Since the launch of World of Warcraft in 2004, the Horde and the Alliance have had a lot to argue about. Who is the rightful owner of Alterac Valley? Who has the most overpowered faction-specific class? Who has the easiest-to-invade capital city? Are space goats better than color-swapped night elves? Nowadays however, the two factions are practically identical and soon to be interchangeable. That’s why Mtn Dew has teamed up with World of Warcraft to give those care bears something to whine argue about again. Which tastes better, Alliance Wild Fruit or Horde Citrus Cherry?
To me, the Alliance wild berry flavor tasted like Halo 3 Game Fuel made terrible, freakish love with Voltage. Then Mountain Dew took their child, put it in a can, slapped a Night Elf on it, and said, “Here, you Warcraft nerds, something else you can spend your money on!”
The Horde citrus cherry flavor is a super weak version of the original Halo 3 Game Fuel. The aftertaste is reminiscent of children’s orange flavored cold medicine. Gross.
The first thing you might notice when picking up the World of Warcraft themed Game Fuel cans is the can itself. The design of the can is pretty cool and unique compared to many of the soda cans out today.
Then when I popped open the can and smelled the soda, it reminded me of Master Chief and his burnt orange goodness. Initially when I tasted the soda I did not notice the “Punch of Wild Fruit Flavor”. However, when I compared the difference of flavor between the Alliance soda and the Horde soda the Wild Fruit was defiantly present.
The Horde soda looks almost exactly the same as the Master Chief soda, except there was an orc in place of everyone’s favorite Spartan. The soda itself looks, tastes, and smells exactly the same as the original Game Fuel. Compared to the Alliance soda, the flavor of the Horde soda seemed much more watered down.
For once it seems the Alliance has came out on top in battle, this time in flavor and presentation.
For the initial testing, all we had at our disposal was a 12-pack of Alliance soda cans. The box was classy and vibrant, and the cans had an always-radiant Night Elf female standing vigilant over a muted blue Ashenvale glade. Opening the can I also got the aforementioned whiff of the original Halo 3 Game Fuel and was transported nostalgically back to countless nights playing 360 and popping can after can of Game Fuel down my dry sleep-deprived gullet. The first sip was seemingly identical to the Halo 3 Game Fuel, the clouded memory of tastes long past playing tricks on me. This caused me to ask the question, “Are the Horde and Alliance flavors different?”. After a quick search we found they did in fact bear different “Punches” of flavor. After questing to Target and returning with 3 bottles of Horde flavor, the real taste test began.
Possibly due to the fact that this was a bottle and not a can, the packaging was much more blasé. A furious spike-covered Orc warrior glares at me, pissed that the only thing he gets to look after is a smoky red gradient. The initial taste test saw us emptying a bottle over glasses of ice in order to cool down the luke-warm soda and potentially enhance the taste. I believe this is what caused all previous “watered down” accusations of this beverage. Upon returning to a bottle that has chilled overnight, I can tell you that the experience was much improved. This is the exact taste of the Master Chief Game Fuel of years gone by. The distinct kick of caffeine accompanied by the taste of a tribe of melted gummi bears. Pure, American “gamers-will-buy-anything” mentality in soda form. This flavor is where it’s at for me, the bee’s knees.
As a seasonal item, I definitely approve of the crazy things that Mtn Dew comes up with. Every so often it’s nice to just give in and say, “haaa, you got me. I do enjoy purchasing consumable goods branded with other things that I like. Well played, Dew.”