I picked up TOB last night and have been having fun with it. I like some of the new mechanics - recruitment, estates, politics - and this is by far the most beautiful total war to dates. Graphics are stunning and there is so much detail in the campaign and battle maps. Love it.
However, after 100 turns playing as Alfred, the more into the game the more I feel it lacks a real challenge. The economy is just too easy to build and maintain. Public order is rarely a problem because the chance of rebellion is so low even if public order is in the negative
Also I’m finding military conquest a steam role because the AI doesn’t field big enough armies. They rarely if ever combine more than one stack. As the player if you can field a double stack of 40 units and keep them together you are almost invisible. I am steamrolling through England which seems empty of AI enemy armies.
Garrisons are also too small. I have a garrison mod for small towns, but even with this, it’s too easy to steamrole.
I guess this can improved with modding but it’s a pity. This is by far and away the easiest total war for me