An all time classic, still great after all these years
This is one of the first games I ever played, and the one that got me totally hooked on space combat and flight sims. You really felt like you were part of the story, and talking with your wingmen between missions made you feel like you were really there. I actually felt depressed when one of them died, and I had to go back to the pilots lounge and see an empty chair and KIA beside their name on the killboard. The gameplay is still great after all this time, and the campaign tree was one of the best in all the games. I must have played this game fifty times through, and has never lost its fun factor.
Wingmen are admittedly useless.
The Bottom Line
If you've never played a Wing Commander game, start with this one. If you've played other WC games but not this one, play it. If you haven't played it for a long time, it's time to reload it and play it again.