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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [IP]





takes a while to get used to the controls but its well worth it! You can have your own radio station from your itunes!

10

Editors' Choice

Summary

Its like taking a trip back to how GTA used to be but with the lessons learnt from the new series thrown in for good measure. If you find the controls a little tricky to get used to, perseverence will pay off. I didn't expect a lot being an iphone game, being 5 etc. but man, it delivered. Totally worth the money! You can have your own radio station from your itunes! the boat controls are a little annoying, somethings not quite right there. the bikes are damn hard to control. often tend to set myself on fire with the flame thrower but thats probably down to myself!
The PDA with the trade tips is an awesome addition, I've completed the story and I'm still playing. I've not played the DS version but this game stands up on its own. Its also incredible value for money.
THIS IS THE BEST IPOD GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED.




Fun and one of the best apps for iphone.

8.5

Superb
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Immersive"

Summary

Pros: GTA:CTW is a good game. The dialogue is humorous. Missions are just what you would expect from a GTA game with lots of shooting. The drug dealing side missions are like a game of their own. You can sell drugs as soon as you buy them for a descent profit or wait for specific emails that get you bank. Theres a large assortment of weapons. There are lots of sound effects from max payne and if you equip the sword he swings like max payne! Make sure not to replace the sword with anything else or you wont be able to get it back unless you go back to that mission.

Cons: The people you talk to are not the interesting GTA characters from previous games. Just about everyone in the game has something offensive to say and the story is dull. There are times when you feel excited about whats going to happen in the missions but I didnt get into the story at all. Driving can be frustrating. I recommend you turn off the auto correct feature or suffer countless fender benders.

Overall one of the best games for iphone. Its also an opportunity to play it if you dont have a PSP. Enjoy this steady action game!




Of the few, true games available in the App Store, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars easily eclipses any releases prior.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"All it's cracked up to be"

Summary

Yes, there's a "Games" tab in the App Store. Yet, there a very few Apps I would call serious, handheld videogames. Many are simple flash-games I could play in my browser for free, or Gameloft games, with their of general lack of fun. Here's a test to see if it's an actual video game: if it came out on the PSP or DS, would you pay $20-$40 for it? Ah, now the App Store just got a whole lot smaller.

Many of these "true" videogames are simply ports from other systems, and this is the category where Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars falls in. And I think I speak for all of us when I say we're all happy it's finally on board the iPhone Express (toot toot).

Unless you've been living under a rock buried below the sands of Atlantis on the planet Jupiter, it'd be redundant for me or anyone else to explain the premise of Grand Theft Auto. Simply put; jack cars, shoot cops, betrayal, slog to get 100% completion.

GTA: CW was originally released on the DS with fun little touch minigames with decent graphics. The PSP port got slick graphics, but QTE-minigames. The iPhone version is easily the best, combining touch controls with sweet looks.

One of the few problems that hasn't been addressed is the not-so-perfect auto aim. Specifically, not only will it target the harmless old lady on the ground instead of the helicopter blasting my brains onto the pavement, but it's impossible to walk away from someone and shoot them at the same time. You can't walk backwards at all; if you want to shoot someone, they have to be dead ahead of you. This is compensated for by the requirement for each goon to apparently tie their shoes before firing at you. Each shot unties their shoelaces. Point of horrible analogy: they take a lot of time between shots.

If there's one flaw of the game you could genuinely shake a fist at, it's the story. There's a character introduced in the beginning who seems like he'll/she'll be involved in a large part of the story. How silly of you to make such an assumption. He/She get's killed after 1 mission. Yes, on his/her second mission, he/she is shot dead by goon and then forgotten about for the rest of the game. What a shame.

Also, the writing isn't up to Rockstar's usual level of clever undertones and believable drama. Granted, it's all very funny, and easily eclipses most other game writing, especially on a handheld, but text simply doesn't hit as close to home as voice acting. I can see why it was required, and there wasn't really anything Rockstar could've done about it, but it's simply a fact. Once again, it's actually a very good script. It's just not as good as the GTA IV's and San Andreas' of the world.

One last note: there's no multiplayer. However, considering the fact that we're paying $10-$30 less than DS and PSP owners have to pay, the lack of multiplayer is more than justified.

Beyond that, there really isn't anything I can say that hasn't already been said. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars contains the same violent mayhem the series is known for, combined with a couple great new features like drug dealing and an offensive side to wanted level removal. And really, what more can you ask for?

*cough* VOICE ACTING *cough*




If you want a cheaper version of Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars that you get on the DS and PSP, here you go.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"All it's cracked up to be"

Summary

THIS IS AN M-RATED GAME! So reader discretion is advised.

Then again, I can't curse on Gamespot and since I'm not showing footage.....it doesn't matter, but if my younger audience is reading this......yeah, you get it.


This is my 100th Review.

Chinatown Wars is my first GTA game that I have played. And it's pretty good. Let's expand on why I think that.

The story is this. You play as Huang Lee, the son of a recently assassinated Triad gangster. You get sent to Liberty City, where you have to deliver an artifact to your uncle. However, you get robbed and left for dead, so you have to fend for yourself.

The graphics are really good. They fit the theme for this game, and it looks really good for the iPod Touch.

The controls.....they're a mixed bag. The walking controls work perfectly, but the driving controls are different. The arrow buttons are just TOO SMALL! I had a hard time pressing them which caused me to lose a lot of times. You can switch to an analog stick controller like the walking controls, but it doesn't work that well.

There are missions that you have to do. They can be from stealing cars and bringing them to a garage, or car chasing a gang leader. You were always doing something different, which was great.

The Grand Theft Auto series has been controversial because many say that it encourages crime. Well, in a way, it doesn't. If you cause trouble in the neighborhood, the cops will try to find you. If you get caught you get arrested or even killed. You can shake them off your tail by crashing into them. So in a way, GTA kinda teaches against causing crime.

The gameplay is really good. When you are running or driving around, you can't help but admire the openness of the game. The city is really big and I found the game really addicting.

THE VERDICT!

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars was a nice start to the series for me. If you already have the DS/PSP version, you might wanna stick with that. However, if you are new to the GTA series, you will like this game a lot, like I did. The game is $10, and it's worth it. Buy it now!

Final Score-
9.5 Superb




Im a great fan of gta games,<br /> but this didn't deliver!

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Disappointing"

Summary

O.k the game looks pretty great for an ipod game!
It represents the city well and makes it fell real!

The storyline is than a chineese (or japaneese) man's father gets killed
and he wants to avenge his father!
Like any gta game you go around doing different missions for different
People!

The game took me about 10hrs give or take some but my main problem
Is that there's basically one thing you can do when your not doing missions!
That is buying and selling illegal drugs!
This is quite fun because basically you buy the drugs cheap,
And sell them expensive!

Unlike all other GTA games this one has a camera angle like an arcade game,
Basically your right above a small guy and you see the surroundings from
above, instead of in the 3rd person view that other gta games offer!
I dont really like this angle, and it didn't really feel like gta at all!

The lock on system in this game is terrible!
It is clueless as to who to lock onto!
And you cant go into any buildings apart from scrach card places,
(EPIC FAIL LOL)!

This a big variation of cars and weapons but the best thing about this game
is that you can get rid of the police by bashing them of the road!
So no more "crap! 6 stars of police on my tail" WHY?
Cos you can turn around, and RAM THEM OFF THE ROAD!!!!

So all in all a decent ipod game,
but not as good as i expected!

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
8/10
9.5

Editors' Choice
9.1