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The Way of Life

Rating Summary

Based on 4 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

Based on 4 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCMar 15, 2018

Developer: CyberCoconut

Genres: Art, Simulation

The Way of Life will make players live several life experiences from the point of view of three characters of different ages: an adult, an old man and a child. The game’s strength is that every experience has a different gameplay mechanic, one that makes the player really feel the character's limits, feelings and fears in every situation. The only thing the three characters have in common is the first person view, which fully immerses the player in every character’s life. THEMES The Way of Life tells stories about several serious themes: from euthanasia to the death penalty, from war to love, from bullying to discrimination. Every one of them is tied to the other by the game’s main themes: personal growth and the different ways of perceiving reality. CHARACTERS The player chooses how to face every experience, so every playthrough can be different depending on what decisions the player takes. The characters are extremely different, both visually and control related. The child sees the world in vibrant colors, eager to explore it, while the adult has a narrower, desaturated view except for the things he really cares about. Control wise, the old man moves slowly, with a shaking camera, to simulate how an elderly person moves; while the child can run and jump freely. CONTENT The Way of Life DEFINITIVE EDITION will feature 10 Experiences, 30 Levels and more than 70 Significant Choices. This will let you build your own personal life experience, that will lead you to a choice-dependent ending. Can you face yourself? Do you think you'll be able to make the right decision at the right time? There’s only one way to find out, PLAY THE GAME!

The Way of Life Reviews

When it comes to art direction ad writing, Thw Way of Life is full of interesting and intriguing elements. The same is not true for gameplay, with a lot of repetitive mechanics and routines that ruin the flow of the game and sometimes break the attention of the player. Nonetheless, a bold first effort.

Review in Italian | Read full review

The Way of Life is a fascinating parade of characters and sequences, delivering an interesting insight on three different periods of life. Too bad the game is a bit weak on the narrative side, while the gameplay shows some flaws.

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VGN

Marco Simone Rossi
7 / 10.0
VGN

The Way of Life: Definitive Edition is a nice walking simulator that lets you experience a 5-hour long journey to discover the meaning of life. The first production from the Italian indie team CyberCoconut is interesting, but because of its slow pace and some unripe gameplay aspects the game soon starts to feel boring, despite a deep message that would have deserved a better exposure.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Everyone is selfish, and this is baked into the game to a certain degree—even a story in which the choices were clear and I was able to wrap things up in a less-selfish way was still plagued by flashbacks in which all of the characters acted in unreasonably selfish, egocentric ways. When I went to try and help someone, only for the game to interpret my aid attempt as an attempt to humiliate them, though, I mentally checked out of the entire experience.

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