See also:
* [[AwesomeMusic/{{Unreal}} Awesome Music - Unreal]]
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* AnticlimaxBoss: The final battle in [=DM-HyperBlast2=] becomes really easy, unlike in [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament the first installment]], since the player can get frags by pushing his/her enemies to the void. Plus, the match has a [[TimedMission time limit]] of 20 minutes to win, and it's possible to win via timeout.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Gen Mo'Kai. The race is just next to the Skaarj in terms of non-human characters' popularity.
* GameBreaker: The Manta in Vehicle CTF mode. Since it allows carrying of players/bots in it's wings, it's possible to do many faster flag captures. Made even worse when coupling this with the wing raiders being able to use the Link Gun to heal the vehicle.
* GameplayDerailment:
** Despite appearing only in a few stock modes, (Onslaught, Vehicle CTF and Assault) vehicles are highly disliked for derailing the fast gameplay of ''2004''.
** Also, in the first UT, the Translocator had no limits. This changed here with the charges.
* GoodBadBugs:
** A bug while playing with the "Weapon Stay" option disabled allows to keep a ChargedAttack ([=BioRifle=]'s and Rocket Launcher's alt. fires, Shield Gun's primary fire) while picking up another weapon instantly. Your actual weapon changes to the picked one, and when you switch back, you fire the ChargedAttack.
** Manta Running in Vehicle CTF and Onslaught, which borders on GameBreaker levels. Basically, you let people to get into the Manta's wings.
* HarsherInHindsight: In the [[AscendedFanon canonized]] map AS-[=BP2=]-Jumpship, you'll lead an Izanagi team who hijacks a Liandri jumpship in order to enter any space they want without a jumpgate. The Bonus Pack 2 was released in 2005. Fast-forward [[VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII two years later]], and [[spoiler:an Izanagi team, the Ronin, hijacks a spaceship and uses a jump portal to enter Necris territory]].
* HilariousInHindsight: One of the post-game announcements is "[[FlawlessVictory Flawless]] [[ShoutOut Vict]][[Franchise/MortalKombat ory]]", heard if a team wins without allowing the opposing team to score any points. Gets funny when you know that the later games of the franchise, ''VideoGame/UnrealChampionship2TheLiandriConflict'', and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'' were published by MidwayGames, the house (until Netherrealm Studios took over) behind the ''Mortal Kombat'' franchise.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://liandri.beyondunreal.com/Unreal_Tournament_2003#History Two weeks]]. Later lampshaded by Epic.
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* PortingDisaster: ''Championship'' is a cut-down version of ''2003'', lacking many of it's maps. It didn't work out very well.
* TheScrappy: Mr. Crow.
** TakeThatScrappy: In ''2004'', he loses the leadership of the Nightmare Black Legion. Then, when you finish the Single-Player as him, you unlock the TC-1200 for the Vehicle Arena mutator. For the record, the TC-1200 is [[JokeItem a motorized toilet with low speed and no defenses]].
* ThatOneLevel:
** Due to your teammates being incredibly stupid and the fact you can't be everywhere at once, any CTF level in single player quickly becomes an irritating hassle.
** The fourth level of the single player, [=DM-1on1-Desolation=] is played with 5 bots. The level is very intrincate, with lots of things in your way such as pillars, narrow passages (which makes them as frag bait when someone shoots with splash damage weapons like the Flak Cannon, the Rocket Launcher or the [=BioRifle=]) extremely few options to trickjump, as the name implies it's really small, and the only way to get some armor is by using the Booster adrenaline combo with enough health. There's also an [[QuadDamage UDamage]], which the bots will steal if you don't know how to time it well. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, the bots have a tendency of annoying you unless you react quickly.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The general reaction towards ''2003''. ''2004'' fixed it. This was mocked on their [[http://web.archive.org/web/20101012062928/http://www.unrealtournament2004.com/general/timeline.html old website for UT2004]], noting that "many fans of the Tournament complain at these changes".
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Unreal Tournament 2003''. In it's release moment, it was heavily bashed for having plastic graphics and for "not being Unreal Tournament enough". But nowadays, a lot of people are looking at ''2003'' with better eyes. Sadly, there're no master servers for the game. (All of these went to ''2004'')