Monday, July 8, 2013
The Steamworks: The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC Review
So today I was hanging in enjoying my day off work and figured, "Shit, why not buy the new Walking Dead DLC? It's only $5." And so, I went to the Steam shop, bought the DLC, installed it, and began to play. I would like to say, before the official review begins, that I will be doing a no spoiler review for those who have not played it, and for those who haven't gotten to finish through the main story yet, I wanted to add there are absolutely no spoilers in the actual DLC that might ruin the game for you. While there are many landmarks and references to the main story (AKA Season One), it's a completely separate story that really has nothing to do with Clementine and Lee.
I have to say, one of the greatest things about this DLC is just getting attached to these completely new characters. Those of you who have read my mini-review of The Walking Dead Review know that I wasn't a huge fan of the game, but thought it was generally good. However, I believe Telltale Games has made the perfect move with the DLC. What I mean is, I love how we got more of the universe instead of more lead-up to Season Two. When it comes to any form of media, spin-off, DLC, or otherwise, there's one pet peeve I have that Telltale has bypassed with perfection; if someone picked up this game (meaning The Walking Dead Season One), he/she should be able to play through the game and understand it completely without having to pick up any bonus material (save the upcoming sequel, but sequels don't count in my opinion because it's a continuation of the main plot or the main characters of a story. To be clear here, I'm talking true sequels, like Half Life which then proceeds to Half Life 2, not like Left 4 Dead and then Left 4 Dead 2. While there's some continuity of characters and stories in the L4D universe, it doesn't quite carry over in the games). He/she shouldn't need 400 Days to understand what's going to happen in the sequel or to fully understand the plot of Season One.
All in all, 400 Days was a perfect DLC. I enjoyed playing it, it had a great story(ies), and it was so worth the $4.99.
TL;DR: 400 Days is great because, aside from the great story(ies) told, Telltale Games stays away from the main plot.
Peter, The Steamworks