Five Nights At Freddy’s is back and this time things are a little bit different, and the changes get our approval.
For many years now the Five Nights At Freddy’s series has usually been more of a puzzle solver type game, that features different missions that usually sees your character unable to move.
However, in order to survive you needed to complete a series of puzzles and objectives and pray that the nightmarish animatronics would not cause any problems, easier said than done.
This time, however, things are a little different. This time players are able to move around and explore a giant mall full of fun arcades and not so fun horrors that await.
The story basically revolves around the young boy known as Gregory who has somehow managed to get himself locked inside the Pizzaplex, which during the day is a normal busy mall. However, on a night things are very much different.
Players must use strategic thinking and muster up all important courage if they plan to survive the night. It won’t be easy as the mall houses many horrors and animatronic nightmares that must be avoided if they have any hope of surviving.
The changes in Five Nights At Freddy’s is a much appreciated one for many reasons, one of which is the freedom to explore and the various unexpected encounters that were not available in previous games. The mall is also rather large and often feels like a massive overwhelming maze.
For those who may be familiar with the previous games, there are certain features such as performing maintenance which will certainly bring back those horrifying nightmarish flashbacks to those much loved previous titles.
The game features many collectibles and arcade mini-games for those who enjoy a distraction from the horrors that await. The arcades also range from a nice trip to the golf course, or a strange adventure through a mysterious dungeon, perhaps you enjoy playing with balloons? Well, who doesn’t enjoy playing with balloons? There is quite a fair quantity of optional activities to enjoy.
One nice feature that I personally enjoyed is the whole suspense that the game offers, everywhere you go feels very much creepy and you can’t help but get a sense of feeling that something bad is about to happen. Danger lurks around every corner. What makes things even more interesting is that you do not have any form of weapon that you can use to help defend yourself and if you are caught it is an instant game over. A lot of the game relies on suspense and jump scares, which is what I personally expect from an actual survival horror title.
Quite a few of the classic and fan favourite characters make a return too including; Chica, Roxy, Monty, and of course Freddy. With the latter one playing more of a friendlier role this time around. There are also plenty of new nightmarish characters to encounter too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this game. From start to finish the suspense and horrors kept me on edge. I had spent quite a bit of time watching people play the previous titles and I just knew this kind of game was for me. I miss playing a proper horror style game that relies on actual horror aspects, it has been a while and finally I was not disappointed. I may or may not of purchased the Security Breach Freddy and Vanessa statues…
Anywho, the only real flaw with this game is that to truly enjoy all of the missions within this game you will need to go through the end game content. The end game content can be quite difficult too as you become restricted on certain important features and thus the difficulty spike is much more noticeable.
A lot of the game is also cut off and closed, I’d assume this is due to upcoming DLC content and hopefully that is the case as I’ll definitely be purchasing that too.
Another and more important downside is that the game also comes with many bugs, glitches, and frame rate issues too, some of which are game breaking. Despite this though, the game was still enjoyable.
Developer: Steel Wool Studios
Release Date: December 16th, 2021
Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5
Genre: Survival Horror
Main Story Length: 17-20 Hours
Platform Reviewed On: PC
Overall Rating: 4/5