Cossacks II: Battle for Europe is DLC for "Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars" presenting new nations with the possibility to wage multiplayer battles.
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Mixed (215 reviews) - 66% of the 215 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 19, 2006

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Includes 8 items: American Conquest, American Conquest: Fight Back, Cossacks II: Battle for Europe, Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars, Cossacks: Art of War, Cossacks: Back to War, Cossacks: Campaign Expansion, Cossacks: European Wars

 

About This Game

Let the battle begin! The Cossacks II: Battle for Europe add-on continues the renowned Cossacks II:Napoleonic Wars game. It depicts the rather short historic period of the Napoleonic wars. The Napoleon wars changed Europe forever, leading to the formation of empires and putting an end to almost one thousand years of constant strife between small states. The game provides mass-scale battles between thousands-strong armies of the nations involved in conflicts during this period. The theatres of operation introduce France, Britain, Austria, Russia, Prussia, Egypt, and three nations not represented in the original game – Spain, the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (Poland), and the Confederation of the Rhine.

The Cossacks II: Battle for Europe reconstructs in detail the soldiers' uniforms weapons and architecture of each nation. Each nation's army has its unique units and possibilities. The game includes over 180 units 190 buildings and 1200 flora and fauna elements. When developing the combat system the peculiarities of early 19th century warring were taken into account as was the value of formations provisions and troop morale. Tactical tricks utilized by military commanders of the time are fully reflected in the game. An "honest" system of bullet and cannonball ballistics based on physics is an innovative addition to the Cossacks engine. Other engine features include 3-dimensional landscaping which creates realistic-looking scenery and towns and impacts combat tactics. For example the firing range of a subdivision of soldiers or a cannon positioned at the top of a hill is greater than the firing range of a unitstationed on flat terrain.

Key features:

  • Control the French, Russians, Austrians, Britons, Prussians, or Egyptians -- master new weapons and tactics during a time that redefined the meaning of modern warfare.
  • Fight through historically inspired battles of the 19th century, with massive armies colliding in different types of terrain and weather.
  • Battles on real historical scale with tens of thausands of units on one map.
  • Realistic Troop Morale System - Well-fed troops live longer and grow in experience to become valuable battlefield assets, while fierce and overwhelming opponents, or marching long distances will cause morale to drop
  • Enhanced diplomacy tools help you create treaties that give you the advantages

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Hard disk space: 350MB
    • Video:Video Card with 64MB dedicated memory and DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Sound:Sound card with DirectX 9.0 support
    • DirectX®:9.0 or higher
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Overall:
Mixed (215 reviews)
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Bombr
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
I like this game. Of course game is not working. Im spoiled by GOG and automatically expect old games working without problem. Just do not buy any game on steam older than 10 years.
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XRAYIII
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
i love fighting over those villages ;) concept is not present elsewhere i only wish there was no building at all.

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๖ۣۜ MØG Kat
( 142.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Overall this game seems to be an unfinished project. Sure, it sometimes can be fun (probably why I still managed to play 100 hours (although divided over 4 years :P )).

There are so many bugs, Enemy AI running across the map, own soldiers walking in slow motion (5 minutes to like walk 2 meters!? da fuq, do some cardio). Peasents will often do anything else, than what you command them to do. And the crashes, ohhh,... everytime a new music track starts, every time you click somewhere, every time something happens, the game may crash!

The first game from 2001 is way better, than this. If they someday would update and fix the bugs, and perhaps add some extra content it would be worth the 4 $. But currently its not worth it. Dont waste your time and money on this.

Instead save your money, and wait for Cossacks 3.
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sapoleks
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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{PG}Pherbz
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Does not work for new-er model computers
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космонавт
( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Unique game. I was a fan of the first one but the second one is so much better.

The best addition here is the "Battle for Europe" mode which was later basically copied in COH2 Ardennes Assault. So basically just europe divided into regions and you as the commander of a persistent army rushing through.

It's one of the first games that mostly relies on managing an army instead of building it up with resources and such (even though base building is still possible, just not in the battle for europe, which is the best mode).

The fights are always interesting since there are many optional objectives which makes it really fun.

The feeling of this game is great and I like its looks.
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Josef Stalin
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
This game is ♥♥♥♥, not the original RTS but some half-baked crap that is not as good as War&Peace and not as bad as Ubisoft games. Risky middleground.

Don't do it.
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chamberstoby1
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Amazing game when i had it 5 years ago... shame it has a framerate of -1
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pitar
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
can anyone help? game worked fine for about 12 hrs and then jsut wouldnt start anymore. love this game its a game from ym childhood so if anyone could help me run it that would be nice
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Blitz2357
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
***Attention***: From what I've read on the Steam Community, a lot of people have been having trouble running this game on computers with Windows 7 or later. Fortunately this game is listed at the price of $4.99, so if you want to take a chance with it the price isn't that steep. For me, this game is running on my computer (which has Windows 10) with very few problems.

SHORT REVIEW:
Pros:
This is a game that I've had a lot of fun with over the years playing both the retail version back in the day and the Steam version now. It has a decent amount of content, including an excellent "Battle For Europe" risk-style game mode. The tactical battles can become very involved and get very exciting, especially when you avoid pausing to give orders and let it all play out. It is really enjoyable to create battle formations on the fly while you are under pressure from the enemy. The game simulates basic Napoleonic warfare pretty well, and the AI is competent and can challenge you in almost every battle you fight it in. The game's graphics are really bright and look good, and the music is decent.

Cons:
Some people are having serious trouble running this game on their Windows 7 or later computers. I have been fortunate enough that it has worked for me. The gameplay has typical old-fashioned RTS problems, like unit clustering and awkward base building due to size of buildings and map terrain. Also, lack of unit collision for allied units leads to awkward situations, and the fact that units block the line of fire for other units in their army can be frustrating when they start clustering together.

Rating:
7/10

FULL REVIEW:
I will admit that this game is a little dated, but that hasn't stopped me from having fun playing it. This game is an RTS set in the
Napoleonic Wars era, featuring 9 factions: France, Britain, Spain, Austria, Prussia, Confederacy of the Rhine, Poland, Russia, and Egypt. The game has three game modes: Campaign, Skirmish, and Battle For Europe. The campaigns include one for France, Rhine, Spain, and Poland. To be honest, I've never paid much attention to the campaigns. They seem like typical campaigns in an RTS game (i.e. each mission has an objective(s) and you build a base and raise armies or work with what you are given to complete the mission). Skirmish mode is where you can set up a match pitting any of the factions against each other on a premade map. Under Skirmish mode, you can also play historical battles such as Austerlitz, Borodino, and Waterloo; as well as generic battles focusing on tactics and maneuver rather than base building. Overall, it's a decent amount of content.

Battle For Europe (which I hereby abbreviate as B.F.E.), in which I've spent probably 95% or more of my time playing (back in the day and now). In this mode, you play on a sort of risk-style board as one of the nine factions. This mode is a free-for-all, and the goal is to eliminate every other faction from the game. You can can declare war and make peace with whomever you want, and you can negotiate an alliance or non-aggression pact (which are both temporary) to prevent declarations of war and possibly team up on someone (beware though, as the computers can form alliances to bring you down too). The game is driven in a turn-based format. You have a single army consisting of platoons of any combination of your choice (with restrictions on the number of the same type of units). You can move this army across the board at a pace of one space per turn (unless a random event happens).

When entering a hostile territory, it initiates a real-time battle that pre-deploys all of the units in your army and the enemy's army on a specially designed map for that territory. Gameplay in these real-time battles is essentially the same as in the campaign/skirmish battles (with the notable exclusion of base building in B.F.E. battles), which is why I've waited until now to explain how they work. On the battle map, your units are divided into platoons of infantry and cavalry, as well as single artillery guns. You can move the infantry and cavalry in different formations that fit the tactical situation. Essentially they can be described as offensive, defensive, and travelling formations. The artillery simply move, get in position, and fire. Tactics on the battle maps generally revolve around capturing/holding towns which provide resources. I find that there is always something to do, with very little downtime. When you encounter the enemy on the battlefield, this is when the most fun of all begins. You will find yourself scrambling to position your troops in the best ways possible while taking into consideration terrain, chokepoints, angles of attack and defense, formations, reinforcements, strength of your troops and the enemy troops, and so on.....ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Yes, you can pause the game and give orders, but I find it much more exciting to resist the temptation to do so and to let it all play out uninterrupted. And when the battles feature approximately 15-20 platoons per side, it starts getting really intense. Managing to create well planned and executed formations and tactics on the fly really creates a sense of achievement at the end of a battle.

The AI does a decent job with its tactics and formations as well, and understands and executes basic maneuvers rather well overall. It is also great at micromanaging and can attack you effectively on multiple fronts all at once. The game also simulates Napoleonic Wars era combat pretty well at a basic level, allowing you to order your troops to fire by line or as a whole formation; having different ranges of effectiveness for firing; ordering bayonet and cavalry charges; and the feature that morale is what mainly makes or breaks the unity of a formation, rather than trying to kill every last enemy soldier.

When the battle is over, you return to the B.F.E. strategic map and the results of the battle are applied to the map, armies affected, and resources gained/used. This process is continued until all factions are eliminated from the game. Overall, I enjoy the Battle For Europe mode the most and I recommend this game mainly based on this mode as it is that good in my opinion.

The game does have some flaws though. As with many old RTS games, units in a battle often tend toward clustering together. Even though I've explained how you can set up well planned formations, when the fighting begins it more often than not devolves into a clustered and chaotic mess (which is how many real life battles go, however, so I don't personally view this as a serious flaw). It is in this clustered mess, though, that some of the goofiness of the game shows. Namely, there is no collision detection in the game engine for units in the same army, so they can walk right through each other as if they don't exist. This leads to awkward situations where platoons can stack on top of each other; and it's even more awkward when your cavalry charges straight at the enemy right through your soldiers without trampling them, which for gameplay reasons is a good thing, but it does take away a lot of realism. Also, while there is no friendly fire, units also cannot fire through allied units, meaning that you can inadvertently block your own shots and leave your troops vulnerable with empty firearms. Also, the fact that artillery consists of only single cannons means that they are often woefully ineffective, and quite frankly whether or not they are even worth the space in your army is seriously questionable. This is unfortunate because artillery was an extremely important part of Napoleonic warfare.

Overall, this is a good game that I have had a lot of fun with, and I really hope it runs properly on your computer if you do take a chance on it.
I rate this game at 7/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
i love fighting over those villages ;) concept is not present elsewhere i only wish there was no building at all.

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Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I like this game. Of course game is not working. Im spoiled by GOG and automatically expect old games working without problem. Just do not buy any game on steam older than 10 years.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
This is a "like/recommend" with conditions...

1. buy it in a bundle (bundle stars is currently selling the series for $2.99)
2. Know that there is zero support for any of the games in the series
3. Expect problems, and don't expect the fixes to be easy. The patches and fixes for the retail hard copy of the game do NOT work for the Steam version
4. Win7 onward hates these games; high end graphics cards hate these games as well
5. It's a great series of games when they work
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
A great little known classic with many unique RTS featrues not seen in other RTS games up until recently.
Ahead of it's time but still a little buggy. An ambitious game that for the most part is a winner.
For those who like napoleonic warfare, this is a fun game that has Russian devs that come from the napoleonic re-enactment capital of the world, Russia. A lot of detail to be had here, glorious uniforms and many nations are represented.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
Verry Good Game! I picked it up because I had some money left in a prepaid card and was verry surprised! I play it now with some friends and it is great!

+ VERY CHEAP!
+ Game focused on strategy and tactics.
+ Historically Accurate.
+ Artstyle still looks good in my opinion.
+- Slow Paced ( Good in my opinion)
- Needs more team maps.
- Not much players online.. so bring your friends!
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
While a nice addition to the Cossacks series, if you're looking for the arcady feel of the old cossacks game this game is not for you. This game is great, but has a very distinctively different feel to the older games, so it's best not to go with too many preconcieved notions on how it should be.

That being said once you reach a certain mass you will still get the classic "realism" feel and the combat has a lot of nice touches to it even though the extremely "mechanical" aspect to it does kind of make it less fluid.

Both PRO & CON
+/- food and resources are based on strategic resource points
+/- there is a little more realism to the combat
Cons:
- combat is a little more stiff then the older games (by design)
- the added weight to the combat doesn't seem to add too much depth to it over long games
Pros:
+ buildings and towns look more realisticly proportioned (especially compared to the first games)
+ units are more realistic
+ campaign felt more interesting (from what I played of it)
+ the new combat mechanics creates nice situations sometimes
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
So far works very well on Windows 8 AMD System
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
82.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
Doesnt work on Windows 10.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
Great game! A lot of stalemates online, good gameplay, and I like the way you have to get the resources for your troops, very good game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Much Improved over Napoleonic Wars...Especially AI and Stability...still some frame rate and crash issues....Save Often...New missions are always welcome..and quite diverse...Overall a Very Solid Game...runs easily on basic Laptops..
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