Review: Overcooked! 2 (PlayStation 4)

Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons… it’s time to save the world again!

Pros:

  • Cutesy chubby graphics.
  • 4,35GB Download size.
  • Three game modes- Story, Arcade, and VS.
  • Four players local support. You can split/share controllers.
  • Six kitchen themes.
  • Three save slots.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Kitchen based mayhem gameplay. You have to fulfill orders quickly and prepare food, clean plates etc.
  • You can now throw ingredients!
  • All new level mechanics.
  • Easy to get into.
  • The game slowly eases you in with new mechanics/recipes delivered over time.
  • Unlock new characters as you play through the story.
  • Still as hectic and fun as ever.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Levels will actually change as you play like rotating platforms or parts of the kitchen moving around.
  • Portals and doors add another layer of complexity to proceedings.
  • All new recipes.
  • Playable in solo. You get a few chefs and can hot swap between them.
  • Simple controller layout complete with button icons on the screen.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial support.
  • Humor throughout.
  • Decent story.
  • World map level select. You control the van and this time around the map is more interactive, Find secret buttons to trigger shortcuts and secret areas.
  • Cutesy animations.
  • Tip multiplier- You can now submit order after order and get a multiplier to increase your score.
  • Levels are scored on a 3-star system based on your overall point value.
  • You can replay levels.
  • Nods to other famous characters and locations.
  • All new chefs to play as and learn about.
  • The whole game is very rewarding as you feel yourself getting better.
  • The online multiplayer support which is a first for the series!
  • So much fun to play.
  • A true test of friend/relationships.
  • Can get very addictive.

Cons:

  • Some of the new levels irritate more than innovating.
  • Any type of lag will ruin the game.
  • Feels at times like a big DLC drop rather than a new game. That soon disappears but it definitely starts that way.
  • No online leaderboards for the levels.
  • Ruins friend/relationships.
  • Causes a lot of swearing.
  • Blinking and breathing can be hard thanks to the frantic pace.
  • Can get very overwhelming.
  • Kind of has to play the story to get all the characters and locations unlocked.
  • Not fun to play solo. You have to constantly change chef and manage so much its not fun.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Overcooked 2 builds upon the first game and adds so many much-needed refinements, The ability to throw food is so simple yet so effective in the game, Its a real game changer you might say. With this new mechanic comes even more devious level layouts and hazards. Some hit the mark whilst a few misses and infuriate you more than delight you. Solo is definitely not the way to play this game but luckily it has online play this time around so anyone can get in on the action. The earlier game was local only and alienated so many gamers. Shame but understandable. Now I will be honest, I did get the whole “This is just a lot of DLC” vibes early on, It wasn’t until I unlocked a few locations and I saw more variations at play that I realized just how much work has gone into the game. In short its still overcooked but now its more open than ever and anyone can play it. So if high paced time/item management is your thing and you fancy a true challenge, Overcooked 2 is the one for you!

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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