That's what the people over at PC Format seemed to think in their September 1994 review of Wing Commander Armada. They enjoyed the game's detailed graphics, but found the gameplay and strategy level uninteresting. They do have some points about Armada, but their review is more swayed by the fact they recently reviewed TIE Fighter - and nothing can compare. Reading the inset graphic captions you can see they really did like the improved graphics and what that held for Wing Commander III.
Thanks to Pix's Origin Adventures for the images.