With today’s modern consoles, it’s quite likely you are cruising the streets in GTA V, scoring amazing goals on FIFA 16, or waging war as the Master Chief. The chances are you’re not playing UNO, but I bet you did at some point when it was released on the Xbox 360, remember the little camera that you use to appear on screen with? Those were the days, well, until some idiot got their dicks out.
Ubisoft have pushed a brand new version of the game out onto the new generation of consoles, although it’s nice to have the casual card came back, it isn’t what it was.
The game plays as you would expect, with spruced up graphics an equally annoying soundtrack as the Xbox 360 version. You can play on your own against three AI players, as a duo in a 2v2 match, or head online.
Playing against the AI can get quite frustrating, especially when you are close to winning and all of a sudden you find yourself with a whole set of cards turning against you. Similarly, the 2v2 plays in the same fashion. The standard rules expect you to get 500
One of the new features of the game is themed decks, the original game comes with a Rabbids set of cards, which also include 4 special cards that can be played that mix up the game. One card sees one of the quirky characters run round the board giving you only three second to play your turn or you end up with extra cards, another card allows you to pass on any penalties you get onto the next player. It’s quite a good alternative to the original cards, though it’s fairly obvious that future themed sets will cost you some real world money.
There are a whole host of options that allow you to customise every aspect of the game, which is great especially as you take the game online. The beauty of the original Uno was the fact you could use the video camera to see the other people you were playing, in fact, dare I say you may have even made some friends playing with randoms over Xbox Live, well, the ones that weren’t smoking drugs or getting naked at every opportunity anyway (I think that’s how we met Greg).
Uno comes with voice and video chat support, except this is only between friends, so if you want to see/chat with people you don’t have on your list you have to send them friends requests before you can. Frankly that’s a bit awkward, especially if they turn out to be utter weirdos… There are medals and leaderboards to measure up your friend against too.
Although Uno isn’t the social game it was thanks to the new restrictions, it’s still fun to play with your group of friends. The ability to customise the house rules is great and the themed sets of cards is a nice touch, and hopeful new themes won’t be too expensive. If you have a bunch of friends playing it’s an easy enough decision to pick the game up, especially as it’s only £8.