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.
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Mixed (1,285 reviews) - 65% of the 1,285 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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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
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Overall:
Mixed (1,285 reviews)
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sjmc
7.9 hrs
Posted: September 19
This game is great! Just literally nobody plays it..
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theheartofwar
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 3
vry g00d
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TailGundham
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 2
You're a bit late for the party pal...
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Low Quality Bane Avatar👌
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
ded gaem
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Obey the Fist!
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 14
This is an unusual entry from Paradox, as a professional publisher they're usually associated with solid B grade entries into the gaming world. Not superstars, but a bunch of fringe games that often turn out quite worthwhile.

This game isn't one of those - lazy 2D graphics, a low effort "retro means we don't have to bother with graphics" attitude, limited PvP only gameplay all add up together to make this a truly mediocre effort.

What's worse the game is already out of support, and the servers are all dead - and this is a multiplayer only game.

Don't buy, it's unplayable.
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Bilson. 道
13.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
Make free to play please.
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Zbyszke is potato
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 7
Product received for free
it's a good game, but no one plays it
please make it f2p :(
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Milk Jug
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 25
The effect is that youll want to kill yourself.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
PSA to not buy this game since it is dead!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This game is so dead.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
142 of 154 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
No players in servers. Game died a year ago; just after the first month from release. Devs, pls change this into free-to-play so we can see it alive again.
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124 of 152 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
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!

=

Waste of money
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85 of 102 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
Shouldn't be sold anymore, no one playing and dev has stopped support. Has no local play, no bot support, no mods and you are still locked out of a bunch of characters and cosmetics that cost more money on top of game price.

AVOID!!
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
197.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2015
Fun, but I can't recommend it in good faith seeing as the community is dead and you'll never get a game going.
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71 of 84 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
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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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
Back in 2013, I would have recommended this game, but since then the devs have just abandoned it. If you really really want to play this game, get some friends to play it with you, otherwise walk way.

This game is dead. There normally are no servers and the only few (4 or so max) players online are 500+ hour players who'll only rekt you.

It would be better as a F2P or if the game had bots/singleplayer mode.
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2014
I waited quite literally over 30 minutes for a ranked game, but it never started due to the essentially dead online community. Then I left the lobby/queue where I was literally the only person and it made me lose ranked rating.

Okay then.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
*Gets on*
*Finds no one to play with*
*Is sad*

This game was so fun too :(
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