• Publisher: Kalypso
  • Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Also On: PC
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21

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  1. Apr 12, 2012
    10
    Really enjoyed this game. The story is interesting, combat is fluid and fun, graphics look great, the game is long and the drop-in co-op works really well. On the downside the anims are poor, particularly in cutscenes, collision detection isn't good and the game has an odd dated feel to it. Overall it's a strong purchase imho, particularly as you can now get it fairly cheap. I really hope they make a sequel. Expand
  2. May 19, 2011
    0
    I had a small idea of what this game was going to be like before finding it (which took multiple days and I have lost count of how many stores). Its a hack and slash style game, with the usual upgrade system in place to earn new moves or make the ones that you already have more powerful. There is a decent story behind all of the game play, much of which is based around the facts of the actual knights templar (though liberties are obviously taken). CONTROLS: The controls in the game few very responsive, since combat in this game is more timing based then smashing the attack button, that is a good thing. The camara will do most of the work itself, though you will need to control it during battles since they tend to be against groups of enemies.

    GRAPHICS: The areas you go through are richly detailed, with nice lighting effects and seem to have a good variety to them. They are clustered with a lot of things to stare at when you are running around them, which does help hide the middle of the line quality. Characters stand out somewhat, they are detailed well, with flowing clothing and nice texturing. However characters skin looks fake, almost plastic, something that is hard not to notice during the cutscenes when you are doing nothing but looking at them.

    GAMEPLAY: You always have two characters with you, controlling which one you prefer. Each one has a different set of moves and has enough variety that you will see the differences depending on whom you control. The one you are not using is controlled through AI and does a good job of being helpful but not doing all the work for you. They use the moves they have learned when the time is there, defend themselves pretty well. Over all with the lower price tag it is a great game for anyone that is looking to swing a sword with a reason behind it. Though be warned, this game is about the templars, so there is a heavy amount of religion in the plot.
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52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Jul 23, 2011
    40
    Consistently let down by poor design decisions and outdated play mechanics. [Issue#111, p.116]
  2. Jul 20, 2011
    75
    First Templar leaves me with mixed feelings. One the one hand it's a very fun and engaging game to make your way through with a friend, but on the other hand it has little problems here and there that mar the gameplay. It seems like it was sloppily put together and could have been better constructed all around in order to make the gameplay more fluid. It's a decent game to go through at least once and is definitely worth picking up. Not necessarily at full price, but it's certainly worth playing.
  3. Jul 8, 2011
    52
    Too cheap and nasty by half. They used to crusade against this kind of thing. [Aug 2011, p.91]