Overcooked 2 – Review
In Overcooked 2 the Onion Kingdom is in trouble and it is your job to try and cook your way to success, providing all the tasty meals that you can muster up in a certain amount of time.
The first thing that I will say about the game, when you’re in that kitchen and you have the meals to cook, the game is absolutely frantic. Especially if you’re playing solo, having to switch between the chefs that are there to get all the different items prepared can seem a little daunting at first, but the more you go through the game, the more accustomed to it you will become to it, however, this doesn’t make it any easier to get everything out ready and cooked on time and to get to your targets. This game really does bring a whole new meaning to ‘practice makes perfect’ and if you don’t manage to do it the first, second or even third time, don’t be feel despondent about it just keep plugging away and you will get there.
I have to admit that the game was very fun playing solo, but when I played it with my wife in co-op that’s when it picked up a notch. Having someone there with you doing the other half of things made a big difference, and the new throwing mechanics that have been introduced worked like a charm… When my aim was spot on! However, things did get more and more complex the further you went through the levels as more and more complex dishes are added and other elements that require timing while also may be preparing something else at the same time. Such as chopping fish while waiting for a pot of rice to boil, just make sure that rice doesn’t blow and burn. With the Coop side of things, me and my wife played through the level once to see what it was like, what needed to be done, what dishes were going to be served, once we had an idea of what needed doing we would go back to it, pick the things that we were each going to do and then stick to that. I think this was a good plan for us, otherwise, we would have been running around like headless chickens!
The story for the game is excellent and kind of brings into perspective of why you’re doing what you’re doing, in a weird cooking kind of way… The story for Overcooked 2 isn’t on par with the first game, but it’s not to far behind it. I think it’s one of those things where the first one was so unique, it will stand the test of time.
I love how the game has been designed, the use of colours, the representation of the food is excellent and the game plays very smooth indeed, I can honestly say I never came across any issues when playing the game.
The one thing that I felt was good, but kind of let the game down a bit was the interactive map, I have to admit that I didn’t really see any point to it, and it could have been done in a different way. The interactive map is basically how you get from level to level, driving around in a bus to find your next destination. There are also ramps that you can unlock to get to special bonus areas of the map. If you’re wondering why this is letting the game down, well, the main thing behind this is that if you wanted to go back to an earlier level to try and get some more cash or improve your score, it makes it a bit of an effort to do so, you have to drive the bus all the way back to that level to do it, you can’t just click and go. Which when you get the later levels in the game, kind of made me not want to go back, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered most of the time. It would be nice in an update to be able to bring up a list of the levels that you have done and just be able to select one to re-do.
Overcooked 2 was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone, and more so if you’re looking for an excellent co-op game to play with friends/family.