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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: 41 out of 55
  2. Negative: 5 out of 55
  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. Collapse
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    9
    Didn't reach the emotional stakes of the actual game but the DLC does well in telling 5 stories very quickly. 400 Days tells these stories very well too, much better than your usual AAA titles, just like the actual game. TellTale have experimented here and I believe it has worked and it is great to see that there are a few new gameplay mechanics and that can only bode well for the future of this game. Not perfect though, as I did think it was a little short but overall a 9/10 was fair for what you are paying here. Expand
  3. May 13, 2014
    9
    A short and quick DLC that can somehow make you commit hideous choices and great characters even in an hour and a half of gameplay. It's only necessary to see how these choices tie with Season 2. 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. May 11, 2014
    7
    400 days is an attempt from Telltale to expand The Walking Dead universe. There are 5 brief stories in which we meet 5 key characters who might be influential in the second season of the base game. The game takes place in the first 400 days of the epidemic. Why exactly 400? No idea. Each character’s story part takes place in a different interval and they are briefly interconnected. Not that much that would influence your decisions, but if you are good observer you can spot minor things here and there.

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    The problem with the characters and their companions are that they only have a very limited time to show their uniqueness. Each chapter will take only 15 to 25 minutes to complete with a 10 minute epilogue. 400 days’ characters have lost what was the most important in season one. You bonded with the main heroes. Clementine and Lee were important to you and what happened to them and the other had impact. Not here though. The brief cameos aren’t enough to bond with the characters and sometimes you wonder if you should care who lives or dies. In fact, every chapter basically boils down to 1 major choice and sometimes everything what happened and what choices you have made don’t matter at all. Beside this, the stories, limited as they are, have been well written and interesting. It’s nice to see other how other people cope with the situation and what they are capable to do to survive.

    The graphics are the same as was in season one. Back are the graphic glitches: sometimes when the screen changes the game freezes for a brief moment and frame drop issues are present sometimes. The audio quality is high, but not as high as was in Clementine’s story. It shows that there was fairly less effort put in this DLC compared to the base game.

    400 days is an interesting but not compelling expansion to The Walking Dead universe. It has its high points when you meet various people and their point of views, but it falls short on content and length. Of course you can replay the chapters for different ending, but your choices here aren’t as powerful as was in season one.

    Time to beat: 1 hour
    Replay Value: 1/5
    In one word: Experimental
    On P’n’C scale: One Timer
    Must give points: 70

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  6. Jul 5, 2013
    7
    Unlike the original game, this small DLC only ads 5 more stories, each one that should last more or less 30 minutes, in which the choices you will make will influence the ending of the (DLC) story: even though it's definitely short, but has an ok price for it, I can only say that it's still pretty good and well done: the few characters in are very interesting (although too bad it ends too quickly) and the choices in it are still hard to make and not always clear. In other words, this game still takes the atmosphere of the game greatly and it's still a nice addition to enjoy. The only big flaws, like I said, are the very short time required to finish it (finished in about 2 hours), and the fact that the characters while being interesting we don't get enough time to understand their backstories, which is a huge waste of potential. All in all, if you loved the game, for a pretty good price this DLC is still good to try, just don't expect the same quality as the 5 episodes of the main game. Expand
  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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