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The Showdown Effect

The Showdown Effect review

The Next Action Hero?

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5 years ago

Brazilian Bundle: Super BR Jam

There was a time when I spent most of my day posting about bundles, to the extent that I didn't actually play any new games at all. I'd just list the contents of whatever bundle landed in my inbox, embed a video and check that the 'pay what you want' offer actually let people submit less than a dollar. Then I'd hit the publish button…

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6 years ago

A Good Day To Try: Showdown Effect Free Weekend

Have you ever wanted to dive out of a window to avoid an explosion, while throwing a sword at a ninja? I tried it once but landed badly and ended up with a nasty crick in my neck. It's the kind of antic that might look amazing when performed by a sinewy star of the silver screen, but my body just isn't made for that…

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Cowboy Ker-Bop: Showdown Effect Gets Free DLC

LAST TIME, ON THE SHOWDOWN EFFECT: [Cars explode or something] Arnold Schwarzenegger parody: "Wow, this sure is great! I can slice and shoot people, and it's all so fast-pace-- [gets sliced and shot to pieces, emits comical death yodel]." [More explosions, no one looks at them] Elderly monk man: "Hah, that was too easy. Which is basically what this game becomes after you figure out the…

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Feature: The Next Action Hero?

The Showdown Effect review

Congratulations! You made Magicka and have finished creating odd DLC content for the friendly fire(ball) simulation. What do you do next? 1) Go hiking in the Pyrenees. 2) Why not craft some sort of single player Magicka RPG? 3) Form a band sort of like Daft Punk but with all the sci-fi robot vibes replaced by wizard's robes and jokes about willies. 4) Create a…

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The Showdown Effect Shows Takedowns, Effects

Arrowhead and Paradox are dabbling in the absurd once again with their "2.5D" shooter, The Showdown Effect, which is destined to be released quite soon. The latest trailer shows numerous hi-jinks. Paradox claims that the trailer's "Intricate Bullet Ballet Forever Answers Games-as-Art Debate". Yeeees. The game can be pre-ordered, with amusing bonuses, over here. Folks who pre-order will find themselves injected immediately into the on-going…

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Feature: Situational comedy

Slice And Dice: The Showdown Effect Interview

The Showdown Effect is a bombastic game, packed with more eighties action movie clichés and stereotypes than Schwarzenegger’s CV, or that one friend’s DVD collection that you’re fairly sure is entirely an edifice of ironic appreciation. I spoke to Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt at the Paradox Convention and we talked about Warhammer, dice and situational comedy. And, hey, why not the game as well?

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Feature: It's dangerous to go Stallone, take Plissken

Hands On: The Showdown Effect

The Showdown Effect stood out at the Paradox Convention. Among the fine Port*, maps and history, here was a game that threatened to introduce itself like a shot of Tabasco sauce to the back of the throat. GUNS! ONE LINERS! SWORDS! BLOOD! ACTION MOVIES! THE EIGHTIES! I was braced for impact but as the sauce settled, I paused to swirl it around my mouth, nodded…

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Only Two Months To Retirement: The Showdown Effect

Paradox's The Showdown Effect now has its own website. Why it hasn't had its own website since its announcement in March last year is perhaps a pertinent question. But with the side-scrolling cop movie-spoofing/celebrating multiplayer due out on the 5th March, it's about time it did. And as you might imagine on such an occasion, there's a new trailer too.

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Cartoon Carnage: Showdown Effect Shows Off Its Cast

I do so love games that are unabashedly cheeky. I know, I know: that's pretty much like scaling my way to the highest mountain tops and proclaiming my love for breathing and blinking to the calloused undersides of god's feet, but apparently, some people only play games through gritted teeth and furrowed brows. I think those people are silly, though, and I won't be inviting…

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Less Magick, More Muscle: Arrowhead’s Showdown Effect

The last we heard of The Showdown Effect, the new side-scrolling and cartoony shootybangbang game from the makers of the reliably silly Magicka, was back in April. Now, it's spooling up its beta-testing mini-gun, and hopes to lure in passers-by by revelling shamelessly in as many action movie cliches as it can conjure up. CONJURE LIKE IN MAGICKA.

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7 years ago

Head-To-Head With 30 Mins Of Showdown Effect Footage

Not enough things are inspired by 1980s action movies. And I write that knowing a quite a lot of things actually inspired by that apex of stupidity, and I should probably shut up, but I only have one day as a regular updater left on RPS and I'm demob happy. So I'm demanding more things that explode, more quips about death, and rocket launchers for…

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Paradox Party: Four Games Streamed Tonight

Paradox Interactive are getting a taste for the limelight. Mmm, citrussy. Tonight at 8PM CEST, which my brain refuses to accept is 7pm UK time, they'll be showing off four of their upcoming games on their Twitch TV channel. There's something for everyone, as long as you like 2D shooters, dwarf-based strategy, co-op action adventures , or competitive RTS. Do you like those? I'm interested…

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Paradox Reveal Three Games, One From Arrowhead

Run for higher ground, for the deluge has begun. As you may be aware, the GDC is in full swing now, which means announcements of a ludic nature are flooding my inbox and I only need to adjust the intricate series of valves that is my protective system ever so slightly to let them slip through, one at a time. Or maybe three at a…

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