The game didn't grab me; even worse - I am not compelled to play it at all. One of the major problems for me is the practical impossibility to distinguish the units on the map. In the previous installments you could see by a mere glance - those are spearmen and those archers... not to mention many units are almost invisible especially in the forest. Now I have to click on every unit to check what the hell is this. For me Firaxis tried to do something like Panzer General but failed.
Also quite honestly i don't like the interface pop-ups. I can live with them but they remind me of console jump-and-run game for 8 years old kids. I want to have a control upon the game; don't want to game to force me what i should do next. I probably will do it anyway but trying to manage even few units when the game non-stop decides it must jump somewhere else is annoying at least.