Overcooked 2 Review
Welcome back to the Onion Kingdom.
This time we have been awarded a noble prize, as the Onion King starts to read the recipe his faithful dog warns him of the dangers of reading this recipe in particular. This proves to be a disastrous move as the Unbread come to life around the castle and it is up to us (the only cooks around at the time) to learn the cooking skills to keep the Unbread full and away from the rest of the kingdom.
Once again we must hone our cooking skills on a myriad of levels in Overcooked 2’s Story Mode. The hub world itself has seen a makeover, with new 3D textures, interactions (pressing buttons to make ramps) and a food van that can transform, becoming things like rafts and rockets as you glide around the map looking for new levels.
To progress through the story you must complete levels to earn stars (based on the number of orders you fulfil during the level), the stars then unlock the next level. The aim is to build on your companionship to ultimately feed the Unbread and save the Onion King from putting his kingdom into jeopardy once again. Completing levels also allows you to unlock new chefs to play with – and who doesn’t want to play with a Panda dressed up as a chef?
Overcooked’s gameplay was already defined in the first game and for that reason, the main gameplay stays mostly unchanged. You cook the dishes that the customers have requested, chopping, steaming and boiling as you go. There is the new addition of being able to throw items, which can be a challenge to get the food to go where you want at first, but when mastered, it can really set you up well for the level and help you to get those three stars at the end of the level. Being able to throw produce to your teammates is a welcome addition and something I didn’t know I wanted until it was an option. The other addition here is the ability to communicate with other players with emotes – a feature that the first game severely lacked. The emotes allow you to communicate with your team without having to shout at them (unless they just don’t understand what ‘I’m washing up’ means!).
As well as the main story, you can also play arcade mode and versus modes, which can be either online against other chefs or through traditional couch co-op.
With online play, you can play privately with friends or publically against lots of different players. The versus mode is the same as the first game and will see you play in teams, trying to cook and deliver more orders than the other team. Arcade mode is a new addition and allows you to dip in and out of all the different levels (even if you haven’t already played them in the main story mode) for a more casual play through with friends. It’s a mode that goes well with the couch co-op feel of the game, this is further added to by the game coming to the Nintendo Switch, a system that compliments the game perfectly thanks to the Switch’s co-op friendly nature.
Overcooked 2 Review Conclusion
Overcooked 2 doesn’t reinvent itself but the new additions are welcomed and definitely enhance a game that already had a good recipe. I’m glad that they didn’t mess with this and have kept this familiar feel. Overcooked 2 allows you to continue with all the fun from the first game with some great new levels.
We tested Overcooked 2 after receiving a review code from the publisher. Overcooked 2 is available now for all consoles and devices.
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