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SummaryBigger, but not that much better.
The GoodGoing to true 3D makes for a much more realistic experience and allows for better Kilrathi ship designs. Addition of ground missions (albeit extremely limited). The video sequences are much more engaging than the simple computer graphics...
The BadThe CGI sets makes the camera angle static, and not quite realistic. Missions are sometimes quite repetitive, no improvements in gameplay at all (just faster/more/better ships/weapons), still no multiplayer.
The Bottom LineWC3 is a logical evolution of the WC series. WC2 introduced better graphics and better cinematic angles. WC2 added true 3D space and real actors. The gameplay haven't changed... You still go from mission to mission, following the "mission tree" where the success of the Confederation war effort is in your hands...
As a space combat title, WC3 has no peer at the time, as Freespace is still in the future. The action is fast and furious. The ships are faster and more powerful than before. The AI is better as they will deploy missiles properly. The wingmen still doesn't behave that smartly though. Its single-player experience is unique in engaging you in the Confederation war effort.
However, its complete lack of multiplayer (a WC universe deficiency that was NEVER addressed) and lack of camera angles means the title has little if any replay value.