If you had told me during January of 2012 that Telltale’s The Walking Dead was going to be the best game of 2012 I would have laughed in your face. The developer of Law and Order and CSI games would make an emotionally driven masterpiece? Get out of town. They proved everyone wrong though, and crafted arguably the most emotionally driven game in this generation. After winning countless awards, fans like me are salivating for Season 2, and Telltale has given their fans an all new DLC collection called 400 Days, and it’s exactly the type of stories I wanted to hear.
400 Days is a collection of five survivors stories set during the first 400 days of the outbreak. Our five protagonists each tell different stories about the apocalypse. You make the choices as to who they partner up with, if they flee from certain groups or if they abandon friends. These choices also will carry over into Season 2, and I’m fascinated to see how it will work. Many of the options you have can radically change the outcome as well, so it will be interesting to see if Telltale can deliver on this promise.
I have loved smaller stories inside of established universes since I played Mass Effect 2, and read Halo: Evolutions. They told great stories in universes I loved, and 400 Days carries on in that tradition. Each story is emotionally gripping, but Shel’s story excels in every aspect. I obviously won’t spoil it for you guys, but it is the longest and best of the tales. Overall completing each story took about 15-20 minutes, and took roughly an hour and a half to finish. I’ve paid far more for less time and quality in a DLC.
Gameplay wise, it’s the same point and click style that worked very well in Season 1. It’s nothing revolutionary, but if you enjoyed the gameplay in Season 1 you’ll like it here. The characters are all voiced admirably, but I found the voice actor playing Nate to be especially well done. Sound effects are pitched perfect, though they are recycled from the first season. The score rarely appears in the DLC, which is a shame as I loved it in the main story.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, if you liked Season 1 of The Walking Dead, you’ll enjoy 400 Days. The shorter stories will also appeal to those like a few different perspectives on the world of The Walking Dead. Its 4.99, and it give you quite a bit of content at such a low price point. It’s not a perfect DLC, but it will certainly keep me salivating while waiting for Season 2.
Should you buy this DLC? Yes, if you are a fan of Season 1, you will like this DLC.
Full Disclosure: I purchased this game on Greenmangaming.com with a coupon code for 10% off. I completed all of the stories in one sitting, and it took me about 1 hour and 30 minutes.