A classic, landmark masterpeice
At the time, Wing Commander's graphics and sound were literally unparalleled; there was no game like it. The dogfighting is fast and furious (even if ridiculously unrealistic) and the ships and weapons are terrific. The missions were very well designed, and the Wing Commander backstory was excellent. A game head and tails above everything else, and followed by a number of outstanding sequels.
It was a ripoff that you had to buy a speech pack separately.
Wing Commander is a difficult game to run, as it requires a huge amount of sub-640 memory to get going. Configuring regular memory to play this game is often more trouble than it's worth.
The Bottom Line
A classic, but doesn't age well.