Odd that I didn't find any threads about this game. In any case I find this game as involving as Rome Total War (which I've played several times). With this game patched up to 1.3 I've found no problems playing this game. I can't seem to find the time acceleration feature that's common with total war games. So far, I've only been able to enable AI movement and disable it. I can't seem to figure out how to speed it up so far. Which still allows me to see what the AI is actually doing without slowing the game down to a crawl when you end your turn . The same goes for moving your units, I haven't been able to accelerate their movement on the main map. (edit: I think I found it ) There a bit more micromanaging in this game then I initially thought with the inclusion of Research and Technology. However, most of the micromanaging can be automated by the AI so it's not cumbersome to deal with. The game does load a whole lot better then when Rome Total War was first released. And, I've found no issues playing this game on win7. I haven't found anything on how to actually visit a city like you could in Rome: Total War. Furthermore, your agents are pretty hard to find on the main map. Using the list icon is the best way to find them. The game is divided into 3 continents: Europe, America and India. I just got this game so I don't know all the caveats for it as of yet. If there are any tips feel free to post them. There is also patch 1.4 in the works which will address the following: I have not eta for patch 1.4 at this time. However, if you want to find information about mods, strategies, etc then you should visit this thread. It will give you all you need to know. If you want to know more about the Elite Units then you can visit steam for more details. It's only a few bucks so it's very inexpensive add-on. I'm not really sure if steam's add-on will work with retail version though, sorry .