Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Why is It Still As Popular As the First Game?
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is a new indie horror video game developed and released by Scott Cawthon for Xbox Live Arcade. It's the third installment of the successful Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, and centers on an old-school horror theme based on the original restaurant featured in the last two games. The basic concept behind Five Nights at Freddy's is to explore different scenarios (based on the original movie) in order to save your poor pet and eliminate the lurking threat of Nightclaw. This time around, you have a new recruit in your crew: Jason, a punk who wants to join your team and get to know the other residents. You'll also find out that Five Nights at Freddy's 3 has many more characters besides Jason...
While the storyline is solid, it takes away a lot of the fun inherent in Five Nights at Freddy's 3. Instead, the focus turns to how Jason interacts with the other residents of his facility. Although enjoyable, this takes away some of the mystery that made Five Nights at Freddy's memorable, such as finding your glasses in the freezer, or watching as Jason "accidentally" kills his older brother in front of you. In addition, the storyline is pretty basic and doesn't really add anything special to the game. The music is also fairly generic and doesn't really fit the world created by Scott Cawthon, which means that you basically have to put up with it. However, the voice acting is top notch, with every character believable.
Overall, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 isn't a ground-breaking game. It follows the same formulaic story concepts established by its predecessors, but provides an inferior experience due to some lacking polish. However, if you are looking for a jumpstart into the horror genre or just want something with a little more mystery, then this is worth checking out. For those who want a solid, well-written narrative that will keep you playing through to completion, however, there's nothing here that will change your opinion of the first game. So if you're a fan of Scott Cawthon's previous work, but don't think he's done with his horror writing, then this is a good option for you.