The First Templar Reviews

  • jedimaster573jedimaster573321,636
    10 Apr 2012 18 Apr 2012
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    The First Templar is a hack and slash game based loosely around the Templar legends and one knight's quest to recover the Grail. While I am usually pretty generous in my assessments of games that do not rate very well, I give this game a 2.5 stars rating out of 5 for the following reasons:

    First the good points:
    1) achievements are not overly difficult
    2) combat is fairly simple involving minimal combat combos.
    3) leveling system is quick and allows adequate skills / protection that compensate appropriately for hard difficulty
    4) game provides both stealth and lethal gameplay
    5) co-op play (both online and split screen)

    Draw
    1) AI: The AI is helpful most of the time, but they will often loose lots of health, especially in tomb / trap areas.
    2) Graphics and sound: not terrible, but not great either
    3) Length of the game: Is longer than I personally wanted, but some may appreciate it.
    4) While the game allows you to revisit levels, it resets your regular and bonus objective progress. It does save collectibles.

    Now the bad:
    1) general movement through the world is "clunky" - the heroes wobble along with what sounds like water in their boots. While I understand that they are wearing mail, it still got aggrivating to listen to.
    2) The Environment:, while providing some freedom movement, was overall very limited. While you can get here and there fairly easily, your characters cannot jump (except logs), thus making it sometimes difficult to get out of areas. Once I was off the beaten path, I often found getting out took a while because I was stuck behind a pebble, small fence, bush, etc. It got frustrating.
    3) Bad Camera Angles: Combat was frequently obscured by trees, stones, or was too close to see when you needed to. Even outside of combat, the characters could not really look around (up) especially in tombs
    4) Story and characters have no real depth. You will probably be skipping the cutscenes halfway through the game.

    Those of you who have played Assassin's Creed will be familiar with the feel of this game. It has a similar story arc, similar missions (follow x without being detected, use the catapult, sneak around), and environmental settings. But that is where the similarities end. 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.
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    The Manic MooseGood review although I think 2 stars is a bit harsh. The game has the odd flaw but as a general rule it was pretty good. There was a story line, the fighting has plenty of move combinations to keep you busy - it is co-op which adds a lot for me.

    You have missed out though that the achievements can be a little glitchy - the collectible ones can unlock before you have them all etc.
    Posted by The Manic Moose on 10 Apr 12 at 09:31
    jedimaster573Moose, I will add co-op to the good. I personally did not experience any ach glitches, & the only one I read about was the chronicles. I would probably have given the game 2.5 stars if they had half points.
    Posted by jedimaster573 on 10 Apr 12 at 13:29
    St Tony22A fair assessment of the game.
    Co-op gameplay is always a major plus in my book.

    As for the achievements, I agree with Moose. It can be irritating to play through the game twice with the same co-op partner just so that both can get the achievement (unless you playthrough the game in one sitting).

    As for the limited environment, this is not a sandbox game. Cosider it to be the equivalent of a 2-D side-scroller and you will appreciate the game a bit more.
    Posted by St Tony22 on 10 Apr 12 at 15:45
    XZxF4LLENxZXNice review. TBH I wasn't really that keen on First Templar. I just like seeing reviews of games I don't play so I can take a break from the onslaught of Shooting and Racing games.
    Posted by XZxF4LLENxZX on 10 Apr 12 at 16:23
    ScreenSingerXMost of this is extremely accurate. Only thing I'd say for people looking at this for input is I don't quite agree on the similarity to Assassin's Creed. Aside from that fact that there are templars and Saracens involved, that's not really how this game feels to me at all. Yeah, it does have some basic missions that feel like basic missions in a lot of games in general, but using the phrase "knock-off" is a little unfair. It felt to me just like your basic medieval PC game. It's possible they exploited templar knights as something familiar to people because of AC, but it doesn't feel when playing like they were trying to mimic it. Celian's design certainly makes you wonder at times, but it's not like hoods are any newer to the genre than "walk awkwardly behind this dude for five minutes without being seen" objectives.

    Edited for a strange typo. Also wanted to add for the story buffs out there that the last "bad point" deserves a giant freakin arrow next to it. Without going into spoilers, it becomes incredibly glaring toward the end of the game that the main characters almost never talk about their histories. Their pasts are almost only mentioned when we're supposed to be seeing some sort of twist, which just makes us want to know less about what's going to happen and more about what the hell happened before the game started.
    Posted by ScreenSingerX on 12 Jul 12 at 16:23
    SliktorThat last negative point was very accurate. While the game itself was longer than I would have liked, a lot of the dialogue felt rushed and you never really cared much about what was happening. But the gameplay was mostly balanced and outside a few AI problems, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn't the most glamorous game I've played, but it was enjoyable.
    Posted by Sliktor on 04 May 13 at 20:05