I remember the first time I played WCIV which I played before WC III, i was surprised that there was no cockpit....I was somewhat dissapointed being a hardcore WC 1&2 fan as well as being a very successful privateer... but oh well all in the name of progress right?
I've said it once, and I'll say it again: I really loved the cockpits from WCP. They were there, and that was good, but they didn't block your vision too badly. They might have added some guages and stuff like in MechWarrior3 (haven't played MW4. Are the cockpits better in it?). That would have really ruled, then.