Have the Warriors games changed dramatically recently? I haven't played one in a while, but whichever one it was that I played (it's hard to keep track now) was a matter of running to a place and hammering on the attack button. Occasionally you're at that place to "boost morale" e.i. just kill enough bad dudes, other times you're trying to kill another general... but the net result was the same: Run to place, hammer on attack button. Oh! Occasionally you got to press the special attack button.
Have they changed since then? I read this thread wondering why anyone's surprised by Patrick's skepticism. The series is notorious for it monotony - not just in game, but from title to title - and most of us have played a number of them through the years. When you see a new one with many of the same characters, seemingly doing more of the same, it's not really insane to assume the game will uphold its franchise's storied tradition of making the same damn game over and over.