Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Thirsty Templar

It turned out I only had one level to go on The First Templar,, so it didn't take long to polish off. All in all, it wasn't a bad game. I hadn't heard anything about it going in, but it was pretty fun. As you can probably guess from the title, the story's based around the knights Templar and the crusades, which is quite an interesting area of history, and there's quite a lot of (very well spoken) dialogue and text about it scattered throughout the game. I'm not actually sure how much of the text in the game is real, but it gives a good flavour of the period and the struggles that were going on then. The game itself is a very linear third-person action adventure. It's co-op throughout, which might have been fun, but it plays just fine as a single player experience. You control the gravelly voiced Mr. Templar and have to run around various locations throughout the world finding clues and fighting off Saracens, French, the inquisition and (ooh, spoiler) Templar forces. Along the way you complete various side quests and find some fancy clothing (I'm not sure why finding masquerade ball attire was quite so important, but there we go). There's quite a large skill tree that you can unlock for each character, but I mostly just used the standard attack and got through the game just fine (I played on casual difficulty, which made the fights a bit easier). Fighting is just a question of clicking your mouse to hit baddies and hitting space to block before they hit you. Not exactly tricky stuff, but it didn't get too old. In fact, while I was playing I was reminded of Diablo as a similar sort of enjoyable click-fest. Everything in the game is extremely signposted, so there's no chance of you getting lost, and the levels are all tight corridors with the illusion of freedom. Yes, you might appear to be on a high hilltop moving through some ruins, but you can't jump that 2cm-high wall over there, and that small pebble on the other side will also block your way. In general, it didn't matter too much that you were so completely rail-roaded, but there were occasions - especially in the stealthy sections where I wanted to be able to sneak round behind someone but was prevented by a cunningly placed small stick in the middle of an alleyway - where I felt the world could have been a little more open. For what it was, though, it was perfectly enjoyable. Not exactly an undiscovered gem, but a pleasant surprise. Onwards!

Next up on the randometer is...Alien Odyssey! Never heard of it. Looks like an action game from the '90s, so could be fun. Made by Argonaut, who I've had mixed success with in the past.

In other news, I'm adding another PS3 game to the done pile. This time it's Everybody's Golf 2. It's an old PS1 game. It's a perfectly fun golf game and I can imagine it would be great with a mate or two round and a couple of beers, but it's not exactly thrilling stuff on your own. I'm still slowly making my way through The Last Revelation and still enjoying it. Recently did a level set on a moving train, which was great fun - very cinematic stuff.

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