A trend that seems to be happening with more GBA titles in recent months, Fear Factor: Unleashed makes extensive use of full-motion video clips throughout the game’s presentation. After powering up the game and reading the warnings to not try these stunts at home, the show’s opening starts up. The video quality isn’t the best, but it’s pretty good compared to other GBA games that use the same idea. These clips are used before each stunt in a relatively successful attempt to recreate the feeling of the show. The presentation works, until you actually see the in-game graphics, which are pretty sub-par for the GBA. Character models are amorphous blobs that hold the shape of a human, but lack any type of detail. Environments make up for the characters’ lack of form.
Sound is better left turned off. Music plays during the game’s intro and during events, but they can get really annoying, even during the few seconds you’re actually playing the game. During events, you’ll hear taunts and encouragement yelled to you. I can only guess that these are supposed to be the words of the show’s host, Joe Rogan, but since he’s nowhere to be seen in the game (which is understandable considering licensing issues), I can only speculate.