Today The Walking Dead: 400 Days will make its debut on PlayStation Network in North America. 400 Days is a continuation of the wildly popular Walking Dead adventure game released by Telltale last year.
Walking Dead is, as its heart, a point-and-click adventure game. Players explore and find objects that can be used to solve puzzles. There's more action and urgency here than in usual adventure games, though. Players will have to constantly fight or evade zombies in their travels through post-apocalyptic Georgia. Fellow survivors are a key part of the game as well; through branching dialogue, players will choose whether to treat fellow humans with kindness, hatred, or outright hostility. The game's a fascinating and amazing mix of genres.
In the first season of The Walking Dead, we were introduced to ex-convict Lee Everett and his unlikely companion Clementine. Although 400 Days is technically DLC for Season One, it's not a continuation of that season's story. Instead, it introduces a new cast of characters. The choices you made in Season One will change certain aspects of 400 Days, though.
"We don’t necessarily recommend playing 400 Days before playing all of Season One, but it’s not required as it features an entirely new cast of characters separate from Lee & Clementine’s story." said Telltale's Laura Perusco on the PlayStation Blog.
400 Days presents five short stories, each from the perspective of a different character. These stories can be played in any order. As you experience each tale, you'll notice subtle and not-so-subtle connections between them. Telltale has said that your decisions through these vignettes will ultimately have an effect on Season Two.
The PC and Mac launch for 400 Days is scheduled for tomorrow. Xbox 360 gamers will get their hands on the DLC on Friday. The European PSN and iOS release will occur on July 10th and 11th. Vita gamers will have to wait the longest. The bundle of Season One and 400 Days will arrive on that platform in August.
In order to download the $5 DLC, you need to have at least Episode One from Season One installed on your gaming system of choice. That's easy to accomplish, as Episode One is free to download on Xbox 360 and iOS. Also, starting today, that episode will be free on PS3 for a "limited time."