Generally it takes cosskack II 5 minutes to load, and you can't use the pc meanwhile this is going on, it simply freezes the computer.
Other than that my DVD RW - drive is slow as h..., and has been ever since I bought the game. If this Starforce is causing this crap to occur, I doubt I would buy the new game, I love my pc more than any one game. Shame really, I think it's a great game. But rather miss a great game than having to keep buying new drives and harddisks (oh yeah my hdd went as well).
In short I love the Cossacks game series, but I won't put up with Starforce.