Cossacks 3

7.2 Overall Score
Gameplay: 7/10
Sounds: 6/10
Graphics: 7/10

Better graphics | Variety of units and nations

Random crashes | Buggy

Options abound, Cossacks 3 gives you nearly unlimited gameplay. Strategize, battle, build, lead, and come out on top. It is a strategy game that gives you the chance to do so much more, and to do it for as long as you want. With an incredible amount of depth and detail, there is no stopping you from creating the army and nation of your dreams. Rule over others as you defeat them in combat, play against friends or computer, and complete the single-player campaigns. The infinite possibilities with the generated maps allow you to do this as many times as you would like to do it.

Strategy is a core aspect of Cossacks 3. You will strategize war and battles, taking down opponents as quickly and effectively as you can. With thousands of soldiers, up to 10,000 total, you can do this your way. These soldiers break up into 70 different unit types and you can use each one to your advantage. Cover the battlefield, directing your units to where they need to go. Make the most out of what each one can do.

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Battling can happen on land or sea. Since Cossacks 3 is based in the 17th and 18th centuries, the battles will represent what you could find during those times. Land-based battles will have the people and support one would expect, while sea-based battles will happen on ships. Build up your armies and your armada to take out everyone that stands in your way, becoming the best nation in all of the land.

Do this as any nation. 12 total nations available gives you the chance to play to your personal strengths. Choose the one that best suits you and then move forward with it. You can also switch between them as you play, trying out your strategies with each of them.

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To improve your nation, you will have to conduct research. Research is critical for learning and finding, and you will have to make it part of your regular game. 100 opportunities for research gives you plenty of room to play with this, researching everything there is to research in the game.

Cossacks 3 is also a building game. You have 140 historically accurate buildings to use as a way to build your nation. Use each one wisely, giving your people and your army what they need. This is important for your strategy as these buildings will help you immensely as you grow and move forward.

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You will need to collect resources. As with any battle, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries, there were levels to what the people needed to do. In Cossacks 3, you will have to collect the resources that your army desperately needs if it is to grow and do well.

Five campaigns for single player along with multiplayer options, against both players and AI, will give you unlimited gameplay opportunities. Mixed with the generated maps that are never the same each time and you have a recipe for something amazing. Cossacks 3 never ceases to surprise and delight.

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