Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The addition of numerous scenarios and awesome graphics make this game one of the year's best. I recommend that you purchase this game and get playing online for some of the best multiplayer action to hit the RTS genre in a long time.
  2. The fact that players must watch their units and stockpiles carefully is an extra, and welcome, dose of realism. Nothing is worse than having a mutiny on your hands or losing your structures to your enemy.
  3. Although based on the AoE formula, enough new gameplay ideas to keep the jaded real-time strategy gamer and history buff alike playing for a good long time to come. If you have the patience and time, I suggest you check out this game.
  4. Some will like the increased complexity and find all they need in this game, while others might get lost in the multitude of stats, units and options and simply give the whole thing a miss.
  5. What sets Cossacks apart from other games is its spectacular visuals and its attention to historical detail.
  6. An excellent strategy game which is sadly somewhat marred by its overly difficult campaigns and unimpressive enemy AI.
  7. 78
    It's also almost exactly like "Age of Empires II" with a facelift and a few new perks. It fails to really innovate in any area; instead offering a few new perks and a few things that'll have you saying, "That's kind of cool!"
  8. 75
    The real selling point of Cossacks is the opportunity to stage massive combat situations where up to 8,000 troops can be present on the battlefield at once.
  9. The most innovative aspect of the game is the formations feature. Large groups of soldiers can be controlled with considerably reduced effort and the flavor of the game is enhanced immensely.
  10. But while AOK managed to hit every note just about right, Cossacks mixes together some harmony and cacophony (continuing the metaphor) and doesn't quite achieve the same elegance of gameplay.
  11. If you don't mind another variation on an oft-played theme, Cossacks has more than enough variety to ensure fun empire building and colorful clashes.
  12. Better AI and pathfinding and less reliance on such large quantities of resources would make Cossacks faster playing and more enjoyable.
  13. GamePower
    62
    Suffers from Y.A.T.W. syndrome (Yours Against the World). ... at least give the computer opponents some pretense of fighting with one another instead of having some secret alliance to focus almost entirely on your units.
  14. 60
    The resources might have been ripped off from "Settlers," but they're perfectly balanced and you get a genuine sense of achievement as you build a thriving town from a few sticks and a couple of peasants.
  15. Spank!
    60
    Could have done without some of the extra resource and development bits that seem rather tagged on but still a hefty challenge for war gamers.
  16. Though rich with a variety of units and resources, European Wars simply doesn’t have the polish needed to put it on the frontlines in the genre.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 67
  2. Negative: 3 out of 67
  1. KurtH.
    Nov 1, 2001
    9
    You really should look into buying this game if you enjoy strategy games. It gives a sort of taste of culture, the architecture of the You really should look into buying this game if you enjoy strategy games. It gives a sort of taste of culture, the architecture of the buildings are amazing. I have never played "Ages of Empires" but I'm sure its not as good as this. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2015
    9
    PROS-- Massive maps, up to 8000 units! Awesome skirmish battles, replay ability is great (still playing in 2015), fun single player missions,PROS-- Massive maps, up to 8000 units! Awesome skirmish battles, replay ability is great (still playing in 2015), fun single player missions, unit variety and technology upgrades add nice depth.

    CONS-- Bugs like troops getting stuck in terrain or going walkabouts, can be frustrating.

    Classic RTS, so much fun!
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2015
    9
    17-18th century warfare, base building, good graphics for it's time, good but hard campaigns, for example the Russian campaign where Russia it17-18th century warfare, base building, good graphics for it's time, good but hard campaigns, for example the Russian campaign where Russia it let's you play as evolves from a backwater state into an European superpower but I feel the last mission wasn't that good, then again maybe the developers had the multiplayer in mind which does indeed seem to be the case since you have multiplayer only historical missions/battles, which is a shame since I never really got to play and experience them all because of that. Each nation has it's own architecture and unique units, you also have naval warfare, but most of all the game allows you to play it as you want. If you like small scale battles you can play without peace time and try to defeat your enemy fast, but you can also build up thousand of troops, compared to most RTS games where you build squad sized units. A great game for it's time and even years after. Full Review »