10 Harsh Realities Of Replaying Five Nights At Freddy's (2023)

There was major news last month about the Five Nights at Freddy's film, as Matthew Lillard and Josh Hutcherson joined the cast (per Screen Rant) and filming reportedly begins in February. With the movie in development, fans of the franchise are returning to the pizzeria once again to experience some of their favorite Five Nights at Freddy's moments.

Overall, playing the game is a positive and exciting experience full of thrills. There are, however, a few harsh realities that players need to be aware of if choosing to replay the games - like coming face-to-face with a certain tough character or having to replay the franchise's worst game. While they do not ruin the series, these are small things the player must accept as a frustrating or disappointing part of the games.

The Point-Click Mechanic Will Get Frustrating

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One staple of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise is the point-and-click nature of the games. However, this style can a lot of mistakes.

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Five Nights at Freddy's is a very fast-paced game where the player really needs to be precise in their movements. One wrong click can cause a game over. Whether it could be rapidly switching the cameras or quickly trying to shut the door, players replaying the franchise can get flustered easily when they make one mistake with the mouse.

FNAF 1's Jump Scares Are The Best

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Five Nights at Freddy's was a crazy hit and has the highest Metacritic score out of any FNAF game. The game's jump scares definitely contributed to its high score and critical praise.

When fans replay whole series, they will realize that the original title's jump scares are the most effective. The animatronic jumping at the viewer mixed with the terrifying high-pitched screaming is the perfect jump scare and has not been topped in any other game. When fans are locked in trying to defeat any Five Night's at Freddy's game, they will likely be spooked by the majority of the jump scares, but the first games' are superior in their effectiveness.

The Jump Scares Get Very Old After A While

Some Five Night's at Freddy's games have modes that will take the player a long time to defeat. After a while, its inevitable that players will become desensitized to the jump scares.

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It's a natural progression to be less surprised and scared each time an animatronic jumps on the screen, and there becomes a point when the repetitiveness can start to erode the immersion. Rather than scary, the constant jump scares can become frustrating.

Some Secrets Would Be Impossible To Find Without A Walkthrough

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FNAF has one of the greatest storylines in gaming history. To unlock all the mysteries of the story, however, there are a lot of things the player needs to do.

Some games have multiple endings which require the player to take very specific actions to unlock. For example, in Five Nights at Freddy's 3, the player needs to hit the tiles on the wall in a pattern that is a nod to the bite of '87, which will help the player uncover the true ending. Without some sort of cheat sheet or walkthrough, this would have been impossible to uncover. One must hope they remember all the secrets on a replay or else they'll need to boot up a walkthrough again.

The Lore Becomes Very Confusing

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Along with the game's amazing storyline, there is some complicated lore in the video game. There are so many characters and animatronics that it becomes hard to keep straight. For example, there are so many different versions of the same animatronics that they all become interchangeable.

Replaying the games might give the player a better understanding of the lore, but even the most devoted fans still get confused. Once one fully understands the lore, however, they will appreciate the genius that is the Five Night's at Freddy's story.

Five Nights At Freddy's 3 Is The Worst Game

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When replaying all the games in the Five Night's at Freddy's franchise, it becomes apparent that the third installment, Five Nights at Freddy's 3, is the weakest in the series.

There is nothing inherently wrong with the game, but it is a tough follow-up to the first two. It does introduce new mechanics, like monitoring the temperature and air vents, but it lacks substance. Springtrap is the only character that could kill the player, and he is not that intimidating in this game. The game does introduce some new lore, but it has few other upsides.

Sister Location Was Underwhelming

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After Five Nights at Freddy's 4, it appeared the franchise was heading in a new direction when Sister Location came out. However, the gameplay did not meet the very high expectation fans had for it.

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Sister Location was not a bad game by any means. The new characters were interesting, and it certainly provided scares, like one haunting image of a silhouette of the animatronics victims. However, the gameplay was a little lackluster. The most memorable time in the game was when the player has to avoid Ballora in a dark room with only a camera's flash. All other parts were not as charming.

The Puppet's Mechanic Is The Hardest In The Franchise

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The Five Night's at Freddy's franchise is filled with tough characters with different ticks that the player needs to figure out. The Puppet from FNAF 2 might be the toughest in the whole series.

The Puppet is not only the toughest but perhaps the most annoying FNAF character. The process of having to keep winding up his music box, all while keeping track of the camera, the vents, and the hallways is extremely tough. The more one replays the game, the more they can find a rhythm that works for them, but the Puppet remains a tough challenge.

Pizzeria Simulator May Be The Most Important In The Franchise

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On the surface FNAF: Pizzeria Simulator might seem like the least significant game in the franchise, with its tycoon-style gameplay. However, it's arguably the exact opposite.

Along with giving the player a chance to build their own pizzeria, this game introduces so much new information to the story of FNAF. From the candy machine's stories to the game's chilling final monologue, which is one of the best moments in the series, the game connects a lot of dots for the player, in terms of the story. Without this game, fans would truly not know what is going on with the story's timeline.

20/20/20/20 Mode Might Not Be Worth Beating

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The game mode that is famously known for being very tough is the infamous 20/20/20/20 mode. This is when the animatronics are all on their highest difficulty.

Players will need a stubborn streak to consider playing the whole game through on this mode and, in truth, it might just not be worth it. The gameplay of 20/20/20/20 mode is more of a pattern of clicks, rather than skill. It is very satisfying to see three stars on the homepage, but it might not be worth the frustration it could cause the player.

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