Great review. I love how despite the volume of complaints in the review there is still an excellent score and positive tone throughout. Sounds like many fans here!
That is how I feel about the game, there is ample room for improvement in many of the areas listed and more, but there is no other game in this genre that is even close to this good. That is why I hope they go all in for another expansion, this game has sweep-everyone-off-their-feet potential so close to the surface, but people get stuck on some complaints, and it is too easy to miss how awesome the whole is. This game is a few fun-tweaks and some expansion material from being big-time blockbuster, which is probably only possible for a TBS game that is also an rpg hybrid.