Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
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  1. Games Master UK
    Apr 19, 2018
    A novel adventure that fails to deliver on its dramatic aspirations. [May 2018, p.78]
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 780 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 780
  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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