After playing for 6 hours......
It is ALOT of fun. lol. It has lost some things but gained many more. Its still a long game to up the tech tree and get everything maxed out. Towers are uber... The AI seems actually smart. If it charged my land and I had 2 Cannon Towers it ran away lol. Also runs when you have more units.
The gameplay is slow but fast as you want it. I could pop troops out ASAP just have to research 1 tech. If you do you will be weak units and nothing special but swordsman. Or ya could tech up and have super troopers
There is alot of people running around for the fact units need food/sleep and stop working and come out to go sleep in Inns and eat at farms you build near. There is no need to create weapons or armor. I first thought this might hurt the game and it still might. The cost to keep troops active really isnt that high. To cheap for captains per turn. I think they need to up it pretty good.
other then that the game is alot better then WC3 to me atm. More economy and exploring and the fighting is fun
its not crap anymore.