Before reading on bare in mind that i have a pc that is more than capable of running this game very smoothly so my issue is not to do with game crashes or slow gameplay. I bought this game the day of its release, so i havent taken this opinion lightly.
My issue is that CA have taken a step too far into the evolution of man. Due to the timeline in which the game is played, technology has taken a massive leap forward and as a result there is very little close combat, about 10% of the battles may get up close and personal otherwise it's just who has the more accurate gunmen, which is boring to watch. Hiding inside the buildings is a nice touch but again it's about the quality of the gunmen. I am also not a huge fan of the trading and settlement building changes but i suppose thats again down to the timeline of the game.
If you enjoy carefully managing resources and settlements then by all means take a shot at this game, you will probably enjoy it. However, if you enjoyed ROME and MEDIEVEL 2 because of the battles and the chance to become a feared and respected general fighting on the front line, then think twice before buying this game. My advice would be stick with Medievel 2, if you havent got the expansion pack for it then get that instead of EMPIRE.
CA, please, please, please, give us MEDIEVEL 3, take things like being able to hide in buildings and lots of other little touches from EMPIRE and give us game we deserve.