No Man’s Land, a 2003 RTS video game (real-time strategy) was developed by Related Designs with the sole purpose to revolutionize the RTS game industry. This game is placed in its own “no man’s land”, somewhere between fiction and historical authenticity. This famous game received numerous appraisals from various reviewers. For instance, on GameRankings it holds a score of 65.86% based on 14 reviews, while on Metacritic it has an astounding 70 metascore and 7.2 user score.
Needless to say, this game is quite interesting at first glance, but somewhat boring after a few campaigns. You can choose to play one of the six factions, including Spaniards, English, Settlers, Patriots and two unique native American factions. The three campaigns take place in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. What many critics have noticed is that this game is inaccurate from an historical point of view. Most campaigns are not based on real history, but on creative or even absurd twists.
As you can imagine, No Man’s Land is not going to replace a solid history lesson. However, you get to choose from 6 different factions, each with various types of combat units, set of skills and technological advancements. While the European nations can build warships and cannons, Native Americans have stronger and more agile fighters. Most battles are won through sheer force, just like in any other RTS game. However, just like in Starcraft or Warcraft, strategy plays a crucial role in winning important battles.
What really makes this game interesting are the heroes of each factions. Similarly to Warcraft 3, each hero has its own abilities that can transform it into a menace for his foes. You can use a wide variety of tactics and strategies to outsmart the AI and win each campaign.
The multiplayer mode offers some interesting alternatives to the standard death match or capture the hill modes, The graphics is clean, and there is a lot of animation that make the gaming experience even more interesting.No Man’s Land has several innovative features, such as paid assasins, counter upgrades, or the innovative Railroad Building Race mode.
However, when it comes to multiplayer mode, the game has serious flaws. There is no in-game browser to find online servers, and there are no third-party servers either. Of course, you don’t necessarily need to compete with other humans, as you can set the AI difficulty to expert.
Overall, No Man’s Land is an average RTS game with an average gameplay and only a few features that are out of the ordinary.