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GF Rating
5.8

577 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

the game was ok a solid 7

posted by kenth56 (SURPRISE, AZ) Feb 1, 2010

Member since Feb 2010

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

the game started out ok the intro had pretty bad graphics but once you see them talking and the animations pop up while they talk you see graphics are ok
gameplay is awesome it is very fun and the play style keeps you coming back overall you have to look past the whole graphics thing to really see how good this game is. you can tell they sacraficed graphics for gameplay and thats ok overall the game is fun and keeps you playing so rent it and you'll have a fun time

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GF Rating
7

Good

Nostalgia or a step back?

posted by TarheelM (RALEIGH, NC) Nov 2, 2009

Member since Jun 2008

13 out of 15 gamers (87%) found this review helpful

For the uninitiated, Chinatown Wars was originally released on the DS, where like many M-rated franchises that have recently tried to tap that Nintendo well, sold much lower than expectations. I'm not sure if porting the game to the PSP was a result of poor DS sales or part of the plan all along, but if you're new to the PSP or the world of GTA, you really shouldn't start here.

The PSP version is essentially the same top-down game (reminiscent of GTA I and II) with improved graphics and sound, plus a few changes to mini-games that previously required the DS touch screen. Much of what put GTA on the map is here: the story, the characters, the wide-open world with lots of stuff to explore outside of the main missions. Still, after playing the "Stories" games on PSP (still two of the system's best games), this really feels like a big step back for the franchise. It's not just the generic radio and lack of voice acting, either. Shooting and driving is clunky and with the top-down view there were many times where my view was blocked by trees or train tracks.

Don't get me wrong. It's a good game and 7 is probably too low. If we could use decimals I'd give it 7.5 or so. I might actually give it another rental later on to give it a second chance, but only because it's Grand Theft Auto. If it was just called "Chinatown Wars" by someone other than Rockstar, I'm not sure I would have even put it in my queue the first time around. It may not be fair to compare it to other games in the GTA series, but you if want to sell this as a full-priced, $40 game that's what I'm going to do. And unfortunately it pales in comparison to its PSP predecessors.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

its surprisnly beast!!

posted by theDon72 (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC) Nov 11, 2009

Member since Feb 2009

5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful

like its not the same as a regular gta game because its the view like the first 2 but it strangly feels like a regular gta game its fun u get to have an all out war with the cops...everything u would expect from a gta game and then some extra with the fun minigames included...defantly a rent when it comes down in price then a buy and im just saying that because i only buy psp games when there 20 dollars

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