Developed by Ghost Town Games and Published by Team17, Overcooked: All You Can Eat is a real buffet of content which has been garnished with 4K graphics. All the content from Overcooked and its sequel plus all the additional content have been combined and spruced up graphically to bring you a single entry for all your Overcooked joy.
For those who have not played Overcooked before, it is a strategy game of time management, coordination, cooperation and communication. You are essentially chefs in a kitchen and the orders are coming in thick and fast. You have to grab, chop, boil, and fry a massive variety of dishes. On some occasions, you have to tie it in with plating it up and sending it out as well as washing the dishes up for the next customers. You are judged on meeting the orders promptly to try and reach that 3-star rating.
But as simple as that sounds, many other variables make this difficult. For one, positioning is important; if you are playing by yourself you usually take control of two chefs and have to switch between them. Leaving your inactive chef in the wrong place could see them getting in the way or worse, falling off of the level and needing to respawn. The positioning of the cooking units on some levels move about which can really mess up your rhythm. On some levels, there are rats who run away with your ingredients and also, if you leave something cooking too long it can set on fire which will start a whole bunch of chaos unless you can put it out with the extinguisher quickly.
Overcooked is meant to be played with others to get the full experience. It is only through suffering through fellow chefs who aren’t doing what you want them to do, that you start to understand why Chef Ramsay is so angry. I played both Overcooked titles as well as some of the DLC content with the wife and it is a real rollercoaster ride. When you are coordinated and have a well-oiled machine you are high fiving the 3-stars you achieve. When it goes wrong – and that will happen – you notice that you start to tear strips off each other. But if you can get 4 of you playing the coordination and communication becomes that much harder, and you reach that fine line of joy and fury with each other. Don’t worry even if you’re not cut out to be the best chef out there you can play the game in assist mode which gives you more time to complete the meals and round time altogether to get your score up.
So what’s new here? Well, the original Overcooked has been overhauled graphically and has added the ability to play online with others. All the DLC content previously released is here in this bundle. The graphics are now boasting a 4K resolution and 60fps for a bright, sharp and colourful display. It also benefits from the new Xbox SSD, cutting down load times, plus there are more chefs to choose from to be your main avatar whilst playing. One of the biggest claims is that there will be cross-platform multiplayer. This is something we want to see more of in this generation and it’s great that it is included here.
Overcooked: All You Can Eat is a superior bundle for fans of the original games. Having all the content in one place and brought up to speed with all the benefits of being on the latest generation makes this a must-have. For those who haven’t played it and want to have a try, there is plenty of content to enjoy and sink your teeth into. Although it can suffer from repetition, especially on your own, it is still definitely one of the most fun co-op party games out there, and with the addition of cross-platform action it opens up the chance to play with others more so.
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