Review: Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 (PC)

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Before this review, I had never played this series.

Of course, I had heard about it, but horror games aren’t typically my thing. I just don’t find them scary. When Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released unexpectedly, however, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and answer the call to review.

If you have yet to play the first two titles, I recommend reading our reviews of them and then playing them both before jumping into this game.

FNAF 1 Review

FNAF 2 Review

I asked for the corner office and this is what I got instead.

I asked for the corner office and this is what I got instead.

Story

The third installment takes place thirty years after Freddy’s Fazbears Pizza closed down in the original game. The once infamous pizza joint is now “Fazbear’s Fright: The Horror Attraction,” where you are a security guard (plot twist!).

It’s the same old stuff really. You have someone speak to you and fill you in on your job on night one. Then, every night thereafter, you listen to a tape that gives you some additional information–mostly in reference to a suit and how it will kill you. After night two, I have to question why I am still working at the attraction, but if the game told me that this was set in late 2008, then I would understand. If you’re a new player to the series, prepared to be a tad confused, as this is a direct continuation of the previous games and their lore.

Can you go away?

Can you go away?

Content Warning

Despite being developed by a Christian developer, Five Nights at Freddy’s aims to scare you (or at least make your buttocks clench up). There is no blood (except one short scene of Atari 2600 red blocks that represent it), gore, language, sexual content, or drug use. However, there are creepy animatronics (like the ones at Chuck E Cheese) that pop up on your screen and make loud noises. As a man over twenty, this did nothing to scare me. However, I would not recommend the game to anyone under 18 due to the imagery of the jump scares, along with the sound. Kids could be terrified and subsequently haunted for life.

New features are so easy.

New features are so easy.

Gameplay

What is by far the weakest aspect of the game is how little control you have. There is no explanation of how to play the game. This may be fine for veterans of the series, but, as a new player, expect to be a bit baffled. You are apparently the laziest security guard in the world, as all you do is sit on your rear, check the cameras, and reboot the various systems. The cameras feel a tad worthless, as you find yourself quickly clicking through them and hoping you don’t see anything suspicious.

What’s new here are the various systems you’ll need to reboot (replacing the light/door/battery system of FNAF 1 and the mask of FNAF 2) and the vents. Rebooting is actually really easy. Whenever an error pops up on your camera screen, you head to the reboot menu and click on whatever needs to be fixed–an easy enough technique that does not require any thinking or real sense of strategy. I found the light/door/battery system of the first title to be the best-implemented, as you needed to use an actual strategy in order to survive the onslaught of animatronics.

The vents are also simple to use. There are five cameras in the vents, and you do not need to check them unless you actually hear something up there. When this happens, you simply find the animatronic and seal the vent. Once again, the process is easy and requires no strategy.

The most frustrating part of this game is that luck seems to overshadow any skill you may have. On night one, for example, I never checked the camera; I sat in front of my computer screen and cleaned my glasses as the man on the phone gave his required ultimatum for the night. In fact, I only died a few times up until night five, when the intensity spiked. Let me illustrate night five this way: you’re in Las Vegas, your car just broke down, your wife moved out, and the IRS is auditing you; all your chips are on red thirteen, and you just hope things finally turn in your favor. That being said, aside from the reliance on luck aspect, the game is incredibly easy.

As usual, there are plenty of jump scares. Only one animatronic can kill you, and you’ll quickly find out which one that is. The rest are just there to make you uncomfortably tense or slow you down in-game. Stupid Marionette…

Life of a security guard.

Life of a security guard.

Presentation

The animatronics look as creepy as ever, ugh. Why someone has not taken them to a dump is beyond me. The animatronics come to life with smooth, professional animation and are easily the most visually impressive aspect of the game. The atmosphere is also really dark and creepy, setting the mood just right for the impending horror fest.

Your office (the main hub of the game) looks on-par with the first two titles with one exception: whenever I looked back and forth, the screen would tear. It is noticeable and a bit annoying since I know the background is just a large, pre-rendered room. Overall, I’d say the guard office is on-par with a clean looking, pre-rendered area from Resident Evil Zero on the GameCube. It’s also worth noting that this game crashed on me three times–each time as I was loading the next night.

Animatronics are loud. Did you know that? They also like to mess with you while staring at your camera or through your guard office window. If you play with headphones, then prepare to have your ears ringing after another random jump scare.

Am I playing my Atari again?

Am I playing my Atari again?

Conclusion

Is Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on par with the previous two games? From what I have experienced of the last two, I would say… no. Sure, some specific features (such as mini games, jump scares, etc.) are nice, but the core game is not fine-tuned. Luck, more than skill, often seemed to be the determining gameplay factor, and I found myself playing the exact same pattern with each attempt until the luck of the draw allowed me to succeed. The camera system felt less integral than it did in previous installments, while rebooting systems and air vents did not require much, if any, strategy. While the game is pretty solid overall, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is not on par with 1 and 2.

The most beautiful thing you will ever see in this game.

The most beautiful thing you will ever see in this game.

 

What did you think of the third entry in the series?

The Bottom Line

 

While Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is still a solid game, it is not on par with the first two entries.

 

7.5

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Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

9 Comments

  1. MrHChase on March 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Personally I like the game series because I’ve spent many times sitting by the security monitors at my church. It’s a creepy experience and the game just made it creepier. lol.

  2. CodySpagody on March 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    The Lore is what grabs me in this fantastic series. (Scratch that, lore grabs me in any game that has good lore). Lore is my primary form of rating a game. And FNAF is chock-full of that. Since the first installation, I have been frantically trying to find more and more information on the story of Freddy Fazbear and anything related. The stories went so far and were so deep I was astounded. It was lore paradise, almost. Still fantastic. Next, I love the gameplay; cameras. You cannot move ever! So unique and so perfect for the game. Implemented flawlessly. That mechanic has also been added upon since the first and has been emphasized to a degree which is truly remarkable.

    And lastly, he worships the same God that I do. So there’s a plus! 🙂 🙂

  3. Cody Killion on March 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    My personal favorite of the FNAF series is the lore. While in nature being sick and twisted, leaves you wondering and questioning. As each new installation comes along, more and more is added. And it’s wonderful how he adds these new ideas and assets while keeping the central ideas present. The lore is truly fantastic, that’s about all I look for in a game. It’s intriguing, thought provoking and leaves you wanting more. I know I constantly want another installation to answer certain questions that weren’t addressed or fully answered and I love it. That’s not to mention the gameplay; cameras. No movement, you’re vulnerable. And it works. It works so wonderfully, it adds to the atmosphere as a whole. It all works together like a wonderful clock.
    Lastly, he worships the same God that I do. So that’s a bonus. 🙂

    • CodySpagody on March 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Sorry for having this post twice, that was accidental.

  4. rrrrrr787 on March 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    fnaf 3 did not have any chese barfgers 0/10

  5. Jacob G. on March 4, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I wonder if Scott was getting tired and just wanted to get it all over with. Although it sounds like the new game has some really good ideas, such as the hallucinations and the entire premise of a haunted house (can someone PLEASE make a real life FNAF game?), it does seem like it’s lacking the same enthusiasm as the first two. It’s easier? There’s only one enemy and one door? (If the haunted house is supposed to recreate the feeling of the first game, shouldn’t there be two doors?). It’s more luck than skill? Too bad. I had also hoped the third game would let you do some walking around and try to hide from animatronics. Oh well. He could always add things to the game later if he wants, right? Whatever the case, if this is the end, it’s been a fun ride and a pleasure watching other people freak out to these games. You’re a master in my eyes, Mr. Cawthon.

  6. Darien on March 4, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I love it for its lore, its so creative. Especially since its an indie game, that means that it makes its own name for itself, and isn’t apart of some bigger picture, its just self sufficient.

  7. Tyler Smith on March 4, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Personally, I think this game is an interesting take.
    Lost a few points due to the lack of other enemies.
    Enemies were the best points in the series!
    Although I do like the new mechanics.
    Switching between two levels, multiple devices…
    Easy to accidentally do a jumpscare you know to avoid though…

    He did have a few problems with making the story secret.
    Earlier games had more of the plot hidden in game.
    Leaving us with unanswered questions this time…
    Pretty sure that’s not a good move.

    My opinion: It’s still nice to see the conclusion of the series.
    Even if we still don’t know who “purple guy” is.

  8. Rob D on March 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    As I sit here writing a comment after reading this review, I suddenly notice that in my office there is a door to my left and to my right and my eyes bulge followed by a quick sigh of relief.

    “Ridiculous,” I think and immediately get back to writing my reply. No one is around. Suddenly I hear a creeping on the open door to my left, I look over for a solid 10 seconds after the sound was gone.

    No matter. It’s all in my head. But then, I hear the sound again. I got up and peeked out the door and around the hallway, still nothing. I sit back down in my chair and begin to comment on how helpful I thought this review was.

    The door knob on the other door turns. At this point, I am freaking out, my underwear has disappeared into my rear end, I run up and slam the door. There’s a slight pause, followed by silence.

    The next thing I know, the creeping returns. I am petrified and paralyzed in my seat as the noise gets louder, and Louder and LOUDER. My heart is beating rapidly, my muscles are tense–all of a sudden!

    “Rob, what the heck was that for!” I see the guy in the office connected to mine with an ice pack on his hand.

    I think I got a little too engrossed in this review…

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