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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

    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game was quite a surprise, played it as co-op, very good story and funny.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This is definitely a cute little game to get if you can get it cheap. (I got it for about .50 USD) It made a pretty decent transition from console to PC and the graphics are still pleasant to the eye. There are a few issues with it, but there are also a few workaround considering how few people currently play. It's definitely a nice casual co-op if you just want to hang out with a friend, or you can solo it just as casually.

-- Pretty easy controls (keyboard or controller)
-- Pretty easy to understand Tips panel and not-in-the-way live time pop ups during gameplay
-- Pretty cute humor and plot holes that are a great laugh with a friend
-- Decent plot and enviornment transitions
-- Co-op is pretty smooth.
-- Not too hard, not too easy
-- Nice variety between NPC skills

-- Content issues not worth base price
-- Can't make a private match (due to broken facebook link -- make a public and have friend join on you works fine)
-- The server HOST has to level up the GUEST player
-- Some objectives have small glitches that can bum ya out
-- No options to change vertical and horizontal camera axis, making it a large learning curve on keyboard/mouse combo
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
There's a Wilhelm Scream in the first five seconds of the game. That about says it all.
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63 of 74 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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86 of 113 people (76%) 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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66 of 82 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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59 of 74 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
+Co-op mode
+Interesting story line and bonus quests
+Different characters and costumes to change
+Skill trees

-Noob AI
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74 of 101 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
WARNING! Requires 3rd-Party Account: Kalypso Launcher

Store page DOES NOT inform that you have to register a 3rd party account in order to play single player or co-op. VALVe shouldn't have let 'em release the game without some proper notification of their DRM intentions. It should have a yellow box up right corner that notifies the customer.. (3rd party account or 3rd party EULA)

You can bypass register-screen with steam offline mode (tested) but you have to be disconnected from the internet (unplug). It appears that their drm launcher detects internet even in offline mode.

But still no thanks, offline mode is for last resort playing. You won't be able to play co-op or unlock any achievements. It's wrong already to use 3rd party networks on steam but without some warning it's unacceptable. (middle finger) to all these developers and their without warning 3rd party activations.

'Product received for free' A friend gifted the game... which is twice as bad.
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
In my opinion one of the most underrated games ever. It is a very solid ARPG in a setting without elves and orcs !!!
Graphics are not really good , but never ugly and very atmospheric. Sound and music is very good and voices are great.
You will play with three different chars which can be changed during missions, which can be a lot fun .

The story is really good, especially if you like stories about Crusader, Stonemasons and the holy grail !!
I really enjoyed the feeling to be on a “little crusade” 

The game design is straight forward as in most action based RPG. You have to do a mainquest and lots of bonus quests.
Rewarded XP can be used to get new skills, upgrade skills, get more HP …..

Controlling with a XBOX Controller is solid and works good, but the game never shows Controller Button, only Keyboard shortcuts..

8 / 10
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70 of 101 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Kalypso takes your money AND force you indirect to be on Facebook!

To play this game online with a friend, you need a Facebook-profile to do so … in other words, if you don’t have a Facebook-profile, you are forced to open at Facebook-account in order to have fun coop-game with a friend.

So if you don’t have an account on Facebook, maybe because you don’t like the idea of having a facebook-profile, then DO NOT buy this game – otherwise you have spend money on nothing!

I do wonder why Kalypso have their games on Steam, when Kalypso don’t allow their games to run on Steams servers.

I like to have ONE account – ONE server to play my games by. I find it ridiculous to need several of servers to play my different games – and that is why I have a Steam-account – to play my online-games at ONE place!

I wish that Steam wouldn’t sell games which can’t be played on Steams own servers, because I don’t want to open all kinds of account everywhere. I want ONE account, ONE server from where I can play my games.

I hope that other whom read this will back me up and complain about this ridiculous policy to force us gamers to need many different servers and accounts (and now Facebook) to be able to play expensive purchased games bought on Steam.
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Morgan Freeman
17.2 hrs
Posted: October 28
i like to suck ♥♥♥♥
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8.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
Product received for free
About 10 hours of fun located here buy it now before you waste your time elsewhere
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[PuLSe] WooleR
11.8 hrs
Posted: October 12
Good CO-OP Game
  • No Lag
  • Little Bugs
  • Fun & Enjoing
  • Good story
  • Good Graphic (but FPS ...)
  • Adventure

But Can be Better ...
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18.0 hrs
Posted: October 11
It's a good game if you enjoy hack and slash adventures i recommend this one. Although i found a glitch that when operating some of the interactable objects the game will glitch so that your character will run towards the camera instead of away from it. Otherwise a good game. First time players look for the hints to the ending
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22.5 hrs
Posted: October 8

I loved the action and especially the story. Wish there was a second story or part II, but what more could be done? Perhaps a story that takes place in the future when the grail is again lost and required again to save mankind.

Anyhow, I was going to get this game years ago on the Xbox360 but read some negative reviews and skipped it. BIG MISTAKE! Luckily I picked it up on Steam years later much cheaper and must admit I am very happy I did.

I can't say it enough GREAT Story! Kept me hooked for hours upon hours. Just when I said "Ok, one more act, then I'll quit!" except that was 2 or 3 acts earlier and I kept going. Time flies when you are having fun so they say. I can verify that is TRUE! :)

Kept playing until I finished the story. Reminded me of a great movie when movies were great. Was also kind of cool because it kind of related to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, though centuries earlier. Alot of the trials and traps reminded me of the latter part of that movie. Great job to the developers in creating a game and telling an excellent story!
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Moms Spaghetti
9.1 hrs
Posted: October 5
Deus Vult!
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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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