That's the game you need to play when you're new to strategies games. I played it a lot of times when I was younger, and today I can say I have a good base at these kind of games.
If you like to command an army of knights or pikemans, that's the game you'll do it. It has a good controlling, when you can choose the formation of the legion. It has a system of ages, where you can expand to new tecnologies and even make the apperience of your village better.
The only bad thing is the campaign...in my opinion it is not good. But it is a good game to play skirmish with your friends or online, when you have the original one.
Don't understimate this game, the graphics are not good, but after some time playing you would understand what I'm saying.