Josef Fares etched himself into gaming folklore when he went on an expletive-riddled tirade during The Game Awards last year. If I recall correctly, he took exception with the Oscars and wanted the world to know about it. Earlier this year, Fares released A Way Out, an ambitious co-op only game where players were forced to work together to escape prison and survive on the lam.
A part of the EA Originals program, Fares was super transparent about his vision for the game and how EA, to their credit and despite funding the game, was pleased to let Fares go about his business with great respect for how he wanted the game to be. What resulted was an engaging prison break drama full of excellent puzzles which also culminated in one of the more surprising endings of the year.
In his review, Brodie said: “On the heels of Brothers, Josef Fares has given us A Way Out, 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.”