Hazelight Studios’ cooperative adventure game It Takes Two won the Game of the Year Award at the 2021 Game Awards. It is one of six nominees for the award, including Deathloop, Resident Evil Village, Psychonauts 2, Metroid Dread and Rachet & Clank: Rift Apart.
The award was accepted by Hazelight Studios director Josef Fares, who did not give his acceptance speech as he did during the “fuck Oscar” moment during the 2017 Game Awards. Instead, he thanked the other members of the Hazelight team and dedicated this award to his daughters.
It requires two unique premises. It selected two players as the divorced parents Cody and May. Their daughter was not happy about the upcoming divorce, so she turned them into dolls with the help of Dr. Hakim. This is a sentimental and clever self-help relationship book. What follows is a series of dramatic scenes that require close cooperation. Fares is so confident in the game that he promises $1,000 to anyone who is tired of the game.
In her comment, Rachel described It Takes Two as “an excellent cooperative adventure, not too serious, this is its only shortcoming.”
It Takes Two also won the best family game in a competition with four Nintendo games. Although Deathloop missed the Game of the Year award, it did receive several other awards at Geoff Keighley’s awards ceremony, including best game director and best art direction. Interestingly, in other nominations for the best game of the year, no one has won awards in other categories except Metroid Dread, which won the best action-adventure award.