Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4)

Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC, Mac

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Overcooked! 2
Format: PSN (2.8 GB)
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Team17 Digital Limited
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Original MSRP: $24.99 (US), €24.99 (EU), £19.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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My family still plays the first game when we get a spare five minutes and when we heard Overcooked! 2 was on the horizon we literally cheered. Our expectations with this new serving are ridiculously high and it will take some doing to meet them.

Gameplay:
I won’t leave you waiting like a hungry diner in the Fawlty Towers restaurant, I’ll come right out and say Overcooked! 2 beat our expectations and is easily the most fun we’ve had in ages. It took some doing to find even the smallest of faults and even then, it was more my own failings rather than the game.

Just like the original game, your job is to prepare meals and send them out to the hungry patrons. If you’re playing the game on your own you have a doppelganger to keep you company. When you’re busy chopping something or washing the dishes, you can leave that character to carry on while you switch to the clone and continue with the other jobs.

This does mean that you can play this game on your own, but why on earth would you want to because this time, it even has online multiplayer. More on that a little later, now I want to mention the awesome levels.

Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4) Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4)

All of the crazy things that you would expect from an Overcooked kitchen make a return in this game, with an extra helping of variety and madness. One level totally changes midway through and it’s a sight to behold. The kitchens have more of an identity now and there’s much less repetition, not that it was a problem before. I definitely have more favorites this time and the themes are more distinctive too.

Some levels require the use of a new throw ability. Only uncooked food can be hurled across counters and gaps, and when mastered can be crucial in achieving those high scores. It can also be hilarious when the flying food smacks into another chef. I have, even on one occasion, had it land on the plate where I intended it to be placed. Sadly I was the only one who noticed as my wife had just fallen off the ledge separating us.

The surrounding areas of the kitchens have plenty more variety too with some takes on popular culture seeping in and making me smile. The unlockable characters are fantastic and sometimes match where they were unlocked. I won’t spoil anything for you, but rest assured you’ll like some of the appearances.

When the game boots up it randomizes the unlocked characters for any allocated player but this can quickly and easily be changed. My wife wants it to remember her favorite character but I like that it mixes them up each time and will often go with whatever appears.

The food truck is back and even features as the game’s menu along with being the good old transportation across the large map. Hidden levels can be accessed by finding switches and meeting certain requirements in particular kitchens. To get the coveted Platinum, my wife and I did have to check online for the last hidden level requirement. You’ll be throwing a few more things into pots and passing some food back and forth, which can be done very quickly and looks hilarious.

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More choices on the menu mean you’re now blending, steaming, frying, and baking more meals for the demanding customers. Some of the classic dishes return, like my favorites, the tasty burgers.

There is an Arcade mode, where you can pick the theme but not the actual level so it ends up being a somewhat random pick anyway. This sometimes upsets my wife or other players as there are some very tricky ones that occasionally bubble to the surface, but more on that on the Multiplayer section.

Visuals:
Overcooked! 2 retains everything that I loved about the first game and improves on all of it. Being flattened by a car or mistiming a step through a magic mirror always ends in laughter.

A wealth of unlockable characters makes it easy to differentiate between each person (or animal) and it would seem the developers at Ghost Town Games used people and animals they know for inspiration. Although according to the game’s intro all of the people and vegetables have been changed and any similarities are purely coincidental.

I desperately want to go into detail about the excellent level design and the interesting twists that mix up the action but to do so would spoil the surprise. Rest assured that even the devilishly tricky levels are still great fun and a sight to behold.

There have been times where I’ve been wading through strewn vegetables and meats in a mad dash to grab the food before it becomes overcooked and burnt, only to fall off the edge because my wife was doing the same and knocked me flying.

Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4) Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4)

Audio:
Ghost Town Games didn’t mess with what works and just improved on the sounds of the various kitchens and the deliciously frantic music which intensifies as the timer ticks down to zero. The sound effects are great too and I especially like the muffled expletives coming out of my cute squirrel character whenever I do the corresponding emote.

The excellent menu in Overcooked! 2 still has the lazy and relaxed music that’s similar to an old and very dull UK TV show called Last of the Summer Wine. It reminds me of Sunday afternoons and four measly channels on the TV, back when I was young.

That show is apparently the world’s longest-running sitcom, according to the BBC, although any episodes I was forced to watch never made me laugh, which is quite the opposite for this outstanding game. Everyone playing and watching will often laugh, shout, and enjoy every minute.

Online/Multiplayer:
The last game was all about the absurdly fun and addictive local co-operative play, which still remains. It is possible to play the game on your own but this triumph of design deserves at least one other player. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait for my wife or kids as this iteration features fantastic online functionality.

You can invite people to your game or jump into the Arcade or Versus Modes with random players. It works exceedingly well and when other players have their microphones on, everyone has a blast.

Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4) Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4)

Conclusion:
Overcooked! 2 is a refined masterpiece, an exquisite delight for the entire family. I adore the local co-op with all its inevitable fun and hilarity. I heartily welcome the online inclusion that extends the merriment across the internet without ever seeing any connection issues. Having a party chat going is a must as conversing between the laughter and bickering makes the game just that little bit sweeter.

The team at Ghost Town Games has outdone itself and surprisingly, exceeded my lofty expectations to deliver a piping hot and extremely moreish experience that never gets old. It’s a perfect party game that I could not fault. The only things I would want from DLC or another sequel are more themes and something like Twitch food orders from viewers during streaming. That could make things crazy.

Score:
10

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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