From the sounds of it, King Arthur I was a little bit better. Still, the gameplay is not all bad, albeit the battles are a little chaotic. The problem lies with the developer that ported the title. Stability issues are huge with this. I had the game on all the highest settings (got a fine rig here) and all was going well until my 5th battle when the game would crash. Always.
I contacted Virtual Programming and was replied to by the developer there who responded to me 10 years previously about another VP port with serious issues. A decade ago, they never fixed the broken game I bought from them and this one's the same. The dude told me that they never tested the game on hi settings, only low. To be honest, the way this game looks is the best thing going for it so I was a little annoyed by his attitude (esp since it was the same guy who called my discovery of a glitch with Victoria Revolutions years ago a "good catch" and never fixed it). They never fixed the crash problem with Arthur 2 either but switching to ultra low settings did resolve the issue. Perfect!
Another note I might mention. This game was supposed to have two campaigns: one Roman and one with knights. I was curious as to why the Roman portion was cut out (despite the fact you can see screen captures of the cut campaign above). Now I know. VP has released that as a separate game called "Dead Legions". VP, if you think i am stupid enough to give you my money again, you're Dead Wrong.
Whoever gave this game to VP to port, think again next time. I am done with Virtual Programming for good.