Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an entirely original entry into the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, and brings a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments. With the use of the DS touchscreen, players will navigate their way through the streets as they uncover the truth behind an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate, delivering the unprecedented amount of depth that has become a true trademark of the franchise. PDA Interface - Use the touch screen as a PDA device to set GPS waypoints, change radio stations, communicate via e-mail with in-game characters and order weapons on the Internet.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is the highly anticipated first game in the GTA franchise designed for play on the Nintendo DS. But although it comes in a small package, this is a full-fledged game that stands on its own. With an all-new, deep story that approaches the familiar sights and sounds of the infamous Liberty City from a different perspective, an innovative control system and multiplayer options, Chinatown Wars captures the tone and flavors of the long-running GTA series in unique ways that both longtime players and those coming to it for the first time will find hard to put down.
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Single player; competitive & coop multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.
Kick some tail as Huang Lee.
Use the DS stylus like never before.
Reconquer Liberty via PDA.
The Story: Left for Dead in the Worst Place in America
Following his father’s murder, Huang Lee is given what seems a simple mission: to 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. Only minutes after arriving at the Liberty City airport at the far end of town, he is robbed and left to die. Only through quickly thinking is he able to survive and make his way back to his neighborhood, but the damage to he and his family has been done. Now his destiny is to search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world.
The largest DS game to date, Chinatown Wars
is set in the Grand Theft Auto IV
-imagined version of Liberty City, and contains most of its boroughs and neighborhoods. In exploring and exploiting this vast area, players use the game's rotatable camera to take in a 3D, 360-degree view of their environment, providing an elevated and somewhat skewed third-person perspective, that switches to first-person with the appropriate player action. Assuming the role of Huang Lee your goal is to rise up in the ranks of the underworld to challenge the Triad of Chinatown gangs that have usurped your family's position and recover the stolen heirloom and your lost honor. In true GTA
fashion this entails gameplay that embraces the seedy underbelly that Liberty City is famous for. Throughout the game's 70+ missions -- all of which can be replayed even after completion -- and its myriad of side quests, players earn cash by completing jobs ranging from petty street crime, all the way up to drug dealing and assassination. As in other GTA
releases, rising competence at crime raises the amount of attention received by police, but unlike previous games here players can not simply outrun alerted authorities. With each additional star added to your 'wanted rating' players must disable or destroy more of the pursuing police units to keep them off your tail. In addition to mission play, the game also contains many opportunities, such as the safe cracking and car hot-wiring mini-games and the various items and weapons hidden throughout the game that demand skill with the DS' touchscreen and stylus for success. By whatever means, once players have attained a certain level of cash and street cred they will also be able to recruit members for their own gang who pledge their loyalty by allowing themselves to be tattooed with the mark of the player's choosing.
Cars and Controls
Cars and control schemes play a prominent role in Chinatown Wars
. All cars feature GPS functionality based on available roadways. Directions are shown on the lower of the DS' two screens as part of the in-game PDA interface, but players may take vehicles off roads wherever possible, with the GPS automatically resetting when back on the pavement. While driving players also have access to five in-game radio stations and use of their weapons. Your PDA provides efficient management tools for your growing crime empire, including quick weapons switching, a running total of available cash, in-game e-mail and Internet access and nearly instant game saves any time. The control scheme in Chinatown Wars
utilizes an easy to use and comfortable to play combination of steering via the D-pad, choice of action through the face buttons and/or stylus taps and manual and automatic weapon locks and unlocks via shoulder buttons.
Key Game Features:
- The Largest DS Game Ever - Contemporary Liberty City is a massive world complete with pedestrians, weather and traffic patterns, five different radio stations and four different sprawling boroughs to explore.
- Endless Gameplay - Mature storyline with over 70+ story missions; plus dozens of side quests, collectibles, contextual mini-games and the all new mission replay feature.
- Street Economics - Addictive drug dealing side game with 6 different drug types, 80+ drug dealers and a supply / demand driven narcotics economy.
- Play with Friends - Nintendo Wi-Fi mode for head-to-head and co-op multiplayer mayhem.
- Bragging Rights - Chat, trade guns and commodities with your friends, and compete for glory via online tournaments and leaderboards on the Rockstar Games Social Club.
- PDA Interface - Use the touch screen as a PDA device to set GPS waypoints, change radio stations, communicate via e-mail with in-game characters and order weapons on the Internet.
Online Bragging Rights and Multiplayer
Care has been taken to ensure that players can share their Chinatown Wars
experiences with friends and fellow players in different ways. First, players will have access to the Chinatown Wars
as well as the greater Grand Theft Auto
communities through the Rockstar Games Social Club. Here they can chat, trade commodities, purchase special in-game items with in-game currency, check the leaderboards and compete in online tournaments. The DS' Wi-Fi capabilities also gives players the opportunity to take their game online as they battle for supremacy in their own little corner of Liberty City in both head-to-head and co-op multiplayer battles.
March 17, 2009
The lower-star reviews on this game are garbage; Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is every bit of a modern GTA experience as GTAIV and its relatives. The sprawling metropolis of Liberty City, tons of cars to hijack with unique handling and physics, tons of missions (with new replay feature), in-depth narrative with a silver tongue, guns, stunts, police chases, drug dealing, the works. Everything is presented here to make Chinatown Wars an experience on-par with the franchise's biggest releases, and the fact that Rockstar Leeds managed to cram all of this awesomeness into a tiny, half-gig DS cartridge is a feat in and of itself. If you missed out on Chinatown Wars the first time around, don't hesitate to pick this up now. It's brilliant.
This game is awesome! I was skeptical how a complicated game like this would work on Nintendo DS. I was also worried, since I'm of the Atari generation and have never played Grand Theft Auto or many other popular highfalutin modern games, that I would be completely lost. Well, there is no problems getting lost as the game is self-explanatory and very smooth. It is also mission oriented which I really like. Mission-driven games like Sims Bustin' Out and The Urbz are my favorites. You visit or sometimes you are emailed by the rival bosses and the story begins with the game explaining what you need to do and guiding you along the way. That does not mean it is easy, it can be quite difficult to complete each mission but, if you choose the option to manually save, you can repeat the missions as many times as needed to pass. I'll admit it has sometimes taken me 7 or more tries to get through a mission. Be sure to save in the safe house closest to the next story.
You are Huang Lee and arrive in Liberty City, a violent hellhole where drugs are plentiful, life is worth nil, and the drivers are the worst in the world--no fire hydrant, street lamp, or pedestrian is safe. You would think chastity would be a rare commodity in such a city; but, surprisingly, a lot of the pedestrians you run over will declare, "I'm still a virgin!" The reason for the visit is to deliver a sword to your uncle. Before you can accomplish the task, you are beaten, the sword is stolen and you are left to die in a car plunged into the water. Once you escape you are dropped smack dab in the middle of a gang war and battle between rival bosses to get control of Triad--the gang once lead by your father who was murdered. Avenging your father's death and recovering the sword is the ultimate goals but they may be hard to remember during all the missions and drug dealing you will be doing.
The game play is guided by a GPS system which is excellent. It is easy to go anywhere because the navigation system maps out the exact route and, if you miss a turn, it will update the map automatically with a new route. You can walk or drive--either your own car, leader's cars, or any car you can steal by hot wiring or grabbing the driver and throwing him or her out. The maps include safe houses, auto repair shops, drug dealers, leader's headquarters and other important stops. One tip is to create "Favorite" tags on the armor icons (blue bullet-proof vests--builds up your bullet defense) and maybe health icons (green crosses) although you can replenish your health once you've saved inside a safe house. During missions that are not timed and especially those where you are not being chased ("Street of Rage" and "The Wages of Hsin" are good examples), take time out to find those spots and re-build your armor and health levels before continuing the mission. You can also take time out to fix up your car if it is smoking (i.e. "Driven to Destruction").
One aspect of the game I really like is the freedom you have. You are not forced to begin a new mission until you are ready. Take some time to walk around the city. Check dumpsters for weapons and other goodies (as well as some nasty stuff) or make a few Molotov cocktails. Earn money as a tattoo artist or cab driver. The Taxi Driver mission is tough because of the time limits but, if you can manage 15 successful fares in a row, all the cabs become bullet-proof which really helps in certain story missions like "Offshore Offload". During a barrage of emails from dealers, you might take time traveling to each one and buying and selling all sorts of drugs and realize that is where the real money is at. There are also side missions you'll encounter on the streets that could consist of such things as planting a bug on a car or taking a woman on a joy ride. You'll meet these characters again for updates.
The game play is addicting and the story is intriguing and heavy with sometimes hilarious dialogue (especially Chan). Your character will witness all sorts of carnage including a rival boss cutting out an adversary's heart! Oh the humanity! As I'm sure other reviewers have noted, this game is rated mature with a capital M. Drugs, obscene language, racist remarks, bloody murders, sexual paraphernalia and situations--it's all here! It is fun to live vicariously in such a world through Lee Huang and it's incredible such a world can be packed in a little DS game cartridge. To anyone wanting to take their Nintendo DS on a hella ride, I recommend this game without hesitation!
There is not very much I can say about this game that other reviewers have not already said. This game is obviously well thought out. It is amazingly full of detail. The developers managed to squeeze all of Liberty City into such a tiny cartridge, and they did it with flair. The city is bustling with life.
Unlike console versions of GTA where raids and stake-outs are large scale, with 20 characters shooting at you all at once, the developers of this game kept in mind that this a hand held and they scaled down these battles as well. This is a plus since trying to take out 20 or so gangsters on the DS might have felt a bit overwhelming.
This game takes good advantage of the DS touch screen. It's use is seamless and it is used in interesting ways like scratch cards, digging in dumpsters, hot-wiring cars, selling drugs, and more. The use of the touch screen takes the customary GTA tasks and makes them interactive. This is another plus because it makes you feel that much more involved in the game.
The only tiffs I have with China Town Wars are that the radio stations don't have any of the funny dialogue or any recognizable songs - this is understandable, and doesn't take anything away from the game at all - and that the graphics of the story scenes are kind of ugly, luckily the dialogue is just as off beat and funny as the console versions. These things weren't big enough cons for me to take any stars away from my rating.
Overall, I am very happy to have bought this game. It is a great addition to the collection of any GTA fan, and the best adult DS game that I have seen so far. Every time I turn it on I find out something new. This game is definitely worth owning, even for those who are not the biggest GTA fans. This game will not disappoint.
When this was first announced I was a bit skeptical given the DS's limited power. I enjoyed the PSP's GTA games but I couldn't imagine something this great on the DS. First of all it's amazing how they managed to put all of GTA IV's Liberty City on a tiny DS cartridge. Even though it returns to the top down view of the early GTAs, it's still a blast to play. The combat is fun but not really challenging since the auto aim system makes it easy to aim and take out your targets. I also like the new cop evasion system that that allows you to loose your wanted level by disabling the cop cars. Oh and her parents just because this is on the DS which is usually a child friendly system does not mean this is kid friendly, this game has everything that gave the console GTAs an M-rating. There's graphic violence(although cartoony) including violence against police, frequent profanity, drugs, and explicit sexual references. Do not buy this for your child if you don't feel comfortable with them being exposed to the above things.
Look, you're never going to sate your regular desire to blow things up, steal cars and explore the full version on your main console, but as a mobile, mini, easily dip in-and-out-able option for your DS, it's great fun, equally funny and exciting, and it's also clearly well thought out in its design for the mini screen. A well worthwhile purchase for GTA fans!
i looked every where for this has my husban loves it i did not think i would get it befor christmas
really enjoyed this glad i chose this as a present it was recomended by a friend, easy to play and fun
Quick delivery didn't say it didn't have the case for the game