This title had a good start. The resources idea was good and everything seemed fine. But the more hours I spent playing the more I realised this game is the worst total war title I have ever played. Sadly there is no place to write a negative review and that got me thinking was that why it was free on epic at the first place?
I will spare the many details and just focus on the most serious ones:
This is NOT a strategy game. This is a deathmatch! Why on earth do nations with next to no armies declare war upon us? They were in no alliance or anything. They just said hey good morning lets start a war with Agamemnon and who cares he has about a dozen states on his side. Lets go to war with all of them! And when I ended a war with 2 nations surprise 2 other nations for no reason declared war upon our alliance.
Why am I unreliable? Two allies started war with one another so I had to break one of the alliances. -25 reliability. Whaaat?
Why do you need a whole copper city so as only to be able to maintain 1 strong unit? What on earth?
How does the enemy have so many armies? They produce resources? Strange because when I take their cities for bronze for example they produce wait for it .... 10 bronze! And they got huge armies. The other guy had 1 city with walls and could also sustain 30 army units. How? He did not produce anything!!!
And you would say dude you got to have allies. Well I do. Some of the strongest ones on the map but they just sit there with their armies doing mostly nothing. Even when I give them targets I can only give one at a time so nothing happens.
And the AI thinks like hmmm how will I make the player's life difficult? Yeah I know I will spam 20 units armies with light soldiers and raze cities till they get destroyed because who cares about our kamikazi troops. And you can by no means keep all borders safe since the more armies you make the more armies consume. Logic... The garrison is not enough so yeah the crazy people blowing everything up make each turn more frustrating.
And the auto resolve feature. Also amazing. Even at 30% win ratio I win and the game is like yeah good job but you lost many units... Seriously? Did you see the initial troop numbers? And chariots gave us a chance of winning the crazy amount of units the enemy spawns but then the update came and last hope was lost. And even at a 60-40% situation with auto resolve we again lost and don't tell me you got to play all battles since loading times are way off although the specs.
Oh and the agents thing. How nice. Knosos for example had one city. But also an agent that travelled around my own cities and caused troubles. Along with many other enemy agents who each turn cause about 5 operations against our cities.
Enough even with the negatives description. In normal difficulty and others playing in easy difficulty we see issues that are unacceptable. None of these were at total wars like medieval, empire, rome 2 even shogun which was much older a game!