Action Movie Clichés Collide in Arrowhead’s ‘The Showdown Effect’ Video Game

The Showdown Effect - Video Game

In Arrowhead Game Studios’ latest project, The Showdown Effect, you’re not gonna have “time to bleed” because you’ll be too busy “enjoying the smell of napalm in the morning.” In fact, you can even invite a few of your “little friends” to join in and take turns “dying hard (with a vengeance).” As you might have guessed, The Showdown Effect is a love letter to 80s and 90s action flicks written in blood (possibly some sweat and tears as well).

The premise of the game “where champions from different eras of time fight to the death.” Whether those champions are good or bad remains to be seen, but since Arrowhead seems to be having fun mashing up various clichés we can probably expect both. Early looks reveal characters like Dutch McClone, a Bruce Willis meets Mel Gibson kindergarden teacher who’s lost in time; Shur Foo, a kung-fu grandmaster and pawn shop owner forced to unleash his kung-fu fighting power; Hailey Skye, daughter of a multi-time Nobel Prize winning father; and Lance Koboldski, a donut-munching, bazooka-packing cop with one day until retirement.


No explosion is too loud and no bullet dodge is implausible – The Showdown Effect is all about impaling your friend with nearby broomstick and dropping a “Stick around”-taunt as you jetpack heroically off to the next enemy.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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