I caved. So far I’m having fun. There are issues graphically though. I’m using Romance mode, which I suppose is more story (history) driven than sand boxy battle driven like a typical Total War game. A shame, a real big shame, Britannia couldn’t get this treatment and was abandoned.
More soon, currently trying to fix the mega artifacting. the acting, which you can switch to Chinese (which I immediately did as soon as I learned of it!), is really cool, and it gets you invested because you hear how deeply moved the characters are over the turmoils of China.