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Chinatown Wars puts the player in control of Huang Lee, a member of the Triads in the modern Liberty City. After his father's assassination, Huang flies in from China to deliver a ceremonial sword to his uncle Wu "Kenny" Lee to ensure the inheritance of the Triad bosses. However, shortly after his arrival he is jumped, shot, robbed and left for dead, only to survive and vow his vengeance for his father and recover the lost sword to bring honor back to his family.

While being a mission-based game in the vein of the 3D Grand Theft Auto installments, Chinatown Wars returns to use the more traditional top-down while using a new cel-shaded 3D Engine. Many of the features from the more recent GTA games have been included, such as the safehouse, where the protagonist can read e-mails from other characters in the game and store cars and items. There is also a programmable GPS system that helps players find their way in the Liberty City more easily. A replay feature is also present that allows players to replay previous missions by accessing these through their safehouses.

While the protagonist can make money by completing missions, he can also engage in drug trading with numerous dealers scattered throughout Liberty City. There are many drugs to choose from including cocaine, heroin, acid, and weed among others; it is possible to buy them cheap and sell them to other dealers by checking their market value through the PDA. From time to time, an e-mail will be sent to the protagonist that will tip him off of dealers that are either selling drugs at a cheap price or buying them at above average market prices. However, the player must also be aware that buying in bulk will attract the attention of the police after the deal has been done, causing the main character's star level to instantly rise. If the protagonist is caught, he will lose all the drugs that he is carrying.

It is possible to carjack drug vans (which are indicated by a red arrow above them), return them to the safehouse and search them for either drugs or cash. Weapons can be obtained by hijacking Amm-u-nation trucks, but the trucks are heavily-armored and their drivers armed.

Police chases have been changed in this installment. While it still features a star level, there is also an icon that resembles cop cars. While players can still resort to Pay 'n Spray shops to change the look of the car to throw off the authorities, they can also wreck any pursuing police car, crossing out the car icon. If the cop car icons for that level are dropped, their star level will drop as well.

The DS version utilizes the system's capabilities such as using the stylus pen as a screwdriver to turn the car's ignition, or taking a plate off in the car and using the stylus to hotwire it. The pen can also be used to scratch off lottery games in stores scattered around in the game, as well as throw explosive devices such as grenades and molotov cocktails or even smash objects such as security panels or a windshield of a car when the player goes into the water while in a vehicle. The microphone can also be used by blowing into it to hail an approaching on-duty taxi. This version also supports Nintendo WFC for statistics uploading to the Rockstar Social Club and multi-play gaming.

The PSP version adds several new missions, as well as new radio stations. Where the touch screen is used on the DS, the PSP version instead uses the analog stick.


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP Using sniper rifle
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP Chased by the police
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP Bikes are fast and not very predictable - I didn't want to make this jump
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars iPad Checking your mail.

Promo Images

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Wallpaper
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Screenshot
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Screenshot
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "俠盜獵車手:血戰唐人街" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "GTA: Chinatown" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD" -- iPad title
  • "グランド・セフト・オート:チャイナタウン・ウォーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

One of the best DS' games to date! Nintendo DS Big John WV (27209)

Critic Reviews

Slide to Play iPhone Jan 20, 2010 4 out of 4 100
Pocket Gamer UK Nintendo DS Mar 17, 2009 10 out of 10 100
DarkZero Nintendo DS Mar 29, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Gameplayer (Australia) Nintendo DS Mar 17, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95 Nintendo DS Apr 24, 2009 93 out of 100 93
Retro Gamer PSP Dec 10, 2009 93 out of 100 93
Lawrence Nintendo DS Apr 07, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamekult Nintendo DS Mar 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameTrailers Nintendo DS Mar, 2009 9 out of 10 90 PSP Nov 09, 2009 90 out of 100 90


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Apr 26, 2009


1001 Video Games

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Grand Theft Auto References

The Lost Motorcycle Club from Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned makes an appearance in this game, as rivals of Huang's ally biker gang, The Angels of Death.


  • 1UP
    • 2009 - Best PSP Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best PSP Game (Readers' Choice)
  • 4Players
    • 2009 – Best DS Game of the Year
    • 2009 – #2 Best PSP Game of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - PSP Game of the Year
  • G4 XPlay
    • 2009 - Best Handheld Game
  • Game Informer
    • May 2009 (Issue 193) - Handheld Game of the Month
    • 2009 - Best Handheld Game
  • GamePro
    • 2009 - Best Underdog Game
  • GameSpot
    • 2009 - Best PSP Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Nintendo DS Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best UK-Developed Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Most Surprising Game to Make it Past Aussie Censors (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best PSP Game (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Nintendo DS Game (Readers' Choice)
  • GameSpy
    • 2009 - The Hardcore for Casuals Award
  • GameTrailers
    • 2009 - Best Nintendo DS Game
  • GameZone
    • 2009 - Best PSP Game
  • Golden Joystick Award
    • 2009 - Bliss Handheld Game of the Year
  • IGN
    • 2009 - DS Game of the Year (Editors' Awards)
    • 2009 - Best DS Action Game (Editors' Awards)
  • Spike TV
    • 2009 - Best Handheld Game
  • Yahoo
    • 2009 - Best Mobile Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Agent 5 and Big John WV.

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