The co-op cooking game Overcooked 2 was one of the featured third-party announcements during Nintendo’s E3 presentation this year. After playing it, I understand why.

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While others on the Kotaku team have been praising the first Overcooked for a while, I hadn’t had the time (or, sniff, the friends) to play it. At E3, after a few rounds of Smash Bros. in the Nintendo booth, I did.

It’s still a game about communication and the struggle to avoid slapstick follies while running around trying to cook up orders that keep coming in.

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The Nintendo reps showing me the game said that the ability to toss food was new. Cool. Better? Stages can change a lot, something they said wasn’t a thing in the last game. In the clip here, you’ll see me and three other players initially try to fill orders in a salad restaurant that’s in a hot air balloon. By the end of the level, we’ve crashed into a sushi joint and are cooking there. It was fun.

Overcooked 2 is slated for release on August 7. It’s not just on Switch, though. It’s also slated for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. A Nintendo rep told me the new game can be played solo, but it’s clearly best experienced in co-op. It’ll support local and online play.

Editor-in-Chief. Playing: AC Odyssey (need to get back to Ashen, Spider-Man, RDR2, Iconoclasts, Arkham Origins, Sushi Striker, Samus Returns, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint)

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DISCUSSION

I bought overcooked 1 during christmas holidays and played it with 4 people. We got stuck pretty soon because the game required us to get excellent points from previous maps to progress. I decided to uninstall the game after a few hours of frustrating repeats of the same maps and we went to play Lovers in a dangerous spacetime and dungeon defenders.

Does the new game also require you to get multiple stars or whatever from previous maps to progress? Is it as hard?