Overcooked Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Overcooked RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network PlayStation Plus September Games are Overcooked, Hitman 2, and Predator: Hunting Grounds https://www.gameskinny.com/l308c/playstation-plus-september-games-are-overcooked-hitman-2-and-predator-hunting-grounds https://www.gameskinny.com/l308c/playstation-plus-september-games-are-overcooked-hitman-2-and-predator-hunting-grounds Wed, 01 Sep 2021 16:21:44 -0400 Jonathan Moore

September's PlayStation Plus games have been revealed via the PlayStation Blog. The lineup includes Overcooked! All you Can Eat for PlayStation 5 and Hitman 2 and Predator Hunting Grounds for PlayStation 4. They will be available for download starting September 7.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat was released in late 2020 and is a package deal, including the remastered versions of Overcooked and Overcooked 2. The multiplayer co-op kitchen simulators can be played solo or with up to three other would-be chefs locally or online with crossplay. Developer Team 17 rebuilt each of the games, so these aren't simple reskins of the originals.

According to the game's website, All You Can Eat includes "more than 200 levels," seven of which are new, and three new characters to choose from. The collection supports 4K 60fps, "faster load times," and "brand new trophies ..." A number of accessibility options have also been added to this definitive version, such as "a scalable UI," "dyslexic-friendly text," and "color blindness options."

Hitman 2 needs no introduction and makes the second part of the World of Assassination Trilogy available to a wider audience. It launched in 2018, and it was the first game in the stealth-action series to include multiplayer, though that component was unfortunately removed in 2020, rendering the Deadly Duo DLC trophy unobtainable.

Regardless, Hitman 2 is certainly an essential installment for any stealth fan, where players are able to eliminate marks in each of the game's sandbox levels in almost any way they see fit. It's certainly a worthy complement for this year's triumphant Hitman 3.

Predator: Hunting Grounds might not do the film series it's based on justice, but that doesn't mean that playing as the Predator isn't fun. The asymmetric five-player multiplayer title from IllFonic (and published by Sony) pits a team of four soldiers against a solitary Predator.

It's essentially a game of deadly hide-and-seek in a handful of jungle settings, where soldiers carry out operations while avoiding the deadly alien stalking them and getting to the chopper. There's plenty of weaponry to go around, and the Predator has a few iconic weapons and gadgets up its sleeve. 

As for August's lineup of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, Hunter's Arena: Legends, and Tennis World Tour 2, PS Plus subscribers can download those until September 6 at the weekly reset of 1 p.m. EST. 

Source: PlayStation Blog

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9 Games We Want to Experience in Virtual Reality (VR) https://www.gameskinny.com/kbrtm/9-games-we-want-to-experience-in-virtual-reality-vr https://www.gameskinny.com/kbrtm/9-games-we-want-to-experience-in-virtual-reality-vr Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:51:40 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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If for nothing else than just parachuting down with 99 other people Fortnite Battle Royale rounds out our list as a game we would love to see in VR. From building, to shooting, to hiding your way into the top 10, the cartoony Fortnite world would be an absolute delight to experience in VR. The PVE Save the World mode wouldn’t be half bad either. Fighting off wave after wave of cartoon zombies would be thrilling, and just the right amount of scary.

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That does it for our list of games we want to experience in VR! What other games do you want to see in VR? Do you think any games wouldn't work in VR? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for more lists, guides, and news about your favorite games!

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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I haven't met a single person who doesn't like Mario Kart. It's easy to get the hang of, and you always feel like you have a chance to win the race. The levels are also delightful to drive through. I know, I know there’s already that Tokyo arcade that offers the VR Mario Kart experience, but if there could be a way for the common gamer to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe from the comfort of their own home, it would dominate the VR market. Fans would come in droves to VR to play this game, if only because nailing your friends with a green shell would never be more satisfying.

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Portal
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This one might turn your stomach, but from the first inklings of VR, Portal was part of the discussion. This 3D puzzler that redefined the way we think about puzzles would be a natural for VR. Imagine going through a level and hearing someone like GLaDOS talking behind us or above us (which would be a great game to take advantage of sound in a 3D space) and trying to get under our skin as we try to beat a level.While we have Portal Stories: Mel, it’s not the same as the mainline, genuine Portal experience. We want to blast our portal guns and travel through disorienting dimensions and vomit-inducing infinite loops!

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Overwatch
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If any FPS would work well in virtual reality, Overwatch would. The gameplay is already favorable to VR: each character only has a few abilities to master, while movement is easy to master for most characters. As long as we had great wireless VR technology, so we wouldn’t trip all over ourselves, this arena shooter would be a fantastic way to spend a quick hour in VR. Players would get an opportunity to really challenge themselves against others and have a whole new way to compete with one another. Overwatch also has tremendous lore around it that people are in love with. Being able to go into a world you love and see your favorite characters (I'm looking at you Mei and Winston) would go a long way in bringing people real joy.

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World of Warcraft
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So many fantasy and sci-fi novels talk about being transported into virtual worlds and going on adventures with friends. When World of Warcraft came out in 2004 it was the virtual world everybody had been waiting for. Now that we have the technology WoW VR would be the epitome of virtual reality experiences if done right. Just imagine being transported into a fantastical world and cooperating with 24 other people to take down a dragon 30 times bigger than you. It would bring a whole new meaning to the term heroic mode. If any MMORPG should be made into VR it's this one.

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Steep
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Let’s face: it snowboarding and skiing in real life can be scary and downright dangerous for the inexperienced, not to mention relatively expensive. We're not all capable of going to the Olympics like Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White. Fortunately for us who are more risk-averse, but still love snow, Steep captures all that fun and excitement, without any actual risk of bodily harm. If we could be instantly transported to the peak of Denali and go for a high adrenaline race down the slopes in virtual reality, how could we possibly resist that temptation? Steep is highly acclaimed for how beautiful it looks, and in VR , I imagine we'd all be wondering why we can't see our breath while we trick our brains into feeling chilly.

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For Honor
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Ever wonder who would win a fight between a knight, a viking, and a samurai? If so, then this game is for you (and it probably still is, even if you never wondered). While it has its fair share of issues, like connectivity and microtransactions, For Honor has a very rewarding fighting system. If the game solved all of its issues and came out on VR, it would be a truly great experience. Who doesn’t want to grab the nearest sword and beat up on any unfortunate soul who dares come near them? The 3D environments in the game would be especially great to experience in VR, combat would bring entirely new challenges, it would be a great workout, and the arenas are small enough to traverse easily. There's almost no reason why this shouldn't work as a VR game.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is breathtakingly beautiful. This action RPG features hunting, stealth, and a fantastic story, not to mention the landscapes in HZD are tremendous. Being able to experience that world in VR would make your jaw hit the floor. You would practically be able to feel the tall imaginary grasses while stalking your prey as Aloy. Imagine drawing back your bow and letting loose an arrow to see a monster fall before you. It's the thrill of the hunt -- except nobody actually has to get hurt. Which is good, since those machine monsters would probably be even more terrifying in VR.

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Overcooked is fun, hectic, and easy to pick up. It's a game where friends work together in a restaurant to get out as many orders as quickly as possible (think diner dash done even better). Its simple controls make it a great candidate for VR. This co-op frenzy would guarantee laughs, as you see your friends bumble around while you try to get those meals out on time. So it's easy to speculate that being inside a crazy kitchen like the kitchens in Overcooked would lead to even bigger laughs then the game already produces in groups of friends. And of course, the best part is there's no risk of actually cutting yourself with that kitchen knife!

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VR technology has been improving steadily, and dedicated VR gamers are always hoping for the next great experience. Virtual reality offers people the opportunity to immerse themselves into fantastic worlds and challenge their brains and bodies in new and exciting ways. The technology for virtual reality gaming is quickly improving, and after titles like Doom and Star Trek: Bridge Crew came to VR, the platform looks more promising than ever for gamers. To prepare for that glorious future, here are a few more games we hope to one day experience in VR.

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8 Family-Friendly Co-op Games on the PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/8-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/8-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:14 -0500 Allison M Reilly

If you have kids and a PS4, then one of the two scenarios is likely happening in your home:

Scenario 1: You own the PS4. Your kid(s) want to play games with you, and you sure aren't letting them play Grand Theft Auto V. If your kids are young enough, then perhaps you just hand them an unplugged controller so they feel like they're playing.

Scenario 2: Your kid(s) own the PS4. They're playing all sorts of games and having a great time, but not anything you really like. You're wondering if there's anything you and your kids can play together and have a bit of bonding time.

No matter which scenario is most applicable to you, there are certainly some awesome, family-friendly co-op PS4 games out there. The following seven titles are sure to create a fun, memorable experience playing video games together with your kids.

Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends is a platformer in which up to four players make their way through many, many levels -- 120 levels, to be exact. In the game, Rayman has awoken from a 100-year nap, and the world is in trouble. He and his friends Murfy and Globox must come together and save the world from the nasty nightmares. No matter the age of your kids, Rayman Legends is pure entertainment for the whole family.

Buy Rayman Legends now from Amazon: $20.88

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2

Taking you and your friends on a brick-smashing romp through the Marvel cinematic universe, LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 gives you control of Thor, Gamora, Spiderman, Ironman, and myriad other Marvel characters in a quest to save the world from evil domination. The game requires tons of teamwork and strategy, but never loses sight of the whimsical fun that makes Marvel, well, Marvel. 

New updates to this installment of the franchise give you more customization options, more puzzles, and more characters to play with. But at the end of the day, the gameplay is the same LEGO gameplay you've come to love over the years. It's one of the most engrossing couch co-op games of the year -- in true LEGO form. 

Buy LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 from Amazon: $39.99

Guacamelee!

Guacamelee! is a beautiful Metroidvania-style brawler/platformer inspired by Mexican culture and folklore. The main character is Juan, who is killed trying to rescue El Presidente's daughter. While in the land of the dead, Juan finds a mask that gives him superpowers and allows him to transcend both worlds. Up to four people can play, but the introduction of the game needs to be completed solo before everyone can join in.

Buy Guacamelee! now from the PlayStation Store: $14.99

Minecraft

Minecraft can be a co-op game in two ways. One, where each player has a controller and you utilize the split-screen mode. Or two, where one person is on screen building things and the other is more of a designer or architect behind the on-screen creations. Of course, there's the not-so-secret third way, which is where everyone just takes turns trolling each other. Nonetheless, Minecraft is a wonderful co-op game if you're looking for a title that is less about defeating enemies and more about building the world you want to be in.

Buy Minecraft now from Amazon: $19.99

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a gorgeous 3D platformer filled with everything anyone could want in a platformer: puzzles, action, mystique, and a compelling story. Players choose from Pontius the Knight, Zoya the Thief, and Amadeus the Wizard, who each have unique skills and abilities. Unlike the other games on this list, the co-op is only for up to three players. 

Buy Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power now from the PlayStation Store: $21.99

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Who doesn't love the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies? Hopefully not your kids. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is very similar to the first game in terms of gameplay, but the sequel adds new plant classes, new zombie classes, and new game modes. In this game, the plants are on the offensive for the first time, fighting to reclaim Zomburbia from the zombies. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 also introduces the Backyard Battleground, a hub world in which players can explore, find missions, collect things, plant pots, and do other fun things.

Buy Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 now from Amazon: $19.49

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is for one to four players and a good game for players, say, age 10 and up. It's similar to Gauntlet Legends for N64, where it's a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler in which players can choose to be a wizard, valkyrie, elf, or warrior. Each role has different abilities, but only one player is allowed per role. The game doesn't have the most varied levels or gameplay, which makes it good for younger or less experienced gamers.

Buy Gauntlet: Slayer Edition now from Amazon: $19.99

Overcooked

If you want to encourage your kids to cook more often but aren't sure how to get them interested, then Overcooked may be a good place to start. This cooking simulator for up to four players involves preparing a wide variety of dishes in crazy kitchens under crazier circumstances. For example, your kitchen could be split between two trucks traveling at varying speeds, or just simply on fire. If cooperation just isn't your family's thing, then there is a competitive multiplayer mode as well.

Buy Overcooked now from Amazon: $19.99

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With the holidays coming up, there's still plenty of time to do the shopping and pick up a title or two off this list. Hopefully this year, it won't be just you or your kids spending time by themselves playing the cool new video games but instead everyone gathered around the console together to celebrate the festive season.

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Top 5 Cooking Simulator Games on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/19epq/top-5-cooking-simulator-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/19epq/top-5-cooking-simulator-games-on-steam Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:42:52 -0400 Angelica Dimson

Cooking has been implemented into a lot of games – sometimes for survival purposes like in Don’t Starve, or sometimes just to help you along with your day like in Stardew Valley. A lot of popular cooking simulation games have been on the DS, like Cooking Mama, or as a mobile app. But what about cooking games on Steam?

Today, I'm going to nourish those cravings of your inner foodie with a list of cooking games you can find on Steam. I’ll be focusing on games that revolve solely around cooking gameplay. Other games that have cooking in them, but don't use it at the core of their gameplay, won’t be included.

Let's get started! 

5. Cooking Academy: Fires and Knives

Price: $14.99
Rating: Positive

I can't imagine someone not loving pancakes.

Starting off hot, there’s Cooking Academy: Fire and Knives – a collection of three Cooking Academy games! Taking place in the kitchens of a prestigious culinary school, your goal is to become a master chef through various ‘cooking’ mini-games such as using your mouse to de-shell shrip or a mini rhythm game that makes you time when to add ingredients.

Cooking Academy: Fire and Knives is a mix of mini-games and education. You’ll learn more than 175 recipes and food trivia while mastering new cooking skills. Thus, inspiring you to cook IRL!

Get Cooking Academy on Steam

4. Cooking Dash

Price: $9.99
Rating: Positive

Poor Flo, how does she handle everything?

If anyone remembers Flo from Diner Dash, she returns yet again with her grandmother in Cooking Dash. After their chef leaves Flo’s Diner to pursue a career in reality (cooking) TV and takes all the other chefs in DinerTown as guests, it’s up to Flo and her grandmother to help the restaurants in town with their standard level set-up. Once you fully helped one restaurant, you'll move to another to help cook and serve.

Cooking Dash offers the nostalgia of Diner Dash but with a twist, with the player serving both as a waiter and a chef.

Get Cooking Dash on Steam

3. Pizza Express

Price: $6.99
Rating: Very Positive

Is that a pizza cat I see?

Pixelated with some campy humor, Omni Interactive’s Indie title, Pizza Express, is a restaurant simulator where you join Gastone and his friend Lucky on a “tasty adventure” to become the best pizzeria in town.

Instead of only cooking meals via mini-games, you control everything -- including the menu, price, advertisements, and the interior decor of the restaurant. There’s also a story going on in the background that has alternate endings -- and I won't spoil. 

Get Pizza Express on Steam

2. Cook Serve Delicious

Price: $9.99 
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive

It's time for a good ol' fashioned cooking battle!

Called a hardcore restaurant sim on its Steam page, Cook, Serve, Delicious gives players complete control over their restaurant, which is similar to Pizza Express. Can you prove your skills with fast-paced mini-games? Or better yet, will you be able to defeat other online chefs in the game's DLC, Battle Kitchen Edition?

There are also moments you have to micromanage outside of the restaurant, such as throwing parties or reading your virtual mail in order get the opportunity to be cast in the ‘Iron Cook’ TV show.

Get Cook, Serve, Delicious on Steam

1. Overcooked

Price: $16.99
Rating: Very Positive

Space food has never looked so good. 

Finally, we have Overcooked, a local co-op game for 1-4 players. As a team, you and your friends must cook up orders for customers in somewhat precarious environments like a space station, where rooms constantly rotate, or in the depths of a volcano.

With slapstick humor and hilarious visuals, hopefully, you and your friends will learn to properly work together, or it’ll all end with someone grabbing a fire extinguisher.

Get Overcooked on Steam

Now it's time for you to start cooking (virtually and hopefully IRL). Whether you're a virtual chef combating other online players or trying to work together to cook the best meals in town, or even attempting to manage your own restaurant, be sure to make Cooking Mama proud.

"Better than Mama!"

What do you think? What are your favorite cooking games? Comment below!

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The 5 Best Team 17 Published Games That Aren't Yooka-Laylee https://www.gameskinny.com/u476j/the-5-best-team-17-published-games-that-arent-yooka-laylee https://www.gameskinny.com/u476j/the-5-best-team-17-published-games-that-arent-yooka-laylee Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:52:56 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Some gamers may be disappointed by Yooka-Laylee, but not all hope is lost. Team17 has published plenty of other games spanning across several different genres that can still leave players satisfied -- just like the ones we've listed here!

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Are their any Team 17 published games that should be on this list that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Lemmings (2006)

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This edition of Lemmings is a remake of the 1991 original, and commonly referred to as the best version of the game.

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The goal in every level of Lemmings is to guide your group of oddly human-looking rodents through different obstacles and to the exit. Each level has a required amount of lemmings that must make their way to the exit before progressing to the next. Lemmings can be given one of eight different skills which can help clear obstacles, change the landscape, or alter lemming behavior.

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This PSP remake contains all 120 levels from the original, plus 36 brand new levels and a level creator in which levels can be constructed from in-game objects. 

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Worms: Armageddon

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Not to be confused with the later game, Worms 2: Armageddon.

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In Worms: Armageddon,  players take turns moving their teams of worms in a randomly determined sequence on a two-dimensional map. Each team can only move one of their worms each turn, unless they obtain an item which gives them the ability to change that. The objective is to kill all the worms on the other teams -- although in the single player campaign mode some missions have alternate or additional goals.

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Worms: Armageddon is available on Microsoft Windows, Sega Dreamcast, Original PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Color.

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Alien Breed Series

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If you're a fan of the Alien franchise but felt burned by Aliens: Colonial Marines and weren't a fan of Alien: Isolation, then Alien Breed is a series you should give a chance.

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Alien Breed is a top-down shoot-em up originally released for the Commodore Amiga in 1991 and heavily inspired by the Alien films. In this game, the goal is for one or more players to find the lift down to the next level while fighting against plenty of enemies along the way.

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The Alien Breed series has had nine more games on several different systems since its first entry, with a few later games being first person shooters. Some of the older Alien Breed games are available on iOS and Android, while the newer games -- commonly referred to as the "second era" -- are available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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The Escapists

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The Escapists is a top-down view strategy game where you play as an inmate trying to escape through different prisons, with the difficulty increasing after each escape.

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Through several different methods, players can obtain a variety of tools to help them escape, which must be hidden at certain times so the guards don't see them. The player also needs to make sure to follow the prison's daily routine, so the guards don't catch wind of their escape plan. If the player is caught by the guards, then the progress made in a level is reset.  

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In addition to tools, the player also needs weapons to fight against guards or other inmates. Players can also complete tasks for other inmates to improve their status. There are also ways for the player to level up their character and improve their abilities, such as exercising and studying.

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With a variety of different escape methods, a Walking Dead spin-off game, and a sequel coming some time later this year, The Escapists is sure to remind us how much we enjoy watching different characters break out of prison.

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The Escapists is available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Android devices.

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Overcooked!

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Players in Overcooked! play as chefs in a kitchen and have to do all of a chef's usual work -- taking orders, cooking, and cleaning -- under a time limit. Each order players make correctly earns them coins. The objective in each level of Overcooked!  is to earn as many coins as possible within the time limit.

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The level layout changes as the players progress, with additional challenges on some levels.

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Overcooked! has single player, co-op, and competitive multiplayer modes. It's available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch version of the game is planned to be released sometime later this year.

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Since its release, Yooka-Laylee has been hit or miss among gamers -- giving a great sense of nostalgia as a true Banjo-Kazooie successor to some, while being an unimproved and outdated mess to others.

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But even though it's probably the most hyped game that publisher Team17 has worked on in a long time, it's not the only game it has under its belt. Team17 has been involved with a number of games since its founding in 1990, many of which you probably haven't heard of. Let's take a look at the other awesome projects this studio has gotten its hands on!

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6 of the Best Local Co-Op Indies the PS4 Was Graced With in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/3g8hh/6-of-the-best-local-co-op-indies-the-ps4-was-graced-with-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/3g8hh/6-of-the-best-local-co-op-indies-the-ps4-was-graced-with-in-2016 Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:35:50 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Don't Starve Together

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Is this one of the biggest indies on PC? Yeah, probably. Is it also one of the biggest indies on PlayStation 4? Also probable!

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Don't Starve Together is a survival adventure, where up to two local players can ruin each other's good time while trying to stick it out in the unforgiving wilderness. You both must stay alive and try your best to retain your sanity and health, and of course not starve.

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There is so much to this game that there is not enough room for me to even begin here. This is a very different game from the rest mentioned in this list, and it's packed with so many hours of content its $14.99 PlayStation Store price tag is a total steal if you and your local bud(s) get addicted just like so many have on PC.

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There are many secrets in Don't Starve Together, but it's going to take dying over a dozen times to even begin to scratch the surface. With another player in co-op you have to share food and other resources, making this a true cooperative local co-op game... provided the person you're playing with isn't being a jerk.

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Don't Starve Together is flexible and allows for long play sessions should you get lucky -- just don't get mauled, don't go insane, don't freeze to death, don't starve, and don't let your co-op partner hoard resources.

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As mentioned at the start of this article, 2016 has been a fantastic year for indies on the PlayStation 4. Both single and multiplayer indie games are more abundant than ever and 2017 is bound to be even better -- but if not, at least there are plenty of amazing couch co-op run-offs from 2015 and 2016 to sink your teeth into on the console.

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Super Mutant Alien Assault

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So many games on this list are going to kill you a million times, what am I even thinking? I'm thinking, "Dealing with a bunch of bull with friends is way better than on your own," and that's very much the case with Super Mutant Alien Assault.

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An arcade-style meatgrinder roguelite that allows for up to two local players, Super Mutant Alien Assault's gameplay is just as blood-pumping as its music. Each stage you push through is a trial thanks to the random weaponry you're given and the variety of goals the game may throw your way, and it's absolutely packed to the brim with unlocks.

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Some may overlook this game because of its generic title, but it's definitely up there among the best local co-op roguelites on the PlayStation 4. A run generally won't last as long as one would in the previously listed Enter the Gungeon or Risk of Rain. The ship's radiation mutating your enemies should they be alive too long will make sure of that.

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It's fast, it's fun and it's only $9.99 at its standard price on the PlayStation Store. There isn't much else to say -- in this case, if this game looks like a good time to you, it definitely will be.

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Risk of Rain

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I'm going to recommend this game any chance I get and there's nothing GameSkinny can do to stop me.

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Risk of Rain is one of the better-known indies on PC due to all the media coverage when it came out in 2013 -- and it's still one of the best. It's pretty much just as good on PlayStation 4 as it is on PC, and is probably the second least forgiving game on this list.

Boy, is it worth it.

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The game launched on PS4 in 2016, complete with the whole PC experience, as well as online matchmaking. But the focus here is local co-op, and it's got that, too. Up to two local players can play locally on console.

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Risk of Rain is a frantic action platformer that is absolutely brutal, and even (especially?) when playing with another person in local co-op on console, it becomes an even more trying effort as you must portion out items and share the same screen.

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This game takes dozens of hours to get good at, and there are a good number of unlocks, but even the best player can get murdered in a split second with a misplay. It takes both skill and luck to push forward, and a run can either be a few minutes or well over an hour, depending on both factors.

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Risk of Rain can be grabbed up on the PlayStation Store for a paltry $9.99, which is a tiny sum considering how easy it is to rack up hours both solo and in multiplayer.

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The Bug Butcher

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This one may be a hard sell if you're not inclined toward shoot'em ups, but between The Bug Butcher's manageable difficulty, bangin' soundtrack and satisfying pew-pewing, it's really difficult not to recommend this game to someone looking for a quick pick up and play co-op game on PS4.

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The Bug Butcher is a vertical shoot'em up... kind of. While you certainly shoot upward and clear out waves of enemies while dodging their attacks and bouncing bodies, it's a different sort of animal from what one traditionally expects from the genre. And that animal is good.

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The game allows up to two local players to cooperate and shoot their way through countless enemies as the clock ticks down. You can stave off the timer and stave off your enemies, but if one of you has died enough and can't be resurrected by the other play fast enough, it's game over.

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The Bug Butcher is great to play with other people in short bursts. You pick it up, push as far as you can until one of you dies for good, and either go at it again on the same or different map or put it down. It's very easy to play a (hopefully not too) quick round and accidentally turn that into five or more in a casual play sitting.

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The game's singleplayer Mission mode has progression, but multiplayer Panic mode is where it's at for quick and totally fun gameplay sessions with a friend.

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Unlike the other games on the list, no one has paid much attention to The Bug Butcher, despite it being both fun and affordable. If a more arcade-style co-op game sounds down your alley, you may want to grab this up on the PlayStation Store for its standard price of $9.99.

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Enter the Gungeon

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Another popular indie title this year, Enter the Gungeon is a far cry from the four-player frantic struggle of Overcooked but not all that far off from the other games on this list.

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Enter the Gungeon allows up to two local players to cooperate as they shoot and dodge-roll their way through the perilous Gungeon, a dungeon both made of and filled with guns of unimaginable types. Well, unimaginable as a player. The devs certainly thought of them. But anyway ... 

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Despite its labeling as a bullet hell, the game is much more accessible than actual shoot'em ups and hardcore bullet hells. Bullet speed is generally on the slower side, and enemies have patterns for you and your gameplay partner to learn and eventually overcome completely. It may seem impossible the first couple hours, but in time you'll be a dodging and shooting machine.

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Enter the Gungeon's crazy tight gameplay is paired with a whole buffet of charm, from the enemies and music down to the gun and equipment descriptions. You'll stay alive longer in this than you will in the similar Nuclear Throne, and pushing to new depths and unlocking new guns is extremely satisfying.

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This bad boy can be picked up on the PlayStation Store for a mere $14.99 at regular price, and it makes for an excellent entry point into this intimidating genre.

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Overcooked

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The only strictly "party" game on the list, Overcooked has gotten a fair amount of attention since its release on both consoles and PC in August for its unique premise and frantic cooking gameplay.

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Up to four local players must cooperate to run a kitchen within a time limit, and let me tell you, cooperation is hard when you have to manually do every task from grabbing and chopping ingredients, putting together food orders, serving them and washing the dishes -- and that's not even going into the variety of stages that test your personal and team coordination and timing.

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Overcooked is by far the most stressful game on this list, but it is also the most full-on party gaming experience. You won't laugh as you play, but you will cry, scream and wonder why your fellow players can't just get on the efficiency ball. Should you and your fellow players be able to cooperate and coordinate properly, you'll run like a well-oiled machine all the way to the "this is immensely satisfying" bank.

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You can pick this baby up for $16.99 on the PlayStation Store when it's at its standard price, and there are two other editions with some extra content for the true gaming gourmet.

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2016 has been an absolutely amazing year for indie games on the PlayStation 4. The list of indies that have made their way to the console this year alone is a long one, and anyone looking for easily accessible couch co-op these days need look no further than the PlayStation Store's indie section.

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From high-tension pseudo-shoot 'em ups and roguelites to survival and platformers, the PlayStation 4's got some good variety in the co-op department that makes it easy to sit down for a few hours with a friend or loved one and just gnaw on the ol' gaming bone.

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This list will touch on six of the console's most gripping co-op indie games that are a lot harder on your fingers than they are on your wallet. They may be ports from the PC or other platforms, but they're well-worth your money on PS4 if you specifically are looking for games to play with other people in real life, the old-fashioned and superior way.

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EGX 2016: Day 1 - The Good, the Bad and the Indie https://www.gameskinny.com/llysq/egx-2016-day-1-the-good-the-bad-and-the-indie https://www.gameskinny.com/llysq/egx-2016-day-1-the-good-the-bad-and-the-indie Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:46:47 -0400 ESpalding

Today the NEC in Birmingham, UK, opened its doors for this year's EGX expo. Fellow GameSkinny editor, Pierre Fouquet, and I were in attendance. The day started with queuing -- lots of queuing -- but eventually I got inside and immediately found myself in the Rezzed section.

Rezzed, for those of you who don't know, is Indie games. Nothing more, nothing less. As I kind of "specialize" in writing about indie games, I was akin to a kid in a candy shop. Let me introduce you to some of the great games I played today.

Forgotten Anne

This game, exhibited by the Square Enix Collective, was actually a mystery until I arrived. I had previously been told to check out the unannounced game at their stand so I was very eager to see what it was and my hands on some world exclusive gameplay.

Forgotten Anne is a delightful and well-crafted 2D adventure featuring a young girl, Anne, an elderly gentleman, Master Bonku, and a world of forgotten things. The things that we humans are notorious for forgetting, such as old toys, bits of broken things, that cardigan you lost en route back from the pub, and even that "other sock." They all find their way into the Forgotten Realm. With the help of beings made up of some of these forgotten things, Anne and Master Bonku are trying to find their way home.

It is due to release sometime in 2017 and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Deckbound Heroes

One of my preferred genre of games is the collectible card games. Most CCGs will catch my eye and none more so than Deckbound Heroes. This unique game is so much more than just a CCG and that's what makes it really good. Not only are you presented with a whole selection of card abilities to use against your opponent but you also have to occupy outposts which, in turn, also grant additional abilities. All the abilities have a cool down and you have to figure out the best sequence to use them in to beat your opponent.

It has a pretty in-depth card system which you can read about on their website. The game is just about the launch into beta and is currently needing votes to get the project Greenlit.

HoPiKo

This game is a delicious blend of retro GameBoy music and bright, fast and taxing gameplay. HoPiKo has been developed by Leeds-based developers Laser Dog and it described as an "intense speedrun platformer where you get to save gaming". Speed is the operative word here, because the platforms explode if you say on them too long.

I'm going to be honest here and say that to begin with, I didn't quite get to grips with the very simple controls for this game (*hangs head in shame*) but when I did, it was addictive. Each level consists of 5 mini-stages and you need to complete them in one go to complete the level. However, if you crash into something and die, you have to start from the first mini-stage every time. So what happens is that you start to get quicker and quicker every time you die because you know how to solve the puzzles in the previous mini-stages and you just want to get back to where you were quickly so you can carry on.

Black the Fall

While Pierre got the opportunity to play this amazing game, I managed to pin down the developer for a chat about it and I am so glad that I did. Black the Fall is based on the experiences and general feel of what was going on in Romania during the fall of the USSR (the Soviet Union). The developer Sand Sailor Studio, from Bucharest in Romania, made the game using experiences from those who lived during the unsettling time to make this communist dystopian puzzle platformer.

Lost Castle

Lost Castle comes out of China from the Hunter Studios, and is being published worldwide by Another Indie. Already a complete smash in its native land, the game now has its sights firmly fixed on the World. Iain Garner, from Another Indie, described the game as "cute chibi crossed with the complexity of Dark Souls". Well, that makes an interesting combination!

The premise of the game is that your character has been taken prisoner inside Castle Harwood. A once noble castle, it is now overrun with goblins and other castle dwelling beasts and you have to fight your way out of it. Lost Castle is a 2D dungeon crawler with lots of randomly generated maps, items, mobs, and weapons.

Grimm: Dark Legacy

I'm a fan of the TV show Grimm, and I was excited to hear that the developers over at Gamesco had developed a game based around the lore of the show. Grimm: Dark Legacy takes place hundreds of years before what you see in the show today. The creatures and races, such as the Wesen, the Grimms, and the Daemonfeuer, will appear familiar to fans of the show but it is nice to get a different perspective on things sometimes.

The game is based around hunting. Players must learn to be vigilant and patient as they utilize tracking and hunting skills to find their prey. There is also a very heavy crafting element to the game which is in-depth and requires figuring out which elements go together to create effective traps, bombs, and other weaponry. Beware though, because the skills you are using to hunt and track will also be being used against you by the AI as the Wesen are hunting to kill you.

Grimm: Dark Legacy is available now and is free to play. It is available exclusively online which allows the game to be multiplayer, both locally or open to all.

Everything else

Even though my day was pretty booked up, I did get the opportunity to have a look at some other games which had caught my eye through the day. The guys from Ghost Town Games were there with their fantastic Overcooked (check out my review for Overcooked!). I got to talk to Abyssal Arts about their tactical story-driven fighting RPG City of the Shroud. And a game called Troll and I by UK-based developers Spiral House caught my eye -- it's a dual protagonist co-op action adventure set in Scandinavia, and sees a boy team up with a mountain troll after dire events destroy their separate lives and force them to work together to overcome threats.

EGX 2016 is on from September 22nd until 25th so make sure you check back to see what I get up to for the rest of the expo!

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Try Not to Get Burnt in Overcooked https://www.gameskinny.com/7b4m9/try-not-to-get-burnt-in-overcooked https://www.gameskinny.com/7b4m9/try-not-to-get-burnt-in-overcooked Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:44:19 -0400 ESpalding

This week, I have had the pleasure of reviewing a new indie game called Overcooked. The game has been developed by the two-man team of Ghost Town Games who are based in Cambridge, UK. Overcooked is currently available to pre-order on Steam, PlayStation Store, and XBox Store and is due to release on August 3rd. For the purpose of this review, I played it on my PC. The game is an entertaining co-op game where the aim is to create food. That's it. There are lots of levels of varying difficulty, and each level has a unique challenge that you need to overcome.

Overcooked comes with full controller support, but it can be played with a keyboard, too. To be honest, I wouldn't recommend it. I couldn't find a keyboard control menu, and getting the hang of switching your character was time-consuming and didn't make the game flow very well.The game can either be played alone, co-op or versus. I think the game has been designed to be primarily played with others because the single player game is a lot harder than multiplayer. Not only because of the previously mentioned issue with having to swap characters but purely because you DO have to control two characters and make sure that you are moving them in the right direction all the time or making sure that one is doing one thing, and the other isn't just standing around. So to keep things moving, I roped in some willing help to play the game.

The aim of the game is to get orders out as quickly as possible. To do this, you must fetch the ingredients, chop and prepare them, cook them if needed and then plate up. For example, my favorite order is the burgers. You chop the meat up into a pattie and fry it. In the meantime, someone else is chopping up lettuce and tomato and getting the bun plated up. Put it all together and get it to the service hatch. However, you have to keep an eye on what the exact orders are because someone might not want any tomato or any salad at all. You get points and extra tips depending on how long it takes you to get the orders out to the customers.

Once you get into the swing of making the food, Overcooked starts throwing little challenges at you like the picture above. That particular level has a wall in between you and your team-mates, and the only way to get things to each other is by using the conveyor belt. What about a kitchen in the galley of a ship that keeps rocking to and fro in the sea which means that the workspaces keep moving? Or food vans that keep moving away from each other, so you have to mind the gap? There are many different challenges you need to conquer to keep getting the food out promptly. These challenges do ramp up the enjoyment of the game. Sure they can be annoying when you are mid-chop and the workstation moves away, but it's all part of the entertainment!

The game isn't just about going from level to level, trying to score the highest amount of points you can because there is a story behind it. The Onion Kingdom is under threat from a giant monster, and you are on a quest to test yourself in some of the Kingdom's toughest kitchens to become the best and defeat this foe.

All in all, I found this game very amusing and really would recommend it. It is very entertaining, and the overall graphics and the feel of the game are fun and pleasing to the eye. It would make a great addition to the family game collection. Although the controls may be a bit too hard for younger players to come to grips with, I would say that Overcooked could be played by anyone eight years old and above.

Want to see more? Well then, check out the announcement trailer below and let us know what you think!

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