Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (FNaF2)


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Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (FNaF2) Review

The fright never ends with the second chapter of the popular indie horror game. Play as the new night-shift guard in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2!

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 review

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (abbreviated as FNaF2) is the second entry to the popular FNaF game series. The story takes place before the events of the first game. The game contains similar gameplay and challenge to the first title, but with many notable improvements and changes.

Story Summary

The story centers around the new night-shift security guard whose name is later revealed in the game as Jeremy Fitzgerald. The plot starts similar to the first game, where a Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza employee called the player through the phone in the office. The employee explains the gameplay as well as some parts of the backstory of the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza place.

The employee explained that the restaurant employed the use of the new animatronics, which have special facial recognition sofware. This software is used to access the criminal database to protect the children from potential harm. Unfortunately, the software was not properly programmed in night mode.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 starting story.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 starting story.

This is where the game picks up. As the lapse in the night program makes the animatronics detect the player as an animatronic endoskeleton without a costume. Which in turn, the animatronics forces a spare suit to the player – killing him in the process.

As the game progresses, the story unfolds and reveals events that happen during the day. These events reveal more parts of the story as well as new characters. Later on, the story will establish the prequel to the original game.

Gameplay

As a sequel, a prequel story-wise, to the first FNaF game, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 features the same basic gameplay and game mechanics. The game features multiple different animatronic characters, including the original game’s antagonists. The animatronics available in this game are Freddy Fazbear, Foxy the Pirate Fox , Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, Golden Freddy, upgraded “toy” versions of Freddy, Chica, Fox, and Bonnie, a marionette referred simply as “the Marionette”, and a creepy humanoid robot called “Balloon Boy”.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 office
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 office

The game features five levels referred to as “nights”. Each night has an increased difficulty from the last. Completing all five levels unlocks new content of the game including a very difficult sixth night. Completing the sixth night will add a “Custom Night” option.

Objective

The objective of the game Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is similar to the first game. In FNaF2, the goal is to survive the five nights starting from midnight to 6:00 in the morning. Game time per night shift is approximately seven minutes, which is more than a minute shorter than the first game. The player must use anything that it in his disposal to prevent himself from getting attacked by the crazed animatronics.

Game Mechanic

The deadly animatronics will roam around and wander from room to room. The player must track the animatronics via a network of surveillance cameras and CCTV placed across the entire building without leaving security office room. Unlike the previous game, the office room has three entrances; the hallway, and two air vents. None of the entrances can be blocked by any means – making the gameplay trickier than the previous game.

An animatronic sneaking in Five Nights at Freddy's 2.
Oh crap! I almost pissed on my pants!

Each of the two vents has a light that can be used to check for any of the wandering characters that are about to crawl their way into the office. Because of the lack of a door that can block the horrific animatronics, the player is given a spare mask to ward off approaching animatronics by tricking their facial recognition. However, some characters do not react to the mask and will kill the player on sight. These characters must be prevented to go inside the office by other means.

The player is also given a handy flashlight. Unlike other light sources (the vent) with unlimited energy, the flashlight’s battery is very limited. The Puppet character also features a special method to prevent it from moving.

Mini Games

If the player fails to prevent an animatronic from reaching the security office, a jump scare will pop out – thus ending a game. However, there is a small chance that instead of the game ending, a low-resolution mini-game will appear.

FNaF2 features a total of four mini-games. Each of the mini-game has its own game mechanic that is stated at the very start of the mini-game. Each mini-game contain an insight to the plot of the game.

Presentation

The game features much more details and higher quality graphics and audio as compared to the first game. Although this web version of the FNaF2 has lower resolution as compared to the PC version of the game, it has notably a better overall quality than the web version of FNaF1.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 mask
Wearing the mask on

Wearing the mask prevents the player from doing anything. The mask also severely limits the player’s view. Although it is understandable as part of the gameplay, the mask’s vision is severely limited that it is even hard for the player to know what’s going on.

Graphics

As a horror game, the game features dark graphics with creepy old-school ambiance. This web-browser version of the game features slightly lower resolution graphics than the PC. The game also retains its iconic noise-filled graphics. When comparing the two FNaFs, it is noticeable the FNaF2 has an even darker environment.

Audio

Audio quality is noticeably better than the web-browser version of FNaF1. The lack of background music makes the game scarier when the jump scares trigger. As part of the gameplay, there is also a music box that keeps on playing a rather creepy music piece.

Controls

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 has a very simple control. The entire game can be played using the mouse. The left mouse button is used to interact with anything in the game. By dragging the mouse left and right will pan the screen camera to the sides. Hovering the cursor to the two options below the screen will activate either the mask, or the laptop.

Difficulty

The game is rather more difficult than the first Five Nights at Freddy’s game. This is due to the lack of “doors” that act as a sure prevention method found in the first game. The spare animatronics mask can trick most of the animatronics, but the characters that are immune to the mask trick are even trickier to deal with.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2's camera

There are several factors that player needs to watch closely in this game. The most straightforward is the activity of the characters in the camera. The player must also look at the two air vents located in the left and in the right. On top of those, the player must also constantly wound up a music box through the camera controls to avoid waking the Puppet character that will directly attack the player.

Fun Factor

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is an even scarier sequel to the first FNaF. The game is more challenging and with more available lore. The game is truly a worthy sequel (with prequel story) to the first Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Our Rating

We at OnlineGameMag.com rate our games from 1 to 5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 as the highest. Our ratings are based on several factors including the overall fun, how polished the game is, the bugs we encounter, and so much more.

The web browser version of the Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is not much different to the official PC version. Although there are minor bugs that can be found, the game itself is surprisingly solid. FNaF 2 is a great sequel and entry to the series. It takes all that is good in the first game and made it even more challenging and scarier – with more backstory and plot. With all things considered, we give this game a close to perfect score of 4.8!

Game Score

4.8

Out of 5

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