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