After The Walking Dead was my Game of the Year last year, I was ready to pounce on whatever content Telltale put out next. Between 400 Days and The Wolf Among Us this year, they did not disappoint.
400 Days is a short anthology of new characters, sectioned into multiple mini chapters playable in any order. Each one is between 10 and 30 minutes long, and tells a short story set in Telltale’s Walking Dead universe.
It’s a quick ride through some of the industry’s best storytelling, and is a nice teaser for what might be to come. I played through it in its entirety four times, showing friends how great it was as they made their own decisions. Seeing how different choices play out, even down to the shortest lines of dialogue, is incredibly rewarding. It may clock in at under two hours, and it does feel pretty familiar, but it still stands out as one of my favorite pieces of narrative in 2013.
In Honorable Mentions, the best games of the year that didn’t make the top ten are given their moment in the spotlight. While they might not be among HippoChippies’ ten best games this year, they were very, very close to making it there. This year, it came down to a list of 19 games that was trimmed into the Game of the Year list. This is one of the nine that almost made it.