For anyone who read my article a couple of weeks ago, one video game that has grabbed my attention by the balls and is refusing to relinquish its vice grip is Five Nights at Freddy’s. I’m loved this game and am continuing to love this game. The twisted and innovative horror video game from the mind of Scott Cawthon has become a shining beacon of hope and prosperity in an otherwise bleak and dying world of survival horror video games. By creating simple mechanics, a wonderfully new setting, the inability to move or fight your captors, and unique and horrifying enemies; Five Nights at Freddy’s is easily one of the greatest survival horror games of all time. Easily in the Top Ten and I will fight anyone who has any sort of different opinion on this matter.
I got on board the Five Nights at Freddy’s pain train a little late to the party just playing the excellent game several weeks ago… And already I hear that we have ourselves a sequel to review and both are 2014 games! Oh goody! My best video games list may be nothing but me gushing over how amazing Scott Cawthon’s imagination is. Yeah… For anyone expecting that list you need to be ready for that because Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is just as astonishing if not better than its predecessor, building more scares and increasing the challenge to untold heights.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 starts off at the ‘New and Improved Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza’. Just like last time you take on the role of unfortunate new night shift security guard Jeremy Fitzgerald. Jeremy has to sit in his tiny office and keep watch on the various animatronics that exist in the lovely world of Freddy Fazbear’s. But as our good friend Phone Guy (Scott Cawthon) has informed us, these animatronics are going to attempt to shove you into a suit and kill you in some of the most horrendous ways imaginable so you kind of need to keep them from doing that. Unlike last time, you don’t have any doors to close to save you, but you do have a lovely little Freddy costume to put on if any of the animatronics end up in your office. So instead of locking yourself in, all you can do is sit in a suit and wait to die… Joy…
You also have the four original characters from the first game to show up, as well as their new counterparts, AND joy of all joys three new animatronics to join in on the fun, each with their own quirks, likes, and dislikes. The goal of the game is simple, don’t die and survive long enough to collect your shitty pay.
You think Five Nights at Freddy’s was difficult… OH BOY you haven’t experienced anything yet. You don’t know pain until you deal with the first night at Five Nights at Freddy’s 2. This game amps up the difficulty with the original four robots then adds on their new counterparts, two new characters, and Golden Freddy as well. Just keep that in mind of all the work you need to do to survive the grand reopening of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.
The fifth and six night is a lot less checking to see if animatronics are moving and a lot more spastically slamming keys, flashing lights, putting on suits, and praying that when death does come it is quick and relatively painless. This is an amazing thing in an era where games are streamlined and dumbed down to appease casual fans. A game that offers a true challenge and a very fulfilling reward.
It Expands the Mythos
For anyone who is curious of the strange mystery that seems to surround the Five Nights at Freddy’s mythos, the game does a great job of elaborating on some of the plot points left by the first game. Namely, the game takes place during 1987 and ties in somewhat with the ‘Bite of ’87’ mentioned during the first game. We begin to realize that something occurred in the restaurant that featured a man in a Golden Freddy outfit who was able to lure and possibly murder children. A lot of the game’s mythos is left to hearsay and rumor which really adds to the overall mysterious feel of the story. FNAF 2 gives us more of a taste of that and keeps us coming back for more. Giving us a few answers but leaving behind just as many questions.
Yes this may be a minor spoiler, but Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is a prequel. It is set in 1987 which puts it before the events of the first game. For the longest time it was assumed that this game was a sequel, not a prequel to the first game. Of all things, this is a prequel I can sort of support seeing as how they did it right and I wasn’t certain it was until the final night. But it still leaves some of those nasty little plot holes that always tend to irritated me.
First off, if this is a prequel then why are there animatronics that look much more sleek and cooler than the ones in the first game. Near the end they say that they scraped the robots, but kept the old ones around in case they reopened the shop. Why? Wouldn’t you want to keep the newer ones around so you don’t have to repair them? Doesn’t really make sense to me. It just seems if this was a prequel it looks too ‘modern’ than the original to be considered one. Small nitpick but irritating in my mind.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is a great game. It is easily one of the best games that I have seen this year and continues to breathe new life into a genre that I thought would be relegated to the world of Dead Space which is an action game that got a little too much marinara sauce on its face. The game builds terror perfectly and comes across as something that is challenging and horrific at the same time. I give massive points to this game and will easily list it as one of the best games of 2014.
Final Score 4.5/5
Thank you for reading. For anyone who was looking for my mini reviews, they will be coming Tuesday. I didn’t get a chance to watch the final two yet so I will be watching them over the next two days. Other than that if you liked this review, then please like and subscribe for more from me.