A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The goal's simply to experience a virtual retelling of the events of the previous Five Night at Freddy's games. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that other forces are at work and it quickly becomes a matter of survival and sanity.
Positive Role Models
Other than recovering logs of a previous developer/tester providing clues to events, the player's main interactions are with the possessed animatronics out to kill them, even in this virtual world.
Ease of Play
The gameplay's relatively simple to pick up and play, challenging players with mini-games and puzzles to maintain important systems, observe their surroundings, and avoid the attention of the homicidal puppetry.
Violence & Scariness
The game's filled with frightening imagery and plenty of jump scares, as well as logs and lore referencing murders, mutilations, suicide, and more. But in terms of actual blood or gore, the game's surprisingly light on actual on-screen violence. It's the atmosphere of the overall experience that provides the terror.
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Products & Purchases
The game's yet another chapter in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, which has had numerous video games and spin-offs, collectible merchandise, books, and even motion picture projects in development.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted is a virtual reality survival horror game available for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Players must complete certain activities and solve puzzles while avoiding the attention of possessed animatronic puppets. The game relies on a constant sense of terror accompanied by many jump scares, as well as references to child murders, mutilations, and suicide in the in-game logs and lore, but there's no on-screen blood or gore ever shown. The game is a spin-off/sequel to the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, recapping the overall story with new twists and continuing to promote the characters in new ways.
Is It Any Good?
For the past five years, gamers have had their nightmares fueled five nights at a time by the animatronic murder machines of Fazbear Entertainment. Five Night's at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted serves as a sort of demented mix tape of the previous games, bringing players closer to the jump scares than ever before. One of the interesting things about Help Wanted is how it presents the previous events in ways that feel slightly different and unique to fans. The stories have slight alterations due to the idea that this VR game is based on urban legends and skewed perspectives from reports. The biggest draw of Five Nights at Freddy's has always been the tension of waiting for the unexpected, and this story element sets players up with a false sense of familiarity that quickly crumbles as things unfold. But that's just the half of it. The idea that something else has made its way into the simulation adds an extra level of anxiety.
Help Wanted makes fantastic use of the VR environment to create a truly immersive (and terrifying) experience. Gameplay's simple and relatively intuitive, and the puzzles in and of themselves aren't particularly difficult. But trying to perform those actions and solve those puzzles with the looming fear that the proverbial bogeyman is lurking in the shadows is where the real challenge lies. You can't help but constantly look over your shoulder as you try to fix key systems, solve puzzles, recover logs, and simply stay alive. The fact that the world exists all around you this time makes that feeling of dread even more real. Most of the time, it genuinely feels like you're isolated and trapped, and you almost forget that you can actually take off the VR headset to escape back into the real world. It all comes together to make Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted the best entry yet in the FNAF series, and one of the most hair-raising VR experiences to date.
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