Rather surprising amount of depth in this game. While I probably wouldn't buy this at full price, getting it on sale or in a bundle is a sure thing. The graphics are pleasant - not perfect but for the most part I was happy looking around at what the game had to offer. It played a lot like a non-complex Witcher (2). Gameplay was responsive with button combos to swing your sword this way or that or kick or whatever, and there are RPG elements to unlock more combos/abilities/perks. Honestly I was expecting poor gameplay and that was a surprise for me. The story is better than many of the reviews are stating, but it's not told in a very effective way. Cheesy lines delivered by soft-spoken NPCs in which you see little. But it's there. It's not Shakespeare in that it's easy to miss if your ears aren't open, but it's a bit harder to pick up is all. Regardless, story is not needed. It's meant to be played not read or watched (in that if it were a movie or a novel it would suck). The individual cells or environments are unique enough and I rather enjoyed snapping between two characters or having the option to play co-op (not that I have any friends). Many people say there are too many co-op games, but I feel a lot of games just ignore co-op even if it would fit perfectly. At least give those of us who like co-op the option, and those who don't like it lose nothing in the process.
I'm a big fan of hack-and-slash games, and this game is one of the better ones in that genre. The first few battles took a little bit of getting used to, but once you start feeling comfortable with the controls, this game takes on a life of it's own. Probably what separates this game from so many others in this genre, is it's fabulous story. You will travel to so many unique and well designed locations as you slowly unravel the story that is so skillfully presented. This game doesn't get boring. From the very beginning to the exciting conclusion, you will be deeply involved in the story, and look forward to the next location to see what happens next. I only played this as a single player, so I can't comment on the co-op mode, but if it's anything like the single-player mode, than I'm sure it's really fun (btw, this is one of the few games that actually supports local co-op). Get this game, and learn more about the fascinating history of the templars, while having a blast hacking away in many unique locations.
The first Templar storyline itself it’s nice and involving, personally I’m big fan of medieval stuff, and this game really hooked me up reading all the dialogs, exploring the scenarios where you'll visit a variety of locations that genuinely feel different, even if it is easy to spot the direction you're supposed to go. The graphics might not be that great but still packs tons of beautiful colors and textures, although you will come across some very low-res rocks, walls and water through the game. The faces of the characters don’t seem to be very dynamic especially in some of the cutscenes, but if u pay attention most of the environments are very nicely done and detailed, and beatiful like Celian’s home. The gameplay is very good with nice combat mechanics, where each character has its own style Roland with the 2-hnder, Celian with shield/one-hander and Marie with the daggers; and the all leared and upgrade different moves as you lvl up. I like the controls because they are smooth and simple just like in any other hack ‘n slash game, u don’t really need to use all of the special or combo attacks at all, you can just go and play the whole game with the basic attack/block Still jumping and dodging can be sometimes a lil trickier, requiring a double-tap of the direction key. So if you are down for some hack ‘n slash through a nice medieval environment and entertaining story, then First Templar it’s your game.
No, we're not talking about the bad, cruel and evil templars of the Assassin's Creed series. We're talking about the good guys here. It's an amazing game to play with a friend if you like Co-Op and it's still amazing if you want to play it by yourself. The story is pretty interesting and it will hook you up for sure. The game has controls that you'll find easy to understand, so that make it a great RPG. The achievements are not so hard. So, the achievements hunters will find it interesting even more. Buy, buy, buy. This game is very underrated and I suggest you to ignore the awful score that some sites gave to it. It's worth your money.
The first templar ever? This must be the guy who inspired Abstergo. No but he's not really the first templar, as we are introduced to the french Templar Order and not in its earliest of days. And also forget all the history lessons ever, as this game seems almost set in an alternate universe. I won't get into the details of how the crusades are amongst the worst things to happen to any religion ever. I have to note that our main characters might be the first templars (plural) to rebel against the Order. Well, at least that's what I got from the story. I will admit that i couldn't follow the plot, in my shame, but not because it's so convoluted (it probably is, but I don't know). The voice acting is sub par, with a few notable exceptions, like the girl whom's name I forgot. In fact, I don't remember any of their names either. The sound is simply too awkward to pay attention to the things that are happening on screen, as such many will just skip the cutscene and will end up fighting apparently random bosses. The graphics are poor, although there is a bit of variety, textures on characters and environments are just weak. The combat is okay, upgradable and seamless, but nothing noteworthy. The puzzles are clever, although they get too repetitive and boring in the later levels. What got me intrigued are the stealth missions, but probably because I just simply love everything stealth. The game however shines when you're playing co-op, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has local co-op, meaning two people can play on the same screen and even interchange their characters with a simple button combination. That's a game seller right there. Overall, a good waste of time, not a bad one.
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