Excerpt: Rockstar Games' palm-sized Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was one of last year's best portable games. Scratch that. It was the best portable game of 2009—sorry, Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks .
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Conclusion: Concept: Rockstar has crammed an entire GTA experience onto the DS cart. Gunplay and storytelling come up short, but new gameplay avenues keep you glued to this crime caper
Graphics: Liberty City hasn't lost any of its life.
Summary: Dealing drugs is dangerous business, even in the cesspool of Liberty City. The risks may be amped, but so is the payoff. Play your cards right and you can generate thousands of dollars in a matter of minutes. In Chinatown Wars, the drug trade is a central new tenet of the GTA experience.
Conclusion: There is an amazing level of detail present in the game. During combat, you can zoom into the thick of the action to see exactly what your units are doing. Obviously it is virtually impossible to be an effective commander like that but it is worth gawking at the graphics a little before going back...
Excerpt: Say what you will about the Grand Theft Auto games, they don't half push hardware. We saw it for years on the PS2, more recently on “next-gen” consoles, and now, perhaps most impressively of all, we're seeing it on the Nintendo DS.
Summary: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a lot like watching your favorite movie get shrunk down to be a cheesy Saturday morning cartoon series. With its adorable cel-shaded graphics and graphic novel narration, Chinatown Wars looks like a perfect fit on the Nintendo DS.