Ancient Dos Games has posted a thorough retrospective on the original Wing Commander - one of their most frequent requests! They cite GOG as making this review possible, since the author did not play the game in DOS originally. It's great to constantly hear about new Wingnuts being made thanks to modern digital distribution. For a website that's dedicated to awesome games of the '80s and '90s, however, they're surprisingly harsh on how the game's graphics have aged. However, they're very impressed with the game's sound, control, branching missions and deep sense of immersion. As a testament to how much they enjoyed it, fully half of the video review is dedicated to strategies and tactics that players can use to more effectively fight the Kilrathi! Thanks to akula65 for spotting this one.
One thing I should've elaborated on is why the game is as immersive as it is. It has to do with how it never really breaks you from the feeling that you're participating in the universe, as well as giving you different cockpits with the different ships you can fly as well as allowing you to earn medals and progress through your career in a dynamic way.