Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
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  1. 100
    A Way Out is a true achievement in game design. Not only does it manage to take players on a true journey of emotion, it does so in a way that is only possible through the medium of video games. It manages to do something truly special by making two players to cooperate for an extended amount of time, and the discussions that happen on the couch or over voice chat can be just as revealing as the game itself. Josef Fares and Hazelight have undoubtedly raised the bar for co-op gaming.
  2. Mar 22, 2018
    Hazelight Studios redefines with A Way Out what a co-op game should be. Leo and Vincent’s story has the players facing situations like we have never seen in a videogame before. This is undoubtedly one of this year’s best surprises.
  3. CD-Action
    Jun 5, 2018
    We need more games like A Way Out. Josef Fares’ new title is not only one of the best interactive movies ever made, it also understands and executes co-op exceptionally well and shows how much potential lies in the AA segment. [05/2018, p.53]
  4. Mar 26, 2018
    The epilogue implies that dark times can transform people into more caring and grateful human beings, effectively bringing an enormous moral dimension to the game's hard-boiled pulp.
  5. Mar 23, 2018
    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.
  6. Mar 23, 2018
    Hazelight redefines coop with this game, a unique and creative title in many different ways. The split camera is something we haven't seen before and in terms of gameplay there is plenty of variety to be found here. Both characters are very colorful and interesting and as a consequence the story is great. And although the main story seems to cave in little by little as you progress, the game concludes with a bonafide bang. A Way Out is unique, original and very special. We only wish that there were more games like it.
  7. Mar 23, 2018
    It’s a visually stunning, incredibly efficient feat of storytelling about men who are what they are, for better or worse.
  8. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is more than a prison escape adventure - it is an escape from individualism with a clear and honest proposal: to make you trust someone else again, however difficult that reality may be.
  9. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is nothing short of an awesome experience. The story is fantastic, the characters are very believable, and the game moves at a good pace.
  10. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is one of the most innovative and surprising experiences we have had the pleasure of playing in recent years.
  11. Mar 22, 2018
    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.
  12. Mar 22, 2018
    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.
  13. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a triumph for co-op games. From the way it's uniquely presented to the way it demands that you work together to overcome problems you can't solve independently, it grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the credits roll. And then you'll probably go back to make different choices during pivotal key scenes to see what you've missed.
  14. Mar 22, 2018
    If you're not a fan of linear games, you should probably play A Way Out anyway. The game's presentation of a truly co-operative story is sublime, and it makes full use of the video game medium as a method to punctuate the dramatic moments and develop its characters. Like Brothers, A Way Out presents a unique twist to the cinematic story formula, and it sticks the landing.
  15. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is possibly the best cooperative video game ever created. Its movie-quality cinematography, intuitive and varied gameplay, and engaging story full of unique stand-out scenarios make it one incredibly memorable interactive experience.
  16. Mar 28, 2018
    Despite a few technical issues, A Way Out is one of the greatest story-driven co-op games out there.
  17. Mar 23, 2018
    A wonderful story mixed in with entertaining and truly original co-op experience. It was such thrilling time to be playing a game that required teamwork. The main story is good, but then a major twist that pushes the story even deeper makes the game even better. Leo and Vincent's polar opposite personalities come together and offer for fun dialogue. A Way Out's beautiful design and thrilling gameplay bring back the fun times of binge playing a game on the couch with your best friend.
  18. Mar 30, 2018
    A Way Out is an especially entertaining adventure with excellent pace, a nice variety of environments and constant introduction of new gameplay mechanics, which may be simplistic from time to time but, nevertheless, never outstay their welcome. In the end it’s a very rare example of a game designed specifically for a pure co-op experience.
  19. Mar 28, 2018
    A Way Out is more than just the sum of its parts; when all the game's elements are working together, the end result is almost surprisingly good. A very simple storyline steadily develops into a great thriller, and the gameplay is unceasingly, relentlessly gripping. The co-op backbone is what really makes this game a fantastic choice.
  20. 85
    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.
  21. Mar 22, 2018
    It manages to tell an intense story and is able to create a meaningful link between the players and their characters.
  22. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a story worth sharing with a friend. There's plenty to do, with moments of intensity and emotion, and the ending is one of the best conclusions in video games.
  23. Mar 22, 2018
    The game and story have a couple of execution flaws, but A Way Out tells a good story, and much of the vibe about the themes of trust, brotherhood, revenge, and loss are conveyed through gameplay in a novel way. That’s reflects a good understanding about the cutting edge of interactive achievement.
  24. Mar 22, 2018
    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.
  25. A Way Out, beautifully creates an amazing co-op experience with an amazing story. Every player should experience this game.
  26. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out shows that action adventure games can be played in pairs, from start to finish. And with great results.
  27. Mar 22, 2018
    Hazelight Studios really nails what it means to make a good cooperative narrative-based game that will have you wanting to dive back into the thick of it every time.
  28. May 21, 2018
    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.
  29. Mar 29, 2018
    Ropey dialogue may keep this from being a must-play experience, but if you’re looking to embark on a compelling and surprising c0-op adventure with a friend, A Way Out is more than worth the price of entry.
  30. Mar 28, 2018
    Overall A Way Out is a fun game which tells an interesting story, I just wish some of the story had been implemented a bit better. Nonetheless, this game is perfect for anyone looking for a new and entertaining game they can play with a friend.
  31. 80
    A rich and thoughtful independent darling that delivers on a story that respects its characters and remains grounded, hardly ever resorting to nonsense action just for the sake of it. Though we predicted the game's ending before it happened, the conclusion hit us like a truck. With its extremely reasonable pricing and share play, A Way Out is a must play from one of the industry's most talented small teams.
  32. Mar 22, 2018
    The new adventure signed by Josef Fares is again a tale about two bound-together guys. Vincent and Leo will share the same adventure in a constant split screen in order to get their revenge, thanks to a common past. After a (very!) slow and boring start, the story gets better and better, in both plot and gameplay. Even new mechanics are introduced, scene after scene, changing the perspective every time. It’s more like an interactive experience than a real challenge, like Telltale’s.
  33. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out brings an amazing noire world for two players who need to cooperate to get out of jail. The new game from the makers of Brothers: A Tale of To Sons is a unique experience.
  34. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a unique and ambitious co-op experience that has a bit of a rough start but offers plenty of variety in gameplay to make up for that.
  35. Mar 22, 2018
    Way Out is a great mixture of a movie and a game. The performance of the actors is fairly poor at times and the gameplay somewhat simple, but the creativity and co-op experience are excellent.
  36. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a solid co-op game that tells a simple story about two men that find themselves to be partners in crime. The first half is way too simple, guided and slow; the second half is fun, with a dramatic turn of events.
  37. Mar 22, 2018
    After Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, I came into A Way Out with expectations of a fraught and trying prison escape drama. That’s just the beginning though, and it soon transforms into a fun revenge flick. It doesn’t have the emotional impact of Brothers, and there’s some rough edges from the breadth of ideas that Hazelight include, but most importantly we just had a lot of fun.
  38. Mar 22, 2018
    The marriage of co-op gameplay and the story of two unlikely partners and friends is an almost perfect combination right up until the last few minutes of the game, though I expect feelings on that to vary. It could use another round of technical polish, and you’ll need a friend to play along with, but if neither of those is a problem for you, then you won’t want to miss this adventure.
  39. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is an exceptionally unique game. It asks a lot out of its players and demands they work together and trust each other in order to progress. The story is somewhat inconsistent, but offers enough variety and surprises to keep things fresh and exciting. If you are even remotely interested in co-op, A Way Out shouldn’t be missed.
  40. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a unique game, a huge success in the narrative genre, that deals more than well with its urge to make us play cooperatively. The concept, that involves an almost permanent split-screen, not only works great, but the story, its characters and the way we deal with some really simple but really engaging gameplay makes us feel like we are actually the two lovely protagonists of this interactive, full of action and emotion buddy movie.
  41. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out hearkens back to the days of couch co-op, placing players in the shoes of two criminals who must solve puzzles and support one another to escape. The game’s emotional drama runs alongside its silly undertone, making for a game that’s both moving and, at times, unintentionally hilarious.
  42. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out reminded me of the terrific TV series Prison Break in its best moments, even though the time pressure is often just an illusion and scenes obviously follow a script. Despite some logic holes, the simple gameplay and the dusty graphics I had a lot of fun.
  43. Jun 6, 2018
    Thanks to its purely co-op gameplay, A Way Out is a beautiful experience, which heavily involves both players throughout the adventure.
  44. Mar 27, 2018
    A Way Out is a good adventure game that could be great if it came out a year later.
  45. Mar 26, 2018
    A Way out is a very good coop game that still suffers from some issues mainly due to the youth of the studio. The game is still one of the most rewarding coop experiences we've had this year.
  46. Mar 22, 2018
    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.
  47. Mar 22, 2018
    The ability to spend time with them, and with my player partner, is A Way Out’s biggest strength, even if the details sometimes lack pizzazz...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.
  48. Games Master UK
    Apr 19, 2018
    A novel adventure that fails to deliver on its dramatic aspirations. [May 2018, p.78]
  49. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 9, 2018
    A fun and original co-op game, which really satisfies in terms of its action - you'll have a great time with a friend. However, it's story fails to deliver anything worthwhile. [May 2018, p.83]
  50. Mar 31, 2018
    A Way Out features a cinematic experience with a unique co-op twist. Although the game delivers in that way, there are plenty of improvements to be made elsewhere.
  51. Mar 26, 2018
    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. The ambition shines through in the end, and for anyone after a truly unique co-op game, you need look no further.
  52. Mar 25, 2018
    For the longest time A Way Out is a co-operative popcorn action movie with a good narrative and promising, albeit sometimes redundant mechanics. Unfortunately the finale is a big downer in almost every aspect.
  53. Mar 22, 2018
    Most of the time, it often feels like the game can’t decide what it wants to be, as the playful nature of the exploration pushes against the heavy-handed plot, and the over-the-top set-piece moments in the final hours feel incompatible with the more grounded puzzle-based gameplay of the previous hours. Having a friend along for the ride makes the journey to the few memorable scenarios worth the wait, but those looking for the next great couch co-op adventure will likely be left unfulfilled.
  54. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a fun ride BECAUSE of its co-op shenanigans. While the story is nothing to marvel over, its characters blossom beyond their bare opening descriptions, making seeing their journey together through worthwhile. Plus, it's a good exercise in working together with someone, whether it's a loved one, a colleague, or a friend. You'll really hate (or love) them by the time the game is through. If nothing else, A Way Out will be remembered as a great excuse to test the strengths and weaknesses of all your relationships.
  55. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out has some ambitious, fantastic ideas at its core, but it’s unfortunately surrounded by tiresome gameplay mechanics and a story that is just a bit too straightforward.
  56. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out's co-op vision is a bold choice that works because it uncompromisingly places players in a co-op context, joining them onscreen and off. But given the weakness of the gameplay at times, perhaps the game isn't bold enough.
  57. Apr 2, 2018
    A Way Out is an ambitious co-op only, split-screen only adventure game with a compelling story, interactive environments and fun ideas that's a little messy in execution but fun with a friend.
  58. Apr 2, 2018
    A Way Out is a better idea than it is a game. There’s something to its cinematic presentation, its parallel stories, and its bespoke cooperative gameplay. It just never comes together as the unique, exciting game it’s clearly striving to be. The plot simply isn’t that strong, the dialogue is never very compelling, and the characters don’t develop beyond their broadly drawn archetypes. Without those things, A Way Out never lives up to its potential.
  59. Mar 27, 2018
    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.
  60. Mar 22, 2018
    Our characters might not have grown closer together, but A Way Out's forced co-op is worth it for the few standout moments it provides.
  61. 60
    There are better narrative-driven games, and there are better co-op games, but I find myself hard pressed to think of one that does both as gracefully as A Way Out. While let down by its writing, it's worth your time if you're looking for an adventure that can only be shared with someone else.
  62. Apr 2, 2018
    While I enjoy the idea of dedicated co-op and I’m excited to see someone exploring the space, it doesn’t feel like A Way Out trusted itself or its players to do so – the gameplay is simple to the point of being bland, the script is too predictable, and its efforts to evoke emotion feel cheap. It might be fine to play with a friend over a weekend, but it will be forgotten soon after, and it’s a shame.
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  1. Mar 29, 2018
    Fresh presentation and admirable dedication to its big idea can't save this two-player adventure from mediocrity.
  2. Mar 22, 2018
    A Way Out is a simple story told very, very well. Its levels run the gamut from car chases to robberies to a full on assault on a drug lord’s mansion. Nothing is more affecting and memorable in this game than that simple button prompt. It is a game full of smart moments, perfect for bringing together dedicated gamers and curious onlookers alike.
  3. Mar 22, 2018
    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. There are the seeds for a legitimately great cooperative game buried deep within its cookie-cutter plotting, adequate action, and of course a whole lot of instances when one character has to hoist the other up over a cliff.
  4. Mar 22, 2018
    Stripped of its unique co-operative angle, A Way Out wouldn’t be very good. The gameplay isn’t very deep, and the story is too shallow to make up for it. But add in a second player and the extra element of human interaction and working together to achieve a goal, and it somehow all comes together.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 923 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 91 out of 923
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    So this unmatched "A way out" came out. The first for a long time, a quality game for two on one screen. Forty minutes and I'm already inSo this unmatched "A way out" came out. The first for a long time, a quality game for two on one screen. Forty minutes and I'm already in nirvana. I think this will be a great adventure. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2018
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. That ending. That damn ending.

    Do you know this joke about two chairs, a cake and a penis? Lemme tell you, it is of substance. "There are two chairs. On one there is a pie. On the other, a dick. You have to sit on one, and eat the other. Which do you choose?”

    This is exactly the choice this game forces you to make. And when you ask "why the hell am I making this choice again?", the game simply answers, "’cuz". There’s no reasoning. This game, as one reviewer has well put it, plays itself.

    So one may as well play it not.
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  3. Mar 24, 2018
    Maybe is the best coop that I played in my life. Nowadays all games make you to play online and tear away de joy of playing with friends inMaybe is the best coop that I played in my life. Nowadays all games make you to play online and tear away de joy of playing with friends in the same console, but this game makes that you want to go to your friend's house and play it together.

    All about this game is perfect.
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