WTP writes: "The drug references in the game come in two different flavors. The first is in the dialogue, and concerns discussion of Empire City's underworld prior to the disaster at the beginning of the game. The drug dealing activities of a gang knows as the "Reapers" is discussed, though very little is said about specific substances or their use. More prevalent is the distribution of a black tar-like substance that is being used to infect the city's water supply and harm the inhabitants. When ingested by Cole, this tar has a hallucinogenic effect that causes the player's vision to be blurred, and for enemies to appear larger and more intimidating than usual. These "trips" are occasionally used to make certain battle sequences more dramatic or challenging".