In the first review we've reported on, Starlancer's dark atmosphere gets compared to that of the Wing Commander Movie. Here are some quotes:
Starlancer feels like a gritty WW II carrier movie, with an atmosphere similar to that of the Wing Commander film.The game got a well deserved B. You can find the article here. Thanks to Rick Salemi.
It's fun, but it's not the dramatic experience provided by earlier Roberts games like Wing Commander 3.