Game Review: Five Nights At Freddy’s 2

Felipe Cabrera

Platforms: PC

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 released only four months after its predecessor. Usually, a sequel released so close to the original title is a major cause of concern, but Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 puts enough of a twist on the original formula to keep it fresh.

After the harrowing events of the original game, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza moved to a new and larger location. They haven’t fixed the issue with homicidal animatronics, though. This time, however, they added a new cast of animatronics along with the originals and they’re as terrifying as ever.

As the new head of night security, you will be seeing a new set up from the office in the previous game.

The old game put you in a security room where you were only armed with the security camera and door controls to defend yourself from Freddy Fazbear and his anthropomorphic pals. This time around, there are no doors to protect you from being jump scared into a heart attack.

On the bright side, you can freely look through the security cameras without worrying about wasting power. Power outages won’t happen, so you don’t have to fear an instant death. You would think this makes Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 easier, right?

Wrong. There are more rooms to look through and more animatronics running around to keep track of. There is a new animatronic character, a Jack n’ the Box, who you have to keep winded if you want to survive the night. If that isn’t enough to keep you on edge, all of the rooms are completely dark and require a flash light with limited battery power to see the room entirely.

The only way you can defend yourself from Freddy and friends is a Freddy mask you put on to trick them when they get close. For some, the mask does not work, so you have to utilize the flashlight to freeze them in place when they run through the hall in front of you.

There isn’t much to complain about Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, because at its core it does not try to reinvent the wheel or deviant too much from what people loved about the first game. It took the elements from the first game and simply hyper charged them.

That being said, the price does bother me. The game is still inexpensive at $7.99, but the original game was $4.99 and the sequel doesn’t offer updated graphics or new game modes. If we are getting more of the same, all I ask for is some price consistency.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 delivers all the tension and frightful, giddy fun I love from the first game. It does to shake up the formula enough to warrant a brand new game, so the fact that this comes only four months after the original is fine by me.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 does everything a sequel should do. Fans of the original game will be happy with it, and I recommend first timers to skip the first game and jump on this title.