Friday, July 5, 2013

The Walking Dead 400 Days Review

The Walking Dead 400 Days Review

If you haven't played Telltale's original walking dead five part mini series there's basically no reason for you to read any more of this review. 

Not only because you wouldn't be able to play this game because it's DLC, but to appreciate the game's story telling you really have to go through the original, and really get that emotional push.
400 Days, follows the storyline of, technically six characters, but tells the backstory of five of them. 
The personalities of the characters are very diverse, and really make you believe that you're dealing with real people, with real problems. 
The backstory's span as early as the second day and go out as late as almost the 300th day after the walking dead outbreak.
Cleverly little parts of all five of the back stories seem to intertwine with one another, like when a flashlight goes missing, in a different part of the game you find out why, There are a few other settle little details like this, that I don't want to give away.
The different characters personalities also do a good job of making you want to play them in different ways. Whether it's a mother trying to do the right thing in front of her daughter, or a pot smoking hippy, or a ruthless murder, decisions you make feel natural depending on who you're playing as.
Telltale makes games where the player makes decisions that choose the way the store is driven. More than a few times in this game I was force to make a tough call and as soon as the call was made, instantly regretted it. 
The five starting stories were all very interesting, some a little more than others. Most of them give themselves a decent place to expand, but one of them seem to stop abruptly.
One of the only real downsides to this game is that it short. While it's only five dollars, for that five dollars you only get about an hours worth of gameplay. The game sets itself up to have another episode. By the end of the game you find out that all the characters seem to be working together but as the player you don't know why they're all working together, they just are. I know that sounds like a spoiler but really it's not that big a deal, not a single one of the five stories is ever completed, which is why there's probably going to be a sequel to this game.

I can't wait for the next game which is why I'm giving 
The Walking Dead 400 Days a 9 out of 10.

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