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--> ''"[[SceneryPorn From the wind swept barrens, from their breathtaking ocean cities]], they come. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Brave warriors]] gathering forth in Noble Tradition, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne battling for Ascension]]. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking The greatest among them will be crowned Emperor]]. Today, with the sponsorship of the Liandri corporation. this tournament enters the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture twenty fourth century]]. Welcome to a perfect combination of Ancient Tradition, and high-tech {{bloodsport}}. Welcome to [[TournamentArc the Ascension Rites]]."''

'''Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict''' is the second console-exclusive game of the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' series, also for Xbox. It was developed by EpicGames and it's the first Unreal game published by MidwayGames, otherwise known for the Franchise/MortalKombat series.

The story focuses on the Nakhti empire, an Egyptian-based civilization whose Ascension Rites' Tournament decided who was [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority the one who would rule the Empire]]. It has the player taking the role of Anubis, a member of the Imperial Legion, while he tries to stop [[FemmeFatale Selket]] from becoming the Emperor. He's one of the first people to be aware that she's a puppet of the [[MegaCorp Liandri Corporation]], who wants to control the Nakhti people. So, Anubis and his friend [[TheObiWan Sobek]] sign up for the Tournament in order to stop her.

The game is notorious for it's combat system. It has a strong emphasis on melee combat and mobility, to the point of having a wider moveset and more adrenaline abilities than those of ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'', with the player being able to alternate first-person (non-melee mode) and third-person (melee mode) views. Each melee weapon has an alternate fire which can stun the opponent, a requirement to do the [[FinishingMove Coup De Grace]].

And, unlike other instances of the Unreal franchise, each character is radically different, with weight classes (light-medium-heavy), starting meleé and ranged weapons, different adrenaline abilities and a custom Coup De Grace.

Basically, ''Unreal Championship 2'' can be described as a mix of FPS and FightingGame. In fact, the character roster includes a GuestFighter in the form of ''Mortal Kombat'''s own Raiden.

!Playable character roster
* From ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'': [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Malcolm]], [[BackFromTheDead Brock, Lauren]]
* From ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'': [[CondemnedContestant Gorge]], [[MartialPacifist Arclite]], [[ActionGirl Sapphire]], [[AscendedExtra Jackhammer]] (DLC), [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kraag]] (DLC), [[AIIsACrapshoot Syzygy]] (DLC), [[FateWorseThanDeath Lilith]] (DLC)
* [[OriginalGeneration New to this game]]: [[DefectorFromDecadence Anubis]], [[AmbitionIsEvil Selket]], [[TheMentor Sobek]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Szalor, Torgr]], [[AIIsACrapshoot Raptor, Devastation]], [[AnIcePerson Apophis]] (DLC), [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Calypso]] (DLC), [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Garek]] (DLC), [[TheHero Merc Anubis]] (DLC), [[WalkingSpoiler Necris Selket]] (DLC)
* GuestFighter from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': [[ShockAndAwe Raiden]]

Check the [[Characters/UnrealChampionship2TheLiandriConflict game's character sheet]] for character specific tropes.

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!!This game shows examples of:

* ActionGirl: All of them.
* ADayInTheLimelight: 14 of the characters have their own ladders. These expand their backstories, and the backstory of the series a bit, though they tend to contradict with each other every now and then.
* AnnouncerChatter: Par for the course for the series. Even [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]] joins as one.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Necrification process, which uses Nanoblack as its technology.
* AscendedExtra: Due to the way the fighting system works, several characters from both ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' get the ascension to playable characters. Also, some of them have (although slight) relevance to the history of the game and/or the entire series.
** Malcolm's, Brock's and Lauren's case follows the evolution from simple selectable skins in ''UT'' to full-fledged characters in ''2003/2004'' to main story characters in ''[=UC2=]'' and ''[=UT3=]''.
** Sapphire, Gorge and Arclite were just selectable skins with something of a backstory in ''2004''. In ''[=UC2=]'', they're ascended to full-fledged characters, with their own ladders, and their significance to the story.
** Regarding DLC, there're also Kraagesh, Syzygy and Lilith, who were ascended from just selectable skins with a barebones backstory ''2004'' to full-fledged characters as DLC, with a short name change in Kraag's case, in ''[=UC2=]''. Jackhammer's case goes even further than that, as he was just an AI bot, using Cannonball's bio and model.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Nahkti ascension rites, where the winner is crowned emperor.
* BadassFamily: Judging by Malcolm's words, Anubis's family has a history in the Rites' history. This is true as well for any family in the Nakhti Empire, which may be the reason why Liandri is sponsoring the Rites.
--> '''Malcolm:''' ''This competition may be small, but it won't leave you disappointed. Ancient traditions, a final match to the death, and all the carnage you expect from a sanctioned Liandri tournament. Heh... I can't wait.''\\
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'''Robot commentator:''' ''Malcolm, are you surprised to see Anubis in [[spoiler:the semi-finals]]?''\\
'''Malcolm:''' ''Nah! He has fighting in his blood - from his grandmother, the late Empress Seshafi.''
* BittersweetEnding: In the aftermath of the Rites' finals, [[spoiler:Anubis]] is in mourning after [[spoiler:killing Selket]]. Then, a Liandri Officer approaches, and gives him the choice of bringing [[spoiler:her]] back to life [[spoiler:as a Necris]], betraying everything he held dear, or leave [[spoiler:her]] dead. Needless to say, he chooses the first option.
* BlatantItemPlacement: Not so much this time, as the players get to choose their arsenal before the game begins. The ammo packs, health items and powerups are still there, though.
* BloodSport: And in ancient rite form, no less.
* BondOneLiner: The victory taunts.
* TheCameo: [[MortalKombat Shao Kahn]] as an announcer.
* CaptainObvious: While some of the individual ladder challenges have creative names, others are limited to "<gametype> In <map name>", for example "Deathmatch In [=AcidRain=]". The most unfortunate case is "Overdose In [[TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed Cancer]]" for every Overdose match played in the map [=OD-Cancer=]. Another example is "Vampiric Overdose" (an Overdose match played with the Vampire mutator) in Raiden's ladder.
* CaptureTheFlag
* {{Combos}}: Double Kill... Multi Kill! MEGA KILL!! '''M-M-M-M-M-MONSTER KILL!!!'''...
* ContinuityNod:
** Gorge was the winner of the [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004 year 2302 tournament (UT2003)]].
** Lilith's biography is the same, but with a tiny change, than the one of her namesake from ''200X''. The difference is that 2004!Lilith had her memory deleted by the Purgatory, while UC2!Lilith had her memory deleted by the Phayder corporation, the one which created the Necris.
** After a brief absence, the [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament Phayder corporation]] is back and revived many of the dead warriors, including Brock, Lauren, Calypso, Lilith and [[spoiler:Selket]].
** The Liandri robots borrow [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament Xan Kriegor]]'s "Witness my perfection" and "I am the alpha and omega" taunts.
** CTF-Emperor wasn't the only sacred building taken by the Liandri. There was also [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament DM-Peak]].
** Szalor's ladder has a match referencing the [[VideoGame/UnrealI Skaarj Queen]].
** Brock's new, full-Necris team, is called The [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament Black Legion]], and it's also backed by the Phayder Corporation.
** Korig and Kraag are mentioned as part of the [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004 Iron Skull]] team.
** Devastation's ladder mentions that she's the first Liandri-built competitor since [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament Xan Kriegor]].
** Once again, Thunder Crash is [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament a team composed of the best warriors of the Tournament]].
* CursedWithAwesome: Holding the ball in Overdose makes you glow brightly, making you an obvious target. Survive with it long enough, however, and upon delivering it to the enemy base you will sufficiently rewarded.
* DeathIsNotPermanent: The Respawner technology, mentioned in the final match, where it's deactivated.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: Several playable and AI characters, unlocked in each of the three Single-Player modes.
* DemotedToExtra: Corrosion, Hyena and Memphis went from selectable characters in ''2004'' to AI bots.
* DoubleJump
* DownloadableContent: The game had a Bonus Pack in the form of 4 maps, 13 new playable characters, and the ability to play Overdose in Deathmatch maps.
* ElectricBoogaloo: '''The Liandri Conflict'''.
* TheEmpire: The Nakhti.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Nakhti towards the Egyptians.
* FinishingMove: The "Coup De Grace" moves.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Anubis's second match in the Tournament is against Sapphire and Hyena. Before the match, Sapphire tells Hyena that "[Liandri doesn't accept cheating] unless it's their idea." [[spoiler:Later in the game, Liandri fixes the semifinals match so Anubis is paired with Apophis, Selket's boyfriend]].
** Malcolm mentions before the Overdose match that the Liandri corporation paid "a king's ransom" to the Phayder Corporation in order to bring Lauren BackFromTheDead. [[spoiler:A Liandri officer ends up offering Anubis the chance to restore Selket if he surrenders everything he held dear to Liandri]].
** After the three-rounded match against a Skaarj, Anubis meets Malcolm in the Imperial Halls, where he's offered the chance to be part of Thunder Crash. Anubis rejects the offer, claiming that, once the Rites end, every one of his ties to the Tournament will be finished as well. If his Ladder (which takes place after the Ascension Rites' events) is anything to go by, [[spoiler:he ends up accepting the offer]].
** After the quarterfinals.
---> '''Robot commentator:''' ''What an incredible match. Fine performances by all, but three competitors will go back home empty-handed. Malcolm, are you surprised to see Anubis in the semi-finals?''
---> '''Malcolm:''' ''Nah. He has fighting in his blood, from his grandmother, the late Empress Seshati.''
---> '''Robot commentator:''' ''But he turned his back on his family's fighting tradition, not to mention his arranged marriage with Selket, eight years ago.''
---> '''Malcolm:''' ''Skipping the tourney was one thing, but passing off a chick like Selket was suicidal.'' [[spoiler:I bet she's dying to meet him on the Arena]].
* GreenRocks: Tarydium is used for all the energy weapons.
* GrimyWater: Some stages have pools with different water colors.
* HaveANiceDeath: Par for the course for Unreal games, the death messages are pretty... creative, to say the least.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Every character can deflect bullets with their melee weapon. Killing a character with a bounced shot even grants an award.
* KickTheDog: The Nali Slaughter gametype. Brought by the Skaarj, this melee gametype consists of [[ShootTheDog killing poor Nali]] (and, of course, your rivals) with your own hands. In the story mode, you have to fight in this stage against a Skaarj.
--> '''Malcolm:''' ''Some would say it's unwise to meet a Skaarj warrior in a game they invented.''
--> '''Szalor:''' ''It is always unwise to fight a Skaarj warrior.''
* TheKingdom: The Nakhti.
* MegaCorp: Liandri. Axon and Izanagi are also mentioned in several map descriptions.
* NanoMachines: The nanoblack used to create Necris.
* NostalgiaLevel: [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament The Gauntlet, Morbias and Tempest]], from the original Tournament. Also, DM-Apex and DM-Fury are remakes of console-exclusive UT arenas [=DM-BlockParty=] and [=DM-Sector9=], while [=DM-Legacy=] is a remake of [=DM-Pyramid=].
* OneHitKill: Freezing your opponent and doing Coup De Graces on them. Also, as usual, Instagib matches.
* ParryingBullets: You can deflect and even reflect projectiles with melee weapons. However, it's based on player input, not automatic--among other things, this makes it ineffective against high-rate-of-fire weapons.
* QuadDamage: The enhanced adrenaline system, coupled with the Udamage.
* RagdollPhysics: Courtesy of the Unreal Engine 2X.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Liandri, again.
* SlashedThroat: The Ripjack works best when the sawblades hit the target's neck.
* StandardFPSGuns: As an Unreal game, every weapon has it's secondary mode fire, so, many weapons will usually fit two of these classes. That said:
** Knives: Anubis's Nakhti Staff, Sobek's Legion Sword, Selket's [[DualWielding Dual]] Nakhti Swords, Apophis's [[AnAxeToGrind Nakhti Axe]], Calypso, Lauren and Lilith's Necris Swords, Devastation's Molten Kama, Sapphire's Cryo Swords, and the [[WolverineClaws Skaarj Blades]].
** Pistols: [[GunsAkimbo Nakhti Scorpions]], and the Enforcers.
** Shotgun: Flak Cannon's primary mode.
** Auto-weapons: Liandri Rivet Guns and the Stinger.
** Explosive: Grenade Launcher's alternative fire. (Mines)
** Marksman Gun: The Shock Rifle.
** Sniper Rifle
** Rocket Launcher
** Grenade Launchers: The Grenade Launcher and Flak Cannon's and Rocket Launcher's alternate fire mode.
** Energy Guns: Several, including Skaarj Bolts and Raiden's Lightning Bolt.
** Gimmicky Weapon: The Ripjack.
* SuperMode: Some of the Adrenaline combos.
* TennisBoss: You can reflect any weapons fire with your melee weapon, assuming you get the timing right. Rockets are fairly easy, unless you're too close, but sniper rounds are...difficult. If you get a kill by reflected shot, the announcer will say "Rejected", to make sure you know how badass you are.
* TournamentArc: The Ascension Rites, an ages-old deathmatch tournament, are now treated as a qualifier to the main Unreal Tournament.
* UnlockableContent: Plenty of characters, mutators, bots, wait to be unlocked by playing each single-player mode, be it the Ascension Rites, the Individual Ladders or the Challenges.
** Unlockable characters: Brock, Devastation, Gorge, Raiden, Torgr.
** Unlockable bots: Calypso, Corrosion, Darrius, Hyena, Jackhammer, Judas, Korig, Kraag, Memphis, Mirage, Nepthys, Syzygy.
* WallJump: Continuing the trend from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004''.
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