The elegance, historiness, fun, drama and presentation of the original was so good.
This felt like a game put together by a lot of people who really cared about what they were doing and thought it all through but didn't think about how the game would play when they put it together. I will try again. Some of the character stuff comes across as CK2-lite, which is great! But implemented and communicated abysmally.
That first game was so good. If they remade that with the new engine it would have made me happy about the 60 euro I laid down on it. As it was I have been super gun-shy about pre-ordering since. And this is from the people who made those amazing Shogun 2 addons? The sins of Medieval 2 and Empire have returned 10 fold.
Might try again, but every time I boot it up to check what sounds like a good patch it ends up not being worth the loading times.