The campaign had animated cut scenes and dialogue with your squadron mates. If you made it through the first campaign you were given a F-22 to play with!
The sim's lighter moments ... yes, a Combat Sim with HUMOUR !!!... included wrangling with your squadron's acountant! Was this the first "Accountancy Combat Sim"??
Strike Commander had a scripted campaign with multiple branches. The game was very atmospheric due to the storyline and features like the ability to choose your own wingman / wing-woman! There was a lot of spoken dialogue during flight and between missions.