Review: Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf (DLC)

Review: Overcooked! 2 - Surf 'n' Turf (DLC)

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 – Surf ‘n’ Turf
Format: PSN (1.1 MB)
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Publisher: Team17 Digital Limited
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Original MSRP: $5.99 (US), €4.99 (EU), £4.49 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:
Review: Overcooked! 2 (PS4)

Gameplay:
Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf is set in a hot and sunny holiday location complete with beaches, pools, and a few cheeky new obstacles. The gameplay mechanics have largely stayed the same. Orders come in and the chefs must prepare and send the food out in an efficient manner.

Some patrons are willing to wait a little bit longer for their food so an eye must also be kept on the tip gauge for each order. In these kitchens, the orders are a little different from the main game. Now there are fruit smoothies, BBQ skewers, and more.

Review: Overcooked! 2 - Surf 'n' Turf (DLC)

It took two attempts at one level for us to notice some bellows which can be used to heat up the coals a little quicker, although it also means the food burns quicker so timing becomes ever more important. Now, before you write in saying that there’s a huge tips screen preceding the level which explains this, my wife was too eager to play and skipped it.

Also, in one level we were momentarily flummoxed when we couldn’t find the sink to wash up our dirty plates. I picked up a water pistol and thought it couldn’t be here just for fun and aimed it at the plates. A quick squirt and they were as clean as a whistle, it also pushes other chefs back a few steps and puts out fires. I love it.

Some people thought the main game was a touch on the easy side. The developers at Ghost Town Games took that to heart and added another difficulty star in the main campaign to remedy that but also balanced these new levels to provide some extra challenge. This does mean some levels really do need three or four people to get some of the more elusive stars. Or, maybe two with amazing zen-like timing and a touch of luck.

There are three new Chefs and twelve excellent levels to master in this great value DLC. But, it isn’t the quickest or most apparent downloadable content to get to as it seems to be buried in the Extras menu at the bottom of the Story tab. I was hoping for a poster or something on the side of the food truck, which serves as a menu.

There were a couple of paragraphs here complaining about a few bugs and glitches but before I had even written the conclusion to this review, a patch had been released that seems to have fixed every single problem. None of them were major things anyway.

If I had to complain there is one little niggle, I would like to be able to retry a level from the ‘bill screen’ or whatever you want to call it. Instead, it loads back onto the map and the level must be selected again.

Review: Overcooked! 2 - Surf 'n' Turf (DLC) Review: Overcooked! 2 - Surf 'n' Turf (DLC)

Visuals:
The bright and sunny visuals in Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf are beautiful. I love the cute little map full of Palm trees and sailboats lazily swaying out on the clear blue water. There are poolside kitchens complete with customers chilling out getting a tan. One kitchen on the beach even has some patrons doing a Conga line, which often hindered our progress.

The delicious new foods and smoothies and countless little touches littering each level all look great. Pretty birds occasionally fly overhead, their shadows gliding over discarded buckets and spades, sandcastles, and the gentle tide as it washes back and forth.

I also grabbed the Too Many Cooks DLC Pack featuring five brand new Chefs. There is a Monkey, Calico Cat, Walrus, Purple Alien, and a Unicorn Chef. It’s a nice little collection and great for my kids as they love all of them, although they do think the Walrus is a bit peculiar.

Now it would be great if the Chefs had their own benefits or unlockables but their look, just like all the others, is purely cosmetic. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could rank them up the more you use them, all the way up to Executive Chef? Anyway, I digress.

Audio:
The music and sound effects in Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf are just as good as the full game, maybe even a little better this time, largely thanks to the summer-y theme. It’s still in keeping with what you would expect, but now there’s a relaxed tropical vibe throughout.

Online/Multiplayer:
Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf uses the same great online system as the main game and it works like a charm. I still adore playing this game locally just like the old classic but when the family is busy, I can always grab a few friends online or play the Arcade and Versus modes with some randoms.

Review: Overcooked! 2 - Surf 'n' Turf (DLC)

Conclusion:
Overcooked! 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf is a fantastic addition to an already spectacular game and you’d be crazy not to grab it. It’s a nice price for some more friendly co-op fun and now you can even spray everyone with a water pistol. The difficulty level is great and it’ll take a decent amount of time to get through it all.

See you on the beach.

Score:
9.5

* 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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