1. Cossacks beats Black & White in France
Cossacks on top position in front of Desperados and Black & White
The RTS blockbuster Cossacks: European Wars from CDV Software once again took over the top position of the French Macromania Charts after already having occupied it on the 2001-04-16. On the 2001-04-30 CDV's mega-seller Cossacks was to be found on the top spot in front of Desperados and Black & White.
The coming together of French distributor Focus Marketing and its German partner CDV Software last week in the headquarter of the German publisher in Karlsruhe thus was a joyful and highly optimistic meeting.
"With a product such as Cossacks: European Wars and a sales partner as professional as Focus Marketing it was clear from the beginning that CDV would land ahuge hit in France. However we are very happy about this outstanding and lasting success!," Wolfgang Gaebler, CEO of CDV Software explains.
The French press meanwhile celebrates the triumphant success of the German publisher as follows:
"The rich historical background, the artificial intelligence, the units and the outstanding battles are of premium quality. [...] The essence of the game lies in its historical as well as in its tactical precision," French game magazine PC Team (April 2001) explains and rates the RTS blockbuster with 86%.
PC Jeux (April 2001) rated Cossacks: European Wars with excellent 85% and voted it Game of April 2001.
"Game of April 2001! [...] The lasting action and the numerous tactical possibilities render this game an
excellent RTS game! The outstanding depth, [...] the direct influence of the terrain on the line of fire and the various possibilities of troop-movement are a real treat!"
PC Fun (April 2001) also voted the RTS mega-seller Game of April 2001 and rated it with 18 out of 20.
"Game of the month! [...] All in all, Cossacks: European Wars is a huge game, in the single-player as well as in the multi-player mode. Due to a 3D-isometry, the graphics are just breath-taking. [...] The enormousness of the armies is impressive and the quality of the realization is just as captivating. Cossacks: European Wars sets pretty high new standards. All that is left to do, is to bow your head to the young and highly promising developing studio GSC Game World for their excellent work."
More praise is to be found in the games magazine Gen4PC (April 2001):
"Very realistic with a fluid command of the truly interesting units, regardless of their amount."
And last but not least, PC Magazine (No 155, April 2001), whose editors were enthusiastic about the
Cossacks-battles, rated the game with 17,5 out of 20.
"Cossacks has brought new life to the RTS genre and is a real innovation regarding the graphics."
2. Cossacks ole!
Spanish gamers are impatiently waiting for the release of Cossacks in Spain
CDV's mega-seller Cossacks: European Wars captures the attention of the Spanish games press without even having an official distributor in Spain. Juegos PC (April 2001) tested the breath-taking RTS-event:
"Excellent real-time strategy game! [...] A synthesis of Age of Empires 2 and Settlers. [...] Due to its
excellent creative work one of the best in its genre. [...] Spain already has a huge Cossacks fan-community [...] Cossacks: European Wars surprises with its love for detail and perfectionism: it is obvious that developers worked hard on each single detail!"
3. Cossacks reaches for the stars
Cossacks: European War receives highest rating from German games site
Editors of German Website GamersUnitedNetwork (April 2001) went to the battlefield with Cossacks and
returned full of enthusiasm:
"The game engine is impressive [...] Cossacks is one of the best and most extensive RTS games currently on the market [...] Especially the strategic possibilities Cossacks: European Wars offers have made it No.1 and have beaten my former favorite Age of Empires!"
The Website awarded the RTS blockbuster with 5 out of 5 stars!
4. English press loves Cossacks
The Brits are still celebrating CDV's Cossacks: European Wars. EuroGamer (April 2001) rated the
battlefield-event with 8 out of 10.
"Cossacks is an excellent strategy game [...]. Multiplayer is the real strength of the game, and is well worth a try if you have a decent internet connection and don't mind being humiliated in your first few battles by the Germans, who have had a few months head start on us with the game."
5. Fans devoted to Sudden Strike
New Sudden Strike fan-site online
A new Sudden Strike fan-site is online to honor the grand RTS-game. Redfire, a huge Sudden Strike fan,
created a website definitely worth to be visited.
The RTS-fan can enjoy various features, such as news, rankings and a European Sudden Strike league. As this is only a small excerpt you should definitely check out the site for yourself!