When I first played this, I thought "Boring". But fortunately I played a little more and was hooked.
The towns are not where the fun is. It is the battlefields and castle sieges. Nothing feels better than a well fed army at your back.
Pros: The best medieval battles I have ever experienced. AI is not 100% but decent. Mount and Blade Warband is a 'slight' step up.
Cons: Wrists get sore from hours upon hours of battling. No real story line.