Ya, I’ve never really had a challenge tactically with NTW, and to be honest have never had to even make squares. Usually I can intersperse my canons between infantry units with Cav on the wings and the enemy just charges right in, especially if I have used skirmishers to harass them. Boom, facefulls of grapeshot and then the cav cleans up. I have had better battles with Shogun TW2, that AI occasionally does some interesting things.
Shogun is the best of the “warscape era” total war game. Because units are less varied they’ve made them decent, with the darth mod, the game is really good.
The medieval mod for attila is quite good too.