I swear where has all the time gone? I've played 3 days of this now and don't want to stop to sleep now. haha I have 1 more day off wow it seems just a few moments ago I had 4 days off to play this.
It's a lot of fun because it's new and it's something I've waited for for a long time. Since Master of Magic actually.
It has so many elements of so many other fantasy strategy games also. MOM, AOW, HOMM, and Alpha Centauri and it's 3D too which is the only thing that took me some getting used to.
I don't see these UI issues some are complaining about. I know what every button does and what I need to click or push to get the game to do what I want....so what more do I need here?
The way you make stacks is rather unique as well and the fact you have to research higher team and grouping abilities makes it even better. It's much like the logistics tech in GalCiv2 to me. Now we just need that shrinkage tech so we can have even more units per stack than what is it 12 max? I think the most I've gotten is 12 but I think some races or factions can go higher?
The tech tree system is just fantastic. I love the way they did it. I also like how we can design our units instead of them being static choices like in all those other games except Alpha Centauri which I think this game takes from when it comes to upgrading and designing new units.
The ai is challenging enough if you play on a small map and give them higher levels of difficulty and play on hard map. I don't know how larger maps play since small maps is all I've ever played on once I discovered the ai plays a better game on them.
So I have to say that people who don't like this game just don't want to like it. I can't see the reason for all the malcontents myself.