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What parents need to know
Parents need to know Five Nights at Freddy's 2, similar to its predecessor, is a horror game that uses tension and jump scares in place of blood and guts -- and, as a result, is a lot scarier than many other titles. The sense of being trapped and defenseless in a small office quickly builds, and when the animatronic characters jump out at you (or you catch them staring at you from down the hall or into a camera lens), you'll definitely jump (and maybe scream). This makes the game much too intense for younger kids -- and teens (and some adults) should know what they're getting into.
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What's it about?
Freddy Fazbear's Pizza is open once again, with new animatronics, which (like the ones before them) tend to wander at night. Should they find you, you're toast (though it's not malicious on their part -- they just don't understand you). You'll monitor their comings and goings through a series of cameras around the restaurant and distract them with a music box or (if they get too close) fool them with a fake animatronic head.The difficulty comes from the limited amount of power you have with your flashlight (which lets you see ahead of you). Every action you make drains power -- and when you're out, you're fairly defenseless. There also are several additional rooms to monitor this time around.
Is it any good?
Generally, when sequels are released in short order, they're never as good as the original. That's absolutely not the case with FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2, though. The game is just as terrifying (maybe more so) and once again uses atmosphere and tension to create an experience that will make you jump and scream -- even if you know exactly what's coming.
This time around, it's not only a feeling of helplessness that hits you, it's the strain of multitasking that's required to stay alive. You have to constantly wind a music box. You need to monitor more rooms. You have a mask you need to quickly put on if you see an animatronic staring at you -- and even then, you may be doomed. Like the original, it's a great game for people who are old enough to not get nightmares from this sort of thing -- but it's a game children should be kept away from.
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