It’s been a year since Five Nights At Freddy’s went from a small Steam Greenlight game to last year’s most popular gameplay trend on YouTube.
The horror game, in which a player faces off against Freddy Fazbear and his entourage of animatronic Chuck E Cheese-esque characters, quickly grew to become the must-play game in the YouTube sphere, following games such as Slenderman, Goat Simulator and Garry’s Mod. Like Slenderman in particular, Five Nights At Freddy’s arguably got its success through YouTube alone, separating it from most other games that rely on advertising and sponsorships to get popular.
A movie based on the series has been announced, and the fourth installment in the series, Five Nights At Freddy’s 4, was released last week. To celebrate the early release of the final installment and five new nights to survive, here’s five of the most creative, popular and loved FNAF-videos we have seen the past year.
5. Markiplier –Five Nights At Freddy’s Animated
Of course Markiplier, the self-proclaimed king of Five Nights At Freddy’s, had to make the list! It can be argued that it was, after all, him who started the trend, with his first FNAF video getting over 35 million views alone. So far he’s made over 20 FNAF-related videos, including animated shorts and compilations. He’s also been quick in playing through FNAF 4, with six videos currently uploaded. This animated short was made with the help from animator Lixian, based on old videos, and remains as one of the most popular FNAF-videos of all time, with over 4 million views.
4. The Living Tombstone – Five Nights At Freddy’s 1 Song
Who knew FNAF could be turned into a song? Producer, composer, writer and singer Yoav Landau put together the song a short while after the game’s release and became an instant hit. Closing in on a whopping 50 million views, it’s safe to say that choosing FNAF as inspiration for a song was a good choice. The YouTube channel also features other FNAF and video game-inspired songs, as well as vlogs from the creator.
3. VanossGaming – Gmod: Five Nights At Freddy’s (Garry’s Mod Sandbox Funny Moments)
The immensely popular VanossGaming decided to give us one of the most interesting FNAF-videos last year, through his unique storytelling approach and choice to play FNAF though Garry’s Mod. Though not directly connected to the original game, the video still got over 24 million views and is Vanoss’ second most popular video of all time.
2. Pewdiepie – Top 5 Hidden Secrets! – Five Nights At Freddy’s (PARODY)
Felix Kjellberg, aka Pewdiepie, needs no introduction. Unlike his usual videos however, that involve a lot of high-pitched screaming, funny faces and the occasional Swedish curse word, this video parodies the wave of “Top Facts/Secrets”- videos that have frequently been uploaded in regards to FNAF’s plot. Pewdiepie has also played through the games in a regular manner, but never seemed as excited about the game as other gamers have been – possibly the reason for him to make fun of it instead. A clever and underrated parody from YouTube’s most popular star.
1. REACT – Five Nights At Freddy’s – React Remix
The Fine Bros.’ react-series has grown to become one of the most popular series on YouTube, so it was no surprise that they had both their teens and elders react to the game. Both the first and second game was played by their adults, and their teens had to sit through all three games. Benny and Rafi Fine decided to have some fun with their reaction afterwards and made a remix of all the reactions.