Review: The Walking Dead: 400 Days (DLC)

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Title: The Walking Dead: 400 Days
Format: PlayStation Network Download (500 MB)
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Original MSRP: $4.99
ESRB Rating: M
The Walking Dead: 400 Days is also available on Xbox 360, PC and Mac.
The PlayStation Network version was used for this review.

** The Walking Dead – Episode 1: A New Day is required for this DLC to work.

Reviews of the Original Episodes In The Series:
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this DLC is available on Episode 328 of the podcast.
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** This will be a completely spoiler-free review. All screen shots have been carefully selected so as not to give anything away. **

Gameplay:
All the gameplay elements of the original series are here with one major twist, instead of one character, you’ve got five, each with their own story. The game starts with you looking at a message board in a parking lot and focusing on the five pictures near the middle. You choose the pictures in any order you want but the stories intertwine a bit and you’ll notice subtle differences in how things play out depending on the order you choose to play.

The DLC is meant to be a bridge between the first and upcoming second series. To that end, you’ll be playing as, and getting a bit of backstory on the five main characters and the people they’re with. The game will also take into account all the choices you made in the first series with minor differences in the stories depending on what you did previously.

You’ll jump in and out of stories that take place over a few hours or days within the “400 Days” between the first and second series, hence the name. Some of the stories are much shorter than others but they all add up to an hour and a half to two hours of gameplay depending on how thorough you are.

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It’s an interesting twist to the gameplay and it really keeps you on your toes. When you start each of the stories, you’ll need to quickly assess the situation, figuring out who you are and how you should react to the people around you. Rather than having the luxury of one character that you can build with your choices over the long haul everything seems even more critical here.

Visuals:
Not much has changed in the graphics department between this and previous installments of The Walking Dead series, and that’s a good thing. We still get the cel-shaded, hand drawn look to the characters and settings with perhaps a little more detail this time around.

What is different is the huge drop in the number of glitches this time around. In previous installments, they’d pop up several times during the course of a game while this time around I had just one that I can remember and it was very minor. So it appears that Telltale Games has done some work with their engine and it’s for the better.

Audio:
Again, like previous installments of The Walking Dead not much has changed here. The ambient sounds, the Walkers, the music, it all combines to pull you right in and make you feel deeply immersed in the story. Of course there’s a whole new voice cast and each of them delivers their lines just as well as the previous cast. Everything here is really solid.

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Online/Multiplayer:
The only online component, like the previous episodes in the Walking Dead series, consists of major choices you make being recorded by the game and then compared against everyone else who has played while connected to the PSN.

Conclusion:
While it’s short, it is DLC and it’s priced right for the amount of content you get. Telltale Games has done a great job in reminding us how good the first series was and started to build the anticipation for series two.

While you probably won’t need to play this before playing series two, given that it’s DLC and all, I’d highly recommend it since it’ll give you insight to some of the characters that may show up in the upcoming series.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro screen capture feature.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 25 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation – minus the Switch.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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  • I really enjoyed it. And for $5 bucks it was pretty good deal.

  • ChazzH69

    Cheers Josh, another thing I want/need to play now!

    I think some of the glitches in the episodes were due to a strict deadline which may have been too much for the team to cope with.

  • JonButler89

    I really liked this episode. Some people said it wasn’t that good. I thought it was.

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