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The Showdown Effect: Deluxe Edition





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The Showdown Effect: Deluxe Edition





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.

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

"it's a satisfying experience you aren't likely to forget." - Hookedgamers.com

"Flavor, intensity, and smart, reflex-driven gameplay mechanics raise TSE into a class of its own." - TenTonHammer.com

Enter the Showdown in style with the Digital Deluxe Edition.

The Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Bonus Character Mizu Ichiban: After winning several royale battles, this school girl is looking for a real challenge

  • Two Wearable Costume Sets: Dress you characters up as a Magicka wizard or an armored knight with these cosmetic wearables (Cosmetic Only)

  • Two Weapon Skins: Kill your foes in style with a golden axe or a hand crossbow cosmetic weapon upgrade (Cosmetic Only)

  • Magicka: Arrowhead’s first release, Magicka. Giftable if you already own it

  • XP Boost: A Permanent 3% XP Boost (XP mainly used for cosmetic unlocks)

  • Soundtrack: The full game soundtrack

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

  • 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 the ELO rating system

  • Custom rules sets to create your own game modes – Pistols only!

  • Progressive rewards and unlocks for character and weapon customization

  • Re-experience the action of your favorite movies across different environments

  • Numerous heroes, dozens of weapons, hundreds of moves - infinite fun.

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Arrowhead Game Studios
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Minimum Requirements


  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: Dual Core 2.4GHz processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Disk Space: 2GB
  • Graphics: 2 GB available HD space, Shader 4.0 graphics card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 9800, AMD Radeon 4830)
  • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Soundcard
  • Direct X Version: 10
  • Peripherals: Mouse, Keyboard
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection
Recommended Requirements


  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: Quad Core Intel or AMD processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Disk Space: 2GB
  • Graphics: Shader 4.0. graphics card Memory: 1GB, DirectX® 10.1 (recommended: Nvidia GeForce 460, AMD Radeon 5870)
  • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Soundcard
  • Direct X Version: 10
  • Peripherals: Mouse, Keyboard
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection

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A good dead game


This is like playing an action movie from the eighties. You may think there is no way to create a game based on the eighties movies cliches, no way to convert all that into a video game and make it work. Well, the Showdown Effect might not be the best game out there, but it successfully gives you the feeling that you can be an action hero. I would have really loved a single player based on the mechanics of this game rather than the multiplayer game we have in our hands. First, because you can't go crazy doing all you would love to do since you might be killed instantly due to your fearless attitude. Second, because the game is now dead and there is no people playing it nowadays (and if you manage to play a game, you'll suffer a lot of lag). Even though the game has good ideas it just died. Don't buy it unless you find enough people to play it with. Game is dead and it is a pity since it wasn't bad at all.

I'll Need Your Clothes, Your Motorbike, And Your Gaming Rig!


Absolutely love this game from its platforming combat style reminiscent of Super Smash Brothers to its subtle detail of iconic 80s trends including all of those hilarious one-liners. Decent amount of different characters and weapons to add some variety to the various game modes and includes a lot of ornamental swag which can be unlocked to customize your characters looks. Its play style Is close to that of SSB but different enough to not feel the same. Controls are pretty solid though they can take a bit of getting used to but work for this game. It has some nice game modes but could use a couple more in my opinion but the amount of hilarity of the subtle and not so subtle humor that takes place in the matches more then compensate. There is also a place for ranked competitive play and the weapons and characters are mostly balanced (though some do better against certain people etc). Overall I highly recommend this game to anyone who had a blast on games like SSB or someone who likes 80s themed humor.



Well-executed, Smash Brothers-esque 2d fighter, up to 8 players. Vivid animations and highly detailed enviornments. Musical score that nails the 80's cheesy action Arnold or Norris vibe. Combat is well done, with many improvised weapons to be found, though I believe there could be improvements here. The melee attacks are simple, with a charging tackle, a block, and an attack. Some weapons attack slower and do more damage as you would expect, others are quicker. All can be thrown to do some damage in a pinch. The ranged weapons require that your mouse targeting reticule be over the enemy you intend to hit as well as aiming at them; failing to do this will result in the bullets hitting the 'wall' behind the target. This works surprisingly well. In all, combat is solid, though more variety in melee weapons attacks would be good; I felt little reason to use anything but the default katana. The presence of a paid cosmetic item shop is a concern, but all ingame abilites and characters and weaponry unlocks via the ingame currency store, earned by playing matches. This currency is gained quickly, but I still think the presence of the actual currency store is unneeded. Similarly, the number of characters feels rather limited, though this doubtless will be expanded on in the future (hopefully for free) Each character has a special ability which appears locked to the character this is ok, but it would have been nice if this was assignable as the standard items to a loadout. Gamemodes are intruiging; you can play as a generic Henchman in some of the modes and lack the powers the oridinary characters have all henchmen then work to kill the 'one man army'. This and some other modes are entertaining and the Showdown mode is probably the best, where its a standard deathmatch until the end when the victor is determined by elimination. One downside is that the game is entirely peer-to-peer, similar to many console games, meaning you have to play on a non-dedicated server. This can result in laggy connections, but during the several hours I have played the game over a few days, this has not been noticable (other than, perhaps, the host having a slight edge) Hopefully the developers consider adding some dedicated servers to the game and release a server executable it will help in keeping a long-term playerbase.

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