The next two Hazelight Studios players are now officially available. It Takes Two puts you and your cooperative friend on a splitscreen adventure to help potential divorcees Cody and May learn to work together again as tiny versions of themselves, Honey I Shrunk My Spouse. Better yet, it seems Hazelight has even successfully mediated the marriage between all the character skill types they’ve gathered this time around. Knowing that, I am ready to call my regular friend to address this.
After playing Hazelight’s latest co-op game, A Way Out, earlier this year, I was feeling cautiously optimistic about It Takes Two. I had a decent time with A Way Out, but its transition from stealth puzzles to car chases and third-person shooter wasn’t terribly smooth. Game director Josef Fares put a lot of emphasis prior to the release of It Takes Two on how each area gets you and your friend tackling a totally different set of tasks, which I was concerned it would make for an equally bumpy ride. Alice Bee’s It Takes Two review has some reassurance on that topic.
“You and your cooperation partner will gain different skills at each level, so there is a sense of anticipation when you come to a new area,” she says. “The constant changes in style, skill, and even camera angles, with levels referencing top-down RPGs, beat ’em ups, and Mario Kart, are not disorienting, and none of them end feeling underdeveloped. ” She says some are more fun than others, but they all have interesting uses for solving puzzles and actually require the cooperation of both players.
However, the story is a bit unconventional apparently. Two parents learn to work together again for the sake of their child instead of divorcing. It is not a big surprise. When I played A Way Out with my friend from the co-op, I clearly remember getting ahead of one of the dramatic lines from the climax of the main character’s story literally because it was that predictable. I expect the same from It Takes Two, but if we laugh again, I won’t call it a big loss. It Takes Two looks like it will be cheesy and fun on purpose, at least.
My biggest reservations about It Takes Two aside, I guess I know what I’ll do this weekend.
It Takes Two is available now on Steam and Origin for £ 35 / € 40 / $ 40. As with their latest co-op game, only you or your friend must own the game in order to play together.