Heh, heh. I just bought the other three. I will probably still pick it up, I like a good rts...
I'm going to hell for this.
I LOVE RTS, my fave genre HANDS DOWN, but I just don't dig TA. I bought the super massive huge box set a few years ago, paid a good chunk for it, but after the initial thrill of the screen shaking for explosions wore off I began to think I got ripped off.
To each his own and I love variety when it comes to human interest, but I fail to see how anyone can play AOE2 or C&C and not think of TA as uninteresting to play and horrible to look at (all the battlefields look exactly the same IMO).
Queuing construction orders. Construction units instead of just construction buildings. SCALE. 3d tactics. Moddability. Awesome narrator. Lots of naval units. The music, of course. The ACU.
I don't get why you could possibly say it's uninteresting, except if you're looking for a storyline.
Back to the moddability, it's absurd what you can still do to tweak this game. Add units very easily, tweak the UI to fit modern displays, change the AI, etc. Look up Uberhack for a biggie.