Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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"A surprising and addictive gem"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Grand Theft Auto – the name of the famous series conjures up mental images of crime sprees, massive chases and yes (we cannot forget) even driving down the road in a tank. Given how far its come what sort of game can one expect on the medium of the Nintendo DS? Amazingly an extremely well polished game thats both addictive and fun.

As with all of the other GTA games the story is well polished and very broad ranging. The first few story missions are just to let you get a feel for the controls and the different features within the game. Graphically it sits surprisingly between the original gta titles of the ps1 and the 3d titles of the ps2. The handdrawn looking cutscenes fit in nicely with the overall feel of the game. Even after playing it for a few hours I was genuinely impressed and definatley happy with the game

Packed with loads of side missions and loads of incorporation of the touch screen this is definatley one title that should be in every GTA fans collection.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Big fun, Small Package."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I went into this game somewhat doubtful but having seen reviews for it I thought I'd take a chance.

The camera is now in an isometric 3D style – think THPS for GBA but it still feels just like old GTA.

Complete missions, Collect stuff, Drive recklessly. It's all there!

Plus you get to deal drugs legally – a feature which makes earning money much less frustrating than in past games.

Buy this game! It's just as much GTA as the previous games only half the price :D

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"A brilliant game, recommended to all mature DS owners."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Play through the whole of Liberty City – on your DS! It isn't just a GTA game for your DS, its an advance in the series by improving on previous games with a number of new features.

“Chinatown Wars actually has more in common with GTAs III and IV than it does with earlier games, and, remarkably, it even adds to and improves on the formula that made those games so successful. That's a bold statement for sure, but Chinatown Wars really is that good.” – Gamespot. With an average critic review score of 9.4/10, this is truly one of the most critically acclaimed DS games of all time.

Deal drugs, hijack cars, shoot down rival gang members, plant bombs, blow up buildings, helicopters, and vehicles, high speed chases with the police, hop in boats, cars, vans, bulldozers, fire trucks, cranes, and do much more all in Chinatown wars.

The top-down view is not a bad thing, with most of the game being in 3D you won't find it detracts from the fun at all.

The storyline follows the son of a triad boss, Huang, who journeys to liberty city to deliver a sword to his uncle and to avenge his fathers death. But the sword is lost, and Huang must journey throughout the city to find it and his father's killer.

GTA: Chinatown Wars is a fantastic game, and should not be missed by any DS owner over 16.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Description

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is the highly anticipated first game in the GTA franchise designed for play on the Nintendo DS. But although it comes in a small package, this is a full-fledged game that stands on its own. With an all-new, deep story that approaches the familiar sights and sounds of the infamous Liberty City from a different perspective, an innovative control system and multiplayer options, Chinatown Wars captures the tone and flavors of the long-running GTA series in unique ways that both longtime players and those coming to it for the first time will find hard to put down.

Gameplay
The largest DS game to date, Chinatown Wars is set in the Grand Theft Auto IV-imagined version of Liberty City, and contains most of its boroughs and neighborhoods. In exploring and exploiting this vast area, players use the game's rotatable camera to take in a 3D, 360-degree view of their environment, providing an elevated and somewhat skewed third-person perspective, that switches to first-person with the appropriate player action. Assuming the role of Huang Lee your goal is to rise up in the ranks of the underworld to challenge the Triad of Chinatown gangs that have usurped your family's position and recover the stolen heirloom and your lost honor. In true GTA fashion this entails gameplay that embraces the seedy underbelly that Liberty City is famous for.

Throughout the game's 70+ missions -- all of which can be replayed even after completion -- and its myriad of side quests, players earn cash by completing jobs ranging from petty street crime, all the way up to drug dealing and assassination. As in other GTA releases, rising competence at crime raises the amount of attention received by police, but unlike previous games here players can not simply outrun alerted authorities. With each additional star added to your 'wanted rating' players must disable or destroy more of the pursuing police units to keep them off your tail. In addition to mission play, the game also contains many opportunities, such as the safe cracking and car hot-wiring mini-games and the various items and weapons hidden throughout the game that demand skill with the DS' touchscreen and stylus for success. By whatever means, once players have attained a certain level of cash and street cred they will also be able to recruit members for their own gang who pledge their loyalty by allowing themselves to be tattooed with the mark of the player's choosing.

Cars and Controls
Cars and control schemes play a prominent role in Chinatown Wars. All cars feature GPS functionality based on available roadways. Directions are shown on the lower of the DS' two screens as part of the in-game PDA interface, but players may take vehicles off roads wherever possible, with the GPS automatically resetting when back on the pavement. While driving players also have access to five in-game radio stations and use of their weapons. Your PDA provides efficient management tools for your growing crime empire, including quick weapons switching, a running total of available cash, in-game e-mail and Internet access and nearly instant game saves any time. The control scheme in Chinatown Wars utilizes an easy to use and comfortable to play combination of steering via the D-pad, choice of action through the face buttons and/or stylus taps and manual and automatic weapon locks and unlocks via shoulder buttons.

Key Game Features:

  • The Largest DS Game Ever - Contemporary Liberty City is a massive world complete with pedestrians, weather and traffic patterns, five different radio stations and four different sprawling boroughs to explore.
  • Endless Gameplay - Mature storyline with over 70+ story missions; plus dozens of side quests, collectibles, contextual mini-games and the all new mission replay feature.
  • Street Economics - Addictive drug dealing side game with 6 different drug types, 80+ drug dealers and a supply / demand driven narcotics economy.
  • Play with Friends - Nintendo Wi-Fi mode for head-to-head and co-op multiplayer mayhem.
  • Bragging Rights - Chat, trade guns and commodities with your friends, and compete for glory via online tournaments and leaderboards on the Rockstar Games Social Club.
  • PDA Interface - Use the touch screen as a PDA device to set GPS waypoints, change radio stations, communicate via e-mail with in-game characters and order weapons on the Internet.
Release date NZ
March 20th, 2009
Game Platform
  • Nintendo DS
UPC
5026555043267
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1564984

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