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The First Templar by Kalypso Media USA

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The First Templar is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
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  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media USA
  • Developer: Kalypso Media USA
  • Category: Action , Adventure

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The First Templar is a co-operative action adventure game in development for Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The game portrays a dark and gritty view of the late 13th century where old friends become enemies, corruption spreads throughout the Church and fallen knights oppress the weak and renounce their oaths. The First Templar follows the story of two main 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 th mysteries behind the Templar Order, play a role in a grand conspiracy, and discover the secret of the Holy Grail. The heroes face powerful opponents at every turn, including Sacracen, King Philip the IV of France and the Inquisition. The First Templar features both single player and co-op modes. When playing solo, the player can switch between the two characters, leaving the control of the second hero to the game's AI. At any moment a second player can join in and take control of the AI-controlled hero.

  • Expansive Historical Game World: Return to the 13th century, where European culture is on the brink of collapse. 20 historically accurate locations from around Europe have been recreated for the player to explore
  • One player - Multiple Roles: Instantly swap between playable characters, focusing on the best skills for the job. Drop in/out cooperative online play allows a friend to help out! Fast Paced Action-Based Play: Unlock furious combos to unleash upon waves of challenging opponents
  • RPG-inspired Character Development: Each character has unique abilities and skill trees, which players develop as they explore the game world
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Find the Holy Grail—And the Truth About Yourself! I, personally, enjoyed The First Templar. Some people have claimed that it's too much like Dragon Age II, but I don't see how that's possible, since DA is completely fictional (fantasy, to be precise), whereas The First Templar is historical fiction, using real-world characters and locations (save for the Inquisition's Beasts, the only fantasy element in the game). The First Templar has three difficulty levels: Casual, Normal, and Hard. If you want to earn a whole bunch of achievements the first time you play through, play it on Hard difficulty, as you'll not only get achievements for playing through the story, but, also, three for completing the game on its highest difficulty (one each for Casual, Normal, and Hard). I, personally, found Hard mode to be a challenge, but it really makes you think about your battle strategy. In the end, I did beat the game on Hard mode. Next, an overview of the story: The main character is Celian d'Arestide, a Templar Knight from the small, quiet farming village Montségur, France, who prefers to fight with the classic sword-and-shield style in light armour. His two partners are: Roland de-Saint-Omer, another French Templar Knight who fights with a one-handed longsword and prefers heavy plate-mail; and Marie d'Ibelin, the hot-headed daughter of the famed Templar Knight Guy d'Ibelin, who wears extremely flattering clothes and uses her twin daggers to quickly dispatch enemies. Celian is on the quest for the Holy Grail, the famed 'Cup of Christ' that Jesus is said to have drank from at his Last Supper, and that is said to grant eternal life to whomever drinks from it. Clearly, Christianity (specifically, Catholicism) plays a big role in The First Templar (which is fine with me). While on his journey for the Holy Grail, Celian, Marie, and Roland will travel to such exotic and historically-important locations as Acre, Ascalon, and France, and will encounter such colourful and dangerous enemies as marauders, the Saracens, the Hashashin (whence comes the word 'assassin'), the Holy Inquisition, and many others. I give the story a score of 8/10, as it is a little disjointed at points (there's no real pretext for why Celian goes to Acre, for one), but is, overall, very intriguing. Next, the gameplay: Players gain XP by killing enemies, with tougher enemies giving more XP, but with no level-up mechanic. XP can be spent on learning new skills and perks for each playable character. Many characters have similar skills, such as gaining more health or an area-of-effect attack, though each character does have at least one skill (with improvements) unique to them. Many skills are linked together as combos by pressing multiple buttons, sometimes two at once. Many of the skills that have to be learned require the player to learn other skills before unlocking a new one. Many skills also require the player to consume a single, full 'Zeal Orb'. Zeal is gained whenever a regular attack is performed, though it is possible to learn skills which unlock new ways to earn Zeal. Health is measured in a similar way, by using 'Health Orbs' instead of the standard 'Hit Points'. It is possible for all characters to block attacks, not just Celian, the only playable character who uses a shield, though the player must turn to face their attacker (when the player attacks, there's also no auto-targeting, so it is possible to begin to form a combo that uses Zeal and press the last button in the combo and waste a perfectly good Zeal Orb because the enemy was killed before the combo could be finished). The player can also uncover clues to hidden treasures, which usually contain 'boons', such as granting both playable characters an additional Health or Zeal Orb, or fortifying the effectiveness of different skills, all until the end of a level, but may also fill all Health or Zeal Orbs or grant free XP. I would give the gameplay a score of 3/10, as there are very, very few original gameplay elements, some skills are difficult to pull off, enemies that use halberds (very long-hafted combinations of a spear and a battle-ax that can use either thrusting, chopping, or slashing attacks, but that cannot be thrown like a regular spear and are, usually, wielded with both hands) are very annoying and knock you down frequently with their power attack, getting back up from knock-downs is tedious (and those halberd-wielding enemies don't make it any easier, as they'll attack you while you're knocked down), countering enemy melee attacks is extremely difficult on Hard mode, as there are no markers indicating that an enemy is about to attack, some enemies can't be counter-attacked at all, the three times that you need to use trebuchets (catapults) to repel enemy onslaughts can be challenging to complete without letting any enemies survive (which you need to do for some bonus objectives), you can replay any level at any time (that, in itself, is fine) and keep all of the skills that you've learned since the last level you played and continuously gain XP and learn every possible skill in the game (e.g: say you learn the AoE skill for Celian during the tenth level, but then go back to the very first level. Celian will still have the AoE skill the he learned during the tenth level, even though you're replaying the first level on the same save), and there's no real way to accurately target with Marie's thrown daggers, though I do enjoy the brutal finishing moves that sometimes kick in. I would give the graphics a score of 3/10, as I have seen better graphics in games made by smaller companies. I would give the sound a score of 9/10 because, while I do enjoy the scores written for the game, and think that the voices did an excellent job, especially when pronouncing the French names, some of the other sounds could be better, especially the footsteps, which hardly sound realistic, and are, usually, somewhat loud. Overall, I would give The First Templar a score of 6/10 as, while the game is lacking in some areas, I did find it an enjoyable experience, and would definitely want to play it again and recommend it to a friend.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just very good it is a cheap solution if your a gamer on a budget. very good gameplay graphics are pretty good as well. get this game
    Date published: 2012-06-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad... but I got bored fast I am not afraid to admit I could not finish this game... not because I was disgusted with it or it had severe problems, but because I got so bored that I just didn't feel like finishing it. The story is of a Templar in the middle ages around the time of Crusades. Beyond that, there isn't that much. The combat is actually pretty good and the leveling up system is not bad. The game also looks pretty good although character animations are weird at times. There isn't much to say about this game... some people will like it, but others will find it boring like I did.
    Date published: 2012-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great game worth the price. This game is awesome and many say it is a knock off of AC but they don't know what their talking about. This game has a totally different story. The graphics are not that good but you can't base games all on their graphics there is more important things than graphics. Honestly, if i could and if I was this much of a game freak I would play this all day but I'm not so I won't play all day. The game is so much fun and there is so much to do in this game it will take months to finish so you won't get it finish it in a week and just sell it or something. You have to buy this game and play and finish it.
    Date published: 2012-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great game if u like epic games. Yeah its only the first one on 360. cant wait 4 the next one cant nothing but betta.
    Date published: 2011-06-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Co-op is not good I played the first level of this game, as the second player, with a friend. Throughout the first level he gained achievements, while I gained none for doing the exact same things. Also, player two has absolutely NO CONTROL over his stats and has to rely on player one to upgrade skills, equip armor/weapons. I was very excited about this game, because it looked promising for an easy, casual gamer like myself. It is a great game if you are going to play one player or if the second player has no desire to get achievements. And to top it off, it said I was idle online...it did not even recognize that my gamertag was playing the game, just that the game was in my system! A loud of bull in my opinion.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Priced, Good Fun It's essence of Dante's Inferno with very similar hack an slash play, it's upgrade ability and perks mimic that also. But for the price and the minimal effort it's really a good game for your money, and it feels alot like a PC based game which in some sense probably would feel more of that style if played on the PC but for your money this game is fun to sit down and spend time playing it. If you don't take it for something extrodinary and over the top then you will see the value in this lightly done action based game. I would rather play a good RPG but for what I spent and the fun I have with the history of the Knights Templar, it magically showcases that dramatic nestalga of that time period maybe not that of hollywood or the history channel, but if you like the history of anything Midevil then as I, you would really enjoy the game like I did. Just give it a try!
    Date published: 2011-05-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from poor game this game is for kids and it has poor game play no replay value. game freezies up a lot on last levels and the graphics r out dated. look like a xbox firat relase game with a up grade on the graphics. i would not buy this game
    Date published: 2011-05-22
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