I've always thought that WC was the better game. WC2 seems entirely too story driven (i.e., wingmen constantly lose their ships, but never die.....unless the story calls for it) and there's no real incentive to rack up kills, as medals and ranks were eliminated. In WC there's a fairly complex medal/rank point system and point system for winning mission series. Nothing like this exists in WC2 where passing a series usually only requires killing one specific ship in one mission of the series. Many series have no win condition at all; no matter what you do, you move on to the next series (to be honest, this is also true to a degree in WC).