Wing Commander has always been extremely popular in Germany. Nice to see big Wing Commander shots in print to this day.
Wing Commander 3 was probably the best reason to get 8 megs of RAM in December 1994. Just a few titles needed this - for that time - monsterous RAM size. But the purchase of additional RAM was totally worth it, because the second sequel of the space opera had it all. Chris Roberts put fascinating story with real acting in many impressive video sequences. Good hollywood actors like Mark Hamill (Star Wars), John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones) or Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations) were filmed. Above that, the new SVGA-Graphics-Engine put amazing graphic effects on your screen.
Therefore, Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger was the best space simulation for a long time. After part 4 (The Price of Freedom), Chris Roberts left Origin and founded the game studio Digital Anvil (Freelancer). With it, he produced the just mid-quality movie Wing Commander in 1999 - a total flop. Wing Commander 5 (Prophecy) satisfied us more, including a spin-off that is not readily available anymore. In 1998 this was the most recent chapter of the series on the PC.