Overcooked released in 2016 to critical acclaim and gained a huge following since its initial launch, so how does the sequel pan out? Let’s see.
In Overcooked 2 you play as a chef preparing and cooking orders in absurd restaurants. Players chop and cook ingredients, combine them on plates and serve dishes via a conveyor belt. Between coordinating short orders and bumping into each other’s characters, the game lends towards overwhelm.
The sequel builds atop the original game, with new interactive levels, restaurant themes, chef costumes, and recipes. Some levels have moving floors and other obstacles that complicate the cooking process, including portals, moving walkways, and fires that are impossible to pass.
Other levels transition between settings and recipes, such as one that begins with preparing salads in a hot air balloon and ends crashlanded in a sushi kitchen. The sequel introduces ingredient tossing, such that players can throw items to another chef or pot from far away.
Overcooked 2 is fun, like really, truly, insanely fun! It builds on the original enough to make it a completely new experience and the multiplayer is as friendship breaking as its previous iteration. There’s not a lot to say about the game as there’s not a lot to it, but that’s far from a bad thing.
The beauty of the Overcooked series is in its simplicity. It’s accessible and hard to master at the same time which is hard to achieve, especially in what is essentially a party game.
The graphics and art design are what you would expect from Overcooked, beautifully cartoon-ish. Its chirpy soundtrack is brilliant and sets the tone, what’s especially good is how it has the ability to set panic in your mind as the drums kick in as your timer ticks ever closer to zero.
Each level feels unique and are well designed as each different stage opens up to new challenges and new dishes to prepare. I especially enjoyed the hot air balloon level which ended up being a white knuckle affair as the environment descended into chaos and one of my favourite gaming experiences in recent memory.
You are spoilt with modes including a fully fleshed out story mode and quick game party modes, all of the modes are four player coop local and online so you can rage at your friends and family as you mess up orders and burn the rice. This is definitely not a game to play with randoms as it requires clear communication and believe me it can be stressful!
So the bad points. I only had one gripe while playing this game and that is it’s just not fun on your own. Its just not enjoyable trying to do four peoples jobs while trying to control two chefs and plate up orders. That’s it for negativity as the game is just fun and well crafted.
Overcooked 2 is a masterpiece of a party game and is probably the most fun you will have with your clothes on this summer. I wouldn’t recommend playing it solo or with randoms but then again I am sure there will be many friendships made and broken over spilt sushi. Pick it up and you wont regret it.
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- Overall - 9.5/109.5/10
Overcooked 2 is Team 17’s ultimate party game and its just plain fun to play. The levels are brilliant and will bring a smile to your face just as much as it makes you want to slap your teammates. This game will make and break friendships but lets be honest there are plenty of friends to be made lol!
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