Starcraft II Hands-On: Aiur Chef

We try out a helping of Blizzard's upcoming cooking-centric Starcraft II mod.

Blizzard is obviously having some fun with the upcoming array of mods for Starcraft II. Aiur Chef, one of four playable mods at BlizzCon 2010, is a mod for up to eight players that challenges you to out-cook the competition. We spent some quality time cooking with the upcoming mod (and not playing well with others) in a demo on the show floor.

The mod casts you as an aspiring Protoss cook competing for the prestigious title of Aiur Chef. The competition revolves around cooking dishes using a secret themed ingredient. The action is broken up into three timed rounds that send you scouring the map for ingredients to cook one of three recipes that earn you points. In our demo, the secret ingredients were bananas in the first round, rainbows for the second, and High Templars for the third.

To create recipes, you'll have to explore the map to collect ingredients. That objective will be complicated by your opponents, who'll be doing the exact same thing. While you'll have a basic array of attacks, your competitive edge will come from completing recipes. In addition to giving you points that go toward your overall score, finishing recipes can yield special powers or items that come in handy when dealing with enemies. As a result, you'll have to do a bit of strategizing on what recipe it makes the most sense to go after first, due to your limited inventory space.

From what we played, Aiur Chef is a fun mod that will definitely be worth checking out when it becomes available, free of charge, later this year via Battle.net.

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13 comments
ElBuro
ElBuro

@Hijackedbyganon Dewd! Just thing of it! I want Raynol to do a romance with Protass girl! It would be funny to see him look for the yummy parts... I wonder do they taste liek herrings? Or they be liek dextro-dna , what would made their certain parts taste like candy, grape juice with cinamun and vanila-icecream-sauce! Awwwwww maaaan!

Hijackedbyganon
Hijackedbyganon

@ElBuro ooo ElBuro still being crazy I see. goddamn it I agree with you.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I think they chose Protoss, *because* they don't have mouths. It adds to the bizarre humor that a mouthless species would cook the way humans are seen cooking in TV shows. A Cooking Mama for the RTS genre, what a weird and wonderful idea. Funnily there is also a game called Crafting Mama for the DS.

ElBuro
ElBuro

Will there be liek hawt Protoss Girls?! I have strange fondness of their wicked forms and stuff :3

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds pretty neat, something worth trying

wwwlp
wwwlp

Cooking time!

Exorte
Exorte

@MinhYD Lol, Good point, protoss feed on photosynsis, why are they cooking...

X-7
X-7

LOL I LOVE BLIZZARD!!!!

mbelt8080
mbelt8080

This goes to show that Blizzard has the pulse of their customers, by incorporating a food competition aspect to their RTS video game. These "food shows" are widely popular, adding a fresh, creative and wild dimention to the RTS genre! Being a formally-trained former chef, who loves RTS games, this could create something much larger than expected!

MinhYD
MinhYD

Why does a race with no mouths have a cooking competition? WTB some game play videos though, this will be awesome fun.

blackfray
blackfray

man i did'nt expect this one at all... lol, looks really fun.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

Hahaha. This one sounds rather humorous. Never the less will probably be quite fun though :P

Decrate
Decrate

omg finally my dreams have come true! here i come aiur chef!