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The Showdown Effect launches beta sign-up page and trailer, takes aim for March launch

Arrowhead - the guys responsible for the barmy Magicka - are now taking sign-ups for the beta of their upcoming The Showdown Effect, a sort of 2D side-scrolling Action: Half Life. The game features up to eight players battling it out with weapons ripped from the hands of cheesy 80s action heroes. In that spirit, they've released a trailer that crams in as many clichéd one-liners as a Google for "stupid things said in bad movies" can find.

You can sign up for that macho madness at The Showdown Effect's beta page . If you also refer three friends, you'll get a guaranteed place for when the trial starts.

If you prefer the passive entertainment of watching others run and gun like idiots, Arrowhead will be livestreaming the game tonight from 7pm GMT over at Paradox Interactive's Twitch TV channel.

Phil Savage
Phil leads PC Gamer's UK team. He was previously the editor of the magazine, and thinks you should definitely subscribe to it. He enjoys RPGs and immersive sims, and can often be found reviewing Hitman games. He's largely responsible for the Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.