It Takes Two takes co-op gaming to a new level — so long as you can ignore the story

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Now more than ever, video game developers are toeing into historically ~adult~ topics like depression, anxiety, identity and stress. But the topic of divorce? Well, that’s something the creators of behind the new multi-platform co-op game It Takes Two wanted to tackle for themselves — with gun-wielding squirrels, a “Book Of Love” and a murderous vacuum, of course.

Developed by Hazelight Studios (AKA the creators of co-op prison break game A Way Out), It Takes Two is one of the first multi-platform, co-op games designed for truly remote play between friends, couples or roommates. What makes it unique is that only one person needs a copy of the game for both people to play it together. Pretty cool, right? It Takes Two is available for PS5, PS4, Xbox and PC. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring It Takes Two to the Nintendo Switch (yet).

It Takes Two for PS4, $34 (Orig. 40)

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The story centers on soon-to-be divorcees Cody and May, who make it abundantly clear early on that they do not get along, much to the dismay of their daughter Rose. When the couple magically ends up in the bodies of two of Rose’s tiny handmade dolls, they must work collaboratively to make it through several challenges — defeating a murderous tool box, infiltrating a wasp hive to get to the queen, and even blasting off to space (sort of) — to figure out how to return to their human bodies and repair the rift they’ve created with their daughter. But can they repair their own relationship while they’re at it?

Yeah, it’s a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. For a game with creative challenges, innovative co-op design and unique game play, the story line is arguably the worst part of the whole game. Even Reddit reviewers say it’s a game worth playing “if you can ignore the story.”

In our latest episode of “Are You Game?,” In The Know producers Antonio Dahl and Daniel Menendez review It Takes Two for themselves to see if it’s worth the hype.

“Today, Danny and I are working on our relationship,” Dahl says in the video above.

The question remains: Did It Takes Two’s aggressively collaborative game play help — or hurt — their friendship? Check out the video above to see.

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