Five Nights At Freddy’s is a franchise that has flourished and forever changed the genre of indie horror games since the first game was released in 2014. The original Five Nights At Freddy’s was the first of eight main games as of 2022, with the most recent installment being Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach in 2021.


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No matter how fans or critics feel about the original game and its sequels, it’s an understatement to say that Five Nights At Freddy’s has forever changed the indie horror genre, including creating its own sub-genre of fan games inspired by the gameplay mechanics of the original. The best FNaF games really set themselves apart though, as evidenced by their Metacritic ratings.

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9/9 Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator

  • Metascore:
    N/A

  • User Score:
    7.2

Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator was the sixth main game in the Five Nights At Freddy’s franchise. Released in 2017, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator was unlike any other game in the series, aligning itself more with the format of Five Nights At Freddy’s: Sister Location than any of the previous games. Although this change in the gameplay format was necessary for the series’ linear, and at times predictable, style, many fans found the difficulty of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator to be much easier than earlier games.

This significant shift in the game’s difficulty made it extremely easy to complete quickly, especially for those who have mastered previous games in the Five Nights At Freddy’s franchise. All that said, it still makes for a fun, easily playable game, as the atmosphere is haunting and the writing manages to be self-aware, funny, and satirical at times.

8/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night

  • Metascore:
    N/A

  • User Score:
    7.8

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night is a free-to-play addition to the Five Nights At Freddy’s series. Five Nights At Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night entirely bases itself on the mechanic of “custom nights,” which is a feature that all the Five Nights At Freddy’s games have as an unlockable gameplay mode after players have finished the main portion of the game.

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The game pits up to fifty different animatronicsagainst the player, each with its own mechanics to keep them at bay. Although easter eggs that are hidden in the game point to Five Nights At Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night being a metaphor for the eternal suffering of William Afton, the “purple guy” and creator of the animatronics, being tortured by his own creations in his own personal hell, many players found the game extremely difficult and near impossible to fully complete.

7/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s 4

  • Metascore:
    51

  • User Score:
    6.3

The fourth installment to the Five Nights At Freddy’s franchise was advertised as the “final chapter” of the series, but as many fans know, this wasn’t actually the case. Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 caps off the story of the Bite of ’83, showing once and for all what happened to the crying child, the protagonist of Five Nights At Freddy’s 4.

While other games in the series have been focused on making the player keep track of visual cues through checking cameras and keeping track of animatronics, Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 switches up that formula. The game forces players to wait and listen for the breathing of an animatronic lurking in the shadows. If players switch on their flashlight while an animatronic is waiting just outside their bedroom door, they’re greeted with a nasty jumpscare that cuts through the focused silence of waiting and listening for their audio cues.

6/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s 2

  • Metascore:
    62

  • User Score:
    7.5

The fast-arriving sequel to the first Five Nights At Freddy’s was among one of the most highly anticipated indie horror games to have ever been released. After the success of the first game, many fans of the series were eager to find out more about the lore of the haunted pizzeria and their favorite animatronic characters. Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 did nothing short of delivering that, falsely representing itself as a sequel when, in fact, the events of the game pre-date those of the original Five Nights At Freddy’s.

Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 has an abundance of additional mechanics that players need to time perfectly and learn in order to keep certain animatronics at bay. This includes winding up the music box, putting on the mask, and flickering their flashlight down the hallway. All that said, just as Five Nights At Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night became rather difficult with all those mechanics to keep track of, Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 was an incredibly difficult game.

5/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s: Sister Location

  • Metascore:
    62

  • User Score:
    7.8

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Sister Location gave new life to a franchise that had followed the same format for several games in a row. The fifth installment to the series finally lets players get up and move around the location that they’re stuck in until 6 AM.

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Sister Location includes a variety of challenging, haunting tasks for the player that make the most of the new freedom to get up and roam around the underground storage facility for Circus Baby’s Pizza. It’s one of the best FNaF games on Metacritic, but a few managed higher ratings.

4/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach

  • Metascore:
    64

  • User Score:
    5.7

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach has an extremely mixed reception among critics and fans. Although the game is attributed to courting many new fans to the series because of its popularity online, Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach is by far the most glitchy game in the franchise. Many features in the game don’t work as they’re supposed to, or can become easily confused if certain events are triggered earlier than the game expects them to be.

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In addition to this, the AI of the animatronics (including Freddy) is extremely bugged, making players potentially lose hours of progress due to an animatronic glitching out. All that said, the graphics of the game are nothing to scoff at. Fans have wanted an open-roam Five Nights At Freddy’s game since the very beginning, and Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach delivers that stealth and anticipation that fans wanted with this style of gameplay.

3/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s 3

  • Metascore:
    68

  • User Score:
    6.9

Five Nights At Freddy’s 3 introduced an interesting new mechanic that the previous two games hadn’t seen before. In the earlier FNaF titles, the amount of animatronics that the player had to keep track up ticked steadily up. In Five Nights At Freddy’s 3, however, there is only one animatronic that can actually kill the player: Springtrap.

The difficulty of the game stands on a healthy medium, with the AI of Springtrap being intelligent enough to provide a good challenge for players as they progress through each night of the game. There are plenty of mini-games and secrets hidden throughout the game, with players that find each one unlocking more secrets about the lore and even an alternate ending.

2/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s

  • Metascore:
    78

  • User Score:
    7.5

The original Five Nights At Freddy’s hit the indie horror genre like a train. The point-and-click horror game instilled new fears into those who always felt unnerved by the animatronics at Chuck E. Cheese as a kid and struck horror into the hearts of those with automatonophobia. The original game quickly became a classic, one that continues to be loved and cherished by the community it created.

Five Nights At Freddy’s puts players through five nights of being a night guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. Different animatronics come to life each night, adding a new layer of difficulty and new patterns for players to learn as each night progresses.

1/9 Five Nights At Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted

  • Metascore:
    80

  • User Score:
    7.8

The first and only Five Nights At Freddy’s virtual reality title to date, Five Nights At Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted certainly has some of the most interesting gameplay mechanics and lore sprinkled throughout it. Since the game is in virtual reality, it gives players the opportunity to look around areas they normally wouldn’t be able to peer behind.

Doing so unlocks a variety of tapes that have been scattered throughout the game, listening to the tapes unlocks a secret ending where players learn just a bit more about the infamous Glitchtrap and Vanny. That said, the actual linear gameplay of Five Nights At Freddy’s: VR Help Wanted combines all the best mechanics from the previous games while also including some new ones, making it the best Five Nights At Freddy’s game to date.

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