Pubblicata: 30 marzo
The First Templar is a game I knew nothing about going into it, expecting the worst but coming away more than pleased, the game is really much better than it has any right to be. Screenshots of the game don't do it justice, some of the character models look a bit "derpy", some of the animation looks a bit stiff and weird but those things aside the game plays and runs fantastically. If someone were to tell me that it was a bit boring and repetitive it would be a valid argument but I found that they provided enough changes of pace with their level structures, level gimmicks, between stealth, puzzle or pure combat that it never got boring. Levels themselves seemed to be paced well so you shouldn't find yourself getting annoyed or bored with a particular level for too long. On the whole it provides pretty simplistic mechanics for combat and stealth compared to other games but they work and that's all that matters. Some of the combat can be a bit cheap towards the end, the window to react to some enemy attacks is annoyingly short and it becomes a tad tedious as enemies start knocking you down repeatedly if you can't react in time. Regardless, with enough skill you can overcome nearly any challenge, and more importantly the A.I. partner you have throughout the game (and you can switch control between either at any time) is wonderfully competent but no so much to deprive you of doing things yourself.
One final thing I think makes this game great, they hid various tidbits of historical information, typically excerpts from historical documents pertaining to the Templars and hunting them all down I feel like I've learned stuff from this game that I previously didn't know. It makes me want to go out and read up further on the Templars and that period of history.
So in short, it's great game, maybe a bit linear and restrictive but the mechanics work, the characters aren't annoying and the pacing and level structure is great.