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If you're at all interested in open-world crime games, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is by far the best available on the platform and simply cannot be passed up. The sheer amount of content, the amazing graphics, and gameplay that will keep you coming back for more whether you choose to follow the story or rampage through Liberty City on your own is absolutely fantastic.
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If you haven’t bought GTA:CW yet, you should. It's one of the most complete iPhone games to date, and its mature storyline is not to be missed. Even if you've played Chinatown Wars on another handheld device, buy it again: it's Liberty City in your pocket.
If you haven't bought GTA:CW for your iPhone yet, you should. It's one of the most complete iPhone games to date, and its mature storyline and varied gameplay definitely offer one of the most enjoyable game experiences on the iPhone to date.
Overall, while Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for iPhone offers a similar experience to its console counterpart, it won’t be the 3D graphic-intensive one you were probably hoping for. That said, the game combines the use of brilliant on-screen controls, immersive objects and environments, comic-like visuals, and supreme attention to detail throughout to bring the first version of the GTA franchise to iPhone.
At just $9.99, Chinatown Wars is a mere third of the price for the original Nintendo DS game, making it one of the best gaming values on the App Store considering just how much stuff is packed in here. While I did have a few problems with the control set-ups (the virtual buttons are too small yet still crowd the screen) and menu arrangements, the narrative, mission variety, and production values easily overwhelm those shortcomings. This is 2010’s first must-have iPhone game.
Sans grande surprise, GTA : Chinatown Wars est une réussite totale. Nouvel exemple du savoir-faire des équipes de Rockstar, il va étonner et passionner sur iPhone autant qu'il a pu le faire sur DS et PSP. Évidemment, les possesseurs des versions DS ou PSP n'auront aucun intérêt à investir dans cet opus s'ils possèdent un iPhone, d'autant que ce volet est un peu moins jouable. Mais saluons les efforts de Rockstar qui n'oublie personne et fait coup double en étant à l'origine de l'un des meilleurs jeux d'action sur PSP, comme sur DS. On est simplement déçu de l'absence du multijoueur... Mais à 8€ pièce, ne crachons pas dans la soupe.
The PSP version of Chinatown Wars is still superior, due to the less clumsy controls and included soundtrack. However, if an iPhone is all you have, this definitely doesn't feel like a second rate effort. The variety of missions, mostly top-notch presentation and incredibly cheap price tag ($9.99, a steal compared to the other $30-$40 versions) make this a one-way trip to Liberty City you shouldn't pass up.