The Walking Dead – 400 Days

11 Jul

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Telltale’s The Walking Dead game series was my highlight of 2012. Ok, I admit it, I’m a massive fan of The Walking Dead in general, but still – what Telltale did for The Walking Dead franchise was nothing short of inspirational. They created characters that resonated with gamers and a story that shocked, frustrated and moved its audience. The two main characters, Lee and Clementine, quickly became fan favourites – thanks to the fantastic writing and the incredible delivery by voice actors Dave Fennoy and Melissa Hutchison. So, after Telltale left the first season on such a gigantic cliff hanger, gamers have been hoping that some of their questions, worries and fears, might be answered with this short mid-season episode. Sadly, this is not the case.

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Instead of continuing where the last story left off, Telltale has instead decided to introduce five new main characters with five different back stories. Technically, 400 Days is more like five sub-episodes than it is a normal episode that we’d usually expect – you will be playing as all five different characters as we see their struggle for survival at different periods of the infection. Each story seems to be a turning point in the characters new lives in the apocalypse, and how you tackle the situation will dictate their choices at the end of the episode. It’s difficult to explain how important each episode is without giving away the entire plot and ruining the experience for you. But, suffice to say, expect the characteristic gut wrenching moments, the usual suspense filled silences and the occasional zombie to kill.

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It probably wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume that 400 Days is acting as a buffer between season one and two. It appears, (though it hasn’t been confirmed), that Telltale is introducing us to some of the characters that will feature in the upcoming second season. Sadly, this episode doesn’t fill any gaps, if anything it poses more questions. Sure, some of the characters are linked to the first season – expect to be reintroduced to some conniving cancer survivors, for instance. But, in the most part, these are completely new characters with completely new stories. Even though these mini-episodes are short, it’s pretty easy to like these new characters as each has their own flair and interesting qualities to bring to the story. If 400 Days is anything to go by, then season two is shaping up to be a real corker – but, then, what else did we expect?

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By Alecs Pillik

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