Overcooked! 2: How To Get 4 Stars – GameRant

Overcooked! 2 can truly be a pressure cooker for those who are unprepared. With the right strategy though, players should be able to get four stars.
When it comes to the fun and frantic multiplayer action of Overcooked 2 — speed, organization, teamwork, and communication are all key ingredients to earning a great score. While the game can seem like a whimsical, laid-back social game on the surface, Team17's multiplayer romp can truly be a pressure cooker for those that aren't prepared. In order to succeed, players must work together to dish out a slew of unique meals, which usually vary during the course of each run.
Between the constantly changing dishes, environmental elements, and the intimidation of the ticking clock, this can be tough to pull off effectively. This is especially the case when it comes to earning four stars; a feat that many players claim can be next to impossible. However, players who work fast and efficiently enough will soon find that notching those coveted four-star ratings is not as daunting as it may first seem.
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First thing's first — how can players actually unlock the option for a four-star score? For much of its history, Overcooked and its more robust sequel only allowed for a score of one to three stars — and the task of landing all three required ample skill as it was.
However, as a way to bring a layer of challenge for players honing their skills, Team17 announced a New Game+ feature to Overcooked 2, which allows players to truly flex their cooking prowess with an added four-star feature. Along with a slew of other DLC, this feature adds more incentive for players to return and revisit the already addictive game.
To unlock New Game+, players must complete the final story mode level in the game (level 6-6). This does not include the secret Kevin levels. After completing the game, players can verify that New Game+ has been unlocked by returning to the main menu, and viewing the "New Game" option, which should now display a "plus" symbol atop the current save file.
Players should avoid clicking the "New Game" option unless a brand-new game is desired. Doing so will erase the old save file and players will have to replay each stage to regain their progress. Instead, they should simply continue playing on the current save file. The game will allow players to revisit levels already completed in order to obtain the fourth star.
The game can be a tad deceptive, as it appears as though starting a new campaign is required, by way of the "plus" symbol shown on a new game file. But, while players can choose to start fresh and get the "New Game+" features with a new file, this is not at all necessary.
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In most stages, players will notice a large score requirement needed to notch four stars. This can seem daunting to achieve, but there are a number of methods and tactics that can help players reach this four-star milestone.
Speed is essential when playing Overcooked 2, and players will want to have their dishes ready as quickly as possible when striving to be four-star chefs. They should take advantage of any tabletop space to lay out several plates, and, if possible, any base ingredients that can cover most of the dishes. Normally, there will be a common food item that will be requested for most of the run, so players can plan accordingly.
If there are burgers being requested, for instance, have one player throw down multiple plates with buns and toppings, while another player cooks the meat. Cook pizza dough in bulk and lay out multiple plates with crust for pizza, and set plates with lettuce for salad. Doing this can allow for multiple dishes to be completed and rushed out to customers in small stints of time.
Going further with the tactic of meal-prepping ahead of time, players can exploit a paused timer—which occurs in a number of levels— to whip up some meals ahead of time. As a means to get players used to new additions—levels that introduce new ingredients will start with this paused timer. In fact, the timer won't start rolling until the first dish is served in these cases.
Levels that begin with the timer paused are as follows:
While it may seem beneficial to crank out orders as they're finished, it's usually better to deliver dishes in the order they show up at the top of the screen (from left to right). Players should remain focused on the leftmost order displayed and put effort into completing that dish first, while being mindful and getting things ready for the next one listed.
This may often mean waiting a bit longer to finish the dish, but the payoff is well worth it. Keeping the line moving in order will net players with tip bonuses that multiply up to four times — yielding a major score increase. Ideally, they should try and keep the coin icon in the bottom left on fire, as this makes it more likely that players end with a three or four-star ranking.
It's true that playing solo yields lower point thresholds, and this can definitely help players net three and four-star ratings in some ways. However, it's usually still more ideal to play with multiple people, especially in more open stages and those with fewer hazards that get in the way.
Teams that are well-coordinated and communicate efficiently can accomplish far more than one player, who's forced to juggle between chefs and tasks on their own. Players should make a point of allocating specific jobs to each chef, or, if the stage is more segmented, assign different zones to different players. While it can be fun and intense, multitasking should be minimized, especially with three or four players.
It's also a good idea to practice ahead of time with others. Playing out a trial run or two isn't just useful in learning each map's dynamic, but it can also help players get in sync with one another and practice their collective cooking. After all, players can quickly and easily restart a run with no sweat, so this should be exploited.
Expanding further on the previous point — players should look to take advantage of Overcooked 2's unique throwing and dashing mechanics. Both of these can help save precious seconds, and can really make a difference in grinding for a great score over time.
Players will just need to be sure to take a second to properly aim their throws beforehand. It's often beneficial to let the recipient know ahead of time too, so that they're prepared to catch the item.
Overcooked 2 rewards efficiency and speed, and this typically means getting ahead of the longer, more involved tasks. Players can exploit this by having a chef that stays on top of actions like mixing, baking, or washing a load of dishes. It's a good idea to have a few platters of baked pizza dough ready, for instance. Also, they should prioritize dishes with more ingredients, so that they're ready to be sent off quickly.
Basically, players will want to keep the assembly line chugging along as smoothly as possible; unhindered and unclogged.
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Overcooked 2 presents various goals and milestones depending on different factors, to the point where it can be tough to keep track of it all. As such, this guide will outline the four-star score requirements for each stage, depending on how many players take part.
World 1
World 2
World 3
World 4
World 5
World 6
Kevin Levels
Overcooked 2 is available on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Amazon Luna.
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