Overcooked! All You Can Eat | PS4 Review
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
I think that it's safe to say that most people will have heard of or even played Overcooked! or Overcooked! 2 at some point. Now what if you could bundle both games together, ramp up the graphics and features, and add a whole lot more content into the package? Well that is exactly what developer Ghost Town Games and publisher Team17 have done with this new and improved version of both these games. Overcooked! All You Can Eat really does serve up a feast of content and options, with all the trimmings and side servings you can handle. Overcooked! All You Can Eat is available right now for Windows PC, PlayStation, XBox and Nintendo Switch. For the purposes of my review, I was playing on the PlayStation 4. We also played some 2 player local co-op, which was a lot of fun, and will get discussed more later.
Having only played Overcooked! previously myself in the past, I was looking forward to all of the new features and options from Overcooked! 2 that are included in this new improved 'deluxe' edition, that I had never played. But just to give you a little idea of what the games are about, or in case you have maybe not played either of them yourself, let's start with this... Overcooked! was released in 2016 as a local co-op, or couch co-op game for 1-4 players and the players take on the role of chefs in an absolutely frantic and chaotic kitchen setting. Over the course of the game there are various locations and backdrops and the story takes you through the Onion Kingdom where you will have to work well as a team of chefs preparing a whole host of different and very varied dishes. All of the ingredients are close at hand in your kitchen, but time and skill will have to be managed, in order to keep those customers happy. The follow-up game Overcooked! 2 was released in 2018 and added a whole lot more with new levels, settings, chefs and recipes. Obstacles and portals were added in, as well as the very welcome inclusion of online muliplayer, with options for both local and online, so now you could chef up with strangers all across the world, to add to the chaos and mayhem.
So, what's included in this all-new Overcooked! All You Can Eat, you ask? Well, you do get both the main games, plus all of the extra content that came out for them in the past, so an absolute bucket load, with over 200 levels and more than 80 chefs to choose from. The game has also been fully remastered in 4K with 60FPS. You also have the option to revisit all of the kitchens and settings from Overcooked! using the updated Overcooked! 2 game engine. You get the Campaign and Arcade modes as well as a new Assist Mode, which makes the game just that bit more accessible, especially for those who played it in the past and ended up shouting at the TV in frustration at their friends for not chopping more mushrooms or cleaning the dishes. We did try this new Assist Mode on our 2 player local co-op games for the review on the Playstation 4 and it really does make a huge difference to the actual game.
Campaign Mode lets you play through Overcooked! or Overcooked! 2 as well a third option of Extra Trimmings. This extra option lets you play all of the DLC from the games as well as the just released Overcooked Bithday Party DLC. Arcade Mode lets you play co-op or versus and there is an option on the top right of the screen to manage your team before you play. You can also choose between couch play, online private, or online public, whichever you like.
In the settings screen, you have options to enable crossplay and voice chat, as well as audio options for mic, chat, music and SFX. You can check your controls but there is no mapping. Finally in the accessibility settings you can set the text size and choose a dyslexia friendly font. The menu screen is rounded off with a credits option, to scroll though all the credits.
Overall, if you are looking for a fun, sometimes hectic and chaotic, but thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience, that you can play with friends, both locally and online, or have played either of the games on their own and want to expand on the content and options, then this should be a definite purchase for you. We sometimes dread thinking about playing these games, stressing out about the chopping and the dish washing, and getting all of the correct ingredients together in the correct order. But we really do have so much fun playing them. Overcooked! All You Can Eat is absolutely packed full of content and I am only dropping it a point in my final score due to the frustration it causes, but that is all part of the fun with it. I would very highly recommend Overcooked! All You Can Eat, so chef up and get cooking! g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 4 rapidly chopped tomatoes out of 5.
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