A great game, as stated in other reviews is really not for the casual gamer. I only paid £6 for this item so it was also great vale for money. The game centres more around the control of your nobles rather than imperial expansion. Dynastic succession is also very important, making sure your sons dont rebel and that your people are happy. I have to admit being English I started off as the King of England (William the Conqueror). Which leaves many christian nations to have a fight with and lots of potential rebels.
What you get out of the game depends entirely on how you play. After getting a good feel for the game I decided to play each ruler differently. One I played as an imperial expansionist, one as a just but peaceful ruler and one as a cruel ruler. Each one led to different styles of play but actually made the game more fun.
Those expecting to control full scale battles as you can in Rome Total War will be disappointed, as I was, but when you actually get in to the nitty gritty of the game you dont have time for battles because you will making sure that your Dynasty has a strong succession and your nobles are happy, then you have time if your reputation is strong enough to actually go to war. As the English I managed to conqueror all the british isles in three generations and now preparing to begin a war on France, which will be great fun.
I would recommend this game to anyone with a penchant for history, as well as those who really like a brain taxer not really for the casual gamer. What you put into the game is what you get out of it. I gave the game 4 stars because I would love to control the full scale battles or at least see them.
So in summary a great game and well worth the £6 I spent, it has given me hours of fun so go out and make that purchase...