Emotional Multimedia Ride has published a fourth article in their series on Wing Commander. Wing Commander 4 is arguably the pinnacle of "emotional multimedia" storytelling in the franchise, and this writeup acknowledges it as such. They enjoy the real sets and deeper choices as well as the more elaborate mission structure. It's just the game a website like this was destined to review! Check out the full article here.
The perfect FMV game
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom is a perfect example that FMV games don’t necessarily mean bad acting and limited gameplay. On the contrary, it’s a showcase of how the player is put into the spotlight of a suspenseful but also thought-provoking sci-fi story that is much more engaging with its realistic portrayal of warmongering than the often problematic militaristic propaganda of past games while offering still impressive CGI cutscenes and top-notch acting performances at times. While the space combat part hasn’t changed much and the replaceable wingmen mechanic is questionable, the sheer amount of dialogue options in addition to the branching story paths and alternative missions makes this the strongest entry in the saga yet that hasn’t been bettered in any other game of the genre since.