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Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Core Collection – 5 Things to Know Before Buying

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Few franchises have survived throughout the years quite like Scott Cawthon’s Five Nights at Freddy’s. The survival horror series saw its first title release in 2014 and featured fairly rudimentary gameplay due to Cawthon working on it alone. Nevertheless, with some genuinely interesting lore, unsettling character designs and terrifying jump-scares, Five Nights at Freddy’s would become incredibly popular. That’s to say nothing of the sheer volume of Let’s Play videos, walkthroughs and lore videos dedicated to it. Numerous sequels, spin-offs, books and imitators have been released since then. There’s even a film that’s in the works.

Fast forward to the present and Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Core Collection is now available for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. With Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach releasing early this year for PS4, PS5 and PC (other platforms get it three months later), is it worth jumping into this compilation? Let’s take a look at 5 things you should know beforehand.

Five Games in One

The Core Collection includes Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 to 4 along with Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location. The “core” part refers to this being the main storyline for the franchise – you’ll be introduced to the world of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza and experience the nightmarish going-on of its animatronics. Though how it ties into the previous games is still to be determined, Security Breach seems to be set in the present day so if you want to know how exactly the franchise got to this point, The Core Collection is a good place to start.

Gameplay

Five Nights at Freddy's

Gameplay in Five Nights at Freddy’s boils down like this – you’re trapped in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza at night with killer animatronics walking around. Due to their programming, they’ll attempt to stuff any human – in this case, the player – into a costume, thus killing them. In Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 to 3, you play as a security guard who has the benefit of different cameras that can be used to surveil the animatronics. If they happen to get to you, one way or another, you die. The initial nights start off slow with usually one or two animatronics wandering around but later on, they’ll become more numerous and aggressive.

As the name implies, you need to survive for five nights in total. There’s often a sixth or Custom Night in each game which offers more challenges and additional story details (even being necessary for the true ending in some cases). From the second game onwards, various 8-bit mini-games will crop up to provide more background on what’s going on.

Even among the first three games, there are key differences in the gameplay. Five Nights at Freddy’s relies on power for its doors – once the power runs out, the doors will open and cameras will become unavailable (along with the lights going out, which is literally bad news bears). Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 offers unlimited power but does away with that whole locking doors nonsense. A Freddy Fazbear mask is instead provided to help “trick” certain animatronics to spare you. Naturally, it doesn’t work on everyone so you’ll need to rely on the flashlight as well (which has limited power, by the way).

Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 mixes things up slightly, introducing two different systems for managing cameras, one looking at the different rooms and corridors while the other examines the vents. Three operating systems – one for cameras, another for audio to lure an animatronic away and ventilation – must also be managed and rebooted at different times. Fail to reboot them and you risk passing out or hallucinating, becoming vulnerable to an attack. Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 does away with the security office entirely and is set in a bedroom. However, it still relies on keeping various nightmares away by locking the door or checking the closet and bed.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is more of an exploration title. You’re no longer confined to a single office or location and must move between rooms to complete different objectives. And as usual, you must prevent the animatronics from finding and killing you. A variety of animatronics star in the series but the one constant is Freddy Fazbear, the mascot who serves as the face of Fazbear Entertainment. Don’t worry though – as time goes on, various other horrors from a marionette to smaller animatronics will torment you throughout.

Story

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In terms of gameplay depth and overall length, it’s fairly easy to breeze through all five games within several hours. The main appeal of the franchise is its story and lore. Without going too heavily into spoilers, the series is about a family restaurant chain called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The first game reveals a brutal incident called “The Bite of ’87” that took place in a restaurant during the day – this involved an animatronic clamping down on a patron’s head, crushing it and killing them. Another incident that occurred in the same location saw someone donning an animatronic’s costume and committing five murders – their bodies were subsequently stuffed into the other animatronics. The second and fourth games provide more insight into the events leading up to The Bite of ’87.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 takes 30 years after the first game in a horror attraction called Fazbear’s Fright cobbled together from the various restaurants. How the animatronics came to life and what’s ultimately driving them is revealed. Sister Location is implied to take place either parallel to the third game or slightly before it, focusing on a new location that has many of the old animatronics in play (along with several new ones).

All in all, The Core Collection offers a decently rounded view of the story though there are still numerous unanswered questions (especially with regards to the fourth game). There isn’t much gore but fairly disturbing incidents permeate the series so be warned.

Achievements and Trophies

Five Nights at Freddy's Sister Location

When released in standalone format on consoles, each title had ten Achievements/Trophies to earn on Xbox One and PS4 respectively. These were fairly straightforward, from completing the different nights to dying. The Core Collection is billed as having a “new” Achievement and Trophy system though whether new ones were added or this works differently from the current batch is still unknown.

Optional Cheats

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In Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, completing the sixth night aka Nightmare unlocks the ability to use cheats. These can increase the aggressiveness of animatronics, enable a radar or progress the nights faster. The Core Collection reportedly has cheats that provide “new reasons to revisit Fazbear Entertainment.” This implies that there are cheats for all five games, which is good news for those who want to tone the difficulty down just to experience the story. More details are needed though so don’t go in expecting each and every game to have comprehensive new options available.

Source: https://gamingbolt.com/five-nights-at-freddys-the-core-collection-5-things-to-know-before-buying

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CoinShares Launches a $75 Million Physically-Backed Ethereum (ETH) ETP

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A month after launching a Bitcoin ETP on Switzerland’s SIX Exchange, CoinShares has released a physically-backed exchange-traded product following the performance of the second-largest cryptocurrency – Ethereum. 

  • Describing itself as “Europe’s largest digital asset investment house,” CoinShares is a cryptocurrency-oriented manager with over $4 billion in AUM. The company, headquartered in London, announced the launch of its latest crypto product – a new physically-backed ETP tracking the performance of Ethereum. 
  • Called CoinShares Physical Ethereum, the product is already listed on the regulated SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker ETHE and has a base fee of 1.25%. According to the company, the cost is “lower than the industry standard” of 2%. 
  • The statement explained that each unit of ETHE is backed with 0.03 Ether tokens at launch. Thus, it provides investors with “passive exposure to Ethereum’s native asset with the convenience of an ETP.” 
  • “In the early days of 2021, we have seen a continuation of last year’s demand in digital assets from institutions. We have also seen an increase in investor interest in Ethereum. We are encouraged by our client’s trust in our team to guide them in their journey through the digital asset ecosystem, and for many, Ethereum is an important part of that journey.” – commented Chief Revenue Officer Frank Spiteri. 

  • It’s worth noting that this is the company’s second similar product tracking the performance of a crypto asset launched this year. Somewhat expectedly, the first one, released in mid-January, follows the largest digital asset by market cap – Bitcoin. 
  • CryptoPotato reported upon its launch that it started with AUM of $200 million, and each unit is backed by 0.001 BTC. 
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Chainlink Price Analysis: 27 February

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Disclaimer: The findings of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the writer and should not be taken as investment advice

Bearish sentiment has been the norm over the past few days, with the same being the case at press time for altcoins such as Chainlink. LINK has seen its price hike by around 164 percent since the start of the year. Over the last 7 days, however, with sellers dominating the market, LINK lost close to 28 percent of its value. While there have been some signs of recovery on the price charts, traders cannot discount the possibility of a further dip soon.

At the time of writing, LINK was trading at $25.5 with a market cap of close to $10.5 billion, making it the ninth-largest cryptocurrency according to CoinMarketCap’s list.

Chainlink 1-day Chart

Source: LINK/USD, TradingView

Chainlink’s price surged within an ascending channel formation over the last two months and as expected, the breakout was bearish for the coin. Additionally, Bitcoin also fell over the past week, adding to LINK’s price woes.

At press time, while LINK had strong resistance around the $35.1-price range, it was testing the support at $23.9, just like it has over the past few days. If this support level fails, it is quite likely that LINK will head towards the next support at $19, creating an opportunity for traders to open short positions.

Rationale

The technical indicators for LINK were quite bearish at press time and one can expect a further price drop for the coin in the coming days. At the time, the RSI indicator was quite far away from the overbought zone and was close to the oversold zone, indicating the absence of a buyer-dominated market.

If the RSI drops even further, LINK’s downtrend will continue. The MACD indicator also painted a similar picture after having seen the Signal line go past the MACD line, resulting in a bearish crossover.

Important levels to watch out for 

Resistance: $35.1

Support: $23.9, $19

Entry: $24.7

Take Profit: $19.4

Stop Loss: $34.4

Risk/Reward: 0.56

Conclusion

Chainlink saw its price surge on the charts over the past two months. However, the sentiment has since changed quite significantly and the coin seemed to be firmly in the grip of the bears. The altcoin may see a further price drop in the coming week if the press time support level fails. Such a scenario will result in LINK’s price going below the $20-mark, presenting an opportunity for short positions in the market.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/chainlink-price-analysis-27-february

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Bitcoin Cash, Huobi Token, Zcash Price Analysis: 27 February

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Bitcoin Cash retained the 10th spot on the crypto-rankings, despite being severely impacted by the recent correction in the broader market. Huobi Token flashed bullish signals, but a break above its press time resistance was unlikely. Finally, Zcash was projected to trade within a fixed channel since volatility was low in the market.

Bitcoin Cash [BCH]

Source: BCH/USD, TradingView

Weekly losses on Bitcoin Cash‘s charts amounted to 34% as a correction in the broader market had a negative effect on the crypto-asset. This period also saw $3 billion erode from BCH’s total value as it held on to the number 10th spot in the crypto-rankings by a bare margin, with a market cap of $9.18 billion. At the time of writing, BCH’s price was floating just above its $464-support, while the indicators gave mixed signals on BCH’s future trajectory.

The RSI pointed lower from under the 40-mark and reflected the weakness in price. On the other hand, the MACD moved above the Signal line while the histogram registered rising bullish momentum. With the crypto-market awaiting strong cues, we can expect BCH to remain above its press time support level. If the aforementioned level fails, the next line of defense would be at $421.5.

Huobi Token [HT]

Source: HT/USD, TradingView

The ADX indicator showed that Huobi Token’s uptrend was weakening after the price snapped an all-time high exactly a week ago. In fact, the losses amounted to over 30% following the broader sell-off in the crypto-market. At the time of writing, the altcoin’s price had bounced back from the $15.4-support after the bulls stepped in.

The MACD closed in on a bullish crossover, while the red bars on the histogram moved towards the half-line on the histogram. Either way, its gains would be capped at the immediate resistance and a hike to record levels seemed unlikely over the coming trading sessions.

Zcash [ZEC]

Source: ZEC/USD, TradingView

The Bollinger Bands on Zcash’s hourly charts were compressed as volatility remained low after the price bounced back from its $114.7-support. Weak trading volumes and buying pressure worked against a bullish outcome even though the price looked to breach the $124.75-resistance.

The Awesome Oscillator switched to red from green as momentum moved back and forth over the last few sessions. Moving forward, expect Zcash to remain within its current channel as it awaits stronger signals from the broader market for a definitive move on the charts.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-cash-huobi-token-zcash-price-analysis-27-february

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