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Release Date: May 12, 2011

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Test your mettle as a knight of the Templar order, fighting alongside an accused heretic and embroiled in a deadly conspiracy that threatens the entire kingdom!

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About This Game

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 the 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.

Key Features

  • 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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct 9.0c compatible graphics card with 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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Razonix
11.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
I read several negative comments about this game below and I seriously wonder why. I mean, it's not like this game is claiming to be the opus magnum of the hack'n slash genre and the price is actually quite affordable, especially during a sale. I've played it with my friend a couple of weeks ago and I must confess that it was a really cool game. The graphics aren't really astonishing but that's the least of my concerns when I'm playing anything. The music and sound effects are ok I guess, there's nothing really to complain about. The story is kinda interesting too. Talking of it, me and my friends usually skip all the cutscenes when we're playing online but this time we were kinda forced to stand still because we faced some desync problems throughout our run and I read that it was probably because we were skipping everything. Being a hack'n slash, you usually just have to mash buttons in order to destroy everything in your way, but this game provides certain techniques that can be unlocked with your experience points and there're also some enemies which requires some strategy to be defeated. There's also some interesting diversity along the way, for example, there're levels where you don't need to face too many enemies but you gotta be careful with traps. The length of this title is another really surprising factor, I mean, you can hardly finish it in a single run unless you're a dying hardcore gamer. As for the negative aspects, besides that desync issue that I've mentioned earlier, I also think that it's really stupid the fact that the second player can't upgrade the character directly, it always depends on the first player to do it. Besides, in my modest opinion this game should be made for 3 players instead of 2, you'll understand what I'm saying after you play it. Overall, it's quite fun to play with a friend so I surely recommend it.
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Papa
83.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
I bought this game for 99 cent & my god it was the best medieval game I have ever played . It is like Fable & twelve sky had a baby . I would recommend best on sale but, it is worth the 9.99$ too ! <.<
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Rabid Doggo
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
This game makes you jump through hoops to play with friends.. I still haven't even gotten the opportunity because after creating two accounts to do this, it gives me a broken link to a facebook page to like. It just feels and seems so scammy.
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Crawdaddy79
15.4 hrs
Posted: September 19
***Note*** I bought and reviewed this game thinking it was Knights of the Temple. I didn't know until today that this isn't the demo I played in 2007, but instead one that was quietly released in 2011. I still recommend it if you can get it cheap for all the reasons laid out below.***

Downloaded the demo for this game as soon as it was available. After playing the demo, I made the determination that it was a game worth purchasing as an alternative to Enclave, Blade of Darkness, and Rune (shudder). I never saw it on store shelves (FYI... games used to be on shelves).

Two kids and a house later, I see it's on sale for less than what I've accumulated in my Steam wallet by selling duplicate trading cards. I bought it.

Looking through the historical prism of game developers trying new ideas, this is a great game. You have sharp textures, pixel shading, and depth of field. You have stealth. You have special ability tracking ("use your Witcher senses to follow the trail"). You have a wierd, totally functional experience point upgrade path. The achievement system is very well implemented.

Combat is good. Simple combo/ability system, with occasional minigames of 'fire the trebuchet'.

I can't speak negatively to the MP. I don't care about MP. I haven't tried it, and won't.

I can't speak negatively to the creation of an account with Kalypso. I already have one due to the Tropico games.

Note: Play Ryse before playing The First Templar. Ryse being the much better, yet very similar type of game.
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Qwertyo91
24.0 hrs
Posted: September 19
OMG CELIAN IS A THE FIRST POKEMON GO PLAYER NOT THE FIRST TEMPLAR HE HAS A POKEBALL ON HIS SASH
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grymmjack
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 18
This game is not very fun, and quite boring. It doesn't let you do much besides follow a linear path, and button mashing X with abandon to kill things. The RPG elements are pretty shallow, it's not really an RPG at all, more of a skill tree. The inventory system is called "outfits" FFS. I was enjoying the story, and I'll probably play it again because it's a very casual level of difficulty when played on "normal" mode that could kill a few hours of time. However, there are better games to play meanwhile.
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SLiverMulti
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 18
Got bored within 30m ... done.
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ASTRÆUS.
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
Like a PS1 game.
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Chiken_Sammich
60.3 hrs
Posted: September 15
For the $0.99 I paid for it, this is a masterpiece.

The First Templar is far from a great game. In fact everything is just about average. Yet it's still an enjoyable game.

There is no way I'd recommend this at full price. But this has gone on sale for around a dollar, a couple times now. Keep your eyes open for when it drops again.

Pros:
The story is actually fairly good & the characters are somewhat enjoyable.

Mehs:
Combat is average, but it's in that sweet spot between barely bearable & fun enough to keep you playing.
BGM is pretty good, but cuts out at times.
Character models are a little odd.

Cons:
The game is very linear.
You need to create a Kalypso account & deal with their launcher.
Gamepad controls take a ton of work to set & will never be right.(hard to explain, but it's awful)
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82 of 104 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
First the game asks me to create a Kalypso Account, then i go to play online and it asks me to create yet an other username and password. After creating those two separate accounts, do I then learn that I need to link the second one to my Facebook to be able to play with friends. The game it self seems lacking after playing abit solo. And being obligated to link to a Facebook account to play multiplayer is just absurd! Even more so since I do not have a Facebook.

Bought this on special for 1.09$ and honestly I don't sugest this to anyone even at 1$ ist'a waste of money.
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35 of 53 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! Even $1 is too much. The game wants you to sign up with Facebook to do a friend only game. You can get around this, but even then we constantly disconnect. The idea to use facebook instead of steam was completely idiotic.

The menu is blocky and bulky. The "bonus" missions are all must do, this game is a rail. The only thing that makes combat hard is that enemy can just leap onto you with attack there is no defense for. The finishing moves are terrible. The abilties are terrible. The story is terrible.

I tried to deal with the online system t oplay with a friend, but it's not worth it.

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Bought for 0,99e on sale.

I was almost amazed, how good it is. Ofcourse it's not topest game like Witchers and others, but it is good mixture of action, stealth or exploring ancient tombs. I don't forget that the game is already 5 years old and I think graphics are decent, not best, but on high settings game is satisfying. I quite liked story and mainly dubbing. Coop is very good addition to game, because your AI friend can be dull. Even the bonus in form "The Arena" is pretty good. It is not some endless enemies challenge, but it is more like short story about prison break.

Positive:
-interesting story
-great voice acting
-hidden things,weapons and armor, bonus objectives
-coop

Negative:
-you MUST create two more profiles if you want to play fully online
-sometimes dull AI
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Fun campaign co-op game. Well worth a purchase when on sale. Recommended if you liked LoTR - War in the North.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Fairly fun mid-market ARPG with fully playable co-op campaign. Perfectly fun as long as you don't expect AAA production values.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
The First Templar is Good Action,Adventure,Co-op(Best) Game And I like it
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Worth a play in co-op.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
DO NOT BUY; NOT WORTH $1

Congrats Kalypso for staying in business for 10 Years, but this game didn't even last for 10 years.

Just letting you guys know if you want to invite somebody, YOU NEED TO USE FACEBOOK, DOESN'T EVEN WORK! WHAT THE **** RIGHT?! You need to CREATE A PUBLIC LOBBY and wait until your friend joins.

The game is so clunky with combat and even the skill trees glitch out in coop!

YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A SEPERATE EXTERNAL ACCOUNT TO PLAY! (KALYPSO ACCOUNT) AND ANOTHER ACCOUNT (INGAME USER).
THAT MEANS TWO EXTERNAL ACCOUNT JUST TO PLAY, LOL!

GLITCHY ♥♥♥ WINDOWED MODE SO DON'T BOTHER.

VOICE ACTING... Who were they trying to fool?
In one part of the story, a Bishop tells you to leave the city because it's under attack and then the Bishop disappears! IN THIN AIR! xD

AND ALSO ARABIC NINJAS that have the Scorpion Costume from Mortal Kombat; I'm not even joking!

NO/10
The First Templar and also the Last.
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64 of 75 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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.

All in all a good experience. A poor man's Witcher 2.
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65 of 81 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Surprisingly addicting game. Too bad it's overlooked.

The graphics are dated, really dated, and you can tell that right away. But somehow, the game itself does not appear to be ugly - the game doesn't try to be anything else but a good and easy linear adventure. But in general, the graphics are STATIC. As in, there's no wind, trees are frozen in time and space, no physics, no discernible effects on the environment by your actions.

The story is extremely easy to follow though. No need to memorize names, locations and tons of redundant quests. And there's an abundant amount of history to enjoy. I'm not sure how much of it is concrete though.

There is a certain degree of suspense in some levels and sequences and there is the ability to do some stealth killing.

You can play as one of the two Templar brothers, and you can switch in between the two any time you want, eventually, another character joins in.
You can also gain experience and exchange it for some combo moves, more health, etc.
You also get to collect some items that enable you to get one or another armor and weaponry.

Let's not forget about the co-op though. The bad thing is that I'm not sure how much re-playability this game has. So I would rather see this game as a lone experience and have other games that scream co-op to have co-op (Jericho for instance). Your AI co-op partner is okaish for the most part, and your stealth moves are apt to copying your moves, but sometimes your partner with end up on the ground which is when you have to revive him or her.

Also, it's rare in games when the two protagonists tend to agree with each other most if not all the time. The two characters you play as agree with each other constantly, unlike in Bulletstorm, Enslaved, etc. So even though there's enough scripted dialogue between the two characters, I would probably enjoy to listen to some arguments about the inquisition, the church, the main quest and what not.

The game is also easy, really easy, but eventually, it does require you to pull off some combos and some well-times blocks and counter-attacks to advance further.

The voice acting is pretty poor though.

The game is pretty long. There are puzzles to solve and dungeons to crawl through. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

The co-op is outstanding. My best friend and I spent 3 days playing the game. A few months later, we started playing the game from scratch.

When we first tried running co-op we had difficulty seeing each other, so I e-mailed the dev at the end of 2012 to figure out what's up. They e-mailed back a few days later saying that they were out of the office because of X-mas (they also wished me happy X-Mas), and then asked that we stay put for a couple of days so that they could e-mail us back the activation e-mail (which you unfortunately need to play online), so they did so a few days later.

In any case, I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to relax, who likes the hack'n'slash with tactical approach and anyone who wants enjoy a nice story.

Plus, you get to support a small company that made the game in the first place.
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