tl;dr For me, this is the best Total War game to date. Period.
Okay Creative Assembly, you did it. After over 150 turns as Achilles I have to say I haven't had so much fun in a Total War game since the original Rome Total War.
I love this. I played almost all TW games, but in my book, this beats anything from Shogun 2 to Warhammer 2.
You know what? I actually prefer this to Rome 1 Total War too, which used to be my favorite before.
Outstanding map design, the best siege maps in the history of TW games. Fantastic armor design, unit variety (with added creatures/unique units), great voice acting, heroes, music, everything.
The loading times are really low, which I appreciate. The myth/reality approach is phenomenal and the fog of war stylized like the classical Greece era is a cherry on top.
The AI is super fun, the battles not too long and they feel deadly. I absolutely love how responsive the units are. I missed that ever since Rome 1. I also love the fact they no longer duel 1v1, but rather just swing at each other.
What else can I say other than - I love this and I am waiting for the next title, which I'll buy for sure.