1Up has posted a new preview of Wing Commander Arena. It sounds very positive and goes into some detail regarding several of the game modes:
Never-ending single-player defensive missions like Meteor Storm, where you defend a space station from rocks and the occasional bandit, seem to be great time killers. And scores from all missions, except Proving Grounds (a very basic never-ending bot fight), will be posted to the leaderboards. Part of EA's summer line-up, Arena seems to provide some decent fun, whether you're a Wing Commander fan or not.
The entire article is available here. The Mercury News has also posted a very negative preview which ends by admitting that the writer didn't really try the game:
I didn’t play this title for very long since I was quite annoyed with the different direction this game took. I thought it was a dud.
Clever guy - he has a bright future in political reporting. If you haven't read through yesterdays news, there's plenty of exciting Arena information... everything from a Longbow cameo to over a gigabyte of videos!