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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.5
MobyScore
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User Reviews

One of the best DS' games to date! Big John WV (25291) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (22 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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Pelaajalehti
Chinatown Wars ei suinkaan ole niin naama kurtussa meininkiä, kuin mitä Niko Bellicin tarina oli, sillä itseironiaa on tarjolla mukavasti. DS:n kosketusnäytön ominaisuuksia on osattu hyödyntää kekseliäästi läpi pelin, ja pelattavaa piisaa kymmeniksi ja kymmeniksi tunneiksi.
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Click!
Chinatown Wars to osiągnięcie niebywałe – prawdziwe, kompletne GTA wciśnięte na kartridż DS-a. Jedyną wadą gry jest to, że tryby sieciowe (zróżnicowane i cholernie grywalne) przeznaczone są zaledwie dla dwóch graczy, ale kręcenie na to nosem byłoby po prostu nie na miejscu. Pierwsza dziesiątka w historii Clicka? Dlaczego nie!
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Blend Games
While Rockstar had to make some careful changes to get Grand Theft Auto on the DS, Chinatown Wars not only lives up to the standards of previous games in the series but surpasses them in a few areas. At the start of Chinatown, you'll be wondering what normal GTA features were cut to fit the game on the DS but at the end, you'll be wondering what Chinatown features will make their way on the next console installment.
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Green Pixels
My only real complaint is the that two-player multiplayer modes are relegated to local wireless users only, despite the ability to hop on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to share weapons and such with other users. But in the single-player department, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is all aces. Despite the shift to a handheld system and an overhead viewpoint, Chinatown Wars maintains everything that made its predecessors so successful, while adding its own platform-specific touches in the process. Forget comparing it only to other Mature titles on the system -- Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best and most accomplished DS games to date in any category.
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Game Shark
Greetings from Liberty City! Much has happened since I left for this godforsaken place, so I was glad to get your letter so that I could bring you up to speed. As you may have heard, I came here to deliver my late father's sacred sword to my Uncle Kenny so that the Triads remained in control of Liberty City, but what you may not have heard is that upon landing I was jumped, shot, dumped in the river and left to drown. Oh, and the sword was stolen too. Ever since then, I've been working for the biggest cast of degenerates, lowlifes, masochists, egomaniacs, dirty cops and slovenly detectives than you could ever imagine. I am also having the time of my life.
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AceGamez
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is undoubtedly one of the must have purchases of the Nintendo DS generation - it is truly something to be behold, an experience to be enjoyed not just by yourself but by anyone you come across. The folks at Rockstar really have excelled themselves, which is no mean feat when you look at their track record. Mixing old school top down GTA qualities with the expansive design portrayed within San Andreas and Liberty City, Chinatown Wars is a totally engrossing and effortlessly enjoyable romp, providing all the fun, depth and entertainment of a console game but all in the palm of your hand.
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Gamestyle
The fact that this review actually compares Chinatown Wars (favourably) to GTA IV should tell you how highly we regard this game, both in a technical and gameplay respect. It's an astonishing achievement for a handheld that nobody thought could hold this much content, or present it in such an effective way.
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GamesVault
Jeśli masz NDS albo rozpatrujesz jej zakup to koniecznie zaopatrz się w GTA Chinatown Wars, bo zapewni Ci ona rozrywkę na długie wieczory.
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Game Vortex
I simply can't shut up about how awesome this game is. It offers everything you'd hope to find in a Grand Theft Auto game. It probably won't win over any skeptics, and it shouldn't be played by anyone under 17. However, everyone else is in for a real treat. As far as the Nintendo DS goes, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has raised the bar of quality to an unprecedented height.
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The A.V. Club
If Chinatown Wars is missing anything, it’s the sense of place that Grand Theft Auto IV transmitted. Character oozed from the city’s pores, thanks to colorful sidewalk banter, satirical billboards, and top-notch voice acting. But dialing back such flourishes feels right in the handheld setting. So does the old-school top-down view and handsome cel-shaded architecture. Where the handheld Grand Theft Auto games for the PSP felt like console games shoehorned into a smaller setting, Chinatown Wars feels like a different Liberty City grown organically out of Nintendo DS soil.
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DarkZero
Every little touch like this just shows why Rockstar is so respected by gamers and developers alike. It’s what separates an average game from a great game. No-one else but Rockstar could’ve made Chinatown Wars what it is, because no one else has that kind of commitment and finesse to pull it off. It’s been a while since such a must-have game has come to the DS.
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Video Games Daily
Another worthy addition the GTA cannon, Chinatown takes all the best the previous games had to offer and adds plenty of own ideas into the mix. A stunning show of what the DS is capable of, I?m sure the next GTA title on the big consoles will be looking back to their Asian brother for inspiration for a long time to come.
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PGNx Media
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars isn’t a dumbed-down, scaled-down version of the series—it’s the real deal and one of the best games on the series on any platform. It’s also the first handheld GTA where you don’t have to qualify the game’s praises with “given the limitations of the platform.”
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Eurogamer.pt
Chinatown Wars é então recompensado com a nota mais alta, por, além de ser uma experiência em si extremamente competente e, essencialmente, divertida; conseguir levar as potencialidades da consola onde é oferecida a um índice de aproveitamento elevadíssimo. Tudo isto aliado a uma duração que ultrapassa várias dezenas de horas, entre missões, desafios e exploração.
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Gameplanet
Chinatown Wars sets the standard for handheld action games and shows great potential for the future of the Nintendo DS.
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Giant Bomb
Chinatown Wars is an impressively designed game. The developers at Rockstar Leeds were very smart about which elements of GTA to carry over and which would just drag the final product down. The end result is a game that feels new and fresh, even though it largely relies on the concepts forged in GTA's past.
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Game Arena
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an achievement. It's not the typical kind of game you'd expect on the DS - the learning curve is steeper than normal thanks to the small help text (expected on a portable) and the legions of police and it's a very adult game. Still, I'll gladly take the time to learn if it comes with the entirety of Liberty City, a working drug economy plus people, cars, boats, and the occasional helicopter and next to no loading times. Especially compared to all the garbage available on this system.
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Yahoo! Games
Though it might look like a lot has changed in the move to the handheld platform, more has been added than taken away - there's so much to do in this Liberty City, and it's hard not to be impressed and amazed at some of the things the developer's managed to pull off on the hardware. GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform.
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GamePro (US)
A fantastic addition to Rockstar's legacy, Chinatown Wars stands solidly on its own two feet as not only the series' first foray onto the Nintendo DS, but a damn good game, to boot.
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Pocket Gamer UK
A pocket rocket that's sumptuous to look at, riotously funny and deeply rewarding. GTA: Chinatown Wars is one of Rockstar's and the DS' best ever.
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Games Radar
Shameless developers trotting out shallow minigame anthologies and SNES era RPGs should stand in embarrassment at just how much potential Rockstar Leeds managed to wring from a console this late in its lifespan. Gentlemen, it’s time to beg your girlfriend for that DS back. Perhaps you could trade in your PS3 - it’s not like that’s getting more GTA anytime soon. Oh Snap!
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Overall this is GTA as it first was, with the inherited wisdom of GTA as it's been since, finished off with all sorts of things that would happily belong in a GTA of the future.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
It’s hard to deny the depth and scope that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has achieved. The massive single-player game, impressive 3D graphics, strong multiplayer features, amusing minigames and intriguing story make it one of the best DS games we’ve ever played. If you don’t pick it up, you had better be in Elementary School or on Fox News.
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G4 TV: X-Play
If anything, the game feels like a development team having fun with a concept. Everything from being able to ram police cars, rampage missions, the touch screen mini-games, and even the story has this sense of fun underlining every bullet fired. Even if you are not a fan of the series, you will be doing yourself a favor by taking this tiny terror out for a spin.
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Peliplaneetta.net
Chinatown Wars on samalla sekä aito GTA-peli että joka osa-alueeltaan taidokas DS-peli. Etenkin teknisesti peli tekee melkoisen vaikutuksen. Suurimman vaikutuksen peli tekee kuitenkin sisällön määrällään. Chinatown Wars saattaa hyvinkin olla sisältörikkain GTA-peli koskaan. Mukana on jopa linkki Rockstar Social Clubiin sekä mahdollisuus verkkomoninpeliin.
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GamePlasma
Rockstar Leeds has managed to bring the look, feel and expansiveness of the Grand Theft Auto Series to the Nintendo DS. There is no shortage of missions or things to do throughout Liberty City. The addition of the touch screen controls into the game further give the feeling that you are truly high jacking a car or arming a bomb. Although this may sound terrible to some, it is necessary for a series that has been built on the dark, gritty world of crime. If you are looking for an escape to the dark side of life, Chinatown Wars is your avenue of release.
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Hellbored
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a monster, multi faceted game on a mini-system. It is as well designed as a game could be, makes wonderful use of the system it is for and is by far and away (and I mean very far away) the best game I have played on the DS. There is so much more that could be said about the game but then I wouldn’t be playing it.
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3D Juegos
Por su gran duración, jugabilidad, dedicación y diversión, Rockstar Leeds y Rockstar North (los creadores de GTA IV) se merecen estar también en lo más alto del catálogo de Nintendo DS.
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Gamers' Temple, The
Chinatown Wars proves that it's not only possible to fit an open world Grand Theft Auto game on the DS, it's possible to make a very good Grand Theft Auto game for the DS.
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GamingTrend
Buy this game, and do so now. It is fiendishly addictive, almost to the level of the narcotics your character slings around in the game. Discovering what this game has in store for you is a lot of the fun, so allow me to conclude by saying that if you are a DS owner then Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars needs to be in your collection ASAP. This is a game that keeps on giving, and one that I’ll be playing for a long time to come.
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DS-x2
Anyone who is a fan of the series should definitely pick it up and those looking for a fantastic mature title should also pick it up. This is a definite must have for any DS owner.
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AusGamers
Usually around this point in a game's review it's time to start saying "but" or "however" to switch from the positives to the negatives, but with Chinatown Wars, there really are no negatives. Beyond people potentially nitpicking the size of the DS or the like, Chinatown Wars really is the DS's finest gaming achievement, and it's likely GTA has found a new home here. So if you're a GTA fan pick this up. If you own a DS, pick this up. And if neither apply to you, pick this up (and buy a DS in the process – you won't regret it). It really is that good, and needs to be seen and experienced to be fully appreciated. I love that in an industry obsessed with processing power and HD, a game like Chinatown Wars can come along and remind us big ideas aren't always confined, and where there's ambition and will, there's a way.
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Good Game
Even though I’m a fan of the other handheld incarnations of GTA on psp I reckon this style is much more fun, and it would be nice to see a top down psp version one day...I’m giving it 9.5.
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GameFocus
I for one was a non-believer on how this GTA game for the Nintendo DS would turn out to be. I even went public by saying that it would not be that great. I was wrong and I have to admit that Rockstar made me look like a fool this time. It’s obvious that the developers did not want to release just another GTA version for the handhelds and go for the quick cash but wanted to offer a high quality product for a handheld that desperately needs something else than just Brain simulators, Pokémon games and cross-dressing games. GTA Chinatown Wars is one hell of a game that deserves a place in your DS collection, especially if you’re a fan of the GTA franchise. It’s really nice to see that the videogame industry can still surprise you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some smack and weed that need to be sold…virtually of course. I did mention something about the game being M-rated, right?
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Gaming Target
GTA: Chinatown Wars is a landmark for the DS. It pushes the system to new highs and is an absolute blast to play. The myriad mini-games and side jobs are not only fun and addicting, but ensure you will keep playing long after you’ve finished the story. Simply put, if you have a DS, you need this game. It is not only one of – if not the – best DS games on the market, it is also one of the best GTA games ever and is a must-have for fans everywhere.
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Nintendojo
The few flaws aside, the GTA franchise thrives on the system, with missions becoming more focused and a second screen allowing for easy PDA, or menu access. Informative e-mails about tasks and front door delivery of weapons also keep everything up to date and accessible. Possibly most importantly, the stylus serves as a valuable tool throughout the title, becoming an essential element for the player and in-game character, Huang. It also doesn’t hurt that a gorgeous, cel-shaded Liberty City serves as a backdrop to all the action. Thus, Chinatown Wars not only lives up to its series’ namesake, it pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on Nintendo’s handheld system.
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NinYou
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars krijgt van mij een 9.5 (lees: tien min). Al vind ik zelf dat het punt in dit geval bijster weinig zegt. Hou je van GTA? Dan vind je dit briljant. Hou je niet van GTA? Speel dan lekker Henry Hatsworth. Dan maak je onze Thomas ook weer blij. Auto’s stelen is in zijn ultieme vorm naar onze spelcomputer op zakformaat gebracht. Toch zijn er wat kleine foutjes aan te wijzen zoals het soms wat krakkemikkige geluid en de ietwat kinderlijker geschreven dialoog. De ervaring is echter vrijwel perfect en als jij weer eens een échte DS-topper in je spellenkast wil zetten, zou ik het zeker overwegen om dit kaartje vol digitaal vermaak een kans te geven.
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Wonderwallweb.com
Even though GTA:CW is on the humble DS, it still somehow brings so much more depth to the GTA series, I am amazed that Rockstar managed to fit all of this onto one cartridge whilst not sacrificing any graphical or content quality. GTA Chinatown Wars is a true masterpiece for the DS, well done again Rockstar you continue to surprise us.
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Gamervision
I could go on some more about all the little things in the game that make me smile and appreciate owning the DS system, but half the fun of playing a game is finding all that good stuff out yourself. If you own a DS then this is definitly a no brainer, and if you've been on the fence, this game just might be the one to push you over.
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Gameplayer
That said, we’re also getting some serious hours out of the multiplayer, and while we’d usually whine about this game requiring all players to have a copy of the game, we won’t. Let’s face it; any hardcore DS owner worth their arthritis cream will already have this awesome game in their collection.
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IGN
Though it might look like a lot has changed in the move to the handheld platform, more has been added than taken away - there's so much to do in this Liberty City, and it's hard not to be impressed and amazed at some of the things the developer's managed to pull off on the hardware. GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform.
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GameSpot
Perhaps what's most amazing about Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is that it doesn't feel like a scaled-down handheld version of a GTA game. Rather, it feels like a logical and somewhat experimental progression for the series, introducing a handful of great new features that seem destined to become standard in future iterations. And don't let the art style or the presence of simple minigames fool you; Chinatown Wars is every bit as deserving of its mature rating as previous games. It's also one of the best GTA games yet.
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Meristation
En definitiva, la portátil de Nintendo cuenta al fin en su catálogo con un título de contenido adulto y calidad sobresaliente; un Grand Theft Auto en toda regla que aprovecha a fondo las cualidades únicas de la consola. Ante nosotros aguardan decenas y decenas de horas de juego, en una aventura muy diferente a todo lo que hemos disfrutado hasta ahora en DS. Rockstar Leeds ha firmado un juego excepcional, que permanecerá en el interior de nuestra portatil durante mucho, mucho tiempo.
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GameStar (Italy)
Se amate la serie GTA non potete perdervelo, mentre se fino a ora vi siete tenuti alla larga dal free roaming e dalla paura di una eccessiva dispersione, l’impostazione leggermente più giocosa e “action” di questo episodio potrebbero farvi digerire un po’ di più le sterminate strade brulicanti di vita di Liberty City.
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Digital Chumps
The touch screen implementation is also admirable, as it hardly ever feels forced. On the contrary; in nearly all cases, it actually adds to the experience. Of course, Chinatown Wars is also just as offensive as the rest of the series, featuring content which earns it an undisputed M Rating. But if you’re of the proper demographic and you’re looking for a sandbox-style mature game that will last you for quite some time, look no further. GTA: Chinatown Wars is truly among the best of the DS.
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Game Chronicles
Regardless of how dedicated you are to your DS, either at home or on the go, anyone who enjoys the GTA franchise should waste no time in picking up this game. Rockstar Leeds has done the impossible and brought over everything that makes GTA what it is and then added so much extra content specific to the system. Chinatown Wars not only redefines DS gaming, it will very likely redefine GTA when the next installment hits major consoles.
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Official Nintendo Magazine
Rockstar has captured and condensed the Grand Theft Auto series' high points and crammed them into one terrific title. Think the DS can't handle GTA? Think again.
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VicioJuegos.com
Una nueva historia en Liberty City que, además de aprovechar casi al límite la capacidad de Nintendo DS, también nos ofrece una aventura llena de misiones, novedades, retos secundarios y una cuidada jugabilidad digna sólo de los mejores estudios. Cualquier seguidor de la saga encontrará de nuevo todo lo que hace tan divertido y variado a cualquier GTA anterior.
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Finalboss
Alguns pequenos defeitos aqui e ali, como nas batalhas e no som, não comprometem o game como um todo, que é tão grandioso quanto seus irmãos maiores e tão politicamente incorreto, como todo Grand Theft Auto deve ser.
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Fragland.net
The DS, by many still unjustly seen as the favorite toy of housewives, children and demented grandparents, has a new top game. Rockstar makes a fantastic debute on Nintendos handheld and delivers with this Chinatown Wars a technically great, brutal, hilarious, adult and incredibly amusing pearl. "Must-have" is the word!
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Atomic Gamer
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. Compromises had to be made for Nintendo's portable, but none of them hurt the overall feel of the game which is still very much GTA at its core. It's easy to recommend this one to any gamer who needs to get their car-stealing, thug-shooting fix while on the go. And yes, it's also still worth playing at home as well!
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Gamer 2.0
So what do we have here, overall? Without a doubt, Chinatown Wars is the kind of experience the DS has been missing. Though lacking a stellar story, the game is a more than solid iteration. Returning to its violent roots serves the game very well, and fans of the original top-down style of the first two games in the series are in for a nostalgiac treat. And when all the aspects come together, it’s a terrific package you shouldn’t be without.
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Multiplayer.it
Invece di scimmiottare l'esperienza offerta dai capitoli per home console, i programmatori hanno costruito una nuova declinazione della serie, diversa in certi aspetti e addirittura superiore, coraggiosa e innovativa in altri. Se avete l'età sufficiente per poter acquistare un prodotto con rating 18+, fatevi un favore e correte a comprare Chinatown Wars.
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NZGamer
It feels strange playing such an adult and violent game on the Nintendo DS, but at the same time, Grand Theft Auto feels right at home here. If future titles are announced for the DS then Chinatown Wars is proof enough that skepticism of Rockstar's ability to deliver on the platform is completely unjustified.
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GameZone
If you love the GTA franchise and want a GTA-sized experience on a handheld, Chinatown Wars will turn you into a zombie – an addicted, unproductive, can’t-stop-smiling zombie that never wants to put the game down.
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Play.tm
It says something about the virtues of Chinatown Wars that the only thing possibly denying it the perfect GTA status is the soundtrack. The mini-games are plentiful but never outstay their welcome, the slick presentation pushes the boundaries of the DS, and the range of content creates an extensive but wonderfully accessible game. It's phenomenal, a game that I keep dipping into whenever the possibility arrives, and a desperately needed addition to the DS's library.
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Jolt (UK)
It says something about the virtues of Chinatown Wars that the only thing possibly denying it the perfect GTA status is the soundtrack. The mini-games are plentiful but never outstay their welcome, the slick presentation pushes the boundaries of the DS, and the range of content creates an extensive but wonderfully accessible game. It's phenomenal, a game that I keep dipping into whenever the possibility arrives, and a desperately needed addition to the DS's library.
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IGN Australia
As always, there's a lot more to a Grand Theft Auto game than a review can really convey. Players who are well-versed in the formula that underpins the series are in for a few cool twists, but largely the process remains unchanged – and the tone actually improved and lightened. For Nintendo-only gamers out there – and these days, there are more of you than ever – this is an authentic Grand Theft Auto experience. It isn't watered down; it's as fun and foul-mouthed as any series-proper instalment. While not perfect, it'll suck you in and keep you up at night like a chronic addiction. Hook it to our veins.
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Game Informer Magazine
Chinatown Wars stumbles occasionally, but it also pushes the series forward in numerous other ways. Don’t let the diminutive size or nostalgic look fool you, this is just as complete of a Grand Theft Auto experience as any of the console iterations.
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Game Observer
Slick presentation, finely tuned gameplay, loads of missions and fun mini-games make this GTA an incredible piece of software, portable or not.
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Lawrence
It really is incredible that Rockstar managed to put so much of the GTA experience into Nintendo's insanely popular portable. Chinatown Wars is a true addition to the GTA series, and stands up to the level of quality that the franchise has exhibited in its last several titles. A must have for any (mature) DS owner.
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Extreme Gamer
I believe the results are even better than most gamers hoped for, making Chinatown Wars a must have for any Grand Theft Auto fan who owns a Nintendo DS. Actually, Chinatown Wars should be a must have for anyone who owns a DS, and is old enough to purchase the title. It’s good to see the words, Grand Theft Auto and Nintendo together again, now let’s hope the next time we see them together it doesn’t take another five years. Kudos to Rockstar Leeds for bringing Chinatown to the Nintendo DS.
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Vandal Online
El uso de la táctil, la doble pantalla, y demás elementos, insistimos, nos muestran cómo combinar una jugabilidad clásica, muy asentada, con los rasgos únicos de una plataforma como Nintendo DS. Y todo ello sin olvidarse de lo que hace especial, diferente, a un GTA. Y eso sólo nos hace desear más.
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Cheat Code Central
The semi top-down view can take a little getting used to, especially when driving, but CW does a great job of compensating for this and just about any other issue you'll run into with a handful of assists that can be turned on and off. If you are looking for a great new GTA experience on the go, look no further than CW. It is easily one of the best GTAs in recent memory.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
92% of the time Chinatown Wars is a brilliant, inventive top-down GTA experience, which is why it comes most highly recommended to any over-18 (but probably under 65) DS owner.
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IGN UK
Working in perfect harmony with the DS’s unique capabilities, it’s no less than a fully featured GTA - a standalone entry that not only holds its own amongst its esteemed company but acts as a celebration of all that has come before it. The definitive GTA? That depends where your tastes lie, but either way there’s no denying this is a masterpiece of handheld gaming.
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Gaming Nexus
While it may look and feel a little different from the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV and Liberty City Stories, Chinatown Wars proves to be yet another solid entry in Rockstar Games' popular franchise. The game does suffer from too many touch screen mini-games and a slightly outdated look, but those problems are easy to overlook when the product turns out to be this good!
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Impulse Gamer
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. The missions are fun and the mini-games are equally as addictive. The control system does take some time getting use, however at the end of the day, this is what Grand Theft Auto IV should have been about. If you want something less serious than this is the game for you. Be warned though, it’s definitely for older games!
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Gaming Age
This is definitely a great side story addition to the series, and a game that people shouldn't pass up based on the system or the style change from the other PS2/PSP titles, and it's not a simple reskin of the previous PS1 titles either. There's definitely some impressive work being done, and it's amazing to see this much content packed into a tiny DS cart. While it doesn't feature all the bells and whistles of the last title, it's definitely something DS owners should check out.
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Game Revolution
In the original top-down view reminiscent of the classic PS1 titles, Grand Theft Auto has finally once again graced a handheld... and this time, it's an all new adventure filled with an enormous city, a new main character that's worth paying attention to, and a theme that fits perfectly into a portable platform. It is truly GTA done right.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Het meest verrassende aan Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is dat het niet aanvoelt al seen teruggeschroefde versie van de neefjes op de grote consoles. Het heeft meer weg van een logische, zij het wat experimentele stap voorwaarts voor de reeks. Net zo volwassen als de andere GTA games en meteen ook een van de beste tot nog toe.
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1UP
Altogether, Chinatown Wars is what I expected -- it takes an understandable few steps back from GTA4, but also takes a couple forward (a touch screen can do that). It's a well-honed "core" GTA on the handheld, not merely a one-to-one clone of its console parents.
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Gameswelt
Das ist im Grunde aber auch schon das einzige wirklich schwer wiegende Manko eines insgesamt tollen Spieles.
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That Gaming Site
Chinatown Wars is definitely worth your time. It shows what can be achieved when big time developers put their eyes on making something great from something small. A essential addition to your DS collection!
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Jeuxvideo.fr
Grand Theft Auto : ChinaTown Wars définit à lui tout seul un nouveau standard de qualité sur Nintendo DS. Tout est fait ici pour que nous prenions du plaisir une fois la console allumée. La réalisation de très haute volée (graphisme, animation, bande-son, etc.), et l’ergonomie quasi parfaite font de ce titre un incontournable sur Nintendo DS... pour peu que vous ayez atteint votre majorité.
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Factornews
On n'y croyait à peine mais Rockstar l'a fait. Non seulement ils ont porté l'expérience GTA sur DS avec brio mais en plus ils en ont fait un opus original et sacrément prenant. Grand Theft Auto : Chinatown Wars est une sacré claque qui se doit de figurer dans votre ludothèque DS.
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Good Game
The whole of liberty city is streamed so smoothly here, for such a tiny console, it’s a big achievement. There’s weather effects, and cars are beautifully shaded, there’s crumple and plenty of music and dialogue. It’s pretty rare that you’ll get any lag, and you don’t get any of that nasty texture shaking that it’s rampant in 3D ds games.
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Pelit
Vaikka Chinatown karsii Liberty Citystä vapautta ja vaihtoehtoja, DS-versio on kunnioitusta herättävä niin teknisesti kuin pelillisesti. Rehellisesti sanoen, kun kuulin projektista en uskonut kokonaisuuden olevan puoliksikaan näin mainio, mutta pelasinkin sitä pikkutunneille silmät vinossa. Rockstar Leeds teki DS:lle parempaa työtä kuin aikaisemmassa PSP:n Liberty Cityn tarinoissa (Pelit 12/05, 90 pistettä), sillä versio vie sarjaa jopa uusiin suuntiin. Metacritin DS-kärkipaikka on syystä ansaittu.
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ZTGameDomain
GTA: Chinatown Wars is a great game for the handheld and can satisfy any hardcore gamers' craving for something more than cooking games and language teachers on their DS.
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Game Informer Magazine
The only gameplay mechanic that takes a significant step back is the combat, which is plagued by a sketchy aim mechanic. The story doesn’t hold up as well as the rest of the game, since the unlikable cast of characters makes it hard to give a damn about the plot, and the humor often falls flat. Chinatown Wars may lack a loveable anti-hero like Niko Bellic, but Rockstar’s technical accomplishment on the DS makes this a must-play.
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Hooked Gamers
In all, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars would have be one of the best games to be released on the DS. The story is strong enough to make you want to continue in Huang’s shoes to seek revenge on those who killed his father and took the family’s ceremonial sword. Even after completing the main story, there are heaps of side missions and other tasks that will keep gamers entertained as they try and score the magical 100% completion score. The visuals make the most of the DS’ capabilities, as does the audio despite the limitations of the console. The controls work extremely well, utilising the stylus where needed. The swearing and adult themes mean that the game is not suited to younger gamers, but for other DS gamers, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a must have title.
90
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
I will admit that I have never been a huge follower of the GTA series. I have played previous titles like Vice City, but did not follow the games from the very beginning. 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. Minor complaints aside, once you get used to the overhead perspective, you’ll find yourself engrossed in an addictive game that truly takes advantage of what the DS is capable of. Do yourself a favor and buy it if you are a DS owner.
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NintendoWorldReport
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars makes for an excellent addition to the series and the DS library as a whole. Though the top-down view creates some problems, the game is quite enjoyable overall. DS Players looking for a modern GTA experience needn't look further than Chinatown Wars.
90
Worth Playing
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars manages to bring the GTA formula to the DS in a spectacular way. The gameplay is just as fun as ever, and the use of the DS hardware and added features, like the revamped cop chases and drug-selling mini-game, make the experience feel fresh and not a dumbing-down of GTA for the DS. While the story is weak and the multiplayer is a little underwhelming, this is a fantastic title that's worth a look if you have a DS and like GTA.
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games xtreme
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an extremely well made game and Rockstar have definitely gone all out with what they could fit in the DS cartridge, while there are a few little nitpicks with the game they don’t stop the fun and are far outweighed by the fun there is to be had in this game. For fans of the series it is definitely worth picking up if you haven’t already and for anyone else old enough to buy a copy and not too easily offended by swear words it’s worth a look, you will be hard pressed to find many other DS games with this much effort and content outside of a first party game. Now it’s time for me to go, I have some surveillance cameras that need smashing.
90
Kombo.com
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars brings new dimensions to a familiar franchise and proves that entertaining M-rated games have a place in the vast Nintendo DS library.
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HonestGamers
Once again we see a familiar series being presented from an entirely new angle thanks to the clever application of the DS hardware. Call me crazy, but I liked Chinatown Wars better than the PSP games.
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videogamer.com
Say what you will about the Grand Theft Auto games, they don't half push hardware. We saw it for years on the PS2, more recently on “next-gen” consoles, and now, perhaps most impressively of all, we're seeing it on the Nintendo DS.
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USA Today
As long as you're old enough to recognize this game as a piece of adult entertainment, there's no denying Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is fun, easy to control and packed with plenty of well-crafted game play.
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GameTrailers
Chinatown Wars boils Grand Theft Auto down to its basic elements and wisely goes with what works. The game also makes wise use of the DS hardware without requiring too much back and forth between the control pad and the stylus. Most impressively, the game takes cues from the series' 2D past and incorporates modern amenities from recent installments, letting it live up to its legacy and stand on its own. If you have a DS and don't mind killing, drug use, language, and violence, you should definitely visit Chinatown.
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Gamers Daily News
As much as was crammed into this little cartridge, I am suprised that it fit into the DS. It maybe only March, but at this point, its the DS Game of the Year.
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Loadedinc.
Chinatown Wars doesn’t really do much new, but it does everything old with such style that it feels fresh. This is GTA, with all the sex, drugs, and violence, only on a DS, and it’s a highly recommended purchase. Just don’t expect GTA5.
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4Players.de
Nichtsdestotrotz bleibt ein brillant designtes, fantastisch präsentiertes und hochmotivierendes Ballerfest für den erwachsenen DS-Besitzer, von dem wir in Zukunft hoffentlich noch mehr sehen werden.
90
UOL Jogos
É com certeza um dos jogos mais impressionantes já desenvolvidos para a plataforma, compra obrigatória para os fãs da marca.
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Gamekult
Un Grand Theft Auto de tout premier ordre, et même en progression, pas un spin-off de plus. Personne ou presque n'y croyait, mais le constat est une évidence.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Il aura suffi d'une tentative aux équipes de Rockstar pour réussir le mariage au départ improbable entre une série adulte et une machine coutumière du casual gaming. Sublimée, la DS récite ses gammes sans accroc, parfaitement exploitée par un gameplay qui mixe intelligemment des mécanismes de jeu classiques et d'autres propres à la console de Nintendo. Chinatown Wars sait se montrer novateur et surprenant en dépit du fait qu'il se déroule dans une ville que tout joueur de la série connaît désormais sur le bout des doigts. A n'en pas douter, s'il faut choisir un jeu d'action/aventure sur DS, c'est celui-là.
90
InsideGamer
Chinatown Wars is een must-have voor gamers met een Nintendo DS. Het is een game waarmee je heel lang zoet bent en het zit van begin tot eind uitstekend in elkaar. De game ademt een typisch GTA-gevoel, maar weet tegelijkertijd nieuwe dingen te introduceren. Heb je nog geen Nintendo DS, maar zit je wel over de aanschaf te twijfelen, dan is Chinatown Wars de game om je over de streep te trekken!
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Gamer.nl
Ook dit systeem zal niet bij alle fans in de smaak vallen, omdat het nogal dubieus is: sinds wanneer levert het kapot maken van politievoertuigen je vrij spel op? Maar dit zijn kleine smetten op een verder complete en uiterst vermakelijke ervaring. De GTA-reeks houdt haar naam meer dan hoog.
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Thunderbolt Games
Chinatown Wars should be seen as a natural progression for the series, as it sheds light to a host of new ideas that are sure to be used in future projects. It’s almost certainly a contender for Game Of The Year, and not just because it’s a handheld title that pushes the boundaries.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
It's everything we've come to expect from GTA, and quite a bit more as well. The faster pace, variety, and use of the touchscreen makes for a less real, yet more entertaining GTA experience perfectly suited for the popular handheld.
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GameSpy
Maybe, but who cares? When we think of GTA, we think of blockbusters built to massive specifications. Chinatown Wars proves that much of the stuff that really draws us to these games can be realized without expending millions of dollars and man-hours. Anyway, my highest recommendation: Though I'm done with my review, I'm far from done playing. In spite of my early kneejerk dismissal, I can't get enough of this crazy little unregulated dystopia where you can get heavy assault weapons delivered to your doorstep.
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Spazio Games
Grande trama, grande atmosfera, grande giocabilità, miracoloso comparto tecnico, utilizzo sapiente del touch-screen: uno dei migliori giochi per Nintendo DS in assoluto, la cui qualità offuscherà un'altra volta le sterili quanto inevitabili polemiche che ne accompagneranno l'uscita nei negozi. Must have.
90
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
By blending the old and the new, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars gets the console experience on a handheld format just about right.
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GamingXP
Der Intensivtest von "Chinatown Wars" ist noch nicht vorbei - sollten im Laufe der Teststunden noch weitere interessante Neuigkeiten ans Tageslicht kommen, wird dieser Artikel aktualisiert. Freuen Sie sich also auf noch mehr Informationen zum NDS-Kracher!
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Original Gamer
While online play is there, the game doesn't have a focus on good online play making it more of an afterthought. Hopefully this game will make it to the home consoles for some touch ups such as more music and voice acting.
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Destructoid
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best DS games ever made. While it lacks some of the character of previous titles in the series, the gameplay is difficult to put down, with something to please fans of both the new and old GTA experiences. At the beginning of the review, I said that Chinatown Wars doesn't seem to fit on the DS. However, appearances can be deceiving, and Grand Theft Auto's DS debut deserves to be on Nintendo's system as much as any puzzle game or pet sim.
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Gaming since 198x
Si vous avez plus de 18 ans et possédez une DS, GTA : CW est obligatoire dans votre ludothèque, long, prenant et bien réalisé, évitez tout de même de le laisser dans la console de votre petite cousine de 8 ans, il se peut qu'elle apprécie moyennement le porno gay.
80
Cheat Happens
It would be easy to pigeonhole Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars as portable version of GTA, but it’s more. By taking an old formula and putting a new spin on it, Rockstar has created the perfect meeting point of where the series has been, and where it could be. Sure, it has its problems, but anyone who enjoyed the past GTA games, or is merely a fan of well done action games will find much to appreciate in Chinatown.
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Modojo
Unless you despise GTA, Chinatown Wars is an essential purchase. Rockstar did an excellent job transferring the mayhem to the DS, and we suggest you run out and buy a copy ASAP. The game's drug lords command it.
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Common Sense Media
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown lives up to the hype – and the celebrated series – but only for players age 17 and older. Let's hope game retailers understand this.