Conclusion: Overall, The First Templar is a pretty decent game, but you do get the feeling that certain aspects needed more polish, including graphics, game code or dialog, but it's still a good action adventure game. While it's no Assassin's Creed 'killer', The First Templar will entertain players, especially if you have a buddy to take on the role of your companion through the interesting story.
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 the secret of the Holy Grail.
Excerpt: Two thousand years ago, Jesus drank from a cup. Such a commonplace action may seem trivial, but it transformed an ordinary chalice into the Holy Grail. This sacred object has fueled the desire of countless historians through the years and has wormed its way into just as many fictional tellings of its supposed powers. The First Templar uses the unimaginable delights promised by the Holy Grail to push you through this action-focused role-playing game.
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
Cons: Iffy collision detection, A scarcity of items to collect
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 . The action centric RPG features impressively fluid combat and some truly promising moments, but all of that quickly comes crashing down rather quickly by shoddy mechanics and questionable design choices.
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. Let’s dive right into this.
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. But there's an enticing charm that makes it difficult to pull away once you begin your journey. Strong visual design certainly helps.
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.
Summary: Overall, I had a pretty good time playing The First Templar this weekend. It was a little tough to understand what was going on, as it seemed to jump around a bit and didn’t have proper voice acting. In my build, the graphics didn’t seem quite finished yet as there were drops in frames at times, even on my nice gaming rig, and it looked to be missing something, like maybe the shadows or additional textures.