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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.
Release Date: Mar 5, 2013
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$9.99

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$19.99

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$29.99

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$59.99

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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 the 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

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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
45 of 59 people (76%) found this review helpful
83 products in account
1 review
4.3 hrs on record
Awesome game but lacks players :(
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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38 of 56 people (68%) found this review helpful
53 products in account
10 reviews
6.2 hrs on record
The Showdown Effect wasn't actually that bad. It had some potential, but it fell short due to its absolutely terrible use of peer-to-peer matchmaking.

I live in South Africa, and we don't have the greatest connectivity, but I can play just about any multiplayer game with a latency of around 200. The Showdown Effect is not one of those games. Because of the use of peer-to-peer matchmaking, a player has to connect to one central player's computer and, well, it doesn't quite work. 50% of the time the "host" (central computer that all players in the same game connect to) has an awful connection, 20% of the time the connection just drops due to the host quitting his match, and the rare occasions when it does work, you will probably be in a server with rocket-launching tryhards that spoil all your fun, and diminish your chances of having a good game.

This takes me directly into my second point; I can hold my own when it comes to shooters, but not when the game I'm playing is horrendously balanced - on both sides of the spectrum! Good luck playing with a rifle, because it does fưck all damage and it has a reload period of about half the length of a match. However, equip a rocket launcher to your character and just about every player who can't dodge to the degree of a ninja will be your cannon-fodder.

It doesn't stop there, though. One of the easily-unlockable characters has INVISIBILITY. Yep, you read that right. You will not be able to see your enemy for a few moments, and in that time he can swiftly dispatch you to your grave. I guess the dev team for The Showdown Effect weren't too bothered with a very, very important aspect of competition - equality.

There are a handful of positives to this game though, such as the neat animations and the interesting levels with referenced events going on in the background. The cons heavily outweigh the pros, though - and for that I'd have to not recommend this game.

For the achievement hunters out there, expect to take around 3-5 hours to get all of them, but be warned that you need the Deluxe Edition content to get 2 of the achievements, as one of the requirements is to play as 2 characters that aren't acquireable in the base game.

In conclusion, I don't think The Showdown Effect is worth your money nor time, and so it is thrown straight into the bargain bin.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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53 of 83 people (64%) found this review helpful
1,186 products in account
32 reviews
13.0 hrs on record
R.I.P

Since 2013 - 2013.
Posted: December 11th, 2013
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
369 products in account
11 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
Thanks to the matchmaking system, populated servers are few and stable ones are fewer. Even if you have the patience and luck to get into a game, there's really not much to make it worthwhile. Plenty of style, but not much substance.
Posted: December 14th, 2013
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
78 products in account
3 reviews
37.2 hrs on record
Unfinished, no attention.
This game had great potential, but the devs just somehow stopped working on it..
Cons: Servers are ♥♥♥♥, low replay ability, horrible configuration.
Pros: great action pvp gameplay, great art style, great voice, great concept.
Posted: February 1st, 2014
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