The Walking Dead: 400 Days Review

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Another great, emotional piece from Telltale Games.

Telltale Games swiped our feet off the ground last year with the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead: The Game Season 1.  The game is so wonderfully written, we are asking for more right away, and can’t wait for Season 2.  While 400 Days might not be the second season we’re waiting for, it does help us ease the pain while waiting for the release.

400 Days serves as the bridge between the two seasons, and it takes place during the first 400 days after the initial outbreak.  We’re introduced to 5 new characters: Vince, Russell, Wyatt, Bonnie and Shel.  While their individual stories take place during different time period over the 400 days, it doesn’t really effect the overall story which characters you choose to play first.  The game is the choice based system that we’re familiar with, but without the familiar characters.  However, it doesn’t stop us from caring about them at all.  Telltale has done it again with strong and relatable  characters.  All five stories together, it only takes me about an hour and half to finish them, but we fall in love with the characters right away.  It’s amazing how Telltale does this, and I already want to see them around next season.

Since it’s the same choice based game we known and loved, your choices are very important once again.  In fact, the choices might be the most important ones, as the characters’ appearances in the next season are depending on your choices.  As you can guess already, these new 5 characters are our main ones for season 2 of the game.  However, not all of them are going to make appearances in the next game, and it’s all depending on your choices.  For me, only 3 out of 5 are going to make appearances in the next game, and my girlfriend manages to get 4 characters.  Seriously, these are some of the mos important decisions you have to make for this game, and be careful as you make them.

Once again, Telltale has some technical difficulties in this game.  The game lags from time to time, and the voice acting can be out of sync sometime.  While it’s quite annoying to play the game under such conditions, it’s doesn’t really affect the overall enjoyment of the gameplay.  Hopefully Telltale can fix this issue before season 2 comes out, or it can be quite a disappointment.

Overall, the game is a great DLC to bridge between season 1 and 2.  While the ending and choices might be a little problematic, I still think it’s a game ever Telltale Walking Dead fans should try.

8.8/10