True Crime: New York City

The first rule of the underground fight club circuit in True Crime: New York City is don’t talk about fight club. The second rule, oddly enough, is that fight club venues must have a soda machine present at all times.

I especially like the Carbonated Sugar vending machine in this second screenshot.

Thanks for the tip, Jonah!

Sneaky Bears

If you expect to save the world from an army of evil teddy bears, proper hydration is a must! Grab a drink from the Cola Bear machine and kick their furry little butts in Sneaky Bears, a VR action game for the PS4 and Windows. Thanks, Chris!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

A small child, abandoned in a dangerous city and pursued by a pair of murderous criminals bent on revenge? Why, it’s the feel-good comedy of 1992! Take your mind off this alarming predicament with a refreshing soda pop in the DOS version of Home Alone 2.

The Genesis port also includes vending machines, but it’s unclear whether or not they sell soda. That said, there’s a bottle sitting on top of the one in this screenshot, and interacting with the machines restores Kevin’s health…so I’ll include it here for good measure.

Thanks, Duncan!

25 to Life

The image above is a promotional shot for 25 to Life. Below is the same location in the actual game.

If you’ll look closely, you’ll notice that the soda machines in the pre-release shot are different from what ended up in the game. Specifically, the soda machines in the game feature Vitaminwater branding, as seen below.

I’m guessing the soda machines in the promotional image were placeholders created prior to the Vitaminwater deal. You can check out a green version of the Vitaminwater machine from 25 to Life — and a Crunk energy drink vending machine — in the archive!

Criminal Case

My favorite thing about this drink machine from Criminal Case is the human skull just chilling out in the slot. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, though; there’s an ambulatory skeleton hiding on the subway platform in the screenshots below.