- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Unreal fansite BeyondUnreal did an April Fools joke in 2004 announcing a lite version of Unreal Tournament 2004 titled UT2004 LE for free. Ten years later, Epic Games announced the free reboot of the franchise.
- Selket's wishes to rebuild the Capitol city in her own image in Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict by winning the Ascension Rites and being crowned Empress. In 2014, the Unreal community got the chance to collaborate with Epic Games by doing to the Unreal universe what Selket couldn't do with her hometown.
- Scrappy Mechanic:
- The Link Gun's overheating feature was made to combat its overuse, yet what happened instead was that it became annoying to use, especially compared with the previous iterations of the weapon.
- The Grenade Launcher is seen as an useless weapon, especially with an ineffective and complicated-to-set secondary mine laying mode.