A Way Out
Summary: A Way Out presents a unique and daring co-op experience that works as intended. While it's wrapped up in a less than original narrative, the mechanics provide plenty of engaging moments for you and a friend.
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A Way Out is a mildly interesting take on the action-adventure genre with its forced co-op and exciting quick-time events.
Throughout its runtime, A Way Out is fun, in the way any game with a friend is fun (and that’s definitely the correct way to play it, since playing with strangers would make its communication-based challenges a goddamned nightmare). But outside a few promising flourishes, it ultimately fails to distinguish itself from any number of more engaging co-op offerings, and its best moments hinge on caring about characters who never rise very far above the level of flat, unengaging caricature.
Despite all its flaws, A Way Out lives on as one of the most amusing games I’ve experienced till date. Playing with a buddy helps minimize boredom and while you are at it you can just joke around with the absurdities that the game puts before you or just chat casually like old friends do.
A Way Out is a phenomenal co-operational interactive movie that can be enjoyed both on the couch with a friend or spouse, or online. What makes the online aspect even better is that the partner doesn't even need a copy of the game, as they can join in easily. Vince and Leo have two contrasting personalities that see the calm meet the storm, as they both must put their differences aside to escape the prison they are confined to. With attention to detail within every nook and cranny, watching how their two stories diverge and converge at integral moments of the game is a fascinating experience that needs to be played through twice. Playing as both Leo and Vince will offer two unique story paths, as they both have different roles in solving puzzles, while narrative-forks provide a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" element to the story.
There’s not a tonne more that I can say as it is a short game, but it’s an awesome short game. All I’ll say is find a good mate, set aside a day and do it one sitting with a few beers. You’ll not have as much co-op fun this year as you will here.
...this game actually does a fantastic job making a multiplayer game feel as involved and engaging as an 8-hour 70’s buddy movie.
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 is full of ups and downs. It has a stroke aometimes and it can't recreate its own success. Sometimes it tries to be creative but there's no creativity from the developer making this the game's biggest flaw and it makes for an hour of intense and fun experience while the prologue and epilogue lack the panache of the rest of the game.
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A Way Out is a great game that creates an amazing experience for two players to enjoy together. With varied gameplay and fun scenarios, players will find themselves easily immersed in the story. Driving themselves (and their buddy) into finishing the game much faster than expected. With strong gameplay and interesting moments, this game will go down as one of the most creative cooperative experiences this generation.