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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

From the same developer as Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, this is another game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who must break out of prison and stay on the run from authorities.

The game unfolds simultaneously during both narrative and action sections, in split-screen display reminiscent of the TV show 24. The progress ebbs and flows between the two players. Sometimes you are acting together to foil a guard or at others, one of you is doing something while the other is watching a narrative scene.

One way or another you need to cooperate to progress, and each situation can be approached differently, with both characters taking different roles. In one example, Vincent needs to distract a nurse and guard, so Leo can find a chisel needed to aid their escape. What's nice is the fluidity in these roles that can be switched between them on subsequent playthroughs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 2 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hazelight Games (@HazelightGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. There is no single-player option. For online-play, you are paired up with other players at the same stage in the game.

Cross-Platform: You can't play with people on different platforms. However, unusually, you can invite another player to join you without them owning the game themselves (as long as they have Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus).

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 with violence against vulnerable and defenceless human characters and the use of sexual expletives. There is a scene in the game in which a human character is tied to a chair on a rooftop. The player must torture this character for information using a variety of different objects. The character can also be kicked from the rooftop. The game also contains use of the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence, Sexual References, Coarse Language.

CostsCosts

A Way Out usually costs £24.99. 

A Way Out

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our A Way Out Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
Although the game does not have difficulty adjustment, the two players can help the other if they get stuck. Because it's story-driven, you don't need fast reactions for events, but there are occasions where you'll have to do things before the other player completes what they're doing, such as sneaking around a nurse while the other player distracts her.

In the top right of each player's screen, your mission objective is written. It is fairly large and very clear, being written in bold yellow with a black outline. Other game text is equally clear, including the subtitles.

You can adjust the control settings for each of the two characters individually, allowing each player to have their own button layout, sensitivity etc.

The game has two different cameras, one for each character, and the aspect ratio of each often shifts. For example, if one character is in a cutscene, their screen will expand and compress the other character's, which some may find distracting.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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