So I know I'm an outcast in the Total War community because I loved Empire, but I'm going to extend the olive branch and start a thread about how much I'm loving this game. I'm about 18 hours in as Carthage and had a bit of a rough time getting any footholds because people treat me I'd just got done wiping my arse with their flag.
I really enjoy the way when you get a quality army the army transcends the troops that make it up so even if I disband my Rome pillaging force for upkeep, I can "get the band together" again when they're needed and still get those traits that define the force.
I had a general since the start of my game and he FINALLY captured Rome at the ripe old age of 62, then promptly died of old age the next turn. That just felt so right. He had finished his ambition and died of being content.
Pulling off a Trojan war style beach landing is also extremely arousing.