I only bought this game the other day, but i've been playin it for 6 hours straight.
It's insane at the amount of new options available on this game even though to look at it it's exactly the same as Rome.
The unit detail and the surroundings are fantastic, and the gameplay work so very well.
Theres nothin more satisfying than destroyin whole French cities with thousands upon thousand of men backed up by several different varieties of seige and artillary weapons (damn those Frenchies....)
Somethings (like the use of preist and merchants) are difficult to get your head round but soon become very useful charecters adding to the experiance of the game.
Highly recommended, B+ is a reasonable score because yeah, the naval battles would be so much more fun if you could actually control the boats, but i give it an A