So let's kick off the month of horror with one of the scariest and most suspenseful games I've played in years: Five Nights at Freddy's.
|Freddy Fazbear, your new best friend.|
The premise of Freddy's is that you are a security guard who works the night shift at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a sort of alternate universe Chuck-E-Cheese where instead of a single ugly rat mascot, there are four animatronic animal mascots.
|Aww, they are so....unsettling.|
He also notifies you that if any of the mascots see you at night they won't recognize you as a human, but will instead think you are an animatronic who hasn't gotten into costume. This will result in the mascot forcibly stuffing you into a vacant suit (which is full of various electronics, leaving no room for a human to fit), instantly killing you. Remember that line in Jurassic Park when Jeff Goldblum states that when Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists? Apparently something equally nasty happens in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza.
Anyway, upon starting the game you immediately experience a feeling of helplessness. The whole game takes place in the pizzeria's surveillance room, where the only movement you are allowed is a slight turning of your head. So much for running away...
While in the office, you can check out the various cameras to see different locations in the pizzeria, including the room where the animatronics are stored. You can also light up the doorways to your left and right, just to take a peek at any potential "buddies" standing outside. There's also a panic button that shuts the doors to the office to prevent the mascots from seeing and killing you.
Now you might be wondering why you can't just lock both doors and wait out the night, and here's where strategy factors into the game. You are given a limited amount of power, and performing actions such as looking through the security cameras or closing the doors will drain the power at a faster rate. If the power drains completely, all the lights go out and you're left completely exposed to the horrors patrolling the place. Therefore you must conserve energy and hope you have enough to keep you alive until 6am.
|Basically, the "you're screwed" moment in the game.|
|They are all there.....for now.|
Also to mess with your head, every once in a while a hallucination will quickly pop up on the screen, usually involving one of the animatronics in a disturbing state, such as missing their eyeballs. You know...in case this game wasn't scary enough already.
|Barney the Dinosaur has really let himself go.|
|Warning: Do not play if you have a phobia involving animatronics.|
Words really cannot describe the experience of playing Five Nights at Freddy's. If you have a love of horror games this is a must play. If you don't have nerves of steel....well I warned you!
For everyone who has already played this game, what did you think of it? Did you survive all five nights?