The battle droids and clones are equally nameless and random in the big battles of both films, so I don't see what the distinction is there or how that affects the brutality of the violence. I'm of the mind that structuring the PT such that the Clone Wars start at the very end of the second film was a really bad idea, and I think it would have been better to start a film with a crawl that explains the war so the movie can start with it from the beginning. There's no crawl, but TCW film starts with the war so I think that's a major advantage it has over Ep. II, and there's really no need for a crawl explaining the war since Ep. II does that (not fully IMO, but there is an entire film dedicated to it so that's something, which incidentally is one of my big problems with it...they spend an entire film explaining how the Clone Wars start without really fully explaining it). Like how Ep. IV starts with "there's a galactic civil war, now watch this awesome space battle!" without fully explaining the politics or mechanics of the war (again back to the point of how TCW film is much more like Ep. IV than Ep. II is). Ep. IV also begins with explosions and nameless characters dying. One other thing I forgot to mention is how the CGI of the PT is kind of jarring and can take me out of the action at times. It particularly bothers me that GL made the clones all CGI when they easily could have been extras in suits. The fact that TCW has everything computer-animated so I don't have to suddenly reorient my visual palate every time they go between Jedi and clones or show both together is a big plus for me. It's easier to buy into what's going on and stay into it.