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.
Top Critic Average
Messy, varied and inadvertently hilarious: A Way Out is an unusual but uneven tandem ride.
If you go into A Way Out thinking its mandatory two-player co-op is a gimmick, you'll likely come out of it realizing that it couldn't have been done any other way. Vincent and Leo's journey will have you and a friend performing tasks together both mundane and dramatic, and the result is a memorable, variety-packed cinematic adventure that feels like what Telltale's games might've evolved into if they'd leaned into game mechanics instead of phasing them out.
Fresh presentation and admirable dedication to its big idea can't save this two-player adventure from mediocrity.
A Way Out elevates co-op gaming in a way nothing has before, bringing players together to create one beautifully told story that everyone needs to experience.
It's highly inconsistent, but this is still one of the most daring co-op games of recent years and shows how well playing together can work for story-based games.
The premise, and occasionally its execution, has its moments, but A Way Out feels like a vision not fully realized
A Way Out is a unique, enjoyable adventure that has a number of problems.
A Way Out has many faults, but a lack of heart isn't one of them. Seeing that heart translated into a cooperative play experience makes the journey worthwhile.
It is a game full of smart moments, perfect for bringing together dedicated gamers and curious onlookers alike.