Uncover the mysteries behind the Templar Order! Steam Exclusive Edition includes bonus mission “The Arena”.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (229 reviews)
Release Date: May 12, 2011

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"Undercover sass cops of the medieval era. Upgrade your cop with a crucifix."
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Special edition contains bonus mission “The Arena”:
Caught by the vile Byzantine, you have to survive the perils of the Arena. Fight for your life, face the Gauntlet and stage your escape. Choose who will stand beside you as you confront the Byzantine and his minions.

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
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
saved some people from a burning house... when they asked for money my AI told them to ♥♥♥♥ off
fighting a boss... took 5 minutes to realize I was hitting my AI
10/10 would play offline again
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
While the combat is a bit clunky it still manages to be fun, everything else but the AI in this game is pretty good aswell.
I recommend this game but not a full price
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Fun co-op game. Got it on sale for 3 dollars. I don't know if I would have paid 20.

Combat is fun once you get the hold of it. Nice longish story for only a 4gb game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
For the sale price of $2.99 (85% off) it's worth it. Don't expect AAA level gaming but you can definitely do worse at this price. It reminds me of Assassin's Creed (without the scaling of buildings) but with its quirks. The graphics are console quality think PS3 but cleaner because of Antialiasing. Also, I normally like to use a keyboard and mouse but prefer using an XBOX 360 controller in this game which helped with my character's movement during combat scenes. If you purchase the game, you'll quickly see why I prefer the controller to the keyboard and mouse. Also, I think its cool that you can play with a friend in split-screen. One person uses the Keyboard and Mouse and the other the XBOX 360 controller. Apparently there is also an online mode but honestly I haven't tried it yet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
My first impression about this game was like, what the hell those movements.. eww so unrealistic and like that. But while i was playing it, i got used to it, i started loving the story. Sometimes the missions are pretty boring when you need to do almost the same thing as in the other ones. But oh well, the game is awesome i would say, i like to explore and find these crates hehe. 10/10
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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The combat is fairly easy even on hardest difficulty , but story keeps it somehow interesting if you are into that kind of stuff. The AI partner is pretty useless , so if you have a friend play with them instead of playing alone like me.You won't find an online partner because nobody plays this anymore. The game is incredibly long and achievements are so hard to get. Good time waster.

0/10 - i hate templars
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A cute game i found the game very fun to play (its nothing special) just a fun game to play and unwind to. Dont buy at full price get when its on sale
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Fun coop game to get on sale, story is decent, the combat is a bit repetitive. Get it on sale.

Biggest problem i had was the fact that it uses a stupid activation system, having to register a kalupso account and getting an activation email which i didnt receive for 3hours just for playing offline is not how a steam game should work.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I was a complete idiot to buy this game
first of all, DONT look at the pics, the developers WISH they would put those kinds of visuals
cheap animations. Running looks like you've ♥♥♥♥ your pants

It is not SO bad though, it also has its advantages
Combat mechanics are meeehhhhh
playing as two players is kinda... cool..... a little...

my personal score is 4/10. Not good, still needs a bit more work.
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13 of 25 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Enemies do Wilhelm scream when they die.
10/10
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
After many attempts at different fixes the login buttons will not work on the Kalypso Launcher and I am unable to play the game.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
crashes everytime I try to launch... searched for fixes to no avail... horrible waste of time/money/space even though it was only 2 bucks. I guess thats how it goes when steam partners with a 3rd party company who requires a secondary 'login' to validate... for shame.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
this game is very cool
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11 of 27 people (41%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I'm torn: the combat in this game is garbage, but the setting is rarely seen(don't even suggest Assassins ♥♥♥♥ to me, as that game is beyond garbo, and it literally tore pages out of my favorite book, Alamut), so...I'll recommend it, as the tie-breaker is a big breasted babe.
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I bought the game for only $2, I downloaded it for 1 hour, I tried fixing it for 5 minutes, and it kept on crashing!
It was a total waste of money and time.
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4 of 14 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
The first templar looked like a fun game at first glance, so i picked it up for 2.99. Why not? When i went to play it however, it required a facebook account to play coop. Oh. How disappointing, especially since i do not have a facebook. Try to create a game anyway? Cancel the facebook link "your game will be set to no one can join" Well... ok... 10 mins to set up a dummy email account to set up a dummy facebook account, go to download the "The First Templar" app. It wont download. *facedesk* A wasted 20 minutes trying to make this work... and a wasted 2.99.
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6 of 48 people (13%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Better than Skyrim
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7 of 53 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I dont like it because run , walk and other animations are bad .
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13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The First Templar starts off fairly weak: a brief voiceover describing the Knights Templar and the central protagonist Celian's obsession with finding the Holy Grail, before cutting to him and his fellow knight Roland finding a murder scene at a small church, cutting between observations like half the pages had fallen out of the script. However, after this shakey opening the game picks up speed fairly quickly.

My first impression of the game was that it was similar to Viking: Battle for Asgard; an inoffensively average hack n' slasher with a few stealth elements. And while this assessment isn't entirely inaccurate, the longer I played the more I got NWN2 vibes from it. It's not really an RPG - your equipment is purely aesthetic and by endgame you can afford to fill basically your entire skill tree, and the only choice you're allowed to make is literally the last thing you do in the entire game - but it's very much the same sort of feel of incredibly proficient killers wandering into incident after incident while trudging in the general direction of their actual goal.

The player characters, while rather simple, get a bit endearing after a while, bantering constantly while navigating terrain and trap, but besides them there are precisely three other characters that get any level of characterization to them besides plot device to move the story forward. Celian himself is unfortunately a bit bland, a generic grizzled badass whose only apparent character traits are an almost crippling hero complex and a mild phobia of rats (which comes up precisely twice and never has any affect on story or game). Even so, his unabashed good-guy nature had some charm to it, making the game feel like a magic-free DnD campaign where you play as a paladin.

One thing that helps distinguish it from Viking: BfA is that the stealth mechanics actually work - sort of. When you're detected things switch into action mode instantly, giving no margin for error. Thankfully the minimap lets you know precisely where the enemy's sightline is and your support character is handy for quickly dispatching guards in pairs, making winding through an enemy camp with a series of neck snaps feel like a cooly effecient guerilla mission.

The combat itself is also nicely varied, with enough different ways to punch people's faces in that I was still experimenting with it by game's end, but with a small enough menu that you weren't left simply forgetting half the controls. My only real complains are that the combo attacks can be finnicky at best, often resulting in me shield-bashing an opponent I had been trying to bowl over, and that especially in late game enemy health becomes ridiculously high, with fat, shirtless torturers somehow able to tank half a dozen heavy sword blows to the chest. The fact that you never gain any upgrades to your basic damage output doesn't help.

All in all, I recommend trying it out if you like fun little hack-n'-slash games that aren't worried about being especially ambitious. However, I will leave one further criticism without explanation. You'll understand if you play through it.

♥♥♥♥ bear traps.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
You can't jump or duck. Co-op mode is broken in inventive ways, like player 2 can't use the tech tree. Keeps pestering for facebook integration. Enormous bulging invisible walls everywhere. The voice acting is awful and the characters are full uncanny valley. 10/10 loved it.
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