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Five Nights at Freddy's 4
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is a downloadable survival horror game. In a child's bedroom, the player must constantly watch for and hide from creatures stalking him from under the bed, in the closet, and outside in the hallway. The game is challenging and requires lots of patience, practice, and attention to be successful, which could frustrate some players. Similarly, the game's setting, story, and regular jump scares likely will be too intense for a younger audience. Players also may be interested in the other three titles in this series, and it may make them interested in the upcoming movie based on the franchise.
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What's it about?
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 4 is the final installment in the popular survival horror franchise. This time around, players aren't a guard checking security monitors for eerie activity. Instead, the new game takes place in a child's bedroom, where Freddy Fazbear and his crew are responsible for all the things that go bump in the night. With only a flashlight to ward off the shadows, you'll have to make it through 'til the morning, avoiding the creatures in the halls, in the closet, and even under your bed.
Is it any good?
Freddy Fazbear's final outing taps into all your childhood fears, leading to an intensely terrifying and exciting, albeit occasionally flawed, experience. The Five Nights at Freddy's games have always focused on the fear of what's lurking in the shadows. This time, though, that fear is amplified through the experiences of a child. But it's not only for shock value, as a surprisingly deep and emotional story is attached, which ultimately leads to some surprise revelations for fans, as well as more than a few new questions.
With the new setting comes some new gameplay mechanics. Players still need to keep an eye out in all the nooks and crannies to keep their animatronic stalkers away. But without the benefit of security cameras, players now need to listen closely at their doors for the breathing of the creatures outside. This is a lot more difficult than it seems and requires a lot more patience than any of the previous games. As a result, even longtime FNAF fans likely will struggle to get through even the first couple of nights. That being said, Five Nights at Freddy's 4 handily lives up to the scares of the previous games in the series.
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