Overcooked 2: First Impressions!

It’s Monday Funday and I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend! I’m back from my vacation and I have a few weeks worth of posts to write. To start off, I purchased a new game last week and I can’t wait to talk about it! Power Up Players for today’s first impression post for the game Overcooked 2!

Developer: Ghost Town Games

Publisher: Team 17

Release Date: August 7, 2018.

Platform: Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC (not cross platform)

Genre: Simulation

Price: $24.99 on Steam

Overcooked 2 is a chaotic co-op cooking game for 1-4 players in which you must serve a variety of recipes including sushi, pasta, cakes, burgers and burritos to hungry customers in a series of unconventional kitchens.

 

Premise: Overcooked 2 is the sequel to Overcooked where you play as a chef cooking and delivering orders to your patrons. I love a great cooking game and for a few months I have been trying to find an online cooking game to play with my friend Stephanie (Xsanie). She told me about Overcooked 2 and how the game will have an online multiplayer mode, unlike the original game that hosted local multiplayer only modes. This was all i needed to purchase Overcooked 2 on PC!

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Story: Yes, the game has a story mode that’s actually pretty fun. You are helping the Onion King and his dog Kevin in the Onion Kingdom overthrow the zombie pieces of bread, known as “The UnBread (get it, get it lol).” To defeat these evil dough boys, you are tasked with journeying through the Onion Kingdom and learning recipes to feed to the evil doers. You and a party of up to 4 players journey through different levels, cuisines and outrages challenges to bring back fancy recipes to defeat the Unbread.

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Replayability:  High replayability for me. There are different game modes other than the Story like Versus or Arcade mode that you can play. In Versus mode, you can play a public or private match where each player will pick a team and play in a 2 v 2 Cook Off! To win you need to make the most money from serving your customers. This game mode is intensified as you can sabotage your competition by taking their pans, stealing their ingredients or even taking their dish to serve to your customers. It’s super fun!

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One of my favorite maps. Who doesn’t enjoy throwing food across a river rapids?

 

 

Difficulty: Surprisingly, the game gets difficult. There are different scenarios like dodging fire or running on treadmill that makes the simple task of cooking orders, quite difficult. Overcooked does an amazing job at easing you into more difficult recipes with 4 steps and mixing in an environment that’s not ideal to throw you off of your game.

Sights & Sounds:

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Cartoon Galore! Your chefs are awesome chibi -like characters that come in different races, species and abilities. I love how Overcooked 2 is providing a diverse range of chefs showing representation in the game. One of my favorite characters to use if the Racoon on Wheels! The music is just what you would expect from a time based, simulation. It starts off sweet and happy and increases in tempo the closer you run towards the time limits.

Final Thoughts:

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Cross platform play. Hopefully DLC in the future. I really enjoy playing games that test my reactions. Overcooked test your reaction time and problem solving skills making it a developmental and fun game for the entire family. A few things that I would love to see is Cross Platform Play! I have friends that have Overcooked 2 on the Switch so it would be awesome if I could play with them on my PC. I’m super excited to see if there will be any DLC in the future. Right now I have been playing the game for maybe 8 hours and there’s still plenty of story left. I can see myself playing and relaxing in Overcooked for a while.

Play & Skip: Fun for the family! Frantic fun! Level difficulties increase. * frazzled easily , need to cooperate with others. If you love a challenge, this is the game for you!

Play

  • Frantic Fun for the entire family!
  • Test your reaction skills
  • If you love a challenge, this is the game for you!

 

Skip:

  • If you get frazzled easily, maybe skip this one
  • Not a fan of cooking games

Thank you for reading today’s First Impressions Post! Have you played Overcooked 2? What games are you currently playing? Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Raft: First Impressions!

Happy Saturday Novas! Vacation is over and I’m super excited to talk about a new survival game that I have been playing. Power Up Players for today’s First Impressions Post on the video game Raft!

Developer: Redbeet Interactive

Publisher: Axolot Games

Release Date: May 23rd, 2018

Platform: PC

Genre: Survival

Price: $19.99 on Steam

 

By yourself or with friends, your mission is to survive an epic oceanic adventure across a perilous sea! Gather debris to survive, expand your raft and be wary of the dangers of the ocean!  -https://raft.itch.io/raft

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Raft is a unique survival game where you start on a 2 x 2 plank raft with a shark circling you and a plastic hook in hand. To start surviving and building your raft into a respectable home, you will use your plastic hook to grab items floating in the ocean. Listen, I know this game sounds like it’s no fun at all, but playing with my friend Xsanie, we have been having a blast surviving the ocean a la Castaway style! The game is still in development and available for Early Access, but I’m mostly happy with the progress so far.

Game Play-

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The game play is enjoyable as you build and create a raft to survive. You can make your raft as luxurious (with paint, hammocks and furniture) or as minimalist as you would like. Many items can be found by reef diving in the water, but make sure you have the shark distracted or he will bite you. You can die from the shark, your health going to 0, starvation and not having enough water. I think I really enjoy having to multi-task, protect the raft and make sure that Xsanie and I have food and supplies to survive.

Research-

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When we found out how to research items in the game, a entirely new experience was created. When the game is started, you have based recipes like how to make a base for the raft, water purifiers and grills. Once you build a Research Table, you can place items like wood, plastic, rope, etc into the table to unlock new crafting recipes. This open ups possibilities for comforts, upgraded grills & purifiers and more.

 

Danger-

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1st lesson…Stab him with the pointy end!

Jaws is a constant thorn in your side throughout the entire game. I thought I could be smart and build my important items in the middle of the raft, because the shark can bite off pieces of your structure. I was wrong! The shark sometimes comes out of nowhere and bites the middle of the raft!!! How does that even happen? Once the shark bites off a piece of your raft, any item located on the section sinks to the bottom of the ocean. It’s quite annoying actually. Once you have a garden planted you also have to watch out for Seagulls that will fly in and eat everything.

 

Final Thoughts – I really enjoy raft and it’s a great game to play with a friend. Once the raft begins expanding, it’s great to have the extra pair of eyes and hands when the sharks or storm attacks the boat. Raft is currently in Early Access and there have been noticeable glitches like when you can’t see your hook and you miss barrels because of it. Hopefully the games gets an update that improves the experience, but all in all, it was worth the $20 that I spent. I will say it’s a bit tedious after floating for 3 hours so having different modes or even having larger islands that you can explore and stay on for longer periods of time would greatly improve the game.

This is the section of my reviews where I like to list my top reasons to Play or Skip the game.

Play:

  • A unique new survival game
  • Multiplayer Fun
  • Crafting Fun

 

Skip:

  • If you get seasick lol
  • If you prefer survival games where you can explore land and new areas

Have you played Raft? What games are you currently playing? Do you like Survival Games? Let’s talk survival!

-Luna 🙂

Playing The Game: Staxel Ep 1!

Power up Players for a new series called “Playing The Game!” Playing the game is going to be a cross series where I breakdown my initial analysis and thoughts on the game (like my First Impressions Posts) on the blog and then upload the actual gameplay on the GamersUnitedGG YouTube Channel. Today we will be Playing a game on Steam called Staxel.

Developer:Plukit

Publisher: Humble Bundle

Genre: Sandbox

Platform: PC

Price: $19.99

Staxel is an ambitious game designed to give the player a lot of creative freedom. We feel that we’ve reached a good level of polish, but content-wise, our vision for the game is far greater in scope. Our goal for Early Access is to keep expanding the game while listening to you—the player—to pinpoint our priorities.” …

Staxel is a sandbox adventure game that’s very similar to Minecraft. The game was presented to me by my friend Xsanie in our Discord channel and I immediately fell in love. We downloaded the game and I have been playing all weekend lol. Currently, the game is in the “Early Access” phase so there are updates and tweaks being made to improve the quality of the game.

 

Premise:

You are welcomed into a beautiful farming City by Farm Fam and the Mayor Maximilian. After a brief tutorial, you set out on your journey to rebuild the glory of the farm on the outskirts of town. Of course your relatives left you an old, rundown farm and barn that you will want to build and help use to attract more citizens to the town. Your entire goal is to farm and socialize with the other townspeople.

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Expectations:

I initially expected to play a game where you build a farm with friends and go mining like we would do in Minecraft. Currently, the game is in early access but you can create multiplayer servers and farm with friends. I have 2 solo games and a multiplayer game going on currently. There was a game called “Avatar Farm” that I used to play and loveddd on Xbox 360. You would use your

Actual Gameplay:

So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that this sandbox game actually gives you missions and quests to participate in to go alongside with building a farm.

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Episode 1:

In episode 1, I learned all of the abilities and features of the town. I learned how to plant, water and build my farm. I was also provided with a pet puppy named Buddy in which I care for. He follows you around town or you can leave him at home. I was able to visit the workshop in town and learn new skills in building and assembling items from a learned recipe.

 

Learnings

  • Each townsperson occupies a role and can give you quests
  • Even though you have options to decline, the A.I.’s get mad if you do!
  • Your pet will only follow you within a certain range, so don’t walk too fast if you have them tailing you.
  • You can charge tools to cover more area. Charging an axe cuts down more of the tree and charging the hoe tils a larger spread of land.
  • You can make money by selling items like bugs, wood or crafting items.

 

Questions

  • Does your pet help you farm or have any special abilities?
  • Is there a main story you have to complete?
  • What happens if you run out of missions?

 

 

Thank you for reading my analysis of my first episode in Staxel! As this series progresses there may be new sections added on. You can watch the gameplay of episode 1 on YouTube by clicking here! If you would like to join me in the Playing the Games segment, please leave your interest in the comments or email us at GamersUnitedGG@gmail.com. Have you played Staxel? What games are you currently playing? Let’s talk Video Games!

-Luna 🙂

We’re on YouTube!

Power up players! It’s time, we are on Youtube! After months of thinking about it and wanting to do it, I’ve finally pulled the trigger. I apologize, my mouse ins’t visible on the screen but I will be looking to fix that and the audio inconsitencies in the coming weeks. I just want to say thank you to the blogging community because having the confidence to blog has spilled over into YouTube. Now let’s make these 2018 goals!

You can check out the channel by going to YouTube.com/c/GamersUnitedGGCommunity or by clicking here!

 

 

Episode 1 of the Faeria Card Game is up!  Many tweaks to be made, but we are on our way to fabulous 2018!

Have a great day!

-Luna 🙂