YMMV / Beneath a Steel Sky

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The courtroom scene, where justice takes the form of a gameshow, with Rob defending Hobbins. Seriously, where the hell did that come from? (It's also entirely skippable and no bearing on the plot.)
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Too many to list. The fact that the humour turns up in the oddest of places adds to the effect.
    Rob: [noticing the security camera] That thing's watching me... good thing I'm naturally photogenic!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Robert refuses to let Billy dissect Joey because he treats it like his brother, while Joey admits that his existence will become futile without Robert.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: There are several definite Earworms which you'll undoubtedly start humming along to, but the very best music is found on the CD32 version, where the title screen (also "LINCspace") music with its synthesised horn section is so catchy you might not want to start the game until it's looped a few dozen times.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Joey is considerably popular thanks to his Deadpan Snarker moments.
    • Gilbert Lamb.
  • Epileptic Trees: Played for laughs, usually. Rob's crackpot theories on the nature of the game world are priceless.
  • Fridge Horror: Late in the game, Robert has to get his own fingerprints exchanged for Colson's, just to pass a scanner lock. Imagine, however, what it must be like to never have your own fingerprints ever again. The fact that the back-alley Dr. Burke is whom you consult for this doesn't help.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Internet Backdraft: A lot of fans were disappointed when Revolution decided to use BASS2 as a stretch goal for ''Broken Sword 5'' Kickstarter campaign. Word of God apologized and admitted that the game is never intended to be held as ransom.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Gallagher, without a doubt. He turns from a borderline nutjob spouting riddles and playing cards to a man with a deadly agenda.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Reich nuking Rob's entire tribe at the start of the game. Even when you see his fate, you can't feel for the guy.
  • Narm: Rob's reaction to the destruction of his family...
    • At the climax, there should really be a long pause in Foster's line after his father dies. As it is, he just seems to get over it in record time:
    Father! FATHER! Well, that's the end of that.
  • Nightmare Fuel: There are several examples throughout the game, which are best left for the player to discover.
    • The line "There's something in there... something HORRIBLE!" about the subway beast sums up a lot of moments.
    • The Non Standard Game Over at the end. Rob gets plugged into LINC, struggles for a few seconds, then apparently has his entire mind and self erased and replaced with LINC.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The aforementioned meeting with the terrifying subway beast (usually accompanied by no music or sound effects at all) can be made less scary if you leave the jukebox on while leaving for the subway tunnel, and save once inside. If you're killed once (as many first time players are wont to be) and restore your save, your monster encounter will be accompanied by... the swinging smooth jazz sounds of the club's resident Hot Club Quartet.
  • Porting Disaster: The CD32 version, which includes the slow loading times due to slow CD drive, buggy save files, and a tendency to freeze the game. The only single redeeming aspect is the music, and that's it.
  • Squick: The more you know about LINC, the more you'll be grossed out by it. Even Rob is disgusted by many of the things he sees, and doesn't mind telling you about it.
    • When you get to LINC's core, the walls are covered in Meat Moss and fleshy tentacles. After the rest of the game has been set in a fairly realistic (if futuristic) city, there is nothing to prepare you for this, and it's terrifying.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Seeing Rob's tribe family being nuked by Reich at the start of the game is heart wrenching.
    • The death of Anita.
    • A meta example. A BASS fan tried searching Dave Cummins (one of the writers as well as the music composer of the game) for years only to find out that Dave died a long time ago. When Charles Cecil heard the news, he said he wanted to mend his relationship with Dave and offer him a chance to create a sequel.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Take one internet, mix it with equal parts virtual reality and acid flashbacks then serve. Then you'll be close to what LINCspace is, what with the giant sentry eyeballs and coloured ying yang pieces which act as passwords. And some other stuff that is even more batshit insane.
  • What an Idiot!: Rob won't put his hands anywhere near a huge pneumatic press, but a live socket? Sure! Why not?
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Very possibly done deliberately, but in the updated version, there is precisely ONE person with an Australian accent in a game set twenty minutes into the future...in Australia. Almost all the other accents are British/Irish regional accents, with the exception of a French doorman and the protagonist...who sounds American.
  • The Woobie: Rob has had so much bad luck that it's hard not to feel sorry for him.