Summary: As the elderly, yet oddly toned kung-fu monk decapitated my time-traveling, identity-losing hero-with-nothing-to-lose for the fifth time in as many minutes, I couldn't really be blamed for impotently throwing my mouse at the television that I can ill-afford, cracking its screen in cathartic rage.
Conclusion: The Showdown Effect is the result of pitching together a group of action movies from the 80s and 90s and forcing them to brawl it out with weapons from their respective universes ranging from the deadly frying pan to the feeble lightsaber.
Conclusion: The Showdown Effect is the kind of competitive gaming experience that can easily swallow up an entire week or even month for the gamer who understands the mechanics and develops the competitive streak that’s the basis for all players versus player multiplayer.
Pros: + Action movie theme, + Variety of moves, + Fast-paced action
Cons: - Limited number of players, - Confusing at times
Excerpt: Paradox Interactive and Arrowhead Game Studios had some great success with Magicka not long ago. The fantastic humor merged with creative and innovative gameplay to make a one-of-a-kind experience.
Pros: Humor, one-liners and source material are spot-on, Graphics and sound/music definitely enhance the experience, Lots of unlockables and customization options, Gameplay is perfect for short bursts of time
Cons: Lack of gamepad support and learning curve/difficulty may scare some gamers away
Conclusion: This review has rambled on a bit too long, so a summary is needed. Should you buy it? Maybe, as it is cheap. Will you be playing it in a month? Probably not, unless you really get into it. Is it good value if purchased and played with friends? Definitely, it’s at its best.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, the consistent issue throughout all of the review experience was the difficulty in finding a game. It was common to join up for a ranked match only to languish in a lobby as singular players dropped in and out.
Excerpt: Parody found in video games is often quite thin on the ground. This is largely because we are in a section of the entertainment industry that is still trying to establish credibility and mocking oneself is usually reserved for those with confidence.
Pros: Cheap, Quick rounds, Great artistic style
Cons: Occasional Lag, Server Matching, Limited Content
Take Your Vitamins And Say Your Prayers | The Showdown Effect Review
New Gamer Nation
5 March 2013
Conclusion: With so much replay value and charm, this is a game that’s almost impossible not to recommend. The marriage between humor and truly skilled gameplay makes it one of the most innovative games of the last five years. Whether or not it actually takes off as an eSport remains to be seen.