Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is the powerful sequel to this frighteningly original franchise.
The first installation of Five Nights at Freddy's certainly caused a stir within the community of those who enjoy white-knuckle shocks and scares. After much anticipation, the sequel to this platform is available for Windows operating systems. Many have already stated that the levels of fright and suspense far outweigh the first (quite an impressive observation). So, what does this new version have in store and what features enhance the overall levels of game play? Let us take a closer look.
Same Venue, Enhanced Threats
The basic premise of the original Five Nights at Freddy's was that a night watchman was forced to deal with flesh-eating animatronic teddy bears. This very same plot has been taken to the next level but with a twist. Now, the player will have to endure even more of these single-minded machines while still fighting the original five bears. All have been given their own technical makeovers which makes them even more frightening and cunning.
Like in the first version, the player will be placed within a control room. This room contains a series of cameras that are designed to monitor different parts of the pizzeria. Not all are functioning properly and some are only able to provide audio feeds. However, a notable difference is that there are no doors to this room. This will naturally appear quite disturbing at first, for how can the player keep the bears from devouring his or her brains? The interesting solution to this quandary is what is known as a Freddy Fazbear bear mask. If a bear approaches too close, donning this mask will fool them into thinking that the player is one of their own. Also, a torch is mercifully provided; enabling the player to peer down the numerous darkened hallways.
The main difference between this game and the first Five Nights at Freddy's is that the player will now have to deal with a total of 11 individual threats. This makes the game play MUCH harder and one's strategy should always be sharpened to exacting levels. Another benefit is that 10 out of the 11 characters can be customised. Their difficulty levels and "intelligence" can be modified. This is a good idea for those who are just starting out. It is rumoured that if all 11 levels are raised to the maximum limit, the game is impossible to beat.
Less is More
Much like the first Five Nights at Freddy's, the graphics have not improved considerably and the three-dimensional renderings may leave much to be desired. However, many players feel that this rather "bare bones" feel actually adds to the enhancement of the fear involved. There is something about rather antiquated images that cause fear deep within the mind to stir. The same cannot be said for the sound effects. The first version of this game was known to have chilling noises throughout the experience and this is just as true for Five Nights at Freddy's 2. These only enhance the overall fear factor.
Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is supported by Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It offers a file size of 205.6 megabytes; quite reasonable for most personal computers or laptops. It is likewise able to be played on Android-based smartphones.
Another pronounced benefit of this game is that its memory requirements are reasonably low. Computers must have a 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4, an AMD Athlon or the equivalent in terms of CPU capacity. One gigabyte of RAM is necessary as is one gigabyte of VRAM (for video rendering). At least 250 megabytes of available hard drive space are also recommended. Otherwise, the game may freeze during play. Direct X 9.0 is the main codec used to support the platform.
Much like the first version, Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is indeed a hair-raising role-playing game worth a closer look. However, the fact that this is only a demo version slightly detracts from its overall appeal. Let us conclude by examining some of the basic benefits and drawbacks that players have observed.