The game's a total love letter to classic CyberPunk franchises. Elements of ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', ''Anime/ArmitageIII'', ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' and many others are clearly present.

Here are the specific shoutouts as seen in the game.

* When players complete purchases at the kiosks, the tune that plays when you hit the jackpot is the Final Fantasy victory theme.
* In the scene when you meet the British and Chinese members of the Rust Crew the side with the pool looks like E. Honda's stage in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''.
* A number of Resistance soldiers are wearing armor that's clearly inspired by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperial Guardsmen]].
* Cain uses a machine-pistol and has the same combat stance as Franchise/{{Robocop}}.
* [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Amada hacks into the US millcom and orders nuclear strikes against the rest of the world - Skynet's opening gambit.]]
** ''Terminator'' influences are strongly felt with the skeleton structures of most robots, but most definitely with the car and giant motorcycle robots in the last highway chase.
* The mobile gun howitzer behaves very much like a non-nuclear ''VideoGame/MetalGear''.
** However, they more closely resemble [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Mugendramon/Machinedramon.]]
* Putting Hollow Children in the place of certain persons has the same feeling of ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' all right.
** Also, female Hollow Children being capable of giving birth is definitely a shoutout to ''Anime/ArmitageIII''.
* The design of the MiniMecha used by Philiips' spec ops team strongly evokes ''VideoGame/FrontMission''.
* Some Security robots in Upper Tokyo use machine pistols, having a habit of spinning their pistols with their trigger fingers when drawing/holstering - which was [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} Alex Murphy's]] habit.
* The AceCustom that [[spoiler: Philips]] uses is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam painted red, ala Char's Zaku II]].
* The Tsar Runner is essentially Demolishor from Revenge of the Fallen.
* Whether it's intentional or not (if it's ever cited specifically, I sure didn't see it), the Hollow Children's name is highly reminiscent of [[ T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men."]]
** The Hollow Children (at least those who believe that they're human) living in normal society is taken from the original Ghost in the Shell and partially from Blade Runner.
* Kiryu's guerrilla skin in multiplayer is a shoutout to the Rambo franchise.
* The Rust Crew's mandate to hunt down Hollow Children under [=IRTA=] mandate is a shoutout to Blade Runner.