I will punch your eyes.
After winning an absolute ton of awards for Season One of their The Walking Dead game, Telltale are back to bridge the gap between seasons with a new episode. 400 Days is an all new mission that looks to build on the success of the first season while whetting your appetite for the upcoming second season. Can a standalone episode live up to the high standard that the original has set? Let’s get back to the great state of Georgia and find out.
Note: This review will be presented to you Spoiler Free, in case that was something you were worried about. It will also focus more on the content of this particular episode, rather than the game as a whole.
If you aren’t familiar with Telltale’s The Walking Dead, let me catch you up. Based on the original source material, The Walking Dead books, rather than the current TV show, this game follows a completely new cast of characters from those you may be used to if you’re a fan of either. The Walking Dead plays out a little like a classic point and click adventure game, but it trades elaborate puzzles for action elements. You won’t be walking around blasting zombie brains out, but you will be called upon to move, think, and aim quickly from time to time. If you want to get a true feel for how we felt about the game systems as a whole, please read our Episode One Review first.
400 Days is a brand new tale featuring all new characters from those of season one of the game, so if you haven’t played the original, don’t worry, you can start with this episode. In fact, when you do start 400 Days, things will get even more episodic as the story will be broken into five parts, each following a different character but centered around a common location. You can choose the order in which you play each mini-episode, and the order you choose doesn’t change anything about the game.
For fans of Season one of The Walking Dead, 400 Days will still provide you with plenty of suspense, tough decisions, and thoroughly engrossing dialogue trees. Just when you think you can relax, this story will throw you into a tense situation that may call for fast hands or fast talking. Telltale have expanded the game’s repertoire of action sequences, so fans of the original wont feel like things are getting stale.
What 400 Days doesn’t manage to do is connect you with the characters in the same way the episodes of the first season were able to do. Clocking in at just under two hours total, for all five stories, this episode just doesn’t give any of the characters enough time to get inside your head. A number of the characters seem like they are going to be interesting, but the nature of the 400 Days format doesn’t give you the chance to find out. Telltale took a risk when fragmenting such a short story and, while it all comes together nicely in the end, you won’t feel quite the same after this episode as you did after the episodes of season one.
There are no multiplayer modes in The Walking Dead or in the 400 Days episode.
While it may not be the best episode in the series, 400 Days is still a worthy part of the original Telltale masterpiece that so many people fell in love with. You will still get the same great mix of adventure and action gameplay, as well as the same character driven narrative that you did in season one. Whether you’re new to The Walking Dead or just trying to tide yourself over until the second season, you should really go grab 400 Days.