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  • Summary: With inviting introductory lessons for the novice cook or for "foodies" who want to put their gastronomic skills to the test, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked provides players with the proper instructions and techniques to become a star chef no matter the experience level. Designed in collaboration with the chefs of the Food Network Kitchens to ensure authenticity, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is a fun and entertaining game that can improve a player's cooking skills with real-world training. Providing an engaging realistic experience, challenges explain not only how to perform tasks, but also why they are executed a specific way. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk's motion-based controls teach players how to use a wide assortment of kitchen utensils and appliances needed to create numerous delicious Food Network recipes. Having too many cooks in the kitchen is hardly an issue as Food Network Cook or Be Cooked offers multiplayer options where friends and family can cook side-by-side in cooperative mode or face each other in a cook-off with up to two players. Aspiring chefs can also tackle different themed Chef Challenges to unlock new recipes. These events occur in a variety of real-life situations which involve applying the techniques learned to cook an entire meal rather than just one dish. [Namco Bandai Games] Collapse
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Cook or Be Cooked doesn’t quite ascend to culinary greatness, but the core elements are surprisingly well-executed. Given more time in development, this could become a truly impressive franchise.
  2. It is fun, uses real recipes, and has decent controls, but it only has 12 different recipes to prepare, which equates to about three hours of gameplay.
  3. Simple but rewarding motion controls make for an entertaining cooking experience, though the limited recipe selection will leave a sour taste in your mouth.
  4. It’s too bad the overall fun to be had is such a short-lived flash in the pan.
  5. All-in-all, rent it if cooking is a huge hobby. Everyone else can let this one cook.
  6. Although it seemed like there was some promise here, all the Food Network branding in the world can't hide the fact that Food Network: Cook or be Cooked just isn't worth your money.
  7. 25
    All of the game's step-by-step recipes are available in the game, but instead of buying it, I'd recommended taking your money and picking up the actual source, the aforementioned How to Boil Water. It'll has the game's 12 dishes, plus a couple hundred more. Not to mention that you'll be able to appreciate the smell of real bacon coming from your kitchen as opposed to seeing it sizzle on your TV and waiting two minutes to virtually flip it with a remote.

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  1. Aug 24, 2010
    Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is a cooking mini-game compilation which seems to be an alternative to the Cooking Mama series. You prepare and cook a number dishes and you must go through the recipes by completing numerous mini-games correctly. However, there is a twist to the game-play, you must complete a number of dishes at one time. The game features a single player mode, a "pass and play" mode allowing up to four players to prepare one meal, and a multiplayer cook-off mode between two people all of which are executed well. The game has been put together well, but you can't help but feel as if this game feels half-empty. Since there are only twelve different dishes to cook, there just aren't enough features to define this as a good game. If this game spent a little bit more time in development and if it was polished more, it could actually be a genuinely brilliant game. Try Cooking Mama: World Kitchen or Order Up! as an alternative. Expand