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During my travels, I have picked up many weapons such as LAMs, 12 Gauge Shotguns and Crowbars. These items have clear uses and need no introduction.

Then there are some other items, such as...Soda, Chocolate Bars, and Soy Food? Clearly, these are not the tools of the trade of a hardcore killing machine...or indeed, of anybody at all, and the game offers no explanation for their existence.

Are these items only pickup-able for the sake of atmosphere and to fill those lonely gaps in my inventory, or do they actually serve a purpose?

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Give the food to some of the crack-addled skeletons that roam that game....they look damn hungry. – Cory J Jan 4 '11 at 20:34
As poetic as the title is, it makes the question very poor Google material. – Oak Jan 5 '11 at 9:17
I thought that was the point? – GnomeSlice Jan 5 '11 at 14:39
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Even cold hearted killers have to eat sometime! Remember you're a cyborg so there are human parts that need nourishment!

If I remember quickly soy food, chocolate, and soda restore health points. Soda and chocolate are 2 points and soy is worth a whopping 5hp!

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J.C. Denton needs food badly! – Raven Dreamer Jan 5 '11 at 3:51
I recall making it through the first level the first time solely because they put soy food, chocolate, and soda in certain places. I probably would have died quite a bit more if they hadn't. – Artless Jan 15 '11 at 22:34

You can give food to the homeless boy on the docks just before Castle Clinton to unlock an alternate path into the castle.

Edit: Apparently any food works. Unconfirmed.

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Is there somewhere I could find a list of all the shortcuts/unlockables I can find in the game using items such as these? – Mana Jan 5 '11 at 21:00
No list that I know of. The best resource I've found for the game is: If you post that as a question and promise to upvote me, I might be persuaded to compile such a list though. (: – Steve V. Jan 6 '11 at 0:36
There's also a boy inside Castle Clinton itself who you can feed in exchange for information. Zyme is useful at various points to pay junkies and drug dealers. Jock wants beers when you first meet him in the Underworld Bar (though he only wants fresh beers bought from the bartender.) – Li-aung Yip Oct 15 '13 at 14:49

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