There are few video game communities as involved as the fighting game community. In modern years, the FGC has lauded games with beautiful animation, perfect netcode, complex techniques and frame-perfect gameplay. So, what does the FGC think about NFT fighting games?
As it turns out, like most gamers, fighting game enthusiasts think NFT fighting games look like a streaky behind. However, the games keep getting made in hopes of being the next big thing.
Hack3r NFT Fighting Game
The latest NFT fighter comes from NFT developer Hack3r, an Ethereum-based dev. For their latest project, they've “created” a fighting game where every single playable character is a non-fungible tokens.
Revealed with a 42-second video, the platform fighter is similar to the Nintendo video game Super Smash Brothers. Each character has multiple lives and percentages instead of health bars. The aim of the game is to raise your enemies’ percentages to try and hit them off the map.
However, instead of lovingly crafted models and animations like Smash Bros, the unnamed NFT game is very basic. As most NFTs are just crap drawings on colour backgrounds, the game just uses those static images.
There's no animation to the four NFTs shown off in the reveal. Of course, with more than 2 million NFTs out there, it’s likely that none will have bespoke animations. Hilariously, the game is even cheaper than it appears.
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The game is an asset flip
As soon as the reveal video was posted online, the fighting game community tore it a new one. Thousands of interactions labelled the game as “ugly” with one user saying: “it must be mandatory for anything NFT related to look like complete ass”.
Additionally, it was quickly discovered that the game is merely an asset flip using an existing template. The game uses Platform Fighter Engine, a free-to-use GameMaker Studio 2 framework that already has mechanics and moves designed.
Hilariously, the framework just uses squares in place of designed characters. However, those simple squares have much better animation than the NFT fighting game has. It almost feels like satire, but it's definitely not.
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Other NFT fighters are just as bad
Just as cryptobros keep creating a litany of Metaverses, they're also “developing” a cornucopia of other NFT games. For example, NFT fighting game Evil Apes was a very popular title that also used a fighting game engine framework: Universal Fighting Engine.
However, this title turned out to be a massive scam. After selling NFTs to gullible cryptobros for almost $3 million, the developer pulled out after just a few weeks. The game will never exist; all that's left is JPEGs.