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. The iPad version holds many similarities to the iPhone version, but with higher resolution graphics and a few other additions. It is priced identically to the iPhone version, $9.99.
Excerpt: New York, Liberty City, wherever . As is the par for Rockstar and their Grand Theft Auto view of the world, Chinatown Wars offers a glimpse into a desperate, flea-ridden pit of crime – a microcosm viewed through the scope of a rocket launcher and as effervescently potent a mix as anything you’ve seen in previous games.
Pros: Great Grand Theft Auto ‘feel’ – this is Liberty City in the palm of your hands., Fantastic graphics – probably the PSP’s best looking third-party title., Massive lifespan – lengthy mission, lots of sidequests and a great multiplayer selection.
Cons: It’s the same storyline as the DS version – you might have played this before., Occasionally troublesome AI – failing a mission isn’t always your fault., No voice acting – and the radio stations could have done with a bit of a bump, too.
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.
GTA: Chinatown Wars is great value for money and without doubt one of the best games available for the iPhone.
Good Gear Guide.au
2 March 2010
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
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.