I received The Walking Dead video game as a Christmas gift from a good friend of mine. Money is a little bit tight around my household, so this was a very welcomed treat. Playing that game was absolutely and completely incredible. Clementine became my daughter. Every decision I made was agonizing, heartbreaking, and so much fun. The Walking Dead was nothing short of GOTY material. Everyone who has played this game will agree with me there.
I’ve been looking forward to this DLC ever since I’ve heard about it. This game had to be something special.
So…. was it?
The story’s broken up into five parts, each can be resolved in about thirty minutes. Each part is loosely connected to each other. The parts occur on different days around the same area: a gas station. Unlike the actual game, the DLC’s story focused on the area rather than the characters within the area. The player was able to see how the area grew and changed. This was different from the original story and entirely unexpected.
The gameplay was unique and a heck of a lot of fun. The five parts were different enough from each other to have their own challenges that was like the challenges in the original game. These challenges were tied intimately to the stories of each part. Revealing any of them would be next to impossible without spoiling the parts, so I won’t do it. But that won’t stop me from gushing for a little bit longer. The challenges worked very well and added so much to the scenes they were part of! Honestly? Some of them sucked me in and made me feel like I was experiencing what the character was. Yes, I was tense and on edge.
There was only one problem that I had with the game. Only one. The parts were too short for me to develop a connection with the characters. Sure, they were written really well and the voice acting was just as good as the original game. The animation had that same cartoony, yet serious, style that’s expected with the series. Despite all of it, I found myself wanting more out of each part than what was presented. So if you go in knowing that and expecting the story to focus on the area rather than on the characters, you will get a lot more out of it.
If you loved the game, you will get a huge kick out of the DLC. I doubt you’ll love the DLC like you loved the game, but that shouldn’t stop you from picking it up. I recommend picking up this DLC!