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The Game That Tears Relationships Apart Is Free At Epic This Week

Only the strongest friendships can survive Overcooked.

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Like clockwork, another free PC game is available from the Epic Games Store this week, replacing last week's offering, Last Day of June. The game in question is Overcooked, the critically acclaimed, co-op cooking simulator from Ghost Town Games that spawned an equally good sequel, Overcooked 2. Now until July 11, the original Overcooked is completely free to claim and keep--all you need to do is create a free Epic account (if you don't already have one) and add it to your library.

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Overcooked's premise is quite simple: You and up to three friends will take control of chefs working together in a kitchen to cook recipes assigned to you by the game. Sounds cute and relaxing, right? Now throw in a few kitchen fires, shifting stages, a beeping timer that indicates you're about to miss an order, and dirty dishes piling up as you and your friends stumble around and bump into each other. Mastering Overcooked's obstacles requires constant communication and strategic delegation of tasks, and you'll be ranked on a three-star system based on how efficiently your team clears the level. You need at least one star to move forward.

Here's the main thing to know about Overcooked: It is both very good and extremely frustrating. My boyfriend and I have gotten into serious fights over it and had to stop playing. But find the right people to play with, and Overcooked is such a rewarding experience that leaves you wanting more by the end (and fortunately, Overcooked 2 exists now). Unfortunately, Overcooked doesn't have online multiplayer (the sequel introduced that feature), but you can also play it solo if you like. Either way, Overcooked is absolutely worth claiming and trying out, especially with it being free for the next week.

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I wouldn't take a game from Epic even if it is free.

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meh...... Gimme 2 w/ the mp or no thanks. Already got this one for free earlier on x1/ps4 and it kinda sucks to play it sp.

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Have you tried assembling furniture with someone? You won't lose the relationship, if you enmity as one.

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It's cute, but incredibly repetitive and annoying after 3 levels. I uninstalled it within an hour of originally buying it on console.

Can't imagine playing this co-op... I'll stick my kids on it and study what happens. My guess is "screaming at each other," despite their usual tendency to cooperate in games and back each other up.

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@Pyrosa: how they play Gears of War?

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@Pyrosa: This games gets way more intense past the first 3 levels. Find a friend who listens and give it another go.

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The wording of the headline gave me a giggle; makes it seem like the game is now itself free from a relationship with Epic.

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Yes, Epic knows all about tearing things, such as communities, apart.

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@mrdinghat: Valve tore me from my always working retail disks (for single player at least), and this happened in 2004 and beyond. Stop getting on Steam like it is a (winning) cause, it's just a drm turned up service.

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@mrdinghat: Not really. Just yet another installer, with about two dozen free games installed that I mostly had not yet tried (and probably never would have).

But clearly they're experts at triggering drama.

Not one person who has installed Epic has uninstalled Steam, ever. Exactly zero things have been torn apart.

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@mrdinghat: lmao whaaaaat

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And another free game in my epic library. Still not sending them any money and just getting free games as a mean of protest against their stupid anti-customers practice. Don't give me the revenue share speech. I do know about it and I don't care. This doesn't outweigh every other hostile and anti customers practices Epic is having.

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@heqteur: I bought a couple 3 to be exact and I have all the freebies occurs. I will not hesitate buying any game if the price is right and you shouldn't hesitate either and put all this practice crap aside in the name of a good deal and game.

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@heqteur: LOL!

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@heqteur: Nice to know you don't give two shits about the single person dev teams developing these games while they live on water and barely enough food to feed a small child. Go **** yourself.

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@ValedictorianXD: Dude, to make the games free, they usually make some sort of deal with the publisher. Epic doesn't just declare "this game is now free!" and that's the end of it. Every one of those free downloads does result in some kind of sale, it's just Epic that is paying it.

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@Barighm: still, *** that dude.

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