When the original game was first released, it served up a heaping helping of party game-style fun, but also left fans hungry for more. For Overcooked! 2, the classic recipe has been updated with new ingredients to add extra spice, while still retaining the familiar taste of the first game. Some of these additions are little more than cosmetic garnish, such as the slew of new chefs for players to unlock. Other additions add a little extra meat to the gameplay, such as the new ability to throw items around. It may not seem like much at first, but being able to toss that tomato to a fellow chef or workstation from across the screen can make a large impact. In a game where efficiency is everything, every second shaved off the clock can mean the difference between serving up a fresh meal or tossing out scraps.
The biggest change in Overcooked! 2 is the addition of online play. While you can play the game solo, Overcooked! has always been a dish best shared with others. With Overcooked! 2's online multiplayer, now you don't have to try to fill your couch with line cooks. Instead, you can jump into the kitchen with your favorite chefs from around the globe. Both online and couch co-op play are equally fun, though you do lose a little of the camaraderie that comes with having everyone together in one room shouting and laughing together. Unless you set up a party chat on whichever platform you're playing on, Overcooked! 2's built-in communication is limited to just a series of easily accessible emotes. No matter how you choose to play, though, expect a challenge. The game ramps up the difficulty fairly quickly, but thankfully, it never rises to the point of feeling impossible ... especially if you've got a good team together. Even playing solo, while much more difficult, still manages to stay entertaining without getting too frustrating. If the first Overcooked! was the party game entrée, then Overcooked! 2 is a fully stocked buffet of fun.