Not all games get to be the prom queen. But isn’t it what’s on the inside that really counts? Who knows, maybe Haemimont Games and Kalypso Media’s The First Templar will have a great personality. Maybe it really wants you to respect it for its accomplishments and talents rather than getting hung up on superficial things like looks or how far it’s willing to go on a first date.
But let’s face it. Sometimes all gamers are looking for is something that looks hot in one thousand and eighty lines of progressive scanning resolution. But hey, The First Templar is hip; it’s out there. It’ll even let you take it for a spin with a friend. Questing for the Holy Grail as a holy soldier isn’t something that just any game is going to let you do, even the pretty ones. Do the hot ones let you get all stab-tastic on anything standing between you and your legendary artifact? I don’t think so. Developers know by now that if they aren’t going to give us the most attractive pony in the stable, then it better be able to out run all the rest.
The First Templar storms the Xbox 360 and the PC this Tuesday. Avert your eyes if you must, but just remember that a diamond in the rough is sometimes worth waiting for.