A Way Out Reviews
You may feel split between the lack of complete agency and the recognition that you are being told a story.
Usually, in the course of gameplay, a game's character becomes an avatar for you. But A Way Out accomplishes something far more subversive and bold. Eventually, for better or for worse, you become an avatar for your character.
A Way Out is a game that everyone should take the time to play with their best friend. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it succeeds at being highly entertaining despite its flaws. It's a unique experience, unlike anything else I've ever played, and a worthy follow-up by the developers who gave us the titular “Brothers.”
With never before seen gameplay mechanics and a solid story, A Way Out is perfect for you and a friend to enjoy.
A Way Out provides a unique cinematic experience that redefines the way narrative-driven games can be played, thanks to its engaging story and varied gameplay that will keep both players interested throughout, though the controls can often feel clunky.
A Way Out features interesting co-оp mechanics, several beautiful chases with a great camera work, properly placed checkpoints, stunning (by the indie studios standards) graphics, and, at the same time, an absurd script and stupid characters.
Review in Russian | Read full review
A Way Out falls short of what it could - and should - be, but there are flickers of brilliance. And with the best part of ten hours of gameplay for two people, for half the price of an average game, it's definitely worth giving it a go over the weekend - just lower your expectations a little.
A Way Out is a successful experiment in co-operative play with some excellent presentation and varied gameplay. The story may be predictable, but you'll be surprised how attached you become to Leo and Vincent, and you'll be compelled to see their journey through to the end regardless.
A co-op experience like no other, Hazelight's A Way Out goes all in on its defining concept to deliver a remarkable game. It may be a touch lacking in character development and storytelling, but that seems insignificant given what the game itself can give you.
From beginning to end A Way Out will have you on the edge of your seat
Ultimately I would say this game would've done better with its tongue in its cheek rather than its heart on its sleeve.
It is a truly welcome gem in the medium that takes risks and propels the experience with new energy nearly every step of the way. The player constantly moves forward and the game gets tension done in a way seldom seen in gaming. A Way Out is an example of a triumph in new ideas, while using traditional methods of gameplay to get the point across that this is a different beast.
After the heartwarming Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, Josef Fares extended the scope of his unique co-operative gameplay, addressing a much wider spectrum of players. There are a lot of gameplay opportunities that, together with a top-notch narrative, create a really engaging and original experience. The execution may not be perfect, but it's a deep and bold work.
Review in Italian | Read full review
A Way Out is an impressive achievement that definitively proves creativity matters more than bloated budgets and big-name franchises. A technically accomplished, endlessly inventive co-op masterpiece, A Way Out will surprise and excite you from beginning to end. This one deserves to be a breakout hit.
Though it's fun with a friend, A Way Out struggles with clunky set-pieces and story clichés.
A risky title with a obligatory multiplayer but with satisfactory results in a story that will make us empathize a lot with the characters.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
For a game that I pretty much had to drag a reluctant cousin into, A Way Out surprisingly found a way in into our hearts. It’s certainly not perfect and it has its share of hiccups from both a narrative and mechanical standpoint. A fun co-op experience (koala-hugging above the skies of Mexico!) combined with an interesting story that features a surprise twist at the end, however, made us root hard for both Leo and Vincent as their journey headed toward its shocking climax. For the best experience, I recommend playing it with someone right next to you.
Following the lead of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the game builds toward an incredibly sobering conclusion.
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.
'A Way Out' presents a way forward for shared video game experiences