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Up until 2021, no game could be considered competitive with Web2. In the beginning, these games were built with a play-to-earn model. It was clear from Axie Infinity’s model, however, that this was not sustainable and that this system needed to undergo a significant change, something that was certainly reflected in the evolution of GameFi tokens, which were hyped during the Bull Run, but also experienced the worst bleeding during the Bear Market.

In spite of all these things, there have been some exciting new game development projects that will easily compete with even Web2 games in the future in 2023. The significant competitive advantage of Web3 games over Web2 games is the ability to monetize gameplay time, such as by acquiring NFTs, which can then be sold on marketplaces. Furthermore, the industry faces an exciting challenge, namely interoperability between games, i.e., the ability to use assets from one game in another.

As far as development goes, these five are the best of dozens of games we have in this field.

1. Illuvium

Illuvium, the world’s first IBG (Interoperable Blockchain Game) is an upcoming open-world exploration, NFT creature collector and autobattler game built on the Ethereum blockchain. Graphically-rich sci-fi adventure, explore 7 dazzling alien landscapes and conquer the wilderness to uncover the cataclysmic events that shattered Illuvium and help your crash-landed crew flourish!

Illuvium Gameplay

2. Citizen Conflict

Citizen Conflict is a Free2Play hero shooter based on the BNB Smart Chain, and is set to democratize esports. Citizen Conflict introduces an immersive cyberpunk world, and a captivating gaming experience, with next-gen dynamics built in Unreal Engine 5. The robust storyline follows the dystopian world of Ether Islands and presents unique characters, and power-starved syndicates, battling in multiple game modes.

Citizen Conflict Gameplay

3. MetalCore

MetalCore is a first-person mechanized combat game set in an expansive open world. Developed by Studio 369 and published by Infinite Games, MetalCore is built with Unreal Engine 4, where players can engage in PvP mega-battles, cooperative PvE fights, and faction-based, open-world clashes. MetalCore combines the engagement of traditional gaming with benefits of NFT-based in-game asset ownership.

MetalCore Gameplay

4. Cross The Ages

Cross The Ages is a mobile-first trading card game set in a dystopian world and based on seven fantasy and science fiction novels. Each Cross The Ages book comes with a corresponding set of 365 digital cards with varying levels of scarcity. Cross The Ages makes it possible to collect digital cards with capability for physical activation. With digital NFT ownership, players can track ownership history and collect Cross The Ages cards without risk of damage or theft. Cross The Ages will allow players to convert their NFT into a real-world off-chain asset.

Cross The Ages Gameplay

5. Off The Grid

It’s a dystopian Battle Royale developed in collaboration with Neill Blomkamp that emphasizes narrative progression and evolution of the genre. There is a real-time PvP skirmish map inhabited by other players as well as a storyline map occupied by players. Game is developed by Gunzilla. As well as 150 players competing against one another, Off The Grid also includes real-time PvE (player versus environment) missions, where player actions affect how the story unfolds (and therefore how other players play).

Off The Grid – Cinema Trailer


According to recent survey results, Web 3 Games have an interesting future ahead of them. Coda Labs, a blockchain entertainment company, commissioned a survey targeted at game developers to find out how they view Web3. In the study, 75% of respondents expect to work on Web3 projects in the future, with a majority believing that Web3 gaming is on its way to their firms. There is no doubt that all 5 games look very attractive and interesting, but delivering a functional game is more important in this sector than pretty videos. There are two games that have the best chance of success: Citizen Conflict and Illuvium.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.