As one of the most popular and recognizable horror game series Five Nights at Freddy’s has a massive fan following. The fanbase has ever since the first game heavily supported all the titles since making the series well-known. Today we will be talking about Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach and how it fits into the series.
Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach is currently the last and most anticipated title in the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. Its release was slightly delayed which only increased the excitement for its release.
FNAF Security Breach – Game Mechanics
Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach aims to put a player in direct contact with the game animatronics. With a setting in a shopping mall called the Mega Pizza Plex, you control a boy who gets lost in the mall. While looking for a way out you will be put face to face up against Freddy, Chica, Roxanne, and Monty. Players will immediately notice a stark difference in the scares due to the new format of the game.
Players control Gregory, the young boy, through a first-person perspective in an open world. This allows players to freely explore areas of the mall as they dodge the rouge animatronics. Furthermore, the open-world aspect allows players to interact with objects and utilize them as crucial tools.
What’s new in comparison to previous FNAF games?
Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach has revolutionized the series with many new mechanics and an interesting continuation to the story. Just the refreshing gameplay is enough to make this game a must-play in the series. With the option to play as different characters each yielding unique abilities to help you progress through unique aspects of the game. The more complicated setting makes the game scarier since you never know exactly where an animatronic will pop up.
Furthermore, animatronics are much more advanced compared to their intelligence in previous games. The Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach animatronics have improved artificial intelligence which makes them very challenging to avoid completely. Players must use stealth and strategy to avoid detection and negate jumpscares.
Another set of features that sets the tone of the game and helps it nail the thrilling and scary atmosphere, are the graphics and sound. Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach has impressive graphics that are a sharp improvement over its predecessors. The open world is very detailed and the animatronics are redesigned to fit the theme. While the game’s music and sound effects create a creepy and tense atmosphere that improves the user experience further.
Lastly, Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach for the first time in the series offers players a multiplayer mode. This mode offers multiple modes including a very exciting hide-and-seek minigame. Also with an option of customizing their characters to showcase their personalities through different skins.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach – Initial Reception
After the well-kept details despite some made available in the trailer fans didn’t have much to speculate off of. Players did guess some aspects of the game and features on release day. But what no one expected was how the game would play and unexpectedly change the setting for the series in the future. But immediately critics and players alike flocked to forums and store pages to give their initial reception and reviews on the game.
Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach was well received by the fand with overall positive reviews. Many praise the atmosphere and the originality of certain gameplay sections while criticizing the bugs and technical issues. Most of these were quickly patched out and fixed but they did leave a bad impression on some players. Although the positives outweigh the negatives, especially considering the game is a favorite in the series to many fans. Following the initial reception, the game was nominated for Players’ Choice in 2021, which it won.
As a game from a franchise well known for its horror elements Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach perfectly fits in as an important piece of the puzzle. Any fan of the series considers the game a must-play but does not recommend it as a first game to play. So newcomers are advised to first play previous titles to get a grasp of the story and essential gameplay mechanics. While you can skip over this advice your experience with the game will definitely be as good as it could be.