Was this from the very beginning, or had you reloaded a saved game from within the game? There have been a LOT of problems related to loading saved games from within the game instead of exiting and restarting.
I started new game after patching. Its more crashy, i do autosave each turn. Battles now much more interesting. However after restarting game itself now i can see spell animations, guess video settings did not apply on first try.
I also noticed that some tiles has tresures which i couldnt see and got them just by random steping on tile.
AI has settled a town in emty tile (without resources) twice per single game. I guess some tiles has invizible things.
Road system still handy but anoying. Not geting roads if taking AI towers (have to raze them and rebuild my own then).