How do you follow a series as groundbreaking/tear-jerking as The Walking Dead: Season One? Well, with The Walking Dead: Season Two of course, but that’s not ready yet. In the meantime, Telltale has re-purposed its old ZomboTech to create a very different sort of story – or rather, set of stories. The Walking Dead: 400 Days focuses on five characters and a single truck stop over the course of, well, 400 days. The idea is to create a sort of “bridge” between seasons, but it’s no flabby gut of filler. 400 Days is more of a rapid-fire storytelling experiment set in Walking Dead’s universe, a sort of palette cleanser for Telltale after many more than 400 days with Lee and Clem. But does it succeed, or has Telltale’s misery drooling maw of human suffering finally bit off more than it can chew? Here’s wot I think.
(Note: I’ve made sure to avoid specific spoilers of real consequence, but I do discuss character motivations and story structure. I don’t think this one warrants a spoiler warning, but I thought I’d offer a heads-up all the same.)