Smosh Games has made a return with a new Honest Game Trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's Sister Location. The trailer covers the game's hard-to-follow story and even offers up some spoilers in trying to comically and sarcastically explain it all.
The video was posted up recently over on the Smosh Games channel, giving gamers a four and a half minute look at Scott Cawthon's latest creation, which just recently launched last Friday on October 7th.
Smosh doesn't hold back in saying that the Five Nights at Freddy's series is either a recreation of Cawthon's childhood traumas or a deeply disturbing fetish for sadistically violent animatronics. Given that the entirety of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 was basically a kid's nightmare about animatronics coming to eat him, I'm inclined to think that it might be Cawthon's childhood traumas bubbling up in the form of B-game horror schlock.
The Honest Game Trailer hits a lot of salient points. They bring out how Sister Location takes place at yet another "dank" basement where players assume the role of a night guard, attempting to keep the "slaughter caskets" at bay. They note that this is the shortest Five Nights at Freddy's game yet, but I think that's debatable. The puzzles definitely extend the play-length and the alternate routes, secrets, hidden mini-games and endings give Five Nights at Freddy's Sister Location a bit more replayability over the other games. There's also way more narrative and storytelling involved with the latest entry in the killer animatronic series.
The Honest Trailer also takes a dig at the game's grindy alternate ending route, which sees players having to hunker down and go through the grating task of using the Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Five Nights at Freddy's 3 systems. While it may have been a grind heavy segment of the game, I do have admit that Cawthon at least tried something different in terms of how players were to achieve the alternate, secret ending.
Surprisingly, the game isn't buried quite as badly as I would have expected. To be honest, Five Nights at Freddy's Sister Location is in a weird position where it does a really good job at doing what Cawthon obviously set out to do. The game isn't a glitchy mess or a convoluted hodgepodge of mechanics. In fact, each night has something a little bit different for players to mess around with, which is what makes it one of the more original games in the entire series.
Usually, players are tasked with doing the same thing each night until they get to Night 5, but in Sister Location there's the power restoration puzzle on one night, the springloader puzzle on another night, the animatronic repair on the next night and the daring revelation on the last night. So each night gives you something a little bit different to chew on.
Based on the general reception of Sister Location, I wouldn't be surprised if Cawthon kept going, making yet another game in the low-budget series.