Saturday, July 6, 2013

Them Feels Yo, Them Feels

Game Mechanics - 2/2
Story-line - 2/2
Graphics - 2/2
Soundtrack - 2/2
Replay Value - 2/2
 Total Score - 10/10

Welcome gamers one and all to another video game review here with your friendly neighborhood gamer Zalgo_Cometh. Today we have a true masterpiece; Telltale Games has finally released unto us the long awaited DLC for the highly praised "The Walking Dead" series. The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC—which bridges the gap between Season One and Season Two—launches on PSN, PC, XBLA, and iOS. The DLC will initially be available on PSN tomorrow, then hit PC July 3, XBLA July 5, and iOS devices July 11. So for those of you contemplating it let me alleviate your worries; YOU NEED TO GET THIS DLC!!! We have been playing and reviewing this series from start to finish and it is one of the few games we went the extra mile to record a complete play-through for. So you know it definitely top tier gaming goodness. Check it out...

The Walking Dead: 400 Days is an additional episode released in July 2013 as downloadable content for the first game to bridge the gap between this season and the game's sequel. It focuses on five new characters during the first 400 days of the zombie outbreak. The story is presented in a similar narrative style as the movie Pulp Fiction, with a final sequence summarizing the results of the game and the interaction of the five stories. The five characters introduced, and their stories in rough chronological order, include:

Vince (played by Anthony Lam), who before the outbreak committed a murder to help his brother but was sentenced to prison for the crime.

Wyatt (Jace Smykel) who is fleeing in a car along with his friend Eddie (Brandon Bales).

Russell (Vegas Trip), a young African-American man trying to see if his grandmother is still alive.

Bonnie (Erin Yvette), a young woman that was addicted to drugs at the start of the outbreak, and whose has been picked up and cured of her addiction by a couple, Leland (Adam Harrington) and Dee (Cissy Jones).

Shel (Cissy Jones) and her younger sister Becca (Brett Pels) are part of the group that takes over the truck stop after Russell's story; the group includes several that were part of Vernon's refugees.
An epilogue follows Tavia (Rashida Clendening), working with a large human encampment to find survivors and bring them to safety.

What’s Good:
Game Mechanics - Flawless execution through and through. Not a single complaint as per interactions with the environments or the characters themselves.

Story-line - Love the idea of having multiple stories that interconnect at different points; by the end of the DLC you see how it all comes together so perfectly. By the end I found myself wanting to know even more about each of the characters so I could feel more connected to their individual stories.

Replay Value - Lots of replay value to go around as always since every choice effectively impacts the future course of the game. From as far back as episode 1 right up to the new DLC you have so much choice it will be hard to not go back and try alternate routes and outcomes.

Graphics - More and more I have grown to love the drawn comic book feel of this series and I am glad to see they have not only stuck with it but also fine tuned it even further. It is truly a sight to see everything this world has to offer on max graphics setting on a proper PC.

Soundtrack - Superbly scored music and sound effects that help immerse the player into this zombie ridden world of survival. From the somber melodies that tug at your heart strings for dramatic moments to the high paced beats that intensify any situation at a moments notice. Definitely a most welcome addition and bonus to this game.

What’s Bad:
It's too intense *sarcasm* and too short.

What Should Have Been Added:
Longer plot development for each character but since its only DLC to bridge the gap between Season 1 and Season 2 when released we will forgive Telltale Games.

Final Thoughts:
At this point I wish there was enough content to last me 400 days cause its so good I would have no problems sitting and playing an episode of The Walking Dead every day for 400 days. Telltale Games you have mastered the art of manipulating my emotions; whatever you are doing to put out such insanely good content keep doing it and never lose that magic. Just like that movie field of Dreams said; "If you build it, they will come."

1 comment

July 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Its been awhile since I've read one your blogs but i really like this series, i just never tried playing it myself.

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