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  • Summary: Join five new characters as they struggle to survive in The Walking Dead: 400 Days
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jul 5, 2013
    90
    The extent of your enjoyment will largely hinge on whether you view 400 Days as an odd footnote to an incredible first season, or as the prologue to an even higher-stakes follow up this Fall.
  2. This two-hour episode introduces players to a quintet of new characters, individual survivors who through random chance spend at least a little time in or around a lonely countryside gas station and diner during the first 400 days of the outbreak.
  3. Jul 5, 2013
    83
    A fantastic return of The Walking Dead, letting Telltale experiment with form without losing any of the magic.
  4. Jul 3, 2013
    80
    Even though you'll never spend more than 30 minutes with any of the characters, you'll still find that you're invested in their well-being.
  5. Jul 5, 2013
    77
    400 Days shows the same strengths as the whole first season: The decision are painful! The merciless fight for survival still is depicted brutally honest. Nonetheless this interlude lacks challenge and freedom of action.
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    By telling five different shorter stories Talltale manages to accelerate the pace of the The Walking Dead series. It has its complications but mostly feels fresh and exciting. 400 Days may not be as well written or as emotionally resonant as the episodes in season one but as an appetizer for the upcoming second season it works very well.
  7. Jul 8, 2013
    65
    The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a good expansion, but definitely not good enough. This DLC is very short and does not use the full potential of new characters (there isn't enough time to care for any of them). What's more, every piece of the game allows to play with the gameplay mechanic in different ways. The most important thing are the dialogues and attempts to introduce character in a very short time span. All in all (despite its flaws) 400 Days is a must buy for fans of the series that want to continue the story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 53
  2. Negative: 5 out of 53
  1. Jul 3, 2013
    10
    An interesting bit of DLC. some of the choices you can make don't necessarily feel like choices at the time. the characters are all nicely fleshed out, and yet again the quality of voice acting and setting are top notch. I'm definitely eager to play Season 2. Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2013
    9
    I was pleasantly surprised with this DLC. It lives up to the original game, which is hard to do with a brand new cast of characters. At the beginning, there are five stories that you can play through in any order, and each of them are very well made. The only non-story-related thing this DLC adds that wasn't in the original game is the inclusion of missable achievements. In my opinion, this does not add to the game, since the game should be about making your own choices without worrying about whether your choice will make you miss an achievement. But I did not let that detract from my overall score. All things said, this is excellent DLC! I highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    9
    400 Days is a nice little add-on to gear us up for Telltale’s season 2 of The Walking Dead and I’m hoping that the outcomes of this expansion do reflect how we start the next game… Overall though, Telltale has kept the quality super high… In fact I found the characters presented even more interesting than anyone from the original game… So, even though total gameplay is around an hour and a half at the most (which is 10-15 minutes per character story) it’s a simple reminder of how fantastic this game was at telling a story, putting you in control of a situation and making you think how you want to do things! It’s a great deal of fun, I can’t recommend this DLC enough and I’m frankly stoked for future instalments of ‘The Walking Dead’ from Telltale! Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2013
    8
    Telltale proves once again that they are the kings of video-game story telling with a more action oriented DLC. Whilst the walking dead 400 days does not reach the levels of emotion in the walking dead season 1, the 5 chapters each present an interesting aspect of the walking dead universe. The main issue with this DLC is that it follows such a different path from season 1.

    Whilst the base game focused the story on Lee and Clementine, and only allowed you to play as Lee for the 10 to 12 hour experience, this DLC divides each protagonist's story into 20 to 30 minute segments, each one revolving in their struggle for survival in different moments of the first 400 days of the zombie apocalypse around a pitstop that is the central location of the DLC. Infact, certain choices you make in each chapter may influence the other chapters that take place days or even months later.

    Telltale succeeds on the game defining choices, and seeing as each chapter contains at least one important choice that impacts the epilogue, we can expect the charachters we defined in this DLC to be appearing in the walking dead season 2, in some shape or form.

    My main issue with this DLC is that with the exception of one or two survivors, you don't get to relate to them in a way we related to Lee. Still, each story focuses on a particular theme. For example, Russel's story is centred around trust, Shel's around family and Bonnie's around romantic betrayal. However, many of the ingame decisions don't leave you feeling as though you did good at the end of the DLC, and rather, leave us in constant doubt, something that Season 1 handled with better care, seeing as the DLC chapters end so quickly that we are left without explanations or knowledge of what happens next.

    The art style is as unique as the walking dead season 1, and certain enviromental additions improve the graphics slightly. However, a huge issue is that the game still presents sudden cutscenes, and occasionally choppy animations. We must hope TTG will improve this for the walking dead season 2.

    To sum everything up, The walking dead 400 days DLC is great. Whilst it won't live up to all the feelings season 1 provided, it's a good way to give us a taste of what's to come in the next chapter of the walking dead.
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  5. Mar 14, 2014
    7
    I usually love The Walking Dead, but however the charm of the characters we all knew and loved have gone, as they're replaced by other new characters. However, what keeps this as a 7 is Russel's story, and the prison guy's story. The rest aren't worth writing home (or to metacritic) about. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    7
    It's 5 vignettes, all vaguely tied together, and should only take you about 2.5 hrs to finish.
    Certain stories stuck with me more than others
    (Shel and Bonnie's) just do to there being a bit more characterization in those.
    There are some nice touches linking the episodes together if you're looking for them (though nothing really linking this and season 1 except for a shot of the pharmacy..).
    If you liked the the first season, you'll probably enjoy this one, though personally I would've liked a bit more resolution to each vignette.
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  7. Mar 18, 2014
    0
    Bought this when it was released but have not had a chance to try it until recently. Now the game just hangs up at a black screen whenever I try to start an episode and it seems this is a common problem that has popped up since 400 days. I played the game with absolutely zero problems before installing 400 days, and now I can't even refresh on the base story so I can play the new season because 400 days broke the game. Expand

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