I wouldn't see it that way.
HCE and ANW are 2 different games, and both games have their + and -
I play both games for many years with a lot of fun, frustrations, etcetera, etcetera.
Both games are under construction and lots of problems must be solved [bugs], but it is rather shortthinking to use a word like "inferior"
It is just what you like to play.
You have ANW-MP installed? I hereby invite you to play against me to show you that ANW is a challenge.
HC does not offer a Multi-player. I [as H3 fanatic] hate the Windows screens, hate the limitations of the number of maps I can use, I even do not like the Officers face that appears with every new message, or the commands [par example, these boaring mirrors you have to walk through "are you really sure you want to do change course?" etc. etc.].
HC includes very challenging battlesets and scenarios, for me one of the main reasons to play HC[E].
As H3 player, I hope that that ANW will improve, and will be less buggy than as it is now.
But I never would classify one of the two games "inferior".
Cheers for now