This game has so many drawbacks that cast the shadow over everything that's good. Starting from the campaign map, they removed road improvements and mining, public order and food supllies are impossible to keep in balance (temples use up more food per turn than rest of the city), no wall improvements or construction, few construction options and many other things that bring this game down. The AI almost doesn't exist, both on and off the battlefield, on the map it's passive, and doesn't prove any sort of challenge. On the battlefield, it is also predictable, and those victory points in open field battles are making any strategy unsable coz players must defend a stupid flagpole on a pasture. Infantry speed is unrealistically high, cavalry speed is very low, light cavalry doesn't kill or take prisoners when chasing after fleeing oponents, units break formations in combar too fast, combat itself is too fast, and battles often last under 5 minutes. Bugs are crippling this game, end turns take forever, and that is really getting on my nerves. Charachter skill tree and traits are very badly done, there's no family tree (yes, all characters are generic) and politics options have no meaning or influence on the game itself 8especially in case of non-Roman and non-Carthaginian factions). Siege battles almost don't exist, and for those that exist, AI makes them very dull, since they don't defend victory points, or defend just 1 in cases where there are more than 1 per city).
Good part are those hybrid and ambush battles, wich are awsome, more cities per province (although Greece and some other provinces are left barren in this case, while it's good for huge provinces in former game, like Lybia), unit cap of 40 in battles (but still those anicent 20 on the map).
This game looks more like pre-BETA version that a full release of the game, and it's horrible problems won't be solved with patches I'm afraid.
So, all it's gonna get is 6,3 from me, CA and SEGA really screwed it up this time :( And I was so looking forward to this game :(