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Release Date: May 12, 2011

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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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Mostly Positive (417 reviews)
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RuneGrinder
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
got the impression to try an unplayable ♥♥♥♥ing portage that should 've stayed a console exclusive - if so.

Plus, that frakking Kalypso account

could be a good game but it's garbage
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White Shadow
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
A nice 3rd person view hack and slash adventure game set during the time of Crusades. The game is story-driven and has the player take the role of Celian d'Arestide, and his two allies who accompany him, Marie and Roland, who are in the search of a Holy Grail to bring about peace and prosperity to the world.

The story is generally fun to follow. A lot of interesting events occur, a lot of betrayal, and some plot twists as well. The ending only felt a bit anti-climatic and rushed. I think it could've been made better and expanded on a bit. Some of the side characters were also not developed enough and not given much screen time.

Combat is fun. It's somewhat simplistic and doesn't offer all that many combinations for the player to use, but it manages to stay fun throughout the whole game regardless. Each of the 3 playable characters has their own unique moves to use in combat. Celian fights with a sword and shield, Roland with a single longsword, and Marie uses daggers, which she can throw as well. Enemies tend to come in some varieties too. Some might be armed with a shield which you have to destroy first before being able to hurt them, some are archers, pikemen, nimble assassins, war dogs, and even hideous beastmen.

Each character has a skill tree, where they can spend skill points acquired during missions. Some upgrades unlock new moves, whilst others are passives, such as offer more health, or increase damage of certain combos. This creates some character progression and offers some depth to the gameplay.

Most levels focus on combat, though there are some stealth sections as well, as well as levels where you have to solve switch puzzles and dodge traps. There are also some mini-games present here and there too, such as the Trebuchet mini-game where you get to operate a Trebuchet and shoot down some approaching enemy troops. In general, there's a good variety of things to do in the game.

Visuals and music are both fine enough and do their job. Neither stands out too much, but they're not bad either. There are also unlockables to get which should satisfy completionist player types, such as new outfits for the characters and also some backstory audio logs.

Generally a very fun hack and slash game with a relatively good story and characters. Highly recommended.
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Autopeças Renault
12.6 hrs
Posted: July 27
The game feels old, like a 2005 PS2 action game.
Still, the game is kinda fun.
Search for it in a bundle then give it a try.
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Jacksie
12.2 hrs
Posted: July 23
I'm not sad I played this.

Once you get past the first puzzle - a gate that opens for one networked player and not the other, forcing a restart - The First Templar can be more entertaining than not playing The First Templar.

There was a good puzzle at the end.

Recommended for co-op!

P.S Amazing things happen if you play local co-op with two controllers on an accidentally un-powered USB hub.
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Pet_Monster
12.9 hrs
Posted: July 9
Visuals are old

Animations suck:
No animation for a lot of events. sheating arms, changing walk direction, stopping walking etc.
To eat food you touch it. And you can kick open chests.

Combat is too simplistic and becomes extremely boring after a while.

You fight with legions of the same enemies all the time.

Beside some traps the game offers no challenge at all.

The interaction between the players

That Wilhelm Scream is not fun to hear all the time.

Final Verdict:
The game is a chore you have to do to progress a rather mediocre story.
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hitt.william
11.2 hrs
Posted: June 2
Very cautious recommendation here. If you're able to pick it up cheap and play it with a good friend, you'll probably have a good time. Some of the environments are pretty interesting, and a couple of the puzzles are clever. However, there are some frustrations. First off, the combat is a little stilted. The player is given a dodge-roll and a counter, but the timing on these seemed to be very stingy. Even after 11 hours with the game, I was never able to devise the actual rules that govern the counter (Can you only counter moves after the grey crossed blades are above the enemies heads? What about moves that aren't telegraphed? Do I need to be facing the enemy?, etc.). With the dodge-roll, the player is given a sort of window that doesn't altogether make that much sense. With certain enemies, I would attempt to dodge-roll away more than a second before a blow landed, only to stand there watching myself get hit. There are also some hit-detection issues with traps in the game. Often you'll find yourself hit by a trap that you pretty clearly dodged. The game also does this strange thing where despite the directional movement of a blade or spikes, you will always be pushed backwards towards the direction you came from, even when this makes no physical sense. Lastly, there are multiple "duels" in the game, in which the second player simply stands on the sideline watching the other playing fight. Pretty audacious move by the Devs, having me watch their mediocre combat in action, haha. Despite all this, I had quite a few laughs playing this game, and I don't regret the time I spent with it.
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D.R-M.N
10.1 hrs
Posted: May 31
I played the first time, I didn’t like it. I gave it a try again the second time. I love it.

Try it
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👌TeenJackBauer👌
9.4 hrs
Posted: May 27
6.5/10 TJBs
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bulletcluster
1.1 hrs
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.

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'Product received for free' A friend gifted the game... which is twice as bad.
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Spitcan
60.7 hrs
Posted: May 20
A fun game to play. the puzzles are challenging and the fighting is fun
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
A nice 3rd person view hack and slash adventure game set during the time of Crusades. The game is story-driven and has the player take the role of Celian d'Arestide, and his two allies who accompany him, Marie and Roland, who are in the search of a Holy Grail to bring about peace and prosperity to the world.

The story is generally fun to follow. A lot of interesting events occur, a lot of betrayal, and some plot twists as well. The ending only felt a bit anti-climatic and rushed. I think it could've been made better and expanded on a bit. Some of the side characters were also not developed enough and not given much screen time.

Combat is fun. It's somewhat simplistic and doesn't offer all that many combinations for the player to use, but it manages to stay fun throughout the whole game regardless. Each of the 3 playable characters has their own unique moves to use in combat. Celian fights with a sword and shield, Roland with a single longsword, and Marie uses daggers, which she can throw as well. Enemies tend to come in some varieties too. Some might be armed with a shield which you have to destroy first before being able to hurt them, some are archers, pikemen, nimble assassins, war dogs, and even hideous beastmen.

Each character has a skill tree, where they can spend skill points acquired during missions. Some upgrades unlock new moves, whilst others are passives, such as offer more health, or increase damage of certain combos. This creates some character progression and offers some depth to the gameplay.

Most levels focus on combat, though there are some stealth sections as well, as well as levels where you have to solve switch puzzles and dodge traps. There are also some mini-games present here and there too, such as the Trebuchet mini-game where you get to operate a Trebuchet and shoot down some approaching enemy troops. In general, there's a good variety of things to do in the game.

Visuals and music are both fine enough and do their job. Neither stands out too much, but they're not bad either. There are also unlockables to get which should satisfy completionist player types, such as new outfits for the characters and also some backstory audio logs.

Generally a very fun hack and slash game with a relatively good story and characters. Highly recommended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
58 of 69 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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62 of 77 people (81%) 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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57 of 72 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
8/10
+Co-op mode
+Interesting story line and bonus quests
+Different characters and costumes to change
+Skill trees

-Noob AI
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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59 of 83 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 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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43 of 57 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 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.

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'Product received for free' A friend gifted the game... which is twice as bad.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
It's a shame that The First Templar doesn't get much credit for it has a quite splendid plot and the fighting mechanisms of two playable characters are solid enough for player to try differnet tactics instead of tapping one mouse button at each strike. There is also some nice, light puzzle solving and sneaking features time to time. Unfortunately I haven't had chance to try co-op with this, but according to what people say it should be even more entertaining.
So, is this game something groundbreaking? No.. but I have surely enjoyed playing it !!
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
The First Templar is a respectable co-op action game set during the First Crusade. The enjoyable combat and decent story help to overcome the game's pedestrian production values, and make it worth checking out.

In The First Templar you and a partner (controlled either by another player or pretty good AI) are on a quest for the Holy Grail. While your goals are noble other characters may not be as trustworthy as they seem, and there are a few plot twists and surprise revelations along the way.

Much of your time in The First Templar will be spent in combat and the fighting system is good; there's a nice rhythm to it, and a wide variety of moves can be unlocked, which keeps things from getting stale.

When you're not fighting, you're figuring out puzzles, negotiating deadly traps, and searching for collectibles. There are even a few stealth sequences in The First Templar, and they're pulled off decently enough. Thankfully the AI of your partner is quite good, and they can easily negotiate the levels and handle themselves in combat without you having to babysit them.

The Special Edition of The First Templar on Steam contains a bonus mission that takes place after the events of the main game. This mission takes about 90 minutes to complete, and it has a few new Steam achievements to go along with it. All told it will take about 12 - 14 hours to complete the game, depending on how thorough you are when it comes to looking for hidden areas and collectibles.

The First Templar is underrated.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Nice linear experience, it's dated though, but if you like this kind of games (linear rpg-like with hack&slash combat mechanics) then it's totally worth it!
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