In 2018, Josef fares surprised everyone with their new game: A Way Out. The director of the independent studio Hazelight always liked the idea of ​​cooperation. In 2013, for his first project, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, it offered players to control two brothers simultaneously throughout an adventure full of twists and turns.

Five years later, Fares decides to push the concept even further with A Way Out. A work playable only in cooperation. Locally, or online, it is essential to find a teammate to discover the adventures of Leo Caruso and Vincent Moretti, two prisoners on the run.

Edited by Electronic Arts in the range of independent titles ” EA Originals “, Josef Fares sets up the” Friend Pass “which allows two to play online with a single copy of the game. This first try is a success and offers something innovative.

Convinced that this “multiplayer cooperation” aspect can be improved, Hazelight announcement in June 2020 It Takes Two. The idea is therefore to push this concept even further with fun, varied and terribly effective gameplay. In this new game, you control Cody and May, a couple in the process of divorce who will go on an incredible adventure to try to save their history. Did they succeed in seducing us at the same time?

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Two heroes and the magic book

After the fraternal bonds in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the budding friendship in A Way Out, Josef Fares and his team tackle love. In It Takes Two (which means “Being together” in French), you meet Cody, his wife May and their daughter Rose. The couple go through a complicated period and decide to divorce.

The story begins when the young child discovers at the turn of yet another argument between her parents that they are separating. Confused, the little girl inadvertently casts a spell on her parents who find themselves transformed into dolls. Specifically, Cody becomes a clay sculpture and May a wooden figurine.

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The two heroes will meet an extravagant character: Dr. Hackim. The latter is the author of the world bestseller “Book of Love” and considered a famous expert in romantic relationships. He announces to Cody and May that their little girl called on him to help them save their marriage. Thus, if they want to regain their human form, they will have to overcome a series of trials through an extraordinary journey that will give their couple a second chance… or not.

Cody and May won’t really have a choice and begin their journey in the barn of the house where they are attacked by the old vacuum cleaner of the family who is not really happy to have been left behind.

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The theme of couple and love will create a more intimate feeling than in A Way Out and we face real situations that require teamwork. The game is ideal to be devoured with your other half and ensures a great time. Sometimes funny and sometimes touching.

Dynamic and varied gameplay

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To accentuate the cooperation side and make it an essential element, the Hazelight teams had the idea of ​​arming Cody and May with different accessories, but nevertheless complementary. Thus, throughout the adventure, you will change equipment depending on the situations you face and you will systematically need each other to move forward. Whether it’s a hammer, nail gun, superpowers to go back in time, to clone you, to change your size… The accessories, weapons and abilities of the two characters are numerous and varied.

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Like in A Way Out, you’ll also face situations where you’ll be forced to sync to activate a mechanic and move on to the next scene. Everything is very well taken care of and it works straight away. We take pleasure in linking sequences which are precisely measured in order to avoid this redundant or weariness side. Hazelight manages to strike a balance between the lengths of the levels and the different gameplay mechanics used in them.

This is also a good point to underline. It Takes Two offers a multitude of ways to play during the adventure allowing to have a dynamic and varied gameplay which manages to surprise us on several occasions. The game is constantly being renewed, whether in its gameplay, but also in its environments, its puzzles or its twists. We never get bored.

Accessible to all… Really to all

Let it be said, It Takes Two will not put your nerves to the test. The game does not have levels for difficulty. The latter is standard and does not offer a high challenge. When you die, you usually respawn in the same location. Enemies and bosses aren’t very tough. It is undoubtedly a bias of the studio to precisely encourage the players to have a good time with their spouse (e) who would not necessarily be used to indulge in video games. Even for a novice, the title is really accessible. This may frustrate some who like a challenge, but it can greatly offer the opportunity for non-gamers to try it … And have fun.

Thanks to the “Friend Pass”, you can play online with a partner during lockdown if you don’t have the chance to be together. He will then be able to play with you even if he has not purchased the game. Simple, practical and efficient.

Technically flawless

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On the technical side, It Takes Two is doing well too. At times we may note some camera problems that can really penalize the player during certain challenges. Another small problem should be noted for the dubbing which will be only in English with French subtitles. Players who are not comfortable with the language of Shakespeare, may miss some gags and other interesting dialogues.

Besides these few hiccups, no bug is to report during the adventure (which lasts more than ten hours). Everything is linked, even when the action accelerates the gameplay remains fluid, it’s really nice.

A nice trip for the eyes

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The game offers a very nice graphic rendering. With It Takes Two, Hazelight opts for the cartoon side (quite inspired by their previous production). Whether outdoors with flora and fauna, in the child’s room or even in an imaginary world, the environments are really beautiful. The level design is interesting considering that our two heroes are tiny. Many everyday objects can represent an obstacle and even a danger. Our perception changes completely and leaves room for unusual situations.

My opinion on It Takes Two

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Finally, there is not much to fault It Takes Two. Both beautiful, fun, and accessible to all, the game has the luxury of being innovative, varied, with a very decent lifespan for this kind of game. Josef Fares’ teams make an almost perfect copy and offer clearly one of the first little nuggets of the year. We simply regret that the PS5 version does not take into account the features of the DualSense. If we quibble, we will blame a lack of challenge for players who want a challenge. Important point to clarify, It Takes Two is sold for only 40 € with the friend pass allowing two players to play, even if the second player does not have the game. What more could you ask for?

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It Takes Two

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WE love

  • It’s beautiful, it’s fluid, it’s funny, it’s fun: Cooperation, real (and very well thought out).
  • Variety in the universe, puzzles, puzzles, gameplay mechanics, environments …
  • An incredible rhythm: it is linked together we do not get bored for a second
  • Funny and endearing characters
  • Sold for 40 € with the friend pass to play online with a player who does not have the game

We like less

  • Some small (and rare) camera concerns
  • No challenge .. Those who like challenges will be disappointed
  • Where are the features of the DualSense?