I played a few games of the first Cossacks during the past week, as I discovered they’re developing a new one set to be released in 2016. Surprisingly, the game still looks and feels pretty good, even for a 2D RTS from 15 years ago. Last time I played was something like 5 years ago.
The 2D graphics are still fairly good looking and the UI, while really simple, still works great. It’s easy to control your army and have them do whatever you want. I like to fight huge battles and micromanage my armies to victory. 🙂
I also like the fact that we’re usually dealing with whole armies of units here, without a lot of unit-level-micromanagement. That was pretty rare back then and it still works great, even according to today’s standards.
I’m kinda bummed the AI isn’t better, but don’t get me wrong here, it’s a game I adore. I’m just unable to play more than a few random maps note and then, because of the AI’s inability to challenge the player in any legitimate way. They keep doing pretty much the same things in every single game.
All in all, Cossacks was and still is a good game, despite its few shortcomings. It’s a classic every RTS fan gotta try. 🙂