You know when a meal is really good, but you’re already full?
Overcooked 2’s DLC just came out, and we’ve been able to play it together here at BXB. We had a good time with the base game when it came out a few months back; as a sequel some thought unnecessary, its new online multiplayer was a defining feature that extended its reach beyond couch co-op cooking. This DLC, called Surf ‘n’ Turf, offers a sunny new setting with additional campaign levels and recipes.
As with the main campaign, Surf ‘n’ Turf gives you a map to drive across to select from its 12 new levels. Only the first is available from the outset, with each subsequent area requiring you to win stars to unlock them. That’s simple in theory, but I quickly came to realise that Team 17 don’t mean to give this content up easily.
The first level introduces the new smoothie recipes which are simple enough to make. It’s just that the time you’re given to prepare them is pitched squarely at experts. If you haven’t recently completed the main campaign, beware. After several attempts at the first stage, I just about scraped a single star. Figuring this was just because I’m playing alone, BXB colleague Ben helped me out. Now: the two of us have this shit down, throwing and catching ingredients, timing our dishwashing and serving to perfection. Our reward? Two stars, barely.
We had a good go at level two, but the extraordinary score requirements coupled with more complex recipes completely finished us. This is a difficult problem when we’re trying to tell you about the game, because there’s content here that we can’t reach. In addition to the smoothies, there are new kebab recipes hidden away. There’s also a water pistol that can put out fires remotely and push other chefs around. That sounds great fun, if only we could get to it.
As if it wasn’t punishing enough, the difficulty can be increased again once the campaign levels are beaten. Sure, hardcore players may appreciate the challenge, but was it really necessary to lock out everybody else? When every level comes with a performance measure, the lowest measure ought to be reasonably achievable. It shouldn’t be harder than getting an actual Michelin star.
Surf ‘n’ Turf is probably very good for a niche demographic. For the rest of us, the menu on offer in the main game is enough to fill you up. You can politely decline the DLC menu at the end of the evening, pay the bill and leave satisfied, with a few quid unspent in your pocket.
Overcooked 2: Surf ‘n’ Turf was provided to us by Team 17 for Xbox One. It was reviewed on an Xbox One S and X.