Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has seen a variety of releases over the last year and a half; first on the NDS, then the PSP with added multiplayer and then on the iPhone. Now Rockstar has brought a new version to the iPad on the App Store. The iPad version holds many similarities to the iPhone version, but with higher resolution graphics and a few other additions. It is priced identically to the iPhone version, $9.99.
Excerpt: Let's be honest with each other - the first Grand Theft Auto was a terrible, terrible game. Even on the PS1, the presentation was terrible, the controls were inoperable and the mayhem one could commit - killing police officers, crashing cars and killing hookers - was the game's only real draw and memorable quality.
Excerpt: Is GTA: Chinatown Wars my favourite handheld game of all time? It's a question that I asked myself many times while playing through Rockstar Leeds' gangster epic for the second time this year. I loved every second of the original DS release, and I ranted and raved about it to anyone who would listen, so I jumped at the chance to return to an improved version of the game for PSP. And guess what: it's every bit as good as it was last time around, if not better.
Conclusion: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars isn’t your average iPhone game. The extensive storyline, solid and versatile gameplay, and witty nature make this version of Chinatown Wars a good rival to its DS and PSP predecessors. If you’ve been in the market for a game that provides an almost parallel experience to games you’ve played on your console, this iPhone game might just be what you’re looking for.
Review: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Sony PSP)
25 January 2010
Summary: For those who have enjoyed past GTA efforts, you will enjoy this. For those of you who have a bunch of PSP friends, or would like to make some via the Rockstar Social Club, you’ll like this even more.
Conclusion: An absolute must-own in every sense of the word, Chinatown Wars is a game with the single most important factor in any portable offering: every time you pick it up, there's always something to do. And after that, there's another 20 more.