On the upside, the tactical combats play very quickly.
See, I find that one of the greatest detriments of the game's combat model: It's over *too* quickly; I just don't care for the pacing right now. I'm not looking for those hour-long battles I fought in Shogun and Medieval Total War, but a mere 3:30 for battles just isn't enough time for me.
I would really really really like to see an option added where we can choose longer combat times. That, or at least allow us to edit/mod it ourselves.
I found them, overall, quite bland, but since this is an easy area to improve, I'm hopeful they won't have to stay that way.
I agree the battles are nothing special at the moment. They're not horrible, they're just not anything that really stands out. Fortunately, I find the rest of the game enjoyable enough that it doesn't bother me overly much, but I certainly wouldn't mind if combat is improved down the road.
"Evil is easy, and has infinite forms." -- Pascal