Without venturing far from the concept of his previous directorial effort, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the filmmaking adept Josef Fares leans heavily on his strengths by crafting A Way Out, his sophomore release, which is a wonderfully cinematic tale of revenge. Though A Tale of Two Sons shattered expectations by having us control both brothers simultaneously, A Way Out is a more traditional co-op experience and it’s only playable online or in couch co-op.
Let’s start by commending Fares on his steadfast determination to design A Way Out as a shared experience. Though you’re able to elegantly share a copy with your friend, removing the need for two purchases, it’s still a bold decision and a high-risk one at that. I often give a broad swerve to co-op modes in games because they don’t often do anything differently, A Way Out makes use of and gives purpose to both players in equal measure.