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  • Summary: The story of A Way Out begins in prison with two separate inmates, Leo and Vincent, who don’t know each other. While their individual stories progress, players have to build a relationship based on trust as they break both men out of prison into the world beyond. This co-op only experienceThe story of A Way Out begins in prison with two separate inmates, Leo and Vincent, who don’t know each other. While their individual stories progress, players have to build a relationship based on trust as they break both men out of prison into the world beyond. This co-op only experience is meant to be played together with a friend on a couch or online. A Way Out is a game uniquely tailored for two players to work together no matter the situation. Through a compelling narrative, Leo and Vincent will embark on an emotional adventure, where they live some memorable action moments that they face together including car chases, stealth passages, melee fights, shootouts and many more. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
  1. 100
    A Way Out is a true achievement in game design. Not only does it manage to take players on a true journey of emotion, it does so in a way that is only possible through the medium of video games. It manages to do something truly special by making two players to cooperate for an extended amount of time, and the discussions that happen on the couch or over voice chat can be just as revealing as the game itself. Josef Fares and Hazelight have undoubtedly raised the bar for co-op gaming.
  2. Mar 22, 2018
    90
    A Way Out is possibly the best cooperative video game ever created. Its movie-quality cinematography, intuitive and varied gameplay, and engaging story full of unique stand-out scenarios make it one incredibly memorable interactive experience.
  3. Mar 22, 2018
    90
    A Way Out is more than a prison escape adventure - it is an escape from individualism with a clear and honest proposal: to make you trust someone else again, however difficult that reality may be.
  4. Mar 22, 2018
    80
    A Way Out is an exceptionally unique game. It asks a lot out of its players and demands they work together and trust each other in order to progress. The story is somewhat inconsistent, but offers enough variety and surprises to keep things fresh and exciting. If you are even remotely interested in co-op, A Way Out shouldn’t be missed.
  5. Mar 22, 2018
    80
    The new adventure signed by Josef Fares is again a tale about two bound-together guys. Vincent and Leo will share the same adventure in a constant split screen in order to get their revenge, thanks to a common past. After a (very!) slow and boring start, the story gets better and better, in both plot and gameplay. Even new mechanics are introduced, scene after scene, changing the perspective every time. It’s more like an interactive experience than a real challenge, like Telltale’s.
  6. Mar 22, 2018
    75
    A Way Out is a fun ride that shows off a great cooperative experience, an interesting story, and some of the coolest camera work to ever grace a video game.It’s an extremely smooth experience with very few rough edges. That said, it lacks some of the content we’ve come to expect from interactive stories, which makes it a fun ride, but not something that you’ll likely return to again and again.
  7. Apr 2, 2018
    40
    While I enjoy the idea of dedicated co-op and I’m excited to see someone exploring the space, it doesn’t feel like A Way Out trusted itself or its players to do so – the gameplay is simple to the point of being bland, the script is too predictable, and its efforts to evoke emotion feel cheap. It might be fine to play with a friend over a weekend, but it will be forgotten soon after, and it’s a shame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 92
  2. Negative: 11 out of 92
  1. Mar 26, 2018
    10
    Great game, great plot-twist, replayability, very good co-op game i played, funny dialogues,
  2. Mar 24, 2018
    10
    It's just magical. Since the days of HeavyRain, I have not experienced such powerful emotions. A pure diamond in the world of game design.It's just magical. Since the days of HeavyRain, I have not experienced such powerful emotions. A pure diamond in the world of game design. Amazing opportunity to share emotions in co-op. 12/10 Thank you for such a unique game! Bravo! With love from Russia Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2018
    10
    So this unmatched "A way out" came out. The first for a long time, a quality game for two on one screen. Forty minutes and I'm already inSo this unmatched "A way out" came out. The first for a long time, a quality game for two on one screen. Forty minutes and I'm already in nirvana. I think this will be a great adventure. Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2018
    9
    Usually I never write reviews, like ever. But this game was so breath taking I felt the need to write a review. The game is extremelyUsually I never write reviews, like ever. But this game was so breath taking I felt the need to write a review. The game is extremely enjoyable, from combat, to stealth, and to the main mechanic, the teamwork. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, and combined with how real the game feels once you get into it is something else. I would highly recommend this game to anybody who was considering buying it. Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2018
    8
    Introduction: A Way Out is a third person action co-op game from the director behind the hit game, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. As a co-opIntroduction: A Way Out is a third person action co-op game from the director behind the hit game, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. As a co-op only game, it’s a hard sell in this day and age of gaming, but the studio behind this game pulls off a spectacular job at a game that could have gone wrong in many ways.

    Story: You play as Leo and Vincent, a pair of felons that have similar goals of escaping prison and getting revenge on a crime boss that has wrong both of them. Sounds simple in concept but the journey of the course of this 8-hour adventure makes this a memorable story. Very emotional and has enough twist and turn in the story keep it fresh the whole way through. If you’re looking for a good story to play with your friend, I highly recommend this game.

    Gameplay: The gameplay can be hit and miss with some people due to how many genres it tackles. There’s adventure click and point gameplay, third-person shooting, top-down chases, quick time events and stealth segments rolled into one. On top of this, there are many activities to do with your friend in the form of mini-games. I won’t spoil these segments here but they are some of the best parts of this game. All of this works well together, keeps the game from getting dull and gives you more of a reason to talk to your friend about the events in the game. The only complaint is that the shooting segments can be a bit stiff and are awkward to get used to. They could have also put a little less quick time events in the game but the gameplay is fun and satisfying if not a little stale if your planning multiple playthroughs.

    Technical: For such a low budget, the game looks great. Animations can be a bit rough at times but nothing too noticeable. The soundtrack is ok but nothing truly noteworthy. Plays great, no stutter and ran smoothly, even when playing online. Great game on the technical side of things. I should also note that a friend can play the whole game free if someone with the game invites them, which is a nice gesture from the company who made this.

    Verdict. A Way Out is an amazing co-op game that you should show to your friends. Great story, fun gameplay, and an overall technical marvel. With some stiff shooting control and not many reasons to play it past its initial playthrough can be a bit off-putting but that is rectified with its $30 price point. If you have a friend willing to play with you, I can easily recommend you pick up this game now. If you don’t have another person, you should look elsewhere for a good story game.

    Pro:
    + Unique Co-op
    +Amazing Story
    +Fun and varied gameplay
    +Outstanding on a technical level
    +Plenty of side activity that are fun and surprising

    Cons:
    -Stiff shooting controls
    -Not many reasons to come back (Unless playing it with a different person)
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  6. Mar 26, 2018
    7
    Are you ready for a co-op Prison Break-esque style game, A Way Out gives us a sharp reminder on how co-op games can still be a joy to play, itAre you ready for a co-op Prison Break-esque style game, A Way Out gives us a sharp reminder on how co-op games can still be a joy to play, it had me and my friend working smoothly together like a well-oiled machine…well most of the time lol

    Key Notes: 100% Completed, Story Completed and a hearty argument on the ending.

    Gameplay:
    I quickly loved the co-op, split screen gameplay which is executed well and works perfectly from start to end. The puzzles are very simple, character movement felt very smooth and the co-op moments were done very well.

    Every area you find yourself in is very interactive, being able to talk with nearly every NPC also there are plenty of little activities you and your co-op buddy can do throughout the game like dips and pull ups in jail to playing Connect Four in the hospital.

    A noticeable detail that caught my eye was the split screen transitions and camera angles that were smooth and creative which helped create some very cool action and chase scenes.

    BUT!...

    Despite knowing what A Way Out aims to be; a co-op story driven game, it certainly lacks in some areas. The game felt incredibly easy with quick time events, easy puzzles and a campaign with little to no replay value. The little time you use a gun or drove a vehicle felt rough, gun bullets felt like you were shooting a BB gun and driving was very clunky. +CO-OP –Very Linear

    Story & Characters:
    You and Player 2 take up the roles of 2 prisoners; Leo a convicted bank robber and Vincent a fresh inmate done for murder, fate though has seemed to bring you two together as you both discover the same man was the cause of both of you landing in jail, so you both decide to escape prison together and plot on hunting him down.

    So without saying much the story is excellent with decent pacing, you get to journey through some interesting places like a prison, farm, hospital and more. The story mainly just concentrates on the two lead characters Leo and Vincent who both give convincing performances, both develop some great chemistry throughout the story and could have you possibly emotionally attached to them by the end. +Great Story

    Picture & Sound
    A Way Out is a good looking game with some great detail shown, the 60s/70s vibes were a good touch with the clothing and unique cars spotted. Other than that there’s nothing much to say here.
    The music and score was average – nothing spectacular but the voice acting was spot on though from every character but major props to Fares Fares as Leo and Erik Krogh for the excellent performance.

    Technicality:
    I had no problems with the frame rate and I was impressed with how smooth the game was when playing with my friend from the UK (I’m from NZ) which was pretty awesome. Also needing only one person to purchase the game to play co-op with a friend was neat.

    Enjoyment:
    I definitely enjoyed the game but the lack of replay value makes the game a one and done for me, also it felt more like an interactive movie then an actual game and despite the forgiving gameplay and great co-op it falls short from being amazing due to its linear style of sequences, having two choices that lead to the same result is what lowers the score for me.

    A great experience but short lived.
    + Excellent Co-Op
    + Great and thrilling story
    - Little to no replay value
    - One and done
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  7. Dec 2, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. We were so excited to get this game and finally have a split screen coop game that we could fight the good fight together. Like Yana Kasyanova's review - if I wrote this 40 minutes in I would have said it was the best game in a long time. We enjoyed the clichéed storyline and cut scenes but to come through all that effort to be forced to kill each other - I don't think the author thought that there would be a big chance that friends would want to play this game. Players that are seeking to win together.

    This game completely fails on that front. Was painfully disappointing and to top off that it was over in about 8hrs of relaxed play AND it's clearly not designed for replayability - it's hard to believe it got so many positive reviews.

    I want my $30 back.
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