Well well well... It was such a shame when i played this game after all the hype, and after playing the exelent first game to find out what a load of rubbish it was.
Unit sizes were upped, which is good, but then they made the combat very rockpaperscissor-like. Swordsmen were usless against anything but spearmen etc.
There were new forces to choose, like the dwarves and the elves. But they didn't feel right, the elves seemed way overpowerd and the dwarves were useless.
The castles were taken away and were replaced with a rubbish 'build you own' walls syste, which didnt work in the slightest.
The graphics were much much better, and the heroes system had been advanced, both of these dont have downsides. But the game has just changed too much. Ea has just turned this into just another generic rts fantasy game.
Oh and the risk-map-totalwar style thing was kinda cool, but not enough to save it.
This game is maybe worth a buy, if you can find it cheap. But my advice is either get the first one, of just miss this game out.