Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Review
- A fully featured AAA title for the DS.
- Minor graphics upgrade and full custom audio options.
- Steering hasn't improved in this version and feels sluggish to respond.
While it's no GTAIV, fans of the original GTA series can hardly go wrong here with hours of gameplay in the main story and endless fun in the sandbox environment.
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Grand Theft Auto has always been a magnet for controversial topics, but one GTA above all others received serious attention because it dared to place you in the shoes of a drug trader. Originally out on the Nintendo DS, Chinatown Wars (GTA:CW) is a hand-held masterpiece that's now available for the App Store.
Jumping in to the game is easy with sensitive and simple to identify virtual pads and multi function buttons that hide when not required. Feature moments of the game will have you touching and tapping the screen for mini-games required to hot-wire cars or complete missions. These moments do add some extra depth to the gameplay, but can eventually feel more like time sinks as you repeatedly perform tasks.
GTA:CW uses a classic isometric view that is straight out of the original GTA games and is combined with a stylized 3D aesthetic that's varied and detailed. There's definitely an improvement over the Nintendo DS's graphics, but it's still not quite as smooth as the PSP version. Most of the music from the original version has survived in the App Store version, but more importantly a custom radio option is available for use with iTunes.
In many ways, GTA:CW for the App Store has combined the best of both worlds from the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP versions creating a unique amalgamation for the iPhone. With hours of great classic GTA gameplay to enjoy and a tongue-in-cheek story to follow, this is an easy must recommend.
DescriptionThe most critically-acclaimed handheld title of this generation is now available for the iPhoneTM and iPod®touch:
**Custom iTunes Playlists**
Choose from five radio stations with 100+ minutes of in-game music, or simply listen to your own music library in-game by using iTunes to create a playlist called "GTA" and syncing your iPhoneTM / iPod® touch. To listen to your custom playlist, simply launch Chinatown Wars and select the Independence FM radio station.
**Dual Control Schemes Optimized for iPhoneTM and iPod®touch**
Intuitive touch screen interface with two custom control settings to suit your preference, allowing you to drive with a virtual analog stick, or a more streamlined two-button option for fast in-game maneuvering.
**Bigger, Bolder Visuals**
Enhanced graphics, lighting and explosion effects maximize the 960 X 640 high-resolution touch screen
Left For Dead in the Worst Place in America
Following his father's murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of Liberty City. Huang is a spoiled rich kid who expects everything to run smoothly, but his trip does not go exactly as planned. After being robbed and left to die, he will search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has been specifically redesigned by Rockstar Leeds, the world's premiere handheld studio, to deliver even more critically acclaimed, innovative GTA gaming for the iPhoneTM and iPod® touch.
*Compatible with iPhoneTM and iPod® touch Firmware 3.12 and above*