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Game Review of ‘Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars’ for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Game Review of ‘Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars’ for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

'Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars' is part of the popular series.

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The Bottom Line

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is worthy of the popular series.

Pros

  • Equal to the rest of the series
  • Great visuals
  • Long adventure

Cons

  • Driving and aiming take practice

Description

  • Based on the popular Nintendo DS and Sony PSP game
  • Play a Hong Kong son avenging his father’s death
  • Explore Liberty City’s Chinatown
  • Do minigames to hijack cars
  • A part of the Grand Theft Auto series

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Released with little fanfare, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is the game GTA fans have been waiting for on the mobile. Originally on the Nintendo DS and, later, the Sony PSP, Chinatown Wars follows a young Hong Kong socialite who comes to America to avenge his Mafia-connected father’s death. Working under his uncle, the hero learns the ways of the mean streets. For us, it means plenty of high-speed chases, plot twists and shoot outs in the New York City-inspired world. It’s true to the GTA series, so you can do pretty much anything: Main missions are surrounded by tons of minigames, any car (including city and state vehicles) can be jacked, and fisticuffs can be done with random pedestrians. Chinatown Wars uses a new GPS system to make finding (and remembering) new areas easier in the big city. Also new are the touchscreen-dependent tasks required for missions like, say, swiping aside things to find hidden objects. The overhead perspective might seem new, but old-school gamers will recognize it from the first Grand Theft Auto games in the late nineties, and the pseudo three-dimensional depth, as well as the funky soundtrack by hip-hop producer DJ Khalil, make it fun just to cruise around. Walking controls via the touch joystick are very good, though the arrow-based driving does have quite a learning curve. Otherwise, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is definitely on par with the other games in the series. A must buy for fans.

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Genre: Adventure

Release Date: January 2010

Reviewed On: iPhone/iPod Touch

Available For: iPhone/iPod Touch

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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