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6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. BrandonG.
    Jul 9, 2004
    6
    Granted the glitches are terrible , the gameplay is a bit sluggish at times , but the new grapple engine is far easier that the last 2 . overall fun for a while.
  2. DaveH.
    Jul 10, 2004
    6
    Much better than LOW1 and 2. Lots of potential but the gameplay isn't solid enough to keep you hooked. The framerate suffers a bit on the PS2 when there are more than 4 characters on screen. I feel that if they would have spent some more time improving the controls, fixing all the glitches and the framerate, this could have easily have gotten an 8. I really wanted to like this game Much better than LOW1 and 2. Lots of potential but the gameplay isn't solid enough to keep you hooked. The framerate suffers a bit on the PS2 when there are more than 4 characters on screen. I feel that if they would have spent some more time improving the controls, fixing all the glitches and the framerate, this could have easily have gotten an 8. I really wanted to like this game but the gameplay just doesn't do it for me. Expand
  3. RichT.
    Jul 30, 2004
    5
    What can I say other than I was very disappointed. The game isn't worth $49.99 not even $19.99 due to all of the technical problems and boring decade storyline. No hidden characters, no hidden arenas, cheats, nothing. Showdown is just an all out stinkfest of boredom waiting to sink you into the deepest bowels of depression and disappointment. I was really looking forward to a game What can I say other than I was very disappointed. The game isn't worth $49.99 not even $19.99 due to all of the technical problems and boring decade storyline. No hidden characters, no hidden arenas, cheats, nothing. Showdown is just an all out stinkfest of boredom waiting to sink you into the deepest bowels of depression and disappointment. I was really looking forward to a game that would do the Legends of Wrestling justice, but as usual acclaim has fallen short and should take some serious notes from the master of wrestling games THQ.... (The Smackdown Franchise).. I am surprised Acclaim hasn't recalled LOW Showdown due to all of the technical problems. For example, during the showdown challenge the controls stick during moves, the screen freezes during gameplay, the announcers' voices become deep and hard to understand and seem to repeat themselves and get stuck on phrases like an old 33 record that has been scratched. In addition, when your wrestler performs some moves, he goes to grab his opponet and applies the hold to an invisible character/air while the opponet is off in another direction. In my opinion, Acclaim should have a massive recall of the game, fix the glitches and technical problems, create more exciting story lines, have hidden characters such as Big Van Vader, Buff Bagwell, Nature Boy Ric Flair, Magnum T.A., Lex Luger, The Four Horsemen, Midnight Express, and some of the TNA Superstars on the roster, easier controls, and lots of hidden items such as costumes, music entrances, arenas, cheats, and etc.. I am not an video game expert or developer but come on!!!, Acclaim ,Just talk to a few wrestling fans and You will have a number one best selling wrestling game that can stand toe to toe with The Smackdown Franchise and THQ. Do yourself a favor and rent this game before you buy it....Two last things... Don't believe the hype about this game. If anything it should be called Letdown..Legends of wrestling... by acclaim.... Expand
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55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Showdown is just as bad as its two predecessors in almost every way. [Aug 2004, p.93]
  2. The two places where this game really fails to deliver are in the pacing and the controls.
  3. I like having the option of pairing up thirty years of blood and sweatsocks, and there’s nothing really at fault with anything, it’s just unfortunate that their very accurate rendition of Seventies wrestling compares unfavourably with what Kurt Angle and colleagues are doing now on t.v and in the THQ games.