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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Telltale Games
Developed By: Telltale Games
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Players: 1
Rated: M for Mature (Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Strong Language)
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Screenshots: Link
Price: $4.99
Written By: Matthew Prunty

August 1, 2013 Ė The first season of The Walking Dead shook the world in a way not seen since the glory days of the PlayStation and the original Resident Evil. In todayís world, videogames are more accepted and this episodic adventure was a refreshing take on the horror genre that captivated the world once. The Walking Dead: The Game Season 1 left a lot of unanswered questions and millions of gamers wondering whatís in store with the next chapter. To help fill a gap, developer Telltale Games released The Walking Dead: 400 Days which is a DLC pack that bridges the gap between Season 1 and Season 2.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days will set you back $4.99 and requires the first season of The Walking Dead: The Game in order to play. While built as a bridge between Season 1 and Season 2, 400 Days presents you with 5 new characters and their story during the first 400 days of the zombie apocalypse. Paying close attention to the stories will result in you spotting a couple of familiar faces. You will not find out what happens at the end of this DLC pack, so if thatís what youíre looking for, wait until this Fall for Season 2.

In Season 1, you had time to learn about the charters, understand their motivations and learn to care about them; especially Lee and Clementine. With 400 Days, you are thrust into the conflict and lives of five individuals simply trying to survive. One scenario will have you looking out for your little sister, but at the same time doing whatís best for the group. Another situation will have you deciding to help your friend figure out what you hit with the car, or go it alone and be a lookout. Each situation these individuals are in is unique, and grab you attention quickly. The only downside to the storytelling in this DLC pack is that itís simply too short; at 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The power of choice returns and is the heart of the game. Everything you do, say or experience is based around the power of choice. Your first choice will be which story you will start first. There is no exact order you have to play them in, but keep in mind that each one will last roughly 20-25 minutes; depending on how you approach the story. Each one is short and straight to the point, but supplies enough substance in order to set everything up for Season 2. And a common thread throughout the five stories you will pick up on is that each story interconnects with the other, leading you to believe that a greater epic journey awaits the individuals.

Whatís interesting about 400 Days is the fact that some of the issues that plagued Season 1 are still present within the DLC. First and foremost, lip syncing is still present, though itís not a hindrance in any way. Another issue that showed during my endeavor is cutscenes ending abruptly and switching back to the action. When I played through the DLC a couple more times, I notice none of these issues were present, so maybe it was a fluke.

400 Days maintains the same art design and presentation that was in Season 1. Character models are detailed and crisp. Character motions are fluid and often life-like at times. I would go out on a limb and say the visuals look a bit more polished than in Season 1, but that could simply be my love of the series. Sound design is top notch with characters being able to convey emotion through audible and non-audible dialog.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a great tease for those looking forward to Season 2. I would have liked for each story to be fleshed out more, but thatís what the next chapter is designed for. All I know is that I can wait to see what roles the characters from Season 1; especially Clementine will play in Season 2. If you havenít picked up 400 Days, let alone Season1 of The Walking Dead: The Game, you need to do so now!!!


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