The total war franchise has alienated me with questionable battlefield controls and the feeling that it's just a new skin on the same game, with unit rule tweaks. This is reminiscent of games like Europa Universalis, where it's the same game as others in the publisher's catalogue with slightly different tweaks. They may as well have been mods.
I spent a lot of time frustrated with total war (the revolution one), and I really enjoyed the feeling of a large battle. But then I started to get more in-depth with the battlefield controls, and the units felt like they were ignoring my commands. I would tell them to go into a house, and they would refuse. I would tell them where to march, and they would refuse. I would create strategic layered armies, where I fully expected the rear to be attacking at the same time as the front line, and they would refuse. I got frustrated and went to play something else. It's completely possible that I am not doing it correctly, but when you click your mouse you expect units to go where you click. And no, I did not see any morale indicators.