The next two players from Hazelight Studios are officially out now. It Takes Two puts you and your partner in a split screen adventure to help potential divorcees Cody and May learn to work together again as small, Honey I Shrunk My Spouse versions of themselves. Even better, it sounds like Hazelight has even mediated the marriage successfully between all the many types of character skills they have cut together this time. When I know, I’m ready to call my regular friend to deal with this.
After playing Hazelight’s latest co-op ’em A Way Out earlier this year, I felt cautiously optimistic about It Takes Two. I had a decent time with A Way Out, but the transition from hidden puzzles to car chases to third-person shooting was not very smooth. Game director Josef Fares put a lot of emphasis before It Takes Two was launched on how each area has you and your friend to tackle a completely different set of tasks, which worried me that it would be a similar bumpy ride. Alice Bee̵
“You and your partner will have different abilities at all levels, so there is a sense of anticipation when you come to a new area,” she says. “The constant changes in style, ability and even camera angles – with levels referring to top – down RPGs, beat them up and Mario Kart – are not disorienting, and none of them end up being underdeveloped.” She says that some are more fun than others, but they all have interesting uses for solving puzzles and actually require cooperation from both players.
The story is apparently a bit conventional. Two parents learn to work together again for the sake of their children instead of getting divorced. No big surprise there. When I played A Way Out with my partner, I clearly remember that I predicted one of the main character’s dramatic climax lines literally because it was so predictable. I expect about the same from It Takes Two, but if we get a good laugh out of it again, I would not call it a big loss. It takes two looks like it will be corny and fun on purpose, at least.
With my own biggest reservations about It Takes Two set aside, I guess I know what to do this weekend.
It Takes Two is now out on Steam and Origin for £ 35 / € 40 / $ 40. As with their latest collaboration, only you or your buddy need to own the game to play together.