The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game inspired by 80’s and 90’s action movies. Champions from throughout time fight to death for fun, for glory and for awesome. The Showdown Effect recreates the outrageous combat found in classic action movies and then takes it one step further.
User reviews: Mixed (1,015 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 5, 2013

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Reviews

"It's a game that deserves to be played.“
Destructoid

"Flavor, intensity, and smart, reflex-driven gameplay mechanics raise TSE into a class of its own.“
- Ten Ton Hammer

"It's a satisfying experience you aren't likely to forget"
- Hooked Gamers

Digital Deluxe Edition



The Digital Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Bonus Playable Character - Mizu Ichiban
  • 2 Weapon Skins – Hand Crossbow and Golden Axe (cosmetic)
  • 2 Wearable Sets – Magicka Robe and Knight’s Armor (cosmetic)
  • 1 Giftable Copy of Magicka
  • Permanent +3% XP Boost (XP mainly used for cosmetic unlocks)
  • Official Soundtrack

About This Game

The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game inspired by 80’s and 90’s action movies. Champions from throughout time fight to death for fun, for glory and for awesome.

The Showdown Effect recreates the outrageous combat found in classic action movies and then takes it one step further. Use weaponry pulled straight from the silver screen's unparalleled arsenal: shotguns, baseball bats, assault rifles, umbrellas, grenades, katanas, rocket launchers and more.

No explosion is too loud and no bullet dodge is impossible. Impale your friend with a broomstick and tell them to “Stick around” as you jetpack off to the next enemy.
The Showdown Effect also uses integrated streaming technology to live stream directly to Twitch.tv, without the need for third party software.

Key Features:

  • Up to 8 player fast paced, cinematic, multiplayer action
  • In-game, out-of-the box streaming capability to Twitch.tv (PC only)
  • 8 clichéd characters , each with unique abilities
  • 6 levels across two different environments
  • 4 different free for all and team based game modes
  • Solo matchmaking using ELO rating system
  • Custom rules sets to create your own game modes – Pistols only!
  • Progressive rewards and unlocks for character and weapon customization
  • Experience the most over-the-top action sequences from your favorite movies across different environments
  • Numerous heroes, dozens of weapons, hundreds of moves - infinite fun

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB NVIDIA 460 / AMD Radeon 5870
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB NVIDIA 460 / AMD Radeon 5870
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If you find servers which dont kick you. Then its a good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
it's such a shame that this game now has about ten players, it's one of the most fun thing's I've ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
102.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
its hard to practice because everyone is so good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
It's an incredible and really fast paced game. It's got really neat mechanics and a great combat system. The only major issue with this game is that not many people play it :/ You might find someone here and there but in the end there's not a whole load of people. Overall if i had to rate the game here is how i would do it:
Gameplay: 9.5/10
Graphics: 8/10 (It has a really nice art style,atleast to my liking)
Community: 5/10 (WARNING! I do not mean that the community is bad it's just that there's almost no-one playing it)
Final Score:
8.7/10 ,,It's like an action movie on drugs''
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
worth to play
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
It's a pity... It could have been a really fun game to play, but there is a problem: Is a multiplayer game, with almost no players or servers, so not very fun...
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
It's a great game if you have people to play with.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Multiplayer only game with noone playing.
Looks fun, but without a playerbase the game is not worth buying.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Does anyone still play this??? Add me if you do
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I guess if you like multiplayer platforms you'll like it
I personally don't
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
тока ради карточек играл, бесплатные мужички то же самое тока в 9000 раз круче
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88 of 103 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Don't buy it, no one plays it anymore.
+ Devs don't support the game anymore.
BjornB [sviluppatore] 9 giu, ore 14:59 2014
As stated earlier in other threads. There is no active development on this title anymore. Sorry!

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Waste of money
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
The core is solid and fun if you can play with someone else but I can see how the game's business model drove away players and now it's dead, deservedly so.

At least I got for free and now it has cards so that's nice!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
701.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Probably, the most profound and sensitive depiction of the internal struggle of mental patient the video-game world has seen till this day. A person of unknown identity loses control of his memories and sensual abilities and falls into a deep comatose where the memories of his childhood 90s action movies take on a whole new role. The epileptic imagery in the intro might suggest a series of seizures within the temporal lobes of the brain or even the visual cortex over exiting his visual senses making him “see” a combination of memories and hallucinations instead of detecting what surrounds him like with. It is also possible the disturbed visions and colorful memories are the results of the growth of a highly invasive and malignant tumor in the temporal lobes. The case could be similar to Dr. Oliver Sacks’ case of “the passage to India”, where a young girl could vividly see long lost memories of the India of her past after a malignant tumor had grown inside her brain. However the cause of the brain damage to the temporal lobes causing the memories to reemerge are not important, what is to be noted is that these distorted visions of the past brings a certain comfort to the patient. The minds tend to like to compensate for lacks with other things. So the patient while not remembering the exact names of his childhood heroes, his brain renamed them in a way that would sound soothing to him. The struggle lies between recognizing that the visions are mere hallucinations and to face a cold reality of pain or indulge in the fantasy dream world his mind created for him to make him feel happy, like a child again. The visions intermingled with the dreams of a possible comatose has somewhat of a Jungian feel to it. The many characters and objects of his past somehow symbolize many of the figures in his life that he enjoyed the presence of. The characters ad objects are in some way his Jungian dream archetypes. Hailey is the archetype of the child representing his innocence, Thelma his desire to become a hero and achieve glory like his role models, Lance as the father figure he always wished for, Shur foo as the sage etc. Being among his dream archetypes and experiencing a sense a control and belonging pulls him constantly further into his comatose. Eventually, just like Alexander Luria’s “man with a shattered world” , he couldn’t distinguish memories and hallucination and the dreams would repeat themselves over and over again with the same characters his mind created.
The brilliance in this game lies in the fact that it can make us feel the torment of the patient, how such a playful and funny and conforting game could seem more interesting than reality but details such as the Jungian archetypes and the visual and auditif seizures remind us that what can be seen is but a stew illusions. And at that time we can feel the pain the patient feels to be forever stuck in this looping fantasy world and that he will probably never see the “real” world ever again. The pain, the feels.

Bravo arrowhead.







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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
355.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Played 300 hours of it. It's my favorite game, not one of my favorite games my favorite game! I highly recommend it to anyone, but be warned the game is hard to learn have a lot of pros that can kill you just by thinking about it and besides those there is hardly any community left. The devs have abandoned the game long ago and it still have a lot of bugs. It have some huge lag problems and there is many crashes. The game is also peer to peer, so no dedicated servers. There are still some community organised events and there is a lot of people willing to help newer players. I personally just like crushing my friends again and again. ::D
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
The game isn't bad but the connection and the dead community is the problem. It is a halrious game where toy can pick up alomst everything in every map, sad that the community is really dead. Wondering why this got no attention and there are on patches for this.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
578.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Best game i have ever played.
No other game could fascinate me over such a long time so far.
But as some others already mentioned there are not very much players atm playing it.
So buy this game and be part of us!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
this is truly a great and sadly "empty" game, allmost noone plays anymore.
i feel like a child at x-mas every time someone has set up a server so i can enjoy a good thrashing.(mostly recieved, hehe)
for my account i have experienced a handful of crashes but it is the gameplay makes it up ( personal opinion)

id give it a 9.5/10. but with the lack of players its only 5/10

PLAYERS COME BACK!!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Great with a group of friends, just kill and kill and kill and kill and kill.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Really fun game that sadly just didn't have the right developers. The payment model is garbage with a cash shop containing just about all the cosmetic items for 1-5 USD. There's only six maps, and the ranking/levelup system is pretty much cosmetic.

The game has some hilariously fun melee and run & gun shooting. It's a blast to run backwards shooting luring someone into the edge of the map, only to jump off the wall, switch to a katana, then slice them in half. There's some small balancing issues, but the game is tweaked very very well overall.

If you can get the game for cheap it's very much worth the money. Though you might want to have some friends to play with since the community is dead. Most of the stragglers are pro players who have learned every exploit and trick in the book and it just isn't fun to get stomped without learning what they did.
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