The Walking Dead: 400 Days Expansion – Is It Worth It?

The Walking Dead has blown up in numerous ways. First, you had the comic books, then you had the television show and finally a video game inspired by the popular comics and shows has hit the market. This comes as no surprise seeing as how The Walking Dead has become the most popular show that AMC has in its lineup.

When you think about The Walking Dead video game, you think about the two main characters; Lee and Clementine. Lee is an ex-convict, while the innocent Clementine is in search of her parents. This intrigued players, as they wondered how these two characters would work together in a world that has now become overrun with zombies. As the players bonded with these two characters in the game, it made The Walking Dead video game that much more special.

So, what do you do after you’ve beat the game, but you’re craving more human brai—- I mean zombies?  Well, you purchase the ‘400 Days’ expansion pack, of course! This is a completely different approach versus the original story, as it follows five survivors over the course of the first 400 days of the zombie apocalypse. Chances are you’re not going to forge a bond with these five survivors as you did with Lee and Clementine, but that’s not to say that the game isn’t anything short of excellent.

This expansion pack starts you off near a truck stop. A character that has yet to be identified ponders over notes that have been left on a board. On the board, you see pictures of the five characters in the expansion pack. There’s Vince, Shel, Wyatt, Russell and Bonnie. Each of these characters’ stories will take place at different times during the zombie apocalypse. For an example, Vince’s story will take place on the second day of the zombie outbreak. However, Shel’s story picks up on the 236th day of the outbreak.

For those of you that played the first episode of The Walking Dead, you’ll be happy to know that it follows the same style of gameplay. For thos4e of you that are new to the games, it’s basically an interactive story-based adventure game. You will be presented with a slew of different challenges and you will have to make tough decisions to progress the storyline. You will have a ton of different options to choose from and each decision you make will have an impact on how the story of the game is going to unfold.

Just like the original game, the ‘400 Days’ expansion has an excellent story. It’s true that you won’t spend a lot of time with each survivor, but their mini-stories are written so well that you won’t mind. For instance, the character, Shel, is barricaded in an abandoned diner that she has turned into somewhat of a safe house. The character Vince is on a prison bus, as he was a felon convicted of murder. In other words, there’s a lot of variety in the story. Each character is going to have their own back story, but they’re all going to face practically the same trials and tribulations.

There’s also going to be a slew of different scenarios that are going to keep gamers on their feet. ‘The Walking Dead: 400 Days’ isn’t just one of those games that’s going to bore you to death with an excellent story, but no action. Instead, you’ll encounter a slew of scenarios in which you’ll have to combine precise button pushing with intricate joystick maneuvering. Okay, so maybe it’s not that intense, but it’s pretty intense!

TellTale games have certainly made a name for themselves and they’re putting their skills on display. ‘The Walking Dead: 400 Days’ is well worth the $5 price tag.

Steven Estep

Steven Estep

Steven Estep


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