That’s another month of PS Plus games been and gone and again, I was lucky enough not to have played either game before.
I’ve been meaning to pick up Overcooked on Nintendo Switch for absolutely ages as it looked like the ultimate party game. After now having the chance to play it on PS4, I’ll 100% be getting hold of the sequel.
Overcooked is best played as a multiplayer experience – the developer’s description as a ‘frenzied co-op cooking game’ sums it right up. The premise is a simple one; prepare and cook food in the kitchen and deliver the customer’s orders before the timer runs out. With each level increase the orders get requested quicker, and more complex, and obstacles appear in the kitchens. At this point the co-op aspect becomes crucial and you’ll find yourself shouting tactics and frustrated recovery plans at each other as the kitchen gets set on fire. I found that even the best laid plans get sent back to the drawing board in a level where rats run through the kitchen and steal ingredients left on the chopping boards.
Overcooked is an ideal party game with plenty of humour and fun thrown into the recipe… sorry.
What Becomes of Edith Finch
The PS Plus games often do get some degree of criticism, though mostly from people who expect a barrage of recently released AAA games. Whilst I appreciate the occasional big budget game included in the subscription, it is the smaller, unexpected games that I’ve really been impressed by. Especially if it’s a game I would usually have dismissed without trying.
This is definitely the category that What Becomes of Edith Finch falls into. In the past I might have written it off as just another ‘walking simulator’ type game but it is much more than that. I’ve grown to really enjoy these types of games, partly thanks to some previous PS Plus titles, for instance Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PS Plus November 2016), and Firewatch (PS Plus discount sale). I’d describe them as basically short interactive novels. I briefly touched on the rewarding aspect of shorter games in my previous post;
If you are a fan of these types of narrative driven games then What Becomes of Edith Finch is highly recommended. It’s the sort of game that is worthwhile sitting down and finishing in the one sitting. The story can be completed in a couple of hours. Follow the story of the Finch family and discover their rather unfortunate history over several generations. The short chapters uncover the background and demise of different family members in often dark and unsettling circumstances. The highlight for me was the chapter for Barbara Finch, soundtracked by the incredible John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ theme.
What Becomes of Edith Finch is a short but rewarding game that really evokes unnerving and macabre feelings at times, and as is usually the case with story driven games, a very impressive art style.
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