- The Skaarj are heavily inspired by Predator, including such homages as dreadlocks and wrist-mounted blades.
- The second single-player level, "Nyleve's Falls" is named after the levelmaker's wife.
- The Vortex Rikers registration number (NC114-85EKLS) is a reference to him, as well.
- All the names in the translator logs belong to many of his friends.
- The ninth level, also made by Eekels, is called Harobed Village.
- In the level "Bluff Eversmoking", there's a tombstone marked "Myscha"
- In the first mission of Return To Na Pali, "Edge Of Na Pali", near the end, after you killed the Pack Hunters and opened a locked the door, when you go outside, near the crashed ship, you can find a dead soldier under the name M. Worch. Matthias Worch is one of the Legend Entertainment developers.
- There's another one, at the beginning. When you exit from the building you start, you'll find a guy drown at the lake. His name is W. Marshall. Warren Marshall is one of Epic Games's employees.
- The map "Glathriel Village", also from Return To Na Pali, has an Easter Egg which guides to a secret. It has the Unreal Tournament clan Ocrana's logo, and the translator has the following message:
"Will you die for this? http://www.ocrana.de"
- The map DmAriza has the Quake shape.
- The team logos are references to Unreal:
- Word of God stated that CTF-Face, a.k.a. "Facing Worlds" was inspired by a third-party map from the first Unreal.
- The Chainsaw Good, as stated above, a Shout-Out to Doom.
"Its been 5 years since I've used one of these."
- DM-Morpheus is inspired by a scene from The Matrix, and its name was taken from Morpheus, one of the main characters.
- AS-Overlord ("Operation Overlord") is inspired by D-Day.
- When you play in the campaign, in the Venom team, two of the characters are named Ada and Lovelace, a Shout-Out to the (arguably) first programmer in the world.
- The Sniper Rifle is a custom scoped M16.
- One of the female Commando (Dark Phalanx) characters is called Nikita.
- The map CTF-Orbital has, in the ceilings of both flag bases, the Digital Extremes logo.
- The name of the map DOM-Sesmar is taken from Ramses's Sdrawkcab Name.
- The hallways guiding to the flag bases in the Bonus Pack 1 map CTF-Hydro16 form the number 182.
- Terran Colonial Authority, anyone?
- The Assault level AS-MotherShip is a literal Battleship Raid on the Skaarj Mothership, which is a Shout Out to the first Unreal game.
- "Flawless Victory!"
- ONS-Icarus to DM-Morpheus.
- DM-Inferno explicitly references The Divine Comedy.
- Invasion mode uses the classic Unreal enemies.
- AS-Junkyard, from its description to the objectives of the map itself, references Scrapheap Challenge / Junkyard Wars.
- The Nightmare voicepacks have varying shoutouts to horror films:
- Two of the Thunder Crash members are called Picard and Riker. Riker even appears in the first game as part of the same team.
- Gorge's team, their suit, and their name, (Juggernauts) are Shout Outs to The Juggernaut from X-Men.
- One of the maps is given the name "Grendelkeep".
- One of Devastation's adrenaline combos, "Head Turret", has her activating mounted turret defenses, not unlike those of Fulgore's fatality.
- Continuing with the Shout Outs to Mortal Kombat, the announcer will yell "Finish Him!!" before you do a Coup De Grace.
- One of Sobek's taunts is "It's better to burn out, than to fade away."
- The name of Act III is "The Liandri Conflict", which is also the subtitle of Unreal Championship 2.
- The Titans and Behemoths in the Titan Expansion Pack take their names from the Titans and Behemoths from the first Unreal game.
- The achievement for beating the Chapter 4 is called "Not In Kansas Anymore".
- The achievement for defeating Akasha in Insane is called "Fear The Reaper".
- Get the "Combo King" award 15 times, and you get the "Don't taze me bro!" achievement.
- Back to Unreal (series)
- Juan Pancho "Xceptone" Eekels
- which is the name of its levelmaker, Elliott "Myscha" Cannon