Excerpt: Reviewing a game like Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the iPad is a tricky proposition. Do you review it comparing its relative qualities and charms to other games on the iPad? In which case, Chinatown wars is head and shoulders above almost everything on Apple’s luxury touch-screen device.
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.
Excerpt: Is GTA: Chinatown Wars my favourite handheld game of all time? It's a question that I asked myself many times while playing through Rockstar Leeds' gangster epic for the second time this year.
Summary: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is the best game available for the iPhone. It has excellent graphics for a handheld game, a great soundtrack and its controls are surprisingly intuitive. A must-have for iPhone owners.
Pros: Great graphics, cartoon-style visuals and cut scenes, large map, connectivity, replay value, good value at this price, custom iTunes music playlists
Cons: Driving controls aren't the best, doesn't use the iPhone's accelerometer
Summary: The first time I played Grand Theft Auto , I was a fresh faced 10 year old , full of the joys of life and completely oblivious to all the nastiness in the world. Grand Theft Auto opened my eyes to that nastiness; to car-jacking, drive by shootings and mowing down innocent pedestrians.
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.
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.