Review: Battle Chef Brigade (PlayStation 4)

Battle Chef Brigade pairs combo-based hunting and puzzle-based cooking in a hand-drawn, fantasy adventure. Cook your way into the Brigade while subduing Victusia’s destructive monsters.

Pros:

  • Anime graphics, Looks wonderful.
  • 2.07GB Download size.
  • Colorblind option.
  • Can rebind buttons.
  • Four modes-Story, Daily cook-off, Local MP and Challenges.
  • Tutorial in story mode.
  • Gameplay- Mashes many genres together but in a nutshell, you enter cooking competitions, Go outside to kill creatures who drop ingredients then make the dish by playing a match 3 style game. Get scored by judges and win! (Hopefully)
  • Story- Two difficulties, Normal or hard, Six chapters, Take part in tournaments, do side missions and earn cash.
  • Surprisingly satisfying gameplay.
  • Fully voiced characters.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • 14 Trophies.
  • Puzzle modes.
  • Fast loading.
  • Autosaves regularly.
  • Learn new modes as you encounter them.
  • Loadout- Combat, Cooking, and cookware. Buy/earn items to put in these slots to affect the game board/stats etc.
  • Shop- Where you buy said items.
  • In game cutscenes.
  • Mashes genres together so well.

Cons:

  • Screen ratio is a tiny bit off with no options to fix it.
  • A tiny bit of slowdown and screen tearing.
  • Gets tedious in places.
  • Little replay value for the single player.
  • Short story mode.
  • A lot to take in.
  • As soon as you grasp one method, Another one will appear.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

On the surface Battle Chef Brigade sounds and looks really daunting and complicated, I mean any game that mashes genres together always raises an eyebrow of suspicion. Here we get a combat game mashed with match 3 that works really well and surprises me how easy it was to pick up and learn. Of course, further modes are added in over time like a puzzle mode or times events but again it all just flows after a few games. The simplicity and charm of the game win you over almost instantly, The whole story mode becomes a blink of gaming as you consume hours taking on competition after competition, The gameplay sets an addiction you have not had in a while and before you know it is 2 am and you have no memory of eating or drinking. The game can get that power and this is before you even think about the local multiplayer, It’s more of the same but has a different impact as you can shout obscenities at your opponent as you serve up winning dish after winning dish. Dailies will give you a reason to boot the game up constantly. Addiction will have you finishing the game in a solid amount of hours Unless you have like-minded fans than the game kind of comes to end when the story credits roll as despite the dailies you have little reason to come back. In conclusion, Its a one and done solo experience but well worth checking out whilst if you have local friends it’s a no-brainer!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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