Excerpt: The First Templar is a pretty intriguing game, arriving from Haemimont Games, a Bulgarian developer previously known for more strategic titles like Imperium Romanum or Tropico 3, and trying to carve out its own space in the extremely busy action adventure genre.
Summary: The First Templar follows the story of two characters — a French Templar, and his companion, a noble lady who has been proclaimed a heretic. Taking control over these two unlikely allies, the player must uncover the mysteries behind the Templar Order, play a role in a grand conspiracy, and discover...
Excerpt: Whenever people hear what I do for a job, they immediately think that playing terrible games is the worst part, but I'd have to disagree. I can take the bad games, it's the ones that show failed promise that get me the most. Games like The First Templar .
Excerpt: Everyone knows about the Templars; holy order warriors that fought in the crusades, protectors of the coveted Holy Grail, and fist-pounding righters of wrong. Haemimont GamesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ The First Templar tells the tale...
Pros: + Combat is fun at times, + Co-op with a friend is fun, + Skill and ability tree is complex and intuitive
Excerpt: Holy crap (see what I did there?) I have so much to say about this game. Unfortunately, most of what I have to say about it isn’t too good. There are some things that this game gets right, but they are unfortunately buried under a large mound of things that it completely drops the ball on.
Pros: Decent Stealth System, Puzzles?
Cons: Animation and animation, Boring combat, Forgettable plot chars
Conclusion: If you break down the individual pieces of this budget-priced RPG, there isn't much that hasn't been done before. The basic structure feels like many other games, and the combat hardly reinvents the wheel.
Pros: Satisfying combat punctuated by brutal finishing moves, Stealth and puzzle sections are welcome diversions, Well-developed characters that occasionally utter humorous lines, Twisty level design with lots of alternate routes, Pleasant visual design.
Cons: Iffy collision detection, A scarcity of items to collect.
Conclusion: I am glad to see small developers still getting games published in an industry increasingly too expensive for anyone except the big boppers like EA or Ubisoft. It is hard for them to compete with the huge staff and budgets these behemoths have, though, and it shows in games like this one, especially...