This game should have been the Home Ec. of video games: an incredibly easy A; something you had to try exceptionally hard to get wrong. Congratulations, gentleman. If your goal was to fail a gimme, success.
The bottom line: the game play mechanics are broken. It's not even the incredibly bad AI people have pointed out in other reviews, the game simply doesn't work. It's a bunch of pieces mashed together that make little sense.
Not a game even worth borrowing. Do yourself a favor and don't ruin the series for you. Consider this comparable to the disappointing sadness that we all felt from the Mario Bros. live action movie.
I am seriously considering banning a household ban of purchases of any game made by anyone directly involved in the design of this game.