Great game if you life autistic wargames. Getting accustomed to how to move your units around actually takes some effort. It's not as simple as in Total War.
The battles are pretty amazing, and the management side is actually much better than I expected it to be. I thought it would be a chore with bloated UI but it's pretty simple once you get the hang of it.>Does the AI cheat too much?
Sadly yes and it's the main problem with the game.
You will ALWAYS fight outnumbered. ALWAYS.
It doesn't matter how many battles you win, the enemy will always pull 60k more soldiers out of their ass. The campaign is great but it's scripted, even if you win every single battle the war will follow the historical path, which kinda requires the enemy to have infinite manpower.
Expect to be outnumbered not just something like 1.5 - 1 or even 2 - 1, but more like 4 - 1 or even 6 - 1 on a regular basis.
The AI army is scaled based on your own army, so actually adding more men is kinda useless after some point because it just means the AI will get even more men.
A lot of battles then devolve into>survive massive AI onslaught>slowly retreat without losing too many men>receive scripted reinforcement>do your best to recover lost ground