Multiplayer games come in all shapes and sizes with some featuring player counts well into the triple digits and some that only need ten or less to get a match going. But more and more we’ve seen the rise of campaign-focused games that would normally be reserved for a single-player experience open up with co-op as an option.
But what about a story-driven action-adventure that didn’t give you the choice and asked you to pair up with a buddy from the start? A game that demanded teamwork in order to be beaten? Well, that’s what we get with A Way Out. A complete co-op experience made by Hazelight Studios.
It’s the story of two unlikely strangers that meet in prison and set out on a daring escape to try and reclaim their lives. It’s full of action set pieces and clever co-op moments that are a treat all the way through. It might not be extremely polished but, since it’s available on Xbox Game Pass, there’s never been a better reason to give it a go.
A Way Out is certainly not like any game I’ve played before and, if you need a few tips on how to get the most out of your playthrough, you’ve come to the right place. I recently roped in a friend of mine and we sat down together to tackle this game. So, without further ado, here’s how to beat A Way Out.
HOW TO BEAT
A WAY OUT
The Right Character
One of my favorite aspects of A Way Out is the two main characters we get to play as. The dynamic between them is so well written with deep character development and personalities that you can’t help but relate to. Even though they seem like complete opposites at times, it’s one of the more interesting video game friendships I’ve seen in a while.
This carries over into the gameplay as well with both characters and players being put in different situations. For example, in the level at the old couple’s house when one player has to drive and the other needs to shoot on the back of the truck. Same level requiring different skills.
So, when it comes to you and your co-op partner, it will benefit you to keep your own skills in mind when choosing your characters. We found that the person with the most experience and more video game skills suited Leo best while the more passive player was better off playing as Vincent.
Every environment in A Way Out is almost completely interactable with an abundance of side activities, random objects, and special mini-games that aren’t necessarily a part of the main quest but are still a fun distraction when the other player is caught up in a cutscene and you’re still able to move around.
Nearly every interaction with an NPC will have different dialogue options depending on who you play as and the responses that each character gives is further opens up the window into their personalities and is more than worth checking out. Especially since they might just have something interesting to say to assist you in the level.
However, with the environment being so interactable, it often makes the puzzles a whole lot easier to figure out when you simply need to walk up to a random object or door and see if the game will give you the option to interact. There’s not a lot of guesswork to be done when this simple deduction can always get the job done.
Despite all the content and interactable moments that are within the game, the levels are very short and the entire game can be completed in one sitting. This is great since you don’t have to struggle with constantly bringing your friend over to complete the full game.
This is also vital if you plan on nabbing as many achievements along the way. A lot of the achievements are easy to get and knowing where they are beforehand will let you knock out as many as you can on the first playthrough. A quick way to get your 1000GS if you’ve got a day to spare.
So, increase your gamerscore with ease by taking a look at sites like Trueachievements to get all the easy achievements you can without needing a second playthrough or even a third.
Couch vs Online
Even though the game is strictly co-op in its design, you do get the option to play it online with one character taking up a single screen instead of two. This also allows payers that can’t be in the same room the chance to play together or for one to find an online partner if they can’t or don’t want to play with a friend.
But, despite all the online capabilities that A Way Out has to offer, we found that the best experience came when we played together on the couch. A few of the times we played online, we encountered players that didn’t have a mic or simply wouldn’t use it. It could be frustrating, to say the least.
Communication and teamwork is the name of the game and playing together on the couch was the best way to go. While playing online is still more than viable, it’s a far better experience playing together with a friend on the couch and the highly recommended way to go.
A Way Out is a great experience overall for some good laughs with a friend and, with these tips, you’ll be able to get the most out of your playthrough. It’s available right now on EA Play through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so there’s never been a better time to experience the pseudo-crime drama that is this game.
Have any of you had the chance to play A Way Out? What are some of the tips and tricks that you’ve picked up while playing? Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.