Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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.
Release Date: March 2018
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online. There is no single-player option. For online-play, you are paired up with other players at the same stage in the game.
Cross-Play: 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 will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
This game is free with Origin Access. This game is free with EA Access.
ESRB rated this MATURE 17+ with blood, intense violence, nudity, sexual content, strong language.
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.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like A Way Out. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to A Way Out for younger age ratings.
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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to A Way Out in the following lists:
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.
These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
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- Advance (£14.99/Month) grants access to even the newest EA games and includes in-game purchases.
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It's worth noting that there are differences in the games for PlayStation and Xbox. On Xbox you can access titles like the original Mass Effect trilogy that are supported on that system's backward compatibility.
Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.
You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
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