The DLC offers 5 short stories from different points of view in the same universe as the main game. There isn’t much in it, but it’s good enough if you want to have more of the game.
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Skybound Games
Release date: 4 Jul, 2013
The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a DLC of The Walking Dead that tells the story of the zombie apocalypse from 5 different points of view. There is no appearance of the main characters in the original game although there are some mentions of them.
The DLC uses the same style as the original game: characters are in 3D with black strokes on their clothing like how it is in 2D drawings. The DLC doesn’t focus much on the backgrounds since it either happens in the dark or inside a building, but they are also made in great detail just like the original game’s.
The DLC starts as 5 short stories, each with different protagonists that you can choose. All stories happen at different times and you might be able to see some references from each story, mainly in the form of locations and zombies that you encountered. However, since the stories are very short, the game tends to cut the prologue a lot and you mostly have to figure out what happened to the protagonist based on the conversations. It was hard to understand what happened to most of them although luckily, it wasn’t the focus of the story.
If you’re looking for thrills and surprise, the DLC has some for you. Some stories are packed with tension while others will leave you with a tough decision of the harsh world. It’s nice to see the difference and how everyone has a different point of view based on their background. However, they feel very short sometimes, especially since everything can be completed in less than 2 hours.
The DLC allows you to act based on your choice like in the original game. The best part is, it will give you more freedom in your actions. Everything that you chose will happen most of the time; you’re not forced to experience the story with the same scenario, although there are some exceptions. The DLC also ties the story up cleverly by using your previous choices as a reference to decide which ending you will get.
Surprisingly, there are more varied action scenes in the DLC compared to the original game. Every action scenes are different and although there aren’t many of them in the first place, they don’t feel boring at all – well, except for one. One of them relies on your luck and lasts unnecessarily longer than usual. The short playtime also doesn’t help since it just feels like the DLC tries to drag its length by making the scene lasts longer.
Length and Replayability
I finished all DLC contents in 1.4h. Unlike the original game, the DLC has different outcome based on your actions, giving you another reason to replay the DLC.
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To be honest, I didn’t expect that the DLC will feature different characters. I didn’t know who these guys are and it felt pointless to play their story since they only last for a few hours. However, it turns out that the story wasn’t so bad and the suspense will keep you entertained throughout the game. I would recommend you to play this DLC, but only if you want to explore more of The Walking Dead universe and only if you buy the game on a sale – the original price is too much for a 1-2 hour game.