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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 theyGrand 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. Positive: 85 out of 85
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 85
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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: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 3 out of 48
  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. Ob.
    Mar 30, 2009
    10
    Forget the silly thought that this game is only good for a handheld GTA, this game is perhaps one of the finest GTA games ever made. Forget the silly thought that this game is only good for a handheld GTA, this game is perhaps one of the finest GTA games ever made. Combining old school GTA and new with fresh additions, great graphics, and tight controls, if you're looking for more GTA then look no further. 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
    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 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. AC
    Mar 18, 2009
    9
    Good timing for Nintendo to have a GTA game come out at the same time its new DSi is released. The Wii has a huge fan base so hopefully thisGood timing for Nintendo to have a GTA game come out at the same time its new DSi is released. The Wii has a huge fan base so hopefully this game sells well on the DS and prompts Rockstar to make a GTA Wii game. As far as the game its a blast. It has all the GTA attitude and style they could cram into the DS. If your a GTA fan and own a DS this purchase is a no brainer. Expand
  6. EugeneA.
    Apr 8, 2009
    9
    I've been pretty tired of GTA since...I dunno - Vice City? Having GTA be mobile and incredibly well-implemented for the DS has brought I've been pretty tired of GTA since...I dunno - Vice City? Having GTA be mobile and incredibly well-implemented for the DS has brought me back. Yay! Excellent for 60 seconds - hours of play, depending on what you've got available. Peeling off stars by wrecking pursuing cop cars is terribly, terribly addictive. Thanks goodness for safehouse stash boxes! 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 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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