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  1. Full disclosure: I had purchased this bundle with 1,000 points from my VGR points balance, earned with creating threads and posting on existing threads. No money or favours were exchanged for this bundle. I have not received any points for the SNEAK Elite programme for this. I was offered to choose the flavour I would receive in the tub. I have experience with SNEAK (and I am going to capitalise every instance of SNEAK because it's too late to stop now) products, and this will compare to past experiences. Reviewing drinks is not my forte. This disclosure is not part of the minimum required 250 word count. The package that was sent to me, in a well-filled with packing paper box of their own branding consists of the following: one Bit Friday shaker; one tub of Blue Raspberry powder (40 servings); and five sachets of Neon Punch, Stealth, Strawberry Millions, and Strawberry Watermelon flavour powders. This would ordinarily cost £70.20 and there's currently an offer where each order contains five Strawberry Watermelon sachets. Each flavour has been taste-tested and consumed fully in 700ml of cool tap water (the recommended amount of 300-400ml is too sweet for me). Bit Friday Shaker: The Bit Friday Shaker is a tinted, ~80% transparent bottle with an ice catcher should you wish to shake it with ice. It doesn't feel quite as sturdy as the "OG Shaker", but not so fragile that it can't survive anywhere near as many solid drops on hard surfaces. Both are plastic (metal is available at an expected premium), and feature measurements on the side up to 700 millilitres (ml) and 25 ounces (oz). While I do like the transparency to see on the outside how much water you've got left in, it doesn't make the contents look particularly appetising, the tint making the water look murky. Even after being washed out it looks like droplets of mud line the inside. The stopper on the lid isn't as strong as the OG Shaker, as shown by how easily it leaks from all sides of the lid at any slightly tilted angle. It fails its job as a shaker, as when it is shaken water goes everywhere. I had originally criticised the OG Shaker for being too hard to open but it's become a positive in this context. The aesthetic is generally pleasing. The faux 16-bit SNEAK logo and SNEAK bunny evoke images of Hotline Miami and play nicely into its pop-culture marketing. Do you like slurping people? Blue Raspberry: I'll first of all comment on the tub and say that it's very secure with long neck and threading, as well as a thick foil lid. It contains 400 grams (g) of powder, which amounts to 40 10g servings, which at approximately £39.95 is one serving per £1 spent. It also comes with a little spoon to pour in a single serving... somewhere, I had to do some digging for it. Given the fineness of the powder I didn't expect to find it at the top. Blue Raspberry is a generic raspberry-flavoured drink, and tastes much better in its carbonated can form than a powder as that reminded me of energy drink Red Devil, which I can't find anywhere else. It's not as tart as other Sneak flavours (bearing in mind, again, I drink these at 700ml and not the advised 300-400ml) and that works for me. It also has less of the chalky after-effect that Sneak has been widely noted and criticised for. It passes my 'gulp' test, which is four large gulps rather than my usual sipping, as it doesn't overwhelm the tastebuds and doesn't make me feel nauseous or dehydrated afterwards. It also passes my sampling test, wherein I hold it and swill it around the gums for six seconds; again, no battered taste-buds and no dry throat afterwards. Neon Punch: A 10g satchet that strangely doesn't last as long as the plastic tub (these will last until September 2022, meanwhile the tub is fine until 2024), but it seems secure enough. I have had expired sachets before and they seemed fine, but you'd best be safe than sorry. Also don't consume more than two of these per day. This sachet is filled with pear and guava flavour, far more pear than guava. Not exactly the Tropikilla, but a refreshing fruity drink that doesn't overpower the senses in either the gulp or sample test. Stealth: "The mystery flavour. No, we're not telling you what it is," says the webpage. This is something I don't particularly like about SNEAK: if the flavour's name doesn't give it away, nothing else will. The amount of threads I've seen people asking "what flavour is [x]" tells me others have the same problem, and I'm reminded of how glad I am to have received these for free. Moving on, Stealth smells different depending on what it's in. In the sachet it has a strong liquorice smell. I don't like liquorice. When poured into the water and shaken it smelt of raw sewage. I don't like raw sewage either, but I'd probably take that over liquorice. Dreading what it must taste like I put it to my lips and found it tastes of neither. It's quite pleasant, but it's very tart. It's an artificial sour flavour that has enough sweetness to not turn me off it entirely. Easily the strongest flavour I've tried of theirs without feeling the urge to throw up (see below). It's nice but it definitely needed to be in 700ml of water, and does not survive the gulp or sampling test. Like the Strawberry Millions next, it needs to be sipped to be enjoyed fully. I don't know why this one was discontinued from the UK, but I'm going to save these for special occasions as a result of that. I'm rather glad I got these instead of my Grape Punch. Strawberry Millions: I must admit I did buy this one partly for its marketing material. It's an attractive packet in that neon aesthetic, a nice change from the street art SNEAK normally go for. Because I've got five of these I'm going to use them more sparingly than not; the dessert to my dinner. It tastes like Strawberry Millions, go figure, but is still rather tart in 700ml of water. It doesn't pass my gulp or sample test, making it much better to savour with small sips. On a side note, I strongly discourage trying the Bubblegum Millions flavour. When I say it's a bad flavour I don't just mean that I dislike it; I'm not a fan of the next flavour but I can at least drink it. Bubblegum Millions tasted exactly as it should, albeit revolting as a drink. I can eat them, I can eat bubblegum lollipops, but I cannot drink bubblegum-flavoured water. It made me sick to my stomach and I had to keep adding water just to finish it. Their mixologists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should. Strawberry Watermelon: Last but not least, the sachet that can't be torn open. For some reason these required scissors as there was nowhere to tear it. This one tastes absolutely as advertised: the strawberry and watermelon flavours alternate with each sip, and even if I'm not fond of eating watermelon it makes for a refreshing drink. With its creamy texture it could be mistaken for juice more than a squash or flavoured water. It passes my gulp test as there's no chalky after-texture, though there is some cloying at the back of my throat which requires another swig to wash it down. The sample test of swilling the gums fails however as it's far too sweet, but at least the bitter feeling it leaves on my teeth washes away quickly. I can easily see this one being my favourite served with ice. How is it as an energy drink? SNEAK Energy is marketed toward trendy young people who wear hoodies and know what 'no cap' means. I'm none of those things. I'm an obese Englishman who would indeed have 'no cap' in a real game of Capture the Flag. That, I believe, is 'no cap'. But does it give me the energy to capture the flag, real or virtual? Not really, no. I will say that I do feel more alert and have a buzz from a single bottle of water laced with SNEAK, but it doesn't make my performance in games measurably better. My awareness has improved but my reflexes see virtually no difference at all, and while I'm more focussed I feel that's because of the water more than the caffeine. Bearing in mind I already drink Diet Coke by default, so having the jolt of energy from changing my drinking habits is more thanks to Yorkshire Water than the ctf_2fort marching powder. The marketing has more energy than the drink itself. It was corny at first but I came to like the appeal of the advertisements, and they probably contribute no small amount of placebo effect to whatever energy gain there is to be had. This drink may well be better in the hands (or throat) of someone who is considerably fitter and healthier. Energy drinks are meant to supplement a healthily balanced lifestyle, not replace one. I don't expect miracles of this, but I'd rather they advertise the flavour than the benefits it claims to have for its target audience. So, is it a Warlock Win? As an energy drink it gets neither a thumb up or down. When I drank this at the gym just over a year ago it was very refreshing and encouraged me to drink my recommended daily intake of water. It was a nice treat and something to look forward to during a long day of exercise. But being sat at my desk it's just a sugar-free drink that's a bit better for my teeth unlike the brown sodas I regularly consume. There is an improvement to alertness and focus, and I do have some get-up-and-go energy, but it isn't a gamechanger quite like replacing a bot with a decent human player in something like SplitGate. As a water flavourer though it's incredible, that aspect easily gets a thumb up. The flavours I've had so far are incredible, and while the ingredients are natural they don't taste it and this is likely due to the intense sweeteners they've added, which is too much even when I'm adding over double the water they recommend. It's done well to encourage me to drink more water, and does a great job of seeing to my sweet tooth thanks to it being sugar free. So all in all, the experience is more positive than negative. If this sounds like something you'd like I recommend picking up a Taster Pack containing six sachets of your choosing.
    7 points
  2. Sneak Energy, the unique zero junk, low-calorie, sugar-free formula which is disrupting the energy drink space. Available in powdered form or ready-to-drink cans, Sneak is packed with amino acids, vitamins, electrolytes and minerals and is notorious for offering a powerful, sustained energy boost that keeps you alert, focused and hydrated. Sneak has a wide variety of unique flavours! Some of them are pretty self-explanatory - Sour Apple, or Raspberry Lemonade, for example. Some are less obvious - but they’re all sweet, sharp and fruity. We recommend trying their Starter Pack to find your flavours. - we know you will be back for more... All you have to do is add one scoop or sachet of Sneak to 300-400ml of water and shake. Drop in some ice for extra refreshment, and feel free to experiment with water ratios to find what suits you. Sneak is a clean energy formula - it improves your performance without the junk. We’ve packed Sneak full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals - and with added caffeine, your energy levels will increase, your focus will be sharper, and you’ll feel refreshingly hydrated and know that it will make you king/queen of your game. Click HERE to shop Sneak Energy products. Interested in advertising your brand on VGR Forum? Send us an email - advertise[@]vgr.com
    5 points
  3. Shagger Says: Sneak Energy First and foremost, another thank you to @DC and Sneak every for making this possible with the promotion here of VGR through bid for rewards. Even with my appreciation, this review is still gonna offer up nothing but the honest truth. Not that Sneak energy need to be worried as I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised by this energy drink powder and everything that it offered. Still, one would have to part with with equivalent of over $90 to buy the same package I received, so is it worth it? Let's snoop around sneak and find out. To set the parameters for this review, let establish what Sneak energy is. This is a caffeinated energy drink make for gaming that is mean increase alertness whilst also providing hydration. Sneak themselves recommend no more than two portions a day and to drink one portion before or during gaming. I was drinking the powder you mix with water in a shaker/drinking bottle that was part of the package. It's easy enough to make, pour either sachet or levelled scoop (10g) into the shaker, pour in 300ml – 400ml of water then shake and drink. However, I personally found much more success in ignoring the recommend 10 second shake time for closer to 20-30 seconds. Despite this, it is easy to prepare with clear instructions, so nobody should be put off by a lack of convenience. In my package: 1 x 400g (40 servings) Blue Raspberry flavour tub 1 x 700ml branded drinking bottle/shaker 5 x Strawberry flavour sachet (10g, single serving) 5 x Sneak flavour sachet (10g, single serving) 5 x Strawberry and Watermelon flavour sachet (10g, single serving) 5 x Neon Punch flavour sachet (10g, single serving) I touched on the price earlier, but to understand what your getting it's important understand how much value you get. Fist step, how much does this actually cost? Well, here it is, blunt and honest (I said it my package would cost the equivalent of around $90 and it would, but 5 of the sachets I received aren't listed here. More on that later.): To really understand this though, we have to break it down to price it per portion. Lucky for you, I've done the math for you and it works out at around £1 per 10g (300ml-400ml once mixed) portion for the tub (around $1.18) and £1.35 per sachet ($1.58). For context, that's pretty good value compared to Red Bull; And I'd say about the same as Monster Energy, give or take. (these prices are form a major supermarket chain that operates here in the UK) So what we have here with Sneak is a something that isn't exactly cheap, but does offer value in the long run. One thing that does need pointing out (and in answer to @Scottypops question) is that Sneak energy contains A LOT more caffeine that the two brands I'm comparing it to here. About twice as much as in that 250ml can of Red Bull and with about the same as that can of Monster Energy, but but Monster is a larger, more diluted mix with a 500ml portion. In a more direct comparison, Red Bull has 30mg of caffeine per 100g, Monster has 36mg per 100g and Sneak (may vary depending on how you mix it) contains 50mg per 100g, so it's a lot stronger. So it's a higher install price for longer term value (and more caffeine), but how does it taste compared to regular energy drinks? Before I offer my thoughts on each flavour, I want to talk about the bottle itself; As you can see from the images I posted, it looks cool. A new one would cost £10 to buy (equivalent to around $12-$13). For that price, you would expect something decent and that is what you get. There are a number of designs to choose from. This particular bottle is the "Bit Friday" design made of a dark grey, translucent plastic printed with very nice Sneak decals, a screw top lid with a nice, rigid drinking cap, an ice catcher that can be easily removed for cleaning and both ml and Fl ounce scales printed on the sides. I like it, it's better quality that I would have expected and feels like it's built to last provide one looks after it. Onto the most important part, the actual drink and the flavours. Now, it's an energy drink, not a magic potion from Gandalf, so don't expect to suddenly go MGL by drinking it, but I would say Sneaks' claims of improving alertness and concentration whilst keeping you hydrated do hold up. It also helps cut out some hunger as it claims to be a food supplement and it does stem off hunger. I know what some of you may be thinking with that and the answer is no, I would not recommend Sneak for people as an aid to dieting as you crash hard and suddenly with hunger when the effect is gone and may in fact encourage you to eat more and outside of regular meal times. A single serving does hit like a strong cup of coffee, but Sneak is more refreshing and easier to prepare. I'll talk more about the actual flavours in a moment, but I do like it. Each flavour is distinctive and overall, they taste nice. Now to rank each flavour. The order that you read these is the same order I tried them, with the numbers ranking them with 1 being my favourite and 5 my least favourite. 5. Strawberry Millions Strong, potent flavour even at maximum recommended 400ml dilution. Tasted nice, not bitter like most every drinks, reminded me of milkshake in the smell and taste. It was a bit gritty, though. I shook if for the recommended 10 seconds, but it still didn't taste like it had mixed right. After this, I started shaking it for longer and never encountered this issue again even after re-trying this flavour. My better half was along for the ride on this taste test and she wasn't a huge fan of this flavour, but even though this was my least favourite, I did still like it. It is refreshing and sweet however this does not taste like the strawberry millions sweets. 4. “Stealth” Flavour Honestly, with such a vague name for this flavour, I wasn't sure what to expect, that became a sense of disappointment when my better half liked this one the most and claimed the remaining sachets for herself. Flavour and aroma of sherbet double dip, interesting given sneak is made with zero sugar. Sweet without being overpowering, this was a well balanced flavour that was very pleasant overall. 2. Neon Punch I was honestly expecting something along the lines of sour candy with this, but it was tasted like fruity bubble-gum and was very refreshing (Bubbaloo tutti-fruity bubble-gum). It's not as sweet nor as bold as the other flavours I had tried up to this point, but one of my favourites. My better half thought this one was OK compared to the others. It was at this point that I started to notice her preference for the sweeter flavours whilst I preferred the more fruity, subtle ones. Knowing how our palettes differ, that does make sense. 1. Strawberry and Watermelon Before I get onto how this one tasted, there is something a little odd about how, or perhaps why, I even got a chance to even try this flavour in the first place. Everything else that was in the package I knew was coming because it was on the invoice I got in my email and was what I had selected. These five sachets of Strawberry Watermelon Flavour, were not; So why was it included? I honestly have no idea. Maybe Sneak gives this flavour out in all thier samples or something, but regardless I won't look a gift horse in the mouth because this ended up being my favourite flavour of the lot. Very refreshing, but still potent and strong in flavour with just enough sweetness to give it a little kick. If Sneak do give this to everyone to try as thier "best foot forward", I can see why. My better half compared it to the American sweets called NERD'S, so if that point of reference helps you, then so be it. 3. Blue Raspberry This is the one I got in the form of the tub, so obviously this was the one I wanted to like the most. I didn't end up being my favourite, but I still really liked this one. The first thought that came to mind when I opened the tub was; And that kind of set the tone really, it tasted like, well, blue. Still a nice balance of refreshing and sweet, but a little more sour than the others, but not to the point it's unpleasant. Perhaps it would be kinder to say it had more of a kick than the others. Not my favourite, but still very good and still refreshing. The best bit though is my better half didn't care for it. Apparently the raspberry flavour is not strong enough for her liking, so I at least have this one all to myself. Maybe she's right and the raspberry part was weak, but the blue held up nicely. Final Verdict 9/10 Overall, very pleasantly surprised. The drinks make you alert, the caffeine certainly works, but was also very refreshing, especially compared to the other every drinks I've tried that are usually either very flat of very bitter and dry you out, it also help hold off hunger for a period of time but be ready for a full meal. Value is to be found in the package, but it's still difficult to recommend to people who don't drink this sort of stuff on a regular basis with the high install price. I was essentially given this, and in that capacity, I love it, I really do and would defend it to the hills, but would I buy it, with money, probably not, but only because I don't drink this stuff regularly. Having said that, this still has a very real chance to convert me as the reason I don't drink this stuff regularly is because most energy taste like salty urine to me. The fact that not only do I like Sneak energy, but actually loved some of these flavours is a testament to how good this is (minus the one that was pinched because I only got to taste it once). Yes, it's not cheap, especially in the beginning with the shaker being an essential buy and how much the tubs cost, but there is value in this is you do drink this kind of thing even on a semi-frequent basis. So yeah, you do need to be prepared to drink Sneak regularly and loyally to get the best out of it, but if you do you won't be sorry.
    5 points
  4. The site says about 10 minutes, and the effects last 45 minutes. I'd say that's about right. Monster Energy typically has 86mg per serving, G-Fuel has 140-50g per serving, and Red Bull... it depends on the size of the can. So Sneak's fairly high up, but it's within a healthy adult's recommended daily allowance of 300g. I was about to say 'yes' and leave it there but on the Blue Raspberry tub's nutrition table it does say "Carbohydrates, of which sugars: per 300ml serving, 0.5g," so it does contain some sugar. Good question, glad you asked that as it has me do my due dilligence. Regarding carbonatation and fizziness, there isn't any. It's completely flat. As for speed of consumption it depends on the flavour and how much water you add; the more you dilute it, the easier it is to chug, as mentioned in my review. Not that I can tell, it only smells like it in the packet. Thankfully it doesn't taste like raw sewage, again it only smells like it when added to water. It's just a very sour flavour.
    3 points
  5. I would rather use my pc since there the video games are better with a better quality and more enjoyable. Since I remember myself I was using a computer more and I never regret of it, but like anything a pc has his disadvantages and one of them is that he is not mobile unless it's a laptop but that's another subject. So what do you prefer a computer or a mobile phone?
    2 points
  6. I’m always looking for new sugar-free drinks to try while gaming, so I’m very interested! At a glance at the product pages, it looks like their ingredients are exactly what they say they are: amino acids, vitamins, etc. That makes me think that not only would these work great as energy drinks, but also would be pleasant to drink when I am feeling under the weather. @Withywarlock Very insightful review (I'd expect nothing less). Now I am so curious if the "Stealth" flavor actually has any licorice notes in it (I actually love licorice, so that'd be amazing).
    2 points
  7. Well since I am a Vampire, I use Blue Light to illuminate the room because natural light burns my skin. I have other choices of course like red, green and everything in between but I just think blue is cool, calm and emphasises my lack of hue. In blue I can easily hide because in that light everyone looks like a corpse!
    2 points
  8. I know there are some mobile Rick and Morty games, but I mean a full on game for consoles and PC. Maybe an adventure game with first person shooting. I think you could make an open world game, maybe include other planets you can travel to. I see they did a VR game in the Rick and Morty world. But I don't count that as it wasn't accessible to most people. I mean, not having a VR headset or psvr. I'm honestly surprised that they haven't made a traditional game yet. Just called Rick & Morty.
    1 point
  9. Rivalries are very enjoyable in video games since they are recurring anti-heroes or villains who have a personal connection to the player. These recurring conflicts between two acquainted characters make for very interesting drama and keep you wanting to see how it resolves(like if the rival joins your side or you end up killing the rival). Which would you say are your favourite? My list: 1 - Dante & Vergil(Devil May Cry) 2 - Yuri & Flynn(Tales of Vesperia) 3 - Velvet & Artorius(Tales of Berseria) 4 - Naked Snake & The Boss(Metal Gear Solid 3) 5 - Cole & Kessler(inFAMOUS) Honourable Mentions: Delsin & Augustine(inFAMOUS Second Son), Sora & Riku(Kingdom Hearts), Squall and Seifer(Final Fantasy VIII), Basch & Gabranth(Final Fantasy XII), Solid Snake & Liquid Snake(Metal Gear Solid)
    1 point
  10. That irks me no end! Especially if I’m waiting in the car & others are waiting in theirs & they have the windows rolled down & just have to have it playing loud. Not everybody wants to listen to music when they are waiting. Why do you think those people do that? If you do, why do you do it? I've always been curious at the reasoning. No judging, just like to learn things. 🙂
    1 point
  11. Gonassis

    Last Game Played

    I see, you're on to a new phase then... true, managing games are built to... well... manage stuff, and that can feel like work, or even is a chore depending on the perspective. Playing stuff in pure sandbox mode? That feels like getting some relaxed creative juices flowing, or oddly like Lego. 😁 just having fun doing stuff. For me, Lego was a large part of my childhood, so even now, Minecraft has that forever appeal of "virtual Lego" for me. 😀 So I don't care about that aspect of Hi-res graphics of Minecraft. Though, shader packs and animated textures are more fun to play with if the PC can handle it. 😁 also reminds me of a friend who once commented that Minecraft has no appeal to him at all because of the simple graphics. Although I do appreciate great HD graphics on other games too, like all the stuff that's coming out as Unreal Engine 5 demos are very cool. 😎
    1 point
  12. Kane99

    Tokyo Game Show 2022

    If they announce the Switch 2 it'll probably be at one of the Nintendo Directs they do. I doubt they will announce it here or at any other show. But it would be crazy to see happen. Saw it was coming up, so figured a topic on it would be a good idea. We can always bump it when the announcements start coming out. I'll remember to keep this topic updated if there's any trailers/announcements worth sharing. 🙂
    1 point
  13. The new Sniper Elite 5 game even have options where you don't have to kill anyone. You could set things in motion to cause problems for them, much like Dishonored did. People actually threw a fit about this being in a Sniper Elite game, because since you kill Nazi's in it, they thought people who played with stealth in mind, were bad people for not wanting to kill Nazi's. Honestly I killed most of them, because I suck at stealth with these games. But I am tempted to try this game out again and see if I can go through without killing a single person, or if I have to, just the main targets.
    1 point
  14. I've heard of Sneak Energy but have never got around to trying it. I'm glad to see it being promoted here on VGR and thank you for the outstanding reviews @Shagger and @Withywarlock. What really draws me to Sneak is the variety of flavors and the exquisite bottle designs, packaging, and labels. Sleek and clean look, well marketed.
    1 point
  15. Same here. I have a permanent blue filter on my laptop for my migraines. But they usually back off at night when I game. If they don't, I just play something that doesn't involve being outdoors in-game in daylight.
    1 point
  16. Rick and Morty is huge. They already have some mobile games, and the creator of the series has two game out already. So it's not far from reality. Some of the characters have appeared in Fortnite and other games too. I can see them having board games and other types of games out there. There are also card games for Rick and Morty that are kinda popular. Like the Total Rickall card game, where it's kinda like a deduction game, similar to Among Us where you have to find who are the parasites and who are real. I've been meaning to pick it up one of these days, but been putting it off. But yeah, there's so much they can do with the Rick and Morty series.
    1 point
  17. The UI is fine for me. OP I don't know about Windows but in Linux you can get different themes for the OS or browser that'll change the appearance and color of some things.
    1 point
  18. I'll be completely honest, I am heavily biased by the fact that FFX was like the 5th game I played as a kid and my first JRPG so he had a huge impact on me when I played it without any previous villains as a point of reference. Especially when I learnt about the twist, that felt like some crazy shit. Moderator Edit: As it appears you accidently pasted @Crazycrab's post into your own, I cut that section out. I hope you don't mind.
    1 point
  19. Well number one is obviously Trevor Vs Foot... Ha HA🤣!! Ok seriously, my top 5 (in no particular order) would be: Cloud Strife and Sephiroth (Final Fantasy 7): I know this one is a bit obvious but I don't you cant include it. It's personal, deep and the battles are undeniably epic. Velvet and Artorius (Tales of Berseria): With you on this one @NightmareFarm. Deeply personal and compliments the motivations of both extremely well. I really enjoyed the fact that in many aspects, Velvet is perceivably kind of more the villain of the piece with Artorius being calm and rational and Velvet being reckless and emotional. Aloy and Sylens (Horizon Zero Dawn/Forbibben West): This is very different from the typical "Hero Vs Villain" rivalry, it's almost more like student Vs Lecturer. Aloy needs Sylens' knowledge and experience even she clashes with him constantly to the point where she cant stand him. As for Sylens, Aloy may the only person who has ever truly challenged him intellectually and he needs that drive. Even though neither would ever admit it, they need each other their is healthy respect there. Solid Snake and Liquid Snake (Metal Gear Series): They are two sides of the same coin yet maybe the only thing they truly have in common is that desire to break that bond. So predictably sparks fly across multiple titles in the series and it's awesome! Basch and Gabranth (Final Fantasy XII) (Yep, I'm staling another one from you @NightmareFarm): I see a lot of similarities between these two and Soild and Liquid snake that I just mentioned. Cut from the same cloth but when their homeland of Landis fell to the Arcadian empire they took vastly different approaches to deal with it after the fall. Gabranth, seemingly putting the blame for Landis' fall on his brother joined the Empire. Basch fled to Dalmasca swear fealty to Protect another Kingdom form Arcadia to restore his honour. It's part of why, in my opinion, has one has of the best stories in the franchise. To be honest, as much as I love Final Fantasy X I don't think Seymore was a particularly good villain, especially in hindsight. His motivations made little sense, he was melodramatic, over the top and even kinda silly at times.
    1 point
  20. Both companies have been taking gamers for fools for years and it's surprisingly frustrating that they keep getting away with it. It's sad there's no other competitions out there otherwise this would go by so easily.
    1 point
  21. Abby and Ellie from The Last of Us part II needs a mention. Bothe driven buy such similar motives and emotions, but both led down a path by thier intend that costs them. The way the game develops empathy and conflict within the player in relation to the two characters is also very smart.
    1 point
  22. The Age of Decadence is one game that I can recall very easily that you can play without having or being forced to kill before making progress it. Although, it's quite tough in a way because not killing makes it a lot harder.
    1 point
  23. There's always something sinister about the character of Seymour Guado. Everything he does with his powers are linked to one evil or another nasty end. He's got a very weird hair design for my liking though.
    1 point
  24. That's fair enough. For me it goes Seymour(gave me chills as a kid), Ardyn(god tier villain), Kuja then Sephiroth then all the other FF villains.
    1 point
  25. Definitely PC.. if I could get a new one! Mine is so old and slow. Maybe after my birthday, might get a new one because the real reason I choose PC over cell is because of the bigger screen! Even with reading glasses, my eyes strain. And then it takes them a while to readjust when I try to look far.
    1 point
  26. I'm for PC as well. Mobile phones are nice and all, and have some fun games, but I rarely bother with most mobile games these days. I don't like the control options phones have, while PC you have many more options. But yeah, PC all the way.
    1 point
  27. Dishonored games allow you to go through both games without having to kill anyone. You can use stealth instead and alter certain things to cause havoc in the world. It's really cool. I've been meaning to go through the game again and try the pacifist route. Should be interesting.
    1 point
  28. Justin11

    The queen is dead

    It's sad though, no matter the age at which 'Queen Elizabeth gave up on life, I felt so sorry about her demise. With the information I got from various sources online, she was a good queen during her reign as a queen of U.K. I just pray another queen emerge and continue on that good leadership.
    1 point
  29. Akun

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    Honestly, I wouldn't even call most of these mods cheating considering that the sandbox mode has been modified (by the game developers) to the point where you could turn off most of the challenges like staff needs and power consumption. Cheating would imply someone's being cheated, but the game devs are clearly encouraging free-range sandbox without restraints.
    1 point
  30. Shagger

    Last Game Played

    Easy, I wasn't being serious. It doesn't bother me at all, you can do what you like when it comes to mods and cheats on single player games.
    1 point
  31. Akun

    Last Game Played

    I don't see the problem with that if it means it will cause me less stress. Who gives a crap what other people think about how I play the games I paid for? It's a ridiculous logic to shame people for. I like cheating in my games anyway since it makes games less stressful for me.
    1 point
  32. Shagger

    Last Game Played

    There are some so who would call that cheating...
    1 point
  33. Akun

    Last Game Played

    After much hesitation, I bought Jurassic World: Evolution 2 - Premium Edition, and I've played it with the downloaded save game file where everything is unlocked for the sandbox without going through the tedious Chaos Theory mode. So much more fun that way, and a far more pleasant and relaxing experience, just like how a sandbox should be. I love dinosaurs, and just being able to exhibit them and observe them without worrying about profit or pleasing guests (too often) is just such a nice way to spend your evening, maybe with a cup of joe on the side as you watch that T-Rex tear that goat to shreds. I am kinda annoyed though that a lot of the buildings and creatures are locked behind certain requirements you need to meet even in sandbox mode, so I couldn't immediately just create a T-Rex and have fun and have to jump through all the hoops. The mods didn't really change that even though I'm pretty sure I've followed the instructions correctly. Ah well.
    1 point
  34. First off, welcome to VGR. PC (computers) all the way for gaming. Not because the platform offers a much better variety of far better quality games than mobile devices (Even though it does), but because mobile to me is a complete joke. There are good games on mobile, but trying to find them in that ocean of putrid gunk takes more effort than it's worth. You find predatory free-to-play games everywhere unfortunately, but mobile gaming is made up of almost entirely nothing but that. I hate mobile gaming. I don't grudge anyone for enjoying mobile gaming, but I can't help but believe that the only reason anyone would enjoy it is because they've been so warded to it's crap factor that they don't know any better. They don't know what playing video games is supposed to be like. Those same people when they do play on PC's or consoles don't see anything wrong with the games that bring that same bullshit over to those planforms and that's annoying because it gives game publishers the incentive to keep doing so.
    1 point
  35. Because they don't make money for doing so. We're past the days of passion projects, and making great games for the sake of a great game (with the exception of indie titles). All decisions require money. So if there isn't going to be a return on that investment, rockstar has no incentive to change anything. It sucks, ill admit, but the sooner you understand this you'll see these games for what they really are.
    1 point
  36. I don't watch much as of late when it comes to video game analysis. Though I would like to know more channels that feature documentary style gaming videos. Kinda like the Gaming Historian. Others I like that I would recommend are (All of which I'm subscribed to): Did you Know gaming - Does a lot of documentary style content about games, some you may not even know about. Larry Bundy Jr - I think talks more about bad kickstarters, bad games, and other such things. LGR - Retro PC tech and retro gaming. Most focus is on the retro games, old PC devices/peripherals and old PC builds. Matt McMuscles - Discusses bad production of video games in his What Happun videos, where he goes in depth why a certain video game (or other media like movies, tv shows, etc) fail to live up to the hype or fail completely. Metal Jesus Rocks - Does content on retro game collecting/game collecting in general. May not be really about analysis. But I believe he worked for Sierra in the past and has discussed some gaming history on his channel. Modern Vintage Gamer - Does more content about retro hacking and retro games. My Life in Gaming - Like if PBS made their own YouTube on video game history. Rerez - Reviews of usually awful games and devices, really fun channel. Slopes Game Room - Kinda like a semi-documentary/mixed with top tens The 8-Bit Guy - Does content about retro PC tech, and has some game content here and there. The Act Man - Does mostly reviews and content on gaming topics. The Game Chasers - They have a documentary series where they go hunting for retro video games and action figures. I highly recommend checking it out. It's like American Pickers, but for video games. The Game Theorists - Discussion about gaming theories. Sorry, this kinda went down to a rabbit hole of suggesting too many, and probably some of these don't really fit the whole video game analysis. But I think most of them do, as they do kinda show game history in the process.
    1 point
  37. Whilst I don't agree with what Sony has done, this price increase in no way vindicates any theory that the sacristy caused by supply issues through the pandemic was a part of any plan from Sony or anybody else. That microchip shortage reached and affected just about every manufacturing industry from games consoles to waste refuse vehicles.
    1 point
  38. I was telling a friend that the scarcity of the Playstation 5 was all part of the game that Sony are playing and not as a result of the coronavirus era. I have been vindicated with this recent updates by the Sony Entertainment. They are just out here to milk gamers as they wish.
    1 point
  39. I've always liked Chris Davis' videos. His Isometric RPG retrospectives are incredible, delving deep into the history of the development, the problems occurring and the quirky solutions required to overcome them. Noah Caldwell-Gervaise is another great YouTuber who is rivalled by Davis', who also does RPG retrospectives. Lorerunner is also a good pick for someone who does nice videos that appear rambly but are full of sage wisdom when it comes to literature critique and game design. Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw does Extra Punctuation in both written and video format, where he takes a particular topic of interest and breaks it down from his perspective of a reviewer and games designer. He's also willing to critique his own games. However, my absolute favourite video series and the one that got me through Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin was... "In Defence of Dark Souls 2 - A Measured Response," wherein MauLer tears down another YouTube's defense of a hideously broken game. For about 9 hours. There's merit to the idea that if you require that long to discuss something you're not good at discussion or debate, but there wasn't a word wasted in those 9 hours from the host. It's my favourite piece of media to direct someone to when they want to know about good games critique and discourse. EDIT: How could I forget Karl Jobst? You know a YouTuber's good when you have no interest in the subject matter unless it's solely this person talking about it. Great analysis and reporting upon speedrunning history and news.
    1 point
  40. killamch89

    Last Game Played

    Was just playing some Elden Ring and helping some poor soul do a quest.
    1 point
  41. My eyesight's gone to crap anyway. lol So no, I don't bother. The "Night Light" setting on my PC looks kinda weird anyway, giving off this sepia color tone. I like quality graphics in my games.
    1 point
  42. Akun

    Last Game Played

    Nah, I think I have enough survival games for a lifetime. lol I get why the challenge of these games is appealing, but I prefer my games to be more relaxing, not stress me out.
    1 point
  43. Between them and EA, they make the same sports games every year with a graphical update at best while re-adding features from former games and labelling them "revolutionary" while not addressing the real issues or neglecting other features of the game and prioritising things like Fifa Ultimate Team.
    1 point
  44. Like some kind of multiverse scenario - wouldn't be a bad idea at all. It's something very possible in Rick and Morty with all the experiments they do every episode.
    1 point
  45. I've heard some people claiming that the PS5 is technically a failure, and that is why the price hike is happening. I don't know if that's true considering they have sold a ton still, but I don't get why they are doing a price hike in the first place. I also heard in the same claim, that it's due to these areas not purchasing the PS5 as much, so instead they increase the price. idk. A lot of what's posted online may be false, so I can't verify if any of what I said is true. But I could see it in some ways.
    1 point
  46. Whatever Rockstar (or rather, Take 2 Interactive), Electronic Arts or Activision-Blizzard are doing, it has nothing to do with Sony's price hike of the Playstation 5. Let's keep this on topic.
    1 point
  47. A Rick and Morty game would definitely be interesting - as to what genre it would best fit in is beyond me though.
    1 point
  48. That's actually really close to something that people eat here. We call it pikprik. It's pickled dick from either a hog or steer when we butcher them. I've never tried it, but it's really popular, and from what I understand it tastes just like any other part of the animal. Cracklins however, are delicious.
    1 point
  49. orange juice and melted cheese in a cup mashed potatoes and apple sauce mixed to perfection holy toilet water in church service right after dump teeth broth pork pecker rinds
    1 point
  50. cough cough throws head back chug chug 🤮 reaches for the vinegar root beer
    1 point
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