Sunday, 13 December 2009

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked Wii MotionPlus Review

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked Is a Wii MotionPlus game following in the footsteps of Cooking Mama.

Using the Wii MotionPlus for motion controls and with strategic planning you start each meal like you would in real life with basic preparations, chopping the vegetables, pouring everything into the mixing bowl, coating pans with oil.

All this is done with simple gestures, move the Wiimote with MotionPlus down as you would with a knife, tilt it in different directions as you would a pan with oil, twist it in circles as you would mix the ingredients.
All these controls are extremely easy with the MotionPlus, with it detecting how you move perfectly.

The timing system adds strategy to the game. Just like a normal meal, there are multiple dishes to be completed all of which should be served up hot and fresh.
When you make something in real life you need to plan ahead and pace how you cook so that everything is completed at the same time, who wants to eat cold food?
Cook or Be Cooked makes you invest in your meals so that you prepare everything perfectly and have watching those timers intensively.
You are also judged on your technique and measurements. How fast can you peel and dice the garlic, Did you cook the food to a perfect shade of brown?
With feedback from the 2 hosts you'll know where you went wrong.

By giving you scores for how well you do your job, even the most mundane tasks do not feel tedious. It is may a bit too intensive though as you even have the host telling you how fast you press the buttons on a microwave needs some work!
The rhythm mini challenge for adding pasta to boiling water is also seems unnecessary as it ruins your immersion into the game.

From simple Bacon and Eggs to gourmet food there is a large range of food to make, with appealing realistic graphics leaving you wishing the food was real.
Although they do cheat a little with their description of 30+ recipes, counting cooking the fried eggs and the bacon as 2 separate recipes!

Once you've learnt all the recipes there isn't much for you to go back to apart from the multiplayer levels.
You can work as a team or go head-to-head, 2 players can play by passing the controllers making this fun for all the family.

Cook or Be Cooked is a fun mixture of video game and recipe book, You may well be creating the food yourself in the future!

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