Try a lower resolution? I do agree they do demand good vision at 1920x1200 on a 24" though I appreciate at least the encyklopedia is big size. Darth mod for Empire did have a bigger font size option I haven´t checked for that in Shogun 2.
I have now played the napoleon campaigns and then GB as coalition on NTW. It took a while to really appreciate it over ETW. I must admit I enjoy the less micro in ETW and even more in NTW over the old TW titles. Diplomacy is improved a lot. GC still take over 100h if you want to fight most battles yourself which you do. As for the combat the insectoid speed is a bit silly but you get used to it
Started with Shogun 2 and boy this is a real challenge! Shimazu is supposed to be one of the easier factions but on hard some 6h in I haven´t really gotten anywhere and my faith is not really in my own hands. If some shogunate declare war on me I am pretty toast I believe. Thus I believe it will be more rewarding then ETW, NTW where you got an immortal powerhouse in no time and could start steamrolling pretty much from the start.
As for combat this melee type do favour the AI a bit more. From what I seen they behave much better. Maybe I will grow to like it but from the battles so far I miss the scale, scope and tactics of NTW/ETW. New setting and all the foul play of all these small shogunates seems promising.
im going from rome total war to shogun 2
im doing the tutorial but its not really that good so far
the horse units are sluggish, and it takes forever to accomplish things in battle (eg. capturing buildings)
i prefer the 20 unit berserker army and sitting back to watch them