You HAVE to play 'A Way Out'

By Matthew Smith

Welcome back to “You HAVE to Play This,” the blog where I talk about a video game you HAVE to play each week. Have you ever come across a video game that redefines the boundaries of storytelling and cooperative gameplay? Well, this week’s game you HAVE to play is “A Way Out”. First, you need a partner to play this game so if you don’t have one, go get one and then come back and read this. This title has captured the hearts and minds of players around the world. Released in 2018, this game developed by Hazelight Studios is more than just a game; it’s an essential experience for anyone who appreciates the power of narrative, the joy of collaboration, and the depth of human connection. Here’s why you should play “A Way Out“. 


A Unique Co-op Experience

Unlike most games that offer a cooperative mode as an afterthought, “A Way Out” is designed exclusively for two players, each controlling one of the main characters, Leo and Vincent. This design choice is revolutionary, making the cooperative experience integral to the game’s narrative and emotional impact. It emphasizes the importance of teamwork and shared decision-making, making every choice and challenge feel personal.  


Engaging Narrative and Characters 

The game tells the gripping tale of Leo and Vincent, two convicts who must work together to escape prison and stay on the run from authorities and hunt down a common enemy who has done them wrong. As their journey unfolds, players are taken on an emotional rollercoaster, exploring themes of trust, betrayal, redemption, and the lengths to which one would go for family and freedom. The characters are well-developed, with backstories that add depth to their motivations and actions. 


Innovation in Gameplay

The gameplay mechanics of “A Way Out” are as innovative as its cooperative premise. The split-screen format allows players to simultaneously engage in different parts of the game, from high-stakes chases to quiet, character-building moments while seeing each other’s screen the whole time. This setup leads to dynamic gameplay that blends action, puzzle-solving, and narrative exploration in a way that feels seamless and immersive. The game’s design encourages communication and strategy, as players must constantly coordinate their actions to progress. 


Emotional and Cinematic Experience

 “A Way Out” delivers a cinematic experience that rivals that of a Hollywood blockbuster, complete with breathtaking set pieces, intense action sequences, and emotional depth. The game’s direction and storytelling are commendable, with moments that will make you laugh, gasp, and hey maybe even shed a tear because why not? The emotional journey of Leo and Vincent is what truly sets “A Way Out” apart, making it a memorable experience that players will talk about long after the credits roll. 

Accessible to Everyone

 One of the most appealing aspects of “A Way Out” is its accessibility. Even those who may not be avid gamers can easily pick up and enjoy the game, thanks to its intuitive controls and focus on story over complex game



 In summary, “A Way Out” is an excellent choice for friends, couples, or family members looking for a collaborative and engaging activity. Moreover, only one copy of the game is needed for two players to enjoy it online, lowering the barrier to entry and encouraging more people to experience it together. It is a testament to the potential of video games as a medium for storytelling, innovation, and human connection. It challenges the conventions of multiplayer gaming, offering a shared experience that is as meaningful as it is entertaining. Whether you’re drawn to its compelling narrative, the thrill of cooperative gameplay, or the emotional journey of its characters, “A Way Out” is a game that deserves a spot on your must-play list. So grab a partner, set aside around 6 hours to be exact, and embark on a journey that you won’t regret.

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