A Way Out is like no game we’ve ever seen.
The premise sees you and a friend work together to try and escape from jail. One wrong move and you’ll be back inside or worse.
Here are four reasons why it’s the co-op experience of the year.
One of the players will control Leo, the other, Vincent, two convicted prisoners who must break out of prison and stay on the run from authorities.
To make this happen, you’re going to need cooperate with each other.
Each situation will need to be approached carefully, with both characters taking different roles.
In one scene, for example – Leo may need to distract the guard while Vincent hunts for a set of keys.
Along the way you’ll bump into plenty of NPCs, and have different dialogue options to choose from.
There’s online AND local co-op
Harking back to golden years of multiplayer gaming, they’ll be a split screen mode where you and your mate can play together.
There are even some scenes where it cleverly ‘full screens’ and sees you play through events solo.
An unforgettable chase in a hospital, complete with an Oldboy-inspired corridor brawl is a particular highlight.
So, for those without a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live account, it’s time to dust-off that second controller.
But it gets better…
You can play with a mate for free
As long as one of your mates has bought A Way Out, you’ll be able to play the entire co-op experience with them without paying a penny.
Now, there are a few conditions. For one, you’ll both need the same console – as A Way Out doesn’t support cross-platform play.
You’ll also both need a persistent internet connection and either PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold.
It’s much cheaper than other Triple-A games
We’ve saved the best ’til last.
A Way Out costs just $29.99 – that’s £22.99 or thereabouts.
Considering that some games can cost upwards of £70, it represents incredibly good value.
A Way Out is out now on Xbox and PS4.