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An absolute must-own in every sense of the word, Chinatown Wars is a game with the single most important factor in any portable offering: every time you pick it up, there's always something to do. And after that, there's another 20 more.
For those who haven’t played Chinatown Wars yet, the PSP version is definitely the one to get. The DS version was an instant classic, simply because it was unrivaled. People who already own the DS version, however, aren’t missing much. On Sony’s portable, the game isn’t as unique, but the bigger screen and more advanced visuals help what is already a fantastic game really shine; it’s simply a high octane game at a higher resolution. The loss of touch control is a drop in the bucket compared to the smoother experience on the PSP. It also helps that Chinatown Wars is a great game, regardless of control systems. It may not rock the boat as much as it did on DS, but Chinatown Wars is still one of the finest examples of handheld action on the market.
However, putting up with menu navigation is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things. GTA: Chinatown Wars is a quality product that gives you a camera perspective and gameplay that fits really well on a handheld. It might not be quite as ambitious as attempting to completely duplicate the console experience (like the "Stories" set of PSP releases did), but it works wonderfully and catches plenty of the GTA experience, despite the different perspective and still-frame cutscene style. If you're looking for this sort of open-world game on your PSP, approach without caution.
But you know what? I'm not going to say any more. I'm just going to say this: after thinking about it for a bit more, there's no doubt in my mind. GTA: Chinatown Wars is my favourite handheld game of all time. It's funny, it's full of great ideas, and above all else it's wickedly fun. Whether you're a GTA veteran or someone who's never played one of these games before, you should know that this is one of the best titles available for your PSP - or, indeed, for your DS. To miss it would be criminal.
One of the best Grand Theft Auto games to grace the PSP so far, Chinatown Wars makes our return to Liberty City an utterly brilliant and addictive gem. With amazing missions, a great story and plenty to do in the city, this game is just non-stop fun from start to finish. Forget the DS; this game truly shines on the PSP.
With its handful of extra story missions, significantly improved audio and visuals, and mostly superior control scheme, the PSP version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is even better than the DS original. It's also better than either of the other Grand Theft Auto games for the PSP (Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories), and unlike those games, in no way does it feel like a scaled-down handheld version of a proper GTA game. 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.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is outstanding. The story is great, the game itself is a blast, running drugs is a welcome addition, the new cop takedowns are cool, and there’s so much to do. Yes, the little loads can irk you, I wish the cutscenes featured voice work, some mini-games are flat, and saving takes too long, but it’s all forgivable when the game is this much fun.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the PSP is certainly another quality entry in the series, and it was nice to see Rockstar attempt a throwback-style of game. With a more arcade-like feel, many hours of addictive gameplay, and a structure well suited to portable gaming, it's absolutely worthy of checking out. Now where's our GTA: San Andreas Stories?
Yes, it's dotted with improvements, but it's a fair bet many people won't be moving up to the PSP Chinatown Wars over the DS one. So, as a PSP game, it's still a well-done portable GTA; not necessarily a better one than before. But that's fine; it's still worth playing Chinatown Wars for those bite-size bits of the GTA formula, and if you're still warm to it, then definitely give it a go.
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 PSP autant qu'il a pu le faire sur DS. Evidemment, les possesseurs de la version DS n'auront aucun intérêt à investir dans cet opus s'ils possèdent une PSP dans la mesure où il s'agit d'un portage direct. 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.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars war, ist und bleibt ein fantastisches Spiel: Der Ideenreichtum, der sich auf dieser so unscheinbaren UMD versteckt, lässt viele PSP-Spiele vor Neid erblassen, außerdem hat dieses GTA nicht den Nachteil, dass es sich wie eine klein gerechnete Konsolen-Umsetzung anfühlt - ganz im Gegenteil! Dadurch, dass es nicht auf einem »großen« Vorbild basiert, sondern auf einem Spiel, das speziell für den Handheld entwickelt wurde, ist das Erlebnis ein frisches und nach wie vor aufregendes! Oh, und ein verdammt gut aussehendes: Zwar vermisse ich den Comic-Look der DS-Fassung, der im Zuge der Höherrechnung unter den Tisch fiel, aber das Resultat ist trotzdem eine Pracht. Allerdings wurde nicht alles verbessert, gerade im Bereich der Minigames hätten die Entwickler lieber öfter mal die Schere ansetzen sollen, statt auf Gangster komm raus alles auf den Analognippel legen zu müssen.
Overall, this is still the GTA you’ve grown to know and love. Even with the overhead view, the game was great to play. The minigames are fun, and a nice diversion from the main quest. Even if the added multiplayer isn’t your thing, the freedom to run around and do missions or whatever you want help make this game a great buy for PSP owners.
It' is hardly a surprise that the PSP version of Chinatown Wars is a success; this is Rockstar after all and they are quite good at this GTA lark. What is impressive is that it loses nothing in the translation and ends up a better game than both the previous PSP GTA titles because of, rather than in spite of, its return to the top down viewpoint. If you somehow missed out earlier in the year then there's no excuse now, the DS version was one of the best handheld games on any format and this PSP version does nothing but re-enforce its position.
There is no doubt that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a must-buy for any PSP owner, and is a very welcome port. There may be slight disappointments over the controls and missed opportunities, but the engaging and humorous story, varied missions, and absorbing city make GTA: CW one of the best games on the console. There's not enough new material and changes in this version to warrant purchase if you've already played the game on the DS, and if pushed, Gamestyle would recommend the dual-screen version over this one. That's not to say, however, that GTA: CW on the PSP is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars isn't quite so stunning second time around, then, but of course for PSP owners it won't be second time around - and while some of the original's slickness has been lost in translation, the quality is still overwhelming. Between the clever mission design, comedy storyline and imaginative drug-dealing angle, it represents many hours of play, all of which live up to its legacy.
Once you get past the game’s handful of flaws—a forgettable main character, a myopic top-down perspective, an uncooperative lock-on feature, and a tiny mini-map—you’ll discover many of the same things that make other games in the series so great. You’ll never be at a loss for things to do—shopkeepers to threaten, hookers to kill, and drug habits to feed. Chinatown Wars succeeds as a portable translation of the open-world experience and introduces short-session gameplay to the mix. Even if it loses some of the DS’s functionality, Chinatown Wars feels well-suited to the PSP’s more traditional interface and is one of the best-looking games on the platform. All told, Chinatown Wars is a big package, and Liberty City’s pants are bursting at the seams.
Mesmo decepcionando no quesito gráfico, "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars" é uma boa adaptação de um grande jogo e ótima adição ao catálogo do PSP. A Rockstar Leeds conseguiu converter os controles do jogo para o formato tradicional adotado pelo PSP e acrescentou missões extras ao pacote. "Chinatown Wars" é uma combinação explosiva entre o passado e o presente da franquia GTA e suas mecânicas inovadoras devem influenciar os próximos jogos da série.
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В общем, с Chinatown Wars ситуация точно в известном анекдоте: как настоящее, но не радует. Формально у Rockstar все честь по чести, налицо внимание к деталям, черный юмор, отличная картинка и выверенный дизайн. Только оставаться надолго в карманном Либерти-Сити не хочется — здесь нет ощущения кипучей жизни, привычного для GTA.