ATI cards were what the blame landed on initially, and people have latched onto that. It appears to be either a multicore issue, or perhaps a driver issue. The former is more likely because some Nvidia users have reported problems too. The issues seem to be isolated to Windows Vista/7. Some XP users have reported problems, but the most likely culprit for them is their computer not being up-to-date.
I have an ATI card and have the issues when trying to play it on Windows 7. However, I am able to play it just fine on Windows XP SP3.
I wouldn't recommend putting all the blame on the game devs. The recent revolution of quad-cores, Windows 7 (...revolution?), and extremely sophisticated chip technology of graphics cards have led to way too many variations in driver behavior, especially with high-performance programs such as PC games. I'm not saying that this game did not lack the need for more optimizing, but watching users go berserk and calling boycotts over a game is a little disturbing. I understand that we all paid for the game and thus we expect to have the value of the product, but you might as well blame the entire electronics field for all this cross-compatability/driver mess.
EA is to blame they killed pandemic studios shile they were still working out the bugs. I have a question myself do u know if the patch will be out any time soon i realy want to play without game crashing:P
ATI cards were what the blame landed on initially, and people have latched onto that. It appears to be either a multicore issue, or perhaps a driver issue. The former is more likely because some Nvidia users have reported problems too. The issues seem to be isolated to Windows Vista/7
Your hypothesis is contradicting. Far more ATI users have reported problems than nVidia. As for multicore, I've tried this game on 3 of my computers. Because, well, I'm not always on my main gaming computer. They all have multicores and nVidia, they all run fine. As for the OS, if any OS is responsible, I'd say Vista. >_> Windows 7 is pretty good about compatibility. Seems the issue would boil down to some kind of driver incompatibility, if anything. Doesn't necessarily have to be graphics card drivers.
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Here's what happened: ATI cards were tested on The Saboteur and they worked fine. But then a different version of the game was distributed. Obviously this version didn't work with most ATI cards. It's definitely a big mistake on EA's part, but that's not all. Not only has EA made a huge mistake, they refuse to give even a general release date for the patch.
It's probably safe to assume that the patch is going to take at least a week, especially considering how much Pandemic's crew has shrunk. Until then, it's probably best to just forget about the game. I'm certainly planning to.