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  • Summary: 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 touch screen, players 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. Expand
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  1. 100
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a triumph, not just in terms of bringing a difficult game to a new platform intact, but because it actually improves it in the process, and demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function.
  2. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an incredibly impressive game and probably the most technically impressive game on the Nintendo DS.
  3. No DS owner should be without a copy. And if some moron comes complaining about violence, I'll give violence to him myself! The remaining point is an incentive for Rockstar to keep doing their excellent job, because many other perfect games are sure to come.
  4. Rockstar has done a fantastic job packing a large amount of content onto a tiny DS cartridge. Not only is there a ton of stuff to do in GTA Chinatown Wars, but all of the little touches add up to an experience that's greater than its parts.
  5. At the end of the day, Rockstar have created a fun game in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars that features an entertaining story, interesting characters and gameplay that only the Nintendo DS can boast about.
  6. That being said, if you are a fan of the series you will definitely enjoy this game. This was the most fun I have had with a DS game in quite some time.
  7. It's still Grand Theft Auto when it's all said and done, and most gamers who can't soak into the series won't find a different enough experience to sell them otherwise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  1. AndrewE
    Dec 18, 2009
    10
    Simply, one of the best games on DS. Unique gameplay, stunning visuals and good old gta-like style - you gotta have it.
  2. CanonY
    Apr 1, 2009
    10
    I can't remember the last time I was this hooked on a game and wanting to play it through to completion. I'm a 26 year old doctor who has fond memories of GTA 1 & 2. I've also recently played GTA IV. Chinatown wars constantly made me wonder how on earth the developers managed to do it on this system - but they did and the Rockstar Leeds team deserves a standing ovation for this masterpiece. Expand
  3. OdinAesir
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    Brasil

    Este jogo vazou Sexta-Feira 13 de Março de 2009 às 14h00 na NET.

    Rodava apenas nos seguintes Flash Cards: SuperCard
    One, Akecard RPG, G6.

    No dia 14 de Março de 2009 as 20h00 ele rodou no R4.

    No dia seguinte já tinha fix para todos os flash cards.

    Este jogo tem gráficos utilizando a máxima potência do NDS, possui interatividade excelente, ótimas missões e side-quests.
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  4. JamesD
    Jan 6, 2010
    10
    I could critisize Chinatown Wars for an awful lot of inconsistant things but at its core GTA CW is a fantastic GTA experience. Although there are no cutscenes, no DJ or vocals on radio stations, the music has the GTA style which complements the brilliant art style. For a DS game this is a top heavy hitter. Expand
  5. MatH
    Apr 1, 2009
    9
    The best action game for the DS. Excellent game mechanics all round, from shooting to driving, to the view angle, with great touch support. Touch controls are intuitive and useful, and their inclusion in action sequences is minimal and forgiving. The only niggle I have is the story line, while interesting, is told with a script that tries too hard to be funny, with characters that are predictable stereotypes. That however is a small niggle and is mostly harmless to the overall experience. In short, this game is a fantastic action-romp. Expand
  6. TJF.
    Jun 24, 2009
    9
    It is a really good game, it's bascially like taking Grand Theft Auto 1 and combining it with all the other grand theft autos. There are a few new things like Drug dealing and some other mini games. It uses the touch screen amazingly. The only complaint i have is Ling. I mean she's one of the people on the front of the case. And she dies within the first 5 minutes of the game. But its a good game overall. Expand
  7. CarlB
    Mar 31, 2009
    0
    OK ther r many reason this game is bad the artificel inteligance in very bad the camera is verybad and gameplay is bad why deal drugs that stupid loopk see this game is just watered down grand theft auto strait from th begining u can tel the cutscene is very poor just crap music and horibly loking heads wen they tolk its cash cow gaim basicly drug dealing agen y do that to get mony thats wrong but u hav to do it to get muny and the combat is veryu bad look see firt u hav to lok on to enemuy and then ui hav to shot them but u alweys lok onto civilan or somthing its borked and then u hav the camera which can go eat shet it nevtr folows u always goes randum places at lest they include butoin that make u adjust camera only decent thing is driving cuz u can actualy ster unlike gta4 where the cars handld as if some morbidly obese twins were using it as a tramolene wen u wer drivign but ion all this game is bad its broken and der was a time wen i was playing wer the ds shut off and wuldnt turn on it ruins ur ds and is a pece of shety dont not nbuy this game u will regret it wat did i told u Expand

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