Reviews and Problems with Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
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14 September 2010
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.
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.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was the first GTA handheld game released on the Nintendo DS before the Sony PSP, but now after more than half a year of waiting, Chinatown Wars is finally on the PSP. If you count all the Grand Theft Auto games including the expansions as separate games, Chinatown Wars would be the thirteenth GTA game and sixth ever to appear on a handheld.
Summary: Any fan of GTA should check this game out. It’s truly a new and unique GTA experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
Pros: -Cell-shaded graphics bring the GTA art style to life., -Never too easy, but also never too difficult., -Very tight controls., -New missions are fun, even if somewhat pointless., -Top-down camera gives the game a positive dash of nostalgia.
Cons: -A bit shorter than home console iterations., -Music selection could be way better.
Summary: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars may not have sparked the revolution in mature games for the DS that Nintendo and Rockstar Games were bracing for, but the sales numbers are largely irreverent to me; Chinatown Wars was one of the best games I've played all year and I'm thrilled Rockstar decided to bring it elsewhere. PSP owners are in for a treat, even if the transition to Sony's handheld proves a little rocky.
Pros: The best portable Grand Theft Auto yet, A fresh take on GTA, both modern and old school, You'll never run out of things to do
Cons: The DS stylus mini-games don't translate well, Controls are sometimes a little awkward, Graphics are pretty, have lost some style
Summary: While it may look and feel a little different from the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV and Liberty City Stories, Chinatown Wars proves to be yet another solid entry in Rockstar Games' popular franchise. The game does suffer from too many touch screen mini-games and a slightly outdated look, but those problems are easy to overlook when the product turns out to be this good! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review.