This game is OK but it feels like a features-cut version of a usual TW title. Therefore it is given for free for 24 hours. But the price tag of an AAA title should not be applied here, I suppose. This game is lacking the epic grandeur of a Total War.
In fact, the disappointment comes when you understand that your ultimate goal is to capture the city of Troy, you then go to the custom battles section to see the map of the City You Are Supposed To Spend 10 Years to Take. And just realise you must use some **** siege-towers, looking like a mixed breed of Assyrian rams and Hellenistic siege towers. And of course that's the Trojan Horse. Yay. Trojans can build this garbage either.
So with the help of this crappy trash vehicles from time machine you capture the Mighty City easily. Nothing epic.
Personally I was waiting for the Epic Siege of Troy. What I got was Total War: Aegean. The game tries to look like a usual TW-title with all this diplomacy, economy stuff etc. All it needs is a great and scripted story of the Siege of Troy. Maybe would be enough if it were a scripted campaign consisting of a chain of battles and carefully following the Iliad. You already have the great script. Nothing to imagine or invent - just carry it from paper into programming code and orchestrate it nicely to get the Epic Drama.
I thought that was the initial concept of Saga series - to tell local-level or character-oriented stories. Napoleon TW first tried to concentrate on this stuff.
However, the game looks like a DLC for Warhammer 2. Lack of epic things makes it horrible to play. I can't imagine Achilles counting wood and stone and begging Agamemnon for 43 coins for free. WTF?
Probably this all comes from you being unsure on the game's initial idea and setting. Troy as a myth? There are no gods participating in battles. no miracles, no mythic irresistible heroes and creatures.
Troy as real history? OK, where are the Hittites then? The Egyptians? The story of Bronze Age collapse and international politics around the city of Troy?
Why can my armies easily take the CYCLOPIC walls?) Isn't the trick here in the fact that such walls were nearly impossible to break at that time?
Where is the family tree and all these difficult relations between characters? Come on, politics back then was much more personal. Agamemnon had a wife that later killed him because he brought captured Trojan princess with the intention to make her concubine probably. Trojan princes had a father, King Priam. Why there is no mentioning of him but instead you have this **** "Hector faction" and "Paris faction"? Where are the father and mother of Achilles? And BTW this shiny set of armour was made by Hephaestus himself after Achilles lost his panoply to Hector, who killed his friend Patrocles. Oh and by the way, where is Patrocles? Where is Hector's wife? You know, all they are really important characters in Iliad, who sometimes had even decisive impact on the outcome of Trojan War episodes that lasted for 10 long years. Not 8 minutes of taking this settlement in custom battles mode.
You see, Greek myrhs are all about family relations. Love-hate relations. Everything is very close and personal. TW: Troy lacks this. It tries to put a serious face and pretend it's a geopolitics simulator. Too bad.
So all in all all this shiny gameplay stuff is pretty useless as the game hasn't yet decided what it is - a noname Aegean king simulator or a Warhammer 2 Flavour Pack DLC. Definitely not an "Iliad on PC", an "Epic Scale Masterpiece" or anything in between.
Next, to look-and-feel and technical side.
Not bad, very polished, very optimized. No lags, bugs or crashes so far. The problem is the UI. Too overwhelming. Nothing can be seen properly. All these shiny buttons, portraits, MMORPG style buffs. spells, character's weapons and armour, effects, etc,etc just prevent from enjoying the game irself. No empty space, literally. Declutter your game, CA.
Units are literally indestinguishable. Nothing memorable. 50 shades of spearmen. Light spearmen, armoured spearmen, Chosen spearmen, guard spearmen. On the battlefield all this bronzish, brownish colours of troops make it impossible to understand where your troops are and where the enemy troops stand. Every battle turns into a Rome II Pre Emperor Edition style heavy-metal moshpit. The battles are too quick either. And by the way, why can't I choose battlefields myself on the campaign map in the custom battles mode? I wanted to see the Knossos but...there isn't one in maps to choose. Too sad.