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TimeSplitters 2

  • The Oblask Dam in the Siberia level is a shout out to the Bylemore Dam level of GoldenEye. It uses a very similar dam, camera movement in the intro and a lot of the same noises. Hardly surprising given that some of that game's devs became Free Radical Design members.
  • The Chicago level features a bar called O'Leary's. The antagonist, mob boss Big Tony, also calls to mind another girthy mobster called Tony.
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  • The Notre Dame level features a hunchback ally.
  • The Neo Tokyo level takes its name from AKIRA, but is intended as a homage to Blade Runner. It has the floating cars, the asian influenced culture, and the the incessant 'Cross Now' from the street signs.
    • It also pays homage to Neuromancer, as the protagonist of the level, Ghost, is similar to the character Case. His gallery description mentions an AI Core and lists his occupation as a "cyberjock."
  • The "Sincerest Form of Flattery" Arcade League Series consists of missions that parody other First Person Shooters: Aztec the Dinosaur Hunter, Half Death, and Dead Fraction.


TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

  • "The Khallos Express" seems to be a homage to GoldenEye's "Train" level, down to using the aforementioned intro camera movement.
  • Within the first mission, "Time to Split", a Marine can be heard saying to his compatriots, "Come on, Marines! You want to live forever!?
  • In What Lies Below, when Cortez checks the files on Crow's computer and the self-destruction sequence starts, an animation appears with Crow wagging his finger and the caption "You didn't say the magic word".
  • In You Genius, U-Genix, Cortez obtains the ID card of a scientist named Gordon.
  • Also In You Genius, U-Genix, A fleeing guard cries "Game over man, game over!" A reference to the film Aliens.
    • An earlier reference to Aliens occurs in "Time to Split", when a space marine is heard saying, "Shoot anything with teeth bigger than its face!" and "They're coming outta the walls! They're coming outta the goddamn walls!".
  • Crow's last word is "Rosebud".
  • The Ghost Gun in the haunted house level is a shout-out to Ghostbusters, but it acts like the Ghost Dematerializer from Filmation's Ghostbusters.
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  • The soprano song that features through the haunted-house level comes from End of Days.
  • The zombie levels feature the NPC Lenny Oldburn, whose shakey demeanor is based on Ozzy Osbourne.
  • The Disco Club ending could be reference to a certain third-person shooter that was also made from devs' former company.
  • The multiplayer:
    • It features a cyborg monkey that looks suspiciously like a simian RoboCop.
    • It also has Clip Clamp, a zombie character that, when selected says "Do I have red on me?" This is a bit of a mutual reference, as Shaun of the Dead had a scene in which Ed plays TimeSplitters 2.
    • When selected, the Insetik SD/12 says "By Your Command".
    • The description for the zombie biker character Jed notes that "Jed's dead, baby".
    • Selecting Deadwina has her acting possessed and giving softened quotes from The Exorcist.
      Deadwina: Do you see what your cunning daughter has done...? My mother sucks lollipops in hell!"
    • The description for Headsprouter references Little Red Riding Hood.
      My, Mr. Headsprouter, what big teeth you have!
    • Selecting Jack Sprocket has him doing the crane kick from The Karate Kid (1984).
    • Robot Louis Stevenson's name is a reference to Robert Louis Stevenson.
    • Vlad the Installer's name is a reference to Vlad the Impaler.


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