afternoon.According to a Kotaku report, several unnamed sources have said that the studio responsible for Mercenaries and the still-upcoming The...

Brad Nicholson

11:40 AM on 11.10.2009

New screens for The Saboteur do not have any sex in them

If you thought that Pandemic's The Saboteur was all about brothels and boobs, then you're going to be faintly disappointed, because apparently there's more to it than that. While there's plenty of wartime flesh on display, yo...

Jim Sterling

7:40 PM on 10.21.2009

Confirmed: The Saboteur can destroy planes, smack Nazis

Our brains are now jammed with thoughts of big October games like Uncharted 2 or Borderlands. And it doesn’t look like November will be easier on ye’ old big pile of pink mush with Left 4 Dead 2 and Call of Duty: ...

Brad Nicholson