The cooperative adventure game by Hazelight Studios, “It Takes Two” has won Game of the Year at the 2021 Game Awards.
It was amongst six nominees for the award, together with Deathloop, Resident Evil Village, Metroid Dread, Psychonauts 2, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
Award Dedicated to Daughters
The award was received by the director of Hazelight Studios, Josef Fares, who didn’t give a receiving speech relatively as meme-worthy like his “fuck the Oscars” moment in the 2017 Game Awards.
Rather, he expressed his gratitude to the remaining members of the team at Hazelight, and the award was dedicated by him to his daughters.
It Takes Two has a very different approach. It casts two players “Cody and May” as soon-to-be-divorced parents and with this impending divorce, their daughter isn’t happy, and therefore she converts her parents into dolls by taking help from Dr. Hakim, a sentient, wise-cracking self-help relationship book.
The series revolves around a dramatic set of pieces that all need close collaboration. Fares were so much assured by the game that he pledged an amount of $1,000 to those who felt bored with the game.
In her feedback about the game, Rachel explained It Takes Two calling “an excellent co-op adventure that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s the only place it falls short.”
The game has also won the Best Family game in a contest held against four Nintendo games. And whilst Deathloop missed out on the Game Of The Year distinction, it did manage to receive the number of other awards at Geoff Keighley’s awards show, along with the award for Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction.
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Surprisingly, amongst the other Game of the Year nominees, no one won awards in other sections apart from Metroid Dread for Best Action Adventure.