• Annoying Video Game Helper: Jessica has a tendency to attract gunfire from enemies without any provocation from the player.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Emergence's theme song.
  • Evil is Sexy: Elexis Sinclaire.
  • Narm: "Oh Noisy One Kenobi."
  • Obvious Beta: The original game was a mess when it first hit shelves. Problems included Loads and Loads of Loading, non-functioning AI for one of the bosses, music tracks not playing correctly (or at all), various game crashes, and typos on various textures. By the time these issues had been patched out, the damage had already been done; the game had released merely two weeks before Valve's mega-hit Half-Life, and SiN was completely overshadowed by that game's runaway success.
  • Porting Disaster: The Steam re-release of the original game included with Emergence is a Downplayed example. While it was updated to natively support modern computer hardware and use Steam's server browser for multiplayer, the music playback suffers from bugs, has censored nudity and drug references, as well as having edited a number of textures to remove pop-culture references and, oddly, replaced others with renders of Emergence's 3D models. It also does not include the Wages of Sin expansion pack.
  • Video-Game Movies Suck: A direct-to-video anime movie based off the game was made by ADV Films in 2000. It is remembered by few, and by most accounts liked by even fewer.