I have to say I much prefer swordsmen. Id rather have the added punch then the ability to retreat. I play C3C, so they upgrade all the way to ToW infanty if the game lasts that long. Someones gonna have a heart attack over this, but the upgrade path for horsemen doesnt interest me. While most people prefer to attack with cavalry, my offensive punch is based around infantry/artillery stacks. The few cavalry i build are usually assigned to harrassment duties/dealing with attackers in my territory. Replace infantry/artillery with Medieval Infantry/trebuchets/pikemen for the medieval era.