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Cossacks: European Wars - PC

by Strategy First
Windows 98 / Me / 95
Everyone
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00005A9W0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 25, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,553 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Cossacks: European Wars is a historical real-time strategy based on events of the 16th through the 18th centuries in Europe, when nations and states were created and demolished, and wars shed seas of blood. There are 16 nations or regions in Cossacks: Algeria, Austria, England, France, the Netherlands, Piemonte, Poland, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Saxony, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venice. Each has its own original graphics, economic and technical development peculiarities, military advantages and drawbacks, and unique units and technologies, providing vast choices of tactics and strategy in war against any enemy. Thus, England is the mightiest sea power, Austria has powerful light and heavy cavalry, and Cossacks are the pride of the Ukrainian army.

Battles of up to 8,000 units may be conducted on single or network game maps. One can carry out lingering city sieges, wage guerilla wars, capture commanding heights and arrange ambushes, deploy landing forces on enemy shores, and conduct sea battles. The game system is arranged to reduce per-unit control and resource micromanagement, and to turn to global goals of powerful economy formation, science development, the capturing of new lands, and defending borders.


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all you AOE, AOK and AOK:Conquerers Fans March 17, 2001
I'm an avid AOK:Conquerers player and I NEVER thought I would find a game that would blow it away. I've found it!!! The graphics are stuning. The detail in the buildings is extreme. The trees really look like trees. The peasants and military units perform their tasks with an almost lifelike grace.
Rifles, cannons mortars etc. all have different sounds and all produce puffs of smoke when they fire. The artillary bombardments are spectacular; actual explosions and clouds of smoke and flying debris when they hit a target.
The ships are very lifelike, especially in their movements.
Forget the 200 maximum on units... I just finished my first run thru on this game and had a maximum population limit of 1000 and could have gone higher. There are also LOADs of unit upgrades.
On a scale of 10 I rate this one a definate 12!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COSSACKS: The Greatest Strategy Game Ever Made April 25, 2001
What can i say, The gamepay is exellent, the grafics are exellent, there is nothing i can find whitch is wrong with this game. These are the points i can think of that make this the greatest strategy game of all time...
1. The enemy attacks you in formation (not scattering its units like in age of empires or red alert).
2.it features loads of countries.
3.it is 100% historicaly accurate. the units themselves, tecnologies, formation of units,
4.in this game the population limit is 8000 (not 50, or 100 like in red alert or age of empires) + the computer does not crash even if you have 8000 units in play.
5. the grafics are brilliant, great attension has been given to the detail of the units. units are in proportion, they act so realiticaly, and are so finly detailed, that its almost as if in real life.
6. it has loads of units and upgrades, more than any other game ive seen n my life. every type of infantry or cavalry that ever existed in that time.
7. Every country has its oun type of buildings and units (unlike all other sutch games)
after playing the demo, and then getting the full game, i must say, this the only game i have not gotten bored of. for more info on the game, go to: [...]
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best RTS now April 18, 2001
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I like RTS games, but all of have their own disadvantages. When I first played Cossacks, I was waiting to face a new one, but the only thing I found was advantages. The game is better than Age of Empires 2 and the magnitude of choices is unbelievable. The computer is clever and unpredictable and this makes the game very interesting. (If you play the game in the "Very-Hard" Mode, your possibilities to win are limited.) If you like RTS games, this is your next game.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall: A disappointment. January 4, 2002
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I greatly enjoyed the Age of Empires series, but I always wished it was based more on actual history rather than a very loose interpretation. I thought Cossacks would be the answer to my hopes. It was billed as the most historically accurate of the build and destroy realtime strategy games. It would achieve this by having a much narrower scope than the Age of Empires games: two hundred years of European history with a focus on Eastern Europe in the 17-18th centuries. Although, the narrow scope may sound limiting, any history buff will recognize that period as a treasure trove of conflicts and wars: the Thirty Years War, Ukranian Revolts, Turkish Invasions, French Wars of Religion, the English Civil War, and so and so on. As a huge history buff, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this game.
Cossacks looks impressive: sixteen different nations each with their own seperate building set and most with their own unique units. Also the AI is fairly aggressive especially in the early stages of the game- it's a "rusher." How one raises an army is also much more complex than other realtime strategy games because your units use resouces so if your economy is destroyed then your army will run out of supplies and will then desert. Also the graphics and sound are terrific: pikemen advance in formation, musketeers in line firing and reloading, heavy cavalry charging into battle, your peasants walking through a sea of wheat, and the roar of cannons.
However, after numerous playings I grew more and more disappointed with how Cossacks played. First off, despite the individual building sets and unique units, there is little difference between the various nations.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Well, I REALLY wanted to love this game. I came close, really close, but ultimately returned it today. I won't repeat everything that others have said about how great it is, but I do agree with most of their points. Using more than 200 units was a great feature, it got a little crazy at first but once you got used to it it did add realism - costs of units in Cossacks have been lowered compared to other RTS games so you can afford huge armies. I must compliment Strategy First on their attention to detail, the buildings were spectacular, and as far as I know much of the game was historically accurate in generating thier 16 (yes 16!!!) different nations. In Cossacks defense it was quite fun to play in a genre between AOK and more modern warfare such as one of the many WWII games out there.
OK, now here is why I returned the game: My biggest complaint will probably not effect too many people but since 75-90% of my gaming is gone multiplayer with friends from accross the country we were dissapointed with the fact that AI controlled armies were unavailable in Multiplayer mode!! I don't understand why this was since they do have a random map option for sigle player and it wouldn't have been too complicated to include this option for multiplayer. Not everyone is super competative and loves to whoop up on thier friends - we prefer to work together to overcome multiple AI Armies which is not possible in Cossacks
I also had problems with the game play. The Frigates and Battleships (emphasis on the later) were just too powerful. Their cannon range is incredible!! If you play an Island or Continents map these ships could almost fire all the way accross the land. No building or unit is safe from their wrath.
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