Conclusion: The gameplay is very linear and the story is weak. If this game came out 5 or 10 years ago, it would be great, but in the end it feels like it was a cheap, watered-down knockoff of AC devolped by a team of new guys. While it is not the worst game you will ever play, you will probably be upset with yourself if you pay more than $10.
Conclusion: The whole affair just suffers from a lack of polish all round. The combat's passable but lacks any oomph, the visuals are passable while veering between expansive vistas and low quality textures up close, and the sound is mediocre at best. While it has some nice touches, like the expansive upgrade options and the fact it tells you where the outfit unlocks can be found, it's nothing more than a reasonably solid, entirely unspectacular third-person adventure that'll almost...
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, Pleasant visual design
Cons: Iffy collision detection, A scarcity of items to collect
Excerpt: The First Templar is a standard action adventure game with a touch of RPG thrown into the mould by developers Haemimont Games which sees the player taking on the role of a holy Templar as he makes his way through medieval Europe to uncover the secrets of the Holy Grail. Joining you on your quest is your brother in-arms and together you must piece together the whereabouts of this holy relic by interacting with non-player characters and embarking on a variety of quests in...
Excerpt: It doesn’t take long for The First Templar, a Crusades-era action-adventure, to rear its low-budget head. For us, it was a few moments into the game, when we noticed the protagonist’s funky walk: pitched forward a tad too far, holy grail–hunting hero Celian moves like he has some unseen issue bothering him beneath his tunic. Silly stride aside, more obvious flaws make a case for this game getting only a modest recommendation. Most notably, the controls are a mixed bag.
Pros: + Fast-paced, nuanced combat, supported by character-progressing upgrades., + Low-end production values are unintentionally (we think) funny.
Cons: - Some poor design decisions show a real lack of polish., ? Didn’t they have some sort of Gold Bond substitute back then to soothe Celian’s “issue”?
Excerpt: Though The First Templar features adequate design and decent replay incentives, uninspired and repetitive gameplay severely limits this button-mashing adventure's appeal. Conspiracy fans and history buffs would do well to look elsewhere.