The First Templar
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!
Having actually played the game.....
Ok first of all I never understand how people can review a game having never played it or going by someone elses word w/e. Also You cannot base games on other games. They are thier own unique individual.
With that being said. Iv'e played through this game halfway so far on the hardest mode. Only been about 4 hours. Keep in mind this is a inexepensive game compared to others. The graphics are ok and the game is VERY linear. so if your not into that this will not appease you. there is practically no customization except for outfits you find in secret locations. There is a skill tree that you use exp. to buy skills so your first play through can be unique. I went pretty much health/heal.
There is co-op but hardly anyone plays online with the "everyone" setting. the game would be better if you have a friend to play with. the combat system is basic with upgrades in the skill tee. the parry ability is a must I found this out during a boss fight.
The game is very clean in respects of cussing. Honestly I dont believe iv'e heard any so far and I actually prefer this. As for replayability I probably wont play through it again unless a freind wants or to get some missed achievments.
Overall I give this game a rating of 6 just for the lack of custimization and replayability with the amount of content. there is a dlc called the arena but i most likely will not be getting that DLC. Would I reccomend this? you bet. whats 40 bucks compared to 60 for others. Besides rpg games a far and few on the 360. and the ones we do have are generally good. Anyways I say buy it, play it , then trade it in.
If anyone wants to hit me up on xbox360 to join a game if im still playing it or have it. My tag is SpareGgnome.
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.
Avoid it like a medieval plague
The preview builds are out and you can see the videos. This game is a mess with only 2 months before release. The animations are choppy, the graphics look almost low-res. The gameplay is uninspired, the combat controls poorly, and the writing is terrible. If you want a good 3rd person action game or action RPG perhaps I could recommend God or War, Dragon Age 2, or Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
Altus can make great RPG games
I agree that this game looks less than stellar. However, Atlus made the tremendous highly rated PS3 game "Demon Souls" -the only game I ever bought for the PS3. It had great reviews and was one of the best RPGs ever. So the company is capable of putting out a great game... the real question is can or will they do it for the 360?
I hope so.
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.
better then i thought!
people give this game a try today,yes it is a budged title but don't let it fool you.game is really good,also it gets better as you play.
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.
Assassin's Creed Much?
When i looked at the preview it completely just looked like a nock-off of Assassin's creed . I doubt this game will be any were close to the standards of AC and anyone thinking about buying this product should take a long look and it, ask people they know who bought it or look up the reviews online. Overall i would just say this game isn't worth anyone's time, and if you like the whole 13th century atmosphere you should look into Assassin's Creed
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.