Spiegel Online has posted a nifty 25th anniversary look back at Wing Commander 3. For the non-German speakers in the audience, SPON is an extremely popular and widely read news site, so it's a pretty big deal for the WC series to get such a mention. As you might expect, the article goes into detail about what set the Wing Commander games apart. The author is well versed in the franchise's history and has fond memories about the switch to live actors and 3D space combat. And although a lot has changed, the game is still a blast to play. You can find the original piece here and a pretty respectable Google Translate here. Thanks to Duke Nukum for the tip!
Even before the release it was clear to me: "Wing Commander III" would change the medium, I had to play that. At that time there were various multimedia projects in which filmed people were involved, but they mostly seemed involuntarily funny. Chris Roberts, on the other hand, promised a mature combination of classic computer game and interactive film.