I took a chance with my four dollars plus change and got it. Glad I did. In spite of all the hate that has been heaped on this game, it has a certain appeal. That is, if you like town/castle building, hoarding resources, ordering peasants around, and seeing your enemies crushed and driven before you; while listening to the lamentation of their women.
Soundtrack is fitting for a feudal lord, but John Barley Corn tends to play a tad too often, and the lyrics remind me of brave Sir Robin. Graphically, the landscapes are rendered like impressionistic oil paintings, which is fitting for this genre, although not for this time period. Also, if you've got a hankering for medieval architecture, you'll be treated to variety of historically accurate building styles; a few have given me ideas for building defenses in other games like 7 Days to Die.
The one thorn in my crown over this game is multi-player because I can never connect. However, for the sale price the single player modes are worth it, and real feudal lords didn't have an internet for their multi-player games either. I give it two forks up! (Note: One of the forks is somewhat bent from jamming it in my ethernet port while trying to get multi-player to work.)