Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS is a fun, crime-ridden gallop through a portable-sized version of the classic Liberty City. In this game, you’ll be forced to duke it out with the numerous crime families vying for power in the dirty streets of Chinatown and beyond as you try to unravel the mysteries behind the murder of your father and the location of your family’s stolen ancestral sword.
As I sum it all up, the one thing I can say is that I can’t imagine a portable GTA game bringing more to the table in terms of features and a “wholeness” of the entire package than Chinatown Wars. That said, I honestly think Liberty City Stories is the better GTA game. Why? Because Chinatown Wars just isn’t as fun. When I played LCS back in 2007, it was fun, it was sassy, it honestly felt like a spiritual successor to the GTA III trilogy. Chinatown Wars is not only trying to perform the same trick, it’s doing so on the heels of GTA IV, a more advanced game than III, Vice City, or San Andreas. The result is that it feels stripped-down despite the variety of features it brings to the table. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there should be more to the game than what is there after over two years between the release of LCS and CW.
Overall, the game is a very fun and worthy purchase if you can get it from the bargain/used bin. It’s over six months old, so there have got to be used copies floating around. It’s a fun little portable game, it feels like a GTA game, and if you like GTA, you’ll like this game. If you’re a newbie to the series, I’d definitely recommend you play GTA IV for Xbox 360 or PS3 first. They recently remade this game for PSP and apparently vastly improved and expanded it, so that might also be worth looking into as well.
I REALY liked this game but it was VERY repeditive. The beginning was fun and the missions were cool, but once you get to the part where you need to sell drugs (well thats the fastest way) to get $5,000 dollars to get the mission. That's where I stoped, driving back and forth and back and forth and bazzzzzzzzzz it was repeditive and anoying when you get arrested and the cops take all your drugs on you and some $, that's what made me quit. BUT this game looks ASOME for being on the DS, the graghics, the mini-games, driving and the GPS, shooting, it was just so easy and yet complicated that it was fun. The story I mostly skiped (there's no voice acting) cus the game tells you what to do afterwords anyway. So i gave this game a 5 out of 10 because it was fun but the repeditivness was just to mutch, good game, check it out, i'm just worning you.