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A Way Out review
by Anton

So we just beat this one with a friend of mine, and I can say that it's one of the best story-focused games I've played so far.

If you need a good reference point for this one - you can look at David Cage's games (e.g., Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls). The core gameplay is mostly QTE and minigames, with some dialogue here and there and a couple of possible story branches. But since this game is aimed to be played together with a different person - that changes everything.

Every time you do something together - it feels incredible. In the Prison chapters especially. All of those moments when one of you distracts a guard, while the other one does something sketchy - feel so good.

The game is also filled with different references and easter eggs from things like "Shawshank Redemption", "Scarface" and many others. And they are not as blunt as "here, look, this is a reference", but they all feel very natural and fit in the world quite well.

Anyways, if you have someone to play this game with - you should pick it up 👌
«That ending!»

Other reviews11

really fun to play in coop; sm fun w sanzi
«Better with friends»
Cool level design, innovative co-op interaction, and horrible pacing.
«Better with friends»
Excellent game with an excellent story and decent gameplay. It is unique in the sense that you can't play it alone, but only with a friend.
«Blew my mind»
«Better with friends»
Very fun coach co op game. There is deep story in this game.

Rating 7/10
Played it with my brother in one run. Can't say it's exeptional or bad, just average. Looks really beautifull and we had some fun and laughs while playing. Most of 'em because of some bugs and glitches, some because we couldn't handle the game controlls. So grab a friend or sibling and play it.
But if you take the game brutal serious you should skip it!

Completed: 02. Feb. 2020
Playtime: 5-7h
Rating: 6/10

And honestly i didn't like the endings...
«Better with friends»
«That ending!»
Haiku Review: Grab a pal for a / B movie adventure trek / that falls a bit flat
Favorite Thing: Local multiplayer, storied games are far too rare.
Least Favorite Thing: You spent almost the entire game together.

Date Completed: 2018-12-13
Playtime: 6h
Enjoyment: 6/10
Recommendation: Enh.
Me and my friend finished the game in one run because once you started playing you couldn’t stop. You totally forget to eat and sleep, such amazing this game is. The story is very involving and you are interested in every character, no matter main or side one. It’s the first true co-op with a split screen in a while and it’s awesome. We didn’t have any problems with the plot or the gameplay. A Way Out is a great example of how one little studio with some talented people can really f*** Oscars - and big AAA projects!
«Just one more turn»
«Sit back and relax»
Such a disappointment. I love the idea of the game but there are too few actual moments of creating “a way out”. Mostly you run through a corridor and figure out how to overcome another obstacle - and usually you have to do the same things: lift something, open something. And even here the game is not challenging - yellow dots mark every person or object you need to go further. What is really sad is that the changing of gameplay to shooting is boring too. As a result, too easy and repetitive gameplay ruins a great idea. A Way Out is not a fun at all.
A nice six hours action film for you and your buddy. Game has nice touches as interactive experience — its very generous for situations, places and actions. Looks clear: it is a passion project of Josef Fares: his ideas for story and game design mechanics is everywere. Cool mini games comes always in time and keep you interested even in quite monents. If you into co-op games you cant miss that one.
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»