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: Ironic that just when I'm wondering why I still own a PlayStation Portable, along comes a game that will likely be on rotation in my system well into next year. The greater irony is that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars sports graphics more appropriate to the Nintendo DS than the PSP. This game heralds the return to a visual style more in keeping with the series' roots, back more than a decade now.
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.
Excerpt: Grand Theft Auto is a game best played with a nice hip-hop soundtrack behind you, and in some instances, to give it a more mafia-esque flavor, a set of classical tunes also go well. I'm listening to Fabolous' new "Loso's Way", and it's super slick production, flow, and beats fit quite well with the quality you'd find in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. You may think to yourself, 'what's a Nintendo DS game doing on the PSP?
Summary: One of the year's best Nintendo DS games has turned into one of the year's best PSP games. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars shines bright on Sony's handheld, bringing everything that made the original so much fun with it. This version sports improved graphics, sound and a few substantial changes that make all the difference. Until further notice this PSP port is the definitive version of Chinatown Wars! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Conclusion: Once again, GTA proves that it is not affected by small stature - Chinatown Wars is the definitive handheld GTA experience that is further enhanced by the PSP's vastly superior presentation.
Summary: Overall, this is still the GTA you’ve grown to know and love. Even with the overhead view, the game was great to play. The minigames are fun, and a nice diversion from the main quest. Even if the added multiplayer isn’t your thing, the freedom to run around and do missions or whatever you want help make this game a great buy for PSP owners.