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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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! Jan 5, 2011 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, 2011 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.

  • 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, 2011 at 21:00
  • No list that I know of. The best resource I've found for the game is: visualwalkthroughs.com/deusex/deusex.htm 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, 2011 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.) Oct 15, 2013 at 14:49

Firstly, all items make noise when dropped or thrown. You can use this to distract guards, making them look away from you, or making them run around searching for you (opening locked doors in the process.)

Apart from that, the things you may consider useless include:

  • Food - candy bars, soy food, soft drinks. These can be given to some NPCs in exchange for information. The boy at the docks in Battery Park is one example. Otherwise, eat them to heal a small number of hit points.

  • Zyme - give this to junkies or drug dealers to get items or information from them. In modded Deus Ex (i.e. Revision), Zyme also puts you into slow-motion for a short time, so it's actually useful in combat.

  • Beer - The first time you meet Jock, you can buy him beers to get information from him. Otherwise, drink them to restore a few hit points.

  • Wine, liquor - no in-game use. Drink them for a small amount of healing.

  • Flares - set things on fire. Light up dark places, i.e. underwater.

  • Cigarettes - you can passive-aggressively smoke these in someone's face, to disable NPC's for a short time. They work like pepper spray.

  • Fire extinguishers - These work like pepper spray too. Also, to extinguish yourself if you are on fire.

  • The PS20 plasma pistol - an item which genuinely has no use. (Jokes aside: it's a terrible weapon.)

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