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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

released on October 20, 2009

Platforms: PSPiOS
Developer: Rockstar Leeds
Publisher: Rockstar Games
ESRB Rating:

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars reviews

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  • 100

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 100

    VideoGamer

    (platform: PSP)
    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 games available for your PSP - or, indeed, for your DS. To miss it would be criminal.
  • 100

    Cynamite

    (platform: PSP)
    GTA Chinatown Wars delivers on PSP! Liberty City is always a lot of fun.
  • 100

    Play Magazine

    (platform: PSP)
    If you missed this one the first time out (for shame!), here's your chance to play the definitive version of not just the year's best portable offering, but one of the year's most engaging titles offered on any platform. It's a living, breathing Liberty City in the palm of your hand.
  • 100

    TotalPlayStation

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 100

    Giant Bomb

    (platform: PSP)
    The technical aspects of Chinatown Wars were impressive on the DS, and the PSP version looks quite a bit sharper and cleaner than the original release.
  • 100

    GameShark

    (platform: PSP)
    Whether you prefer two smaller screens or one bigger one, analog stick or d-pad, DS or PSP, you can't go wrong with Chinatown Wars.
  • 100

    Gaming Nexus

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars shines bright on Sony's handheld, bringing everything that made the original so much fun with it.
  • 100

    Eurogamer

    (platform: DS)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a triumph, not just in terms of bringing a difficult game to a new platform intact, but because it actually improves it in the process, and demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function.
  • 100

    Gamestyle

    (platform: DS)
    It's an astonishing achievement for a handheld that nobody thought could hold this much content, or present it in such an effective way.
  • 100

    AceGamez

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 100

    GamesRadar

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 100

    Pocket Gamer UK

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 100

    GameDaily

    (platform: DS)
    Whether you get end up drug dealing, causing mayhem, taxiing city passengers around or simply completing the missions, it's likely that your only moment of disappointment will come when you realize how dangerously close you are to finishing the game -- at which point you should note that there are an additional set of missions to be unlocked by tracking down two (very well) hidden Golden Lions after the main storyline ends.
  • 100

    LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    (platform: DS)
    Essence of GTA the pocket version ? controversial, rough, no concessions, polished to the smallest details and first of all, funny and playable.[Apr 2009]
  • 100

    Eurogamer Portugal

    (platform: DS)
    Besides being an extremely competent and fun experience, the game can bring the maximum potential of the console. All this combined with a duration that exceeds several hours, between missions, challenges and exploration.
  • 100

    Telegraph

    (platform: DS)
    Chinatown Wars isn't a case of squeezing GTA onto the DS but crafting it around a console that, while not having the power of its home console brethren, has its own uniquely interesting strengths.
  • 100

    PGNx Media

    (platform: DS)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an incredibly impressive game and probably the most technically impressive game on the Nintendo DS.
  • 100

    DarkZero

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 100

    Gameplanet

    (platform: DS)
    Probably the best DS title on the market currently, Chinatown Wars shows Rockstar can master not only next-gen console and PC, they know a thing or two about handheld gaming as well.
  • 100

    Kikizo

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 100

    BigPond GameArena

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 100

    G4 TV

    (platform: DS)
    It's a great comfort to know that Rockstar Games not only makes great games, but understands what makes them great. Chinatown Wars is the culmination of years of work as well as the spirit of ingenuity to bring one of the biggest series to the smallest screen. Nothing in the game feels half done or forced. If anything, the game feels like a development team having fun with a concept.
  • 100

    The A.V. Club

    (platform: DS)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a game for all the people who found Grand Theft Auto IV too ponderous, scattershot, or just too damn different from the rest of the series.
  • 100

    GamePro

    (platform: DS)
    This is Grand Theft Auto the way you love it: all of the innovation, charm and thrills from its past installations neatly tied together in a creative package worthy of any DS owner.
  • 100

    Slide to Play

    (platform: iOS)
    It's one of the most complete iPhone games to date, and its mature storyline is not to be missed. Even if you've played Chinatown Wars on another handheld device, buy it again: it's Liberty City in your pocket.
  • 100

    TouchArcade

    (platform: iOS)
    The sheer amount of content, the amazing graphics, and gameplay that will keep you coming back for more whether you choose to follow the story or rampage through Liberty City on your own is absolutely amazing.
  • 99

    Wii Brasil

    (platform: DS)
    No DS owner should be without a copy. And if some moron comes complaining about violence, I'll give violence to him myself! The remaining point is an incentive for Rockstar to keep doing their excellent job, because many other perfect games are sure to come.
  • 97

    3DJuegos

    (platform: DS)
    Chinatown Wars is a game that feels new and fresh, even though it largely relies on the concepts forged in GTA's past. Probably the best DS title on the market currently.
  • 97

    HellBored

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 96

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: PSP)
    The PSP incarnation is fantastic translation; it retains all of the originals strengths, augments the entire package with its added technical muscle, and compromises only with a negligible handful of minor squabbles.
  • 96

    Gamers' Temple

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 96

    GamingTrend

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 95

    GameSpot

    (platform: PSP)
    The PSP version of this fantastic GTA game is even better than the DS original.
  • 95

    GameZone

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 95

    ZTGameDomain

    (platform: PSP)
    Amazingly Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars outshines every other portable version of the series, and even some of the console offerings. This game is absolutely one of the most diverse and feature-rich games on the PSP, or any other system for that matter.
  • 95

    Games Master UK

    (platform: PSP)
    So good it's criminal. [Dec 2009, p.87]
  • 95

    Play UK

    (platform: PSP)
    Bar some combat control issues, GTA: Chinatown Wars has perfectly translated to the PSP and is a must-have game. [Issue#185, p.68]
  • 95

    Gamervision

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is essentially an improved version of the DS release with a few new side missions, a couple of new characters, and a completely overhauled graphics engine.Despite the fact that the game was built specifically for the DS, porting it to Sony's less popular, but more powerful handheld has actually improved its playability.
  • 95

    WonderwallWeb

    (platform: PSP)
    Though an update of the DS version, GTA Chinatown Wars is a great game that grabs you from the first minutes play and won't let go. Another must have title from Rockstar.
  • 95

    Playstation Universe

    (platform: PSP)
    The best ever handheld iteration in the GTA series to date. China Town Wars is a quality production from start to finish.
  • 95

    IGN

    (platform: DS)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars continues GTA's legacy as the premiere "sandbox" game design. Though it might look like a lot has changed in the move to the handheld platform, more has been added than taken away.
  • 95

    Nintendojo

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 95

    Gaming Target

    (platform: DS)
    GTA: Chinatown Wars is a landmark for the DS. It pushes the system to new highs and is an absolute blast to play.
  • 95

    Gameplayer

    (platform: DS)
    The game is also unashamedly adult in its content and we, for one, see as a breath of fresh (marijuana scented) air on the platform. Dealing drugs, hand making molotovs, chainsawing people in half, swearing up a storm, blowing people's heads off with a sniper rifle ? it's all in here, and if you're underage you had better check with your olds before getting it. Or don't, and just hide it really well. Whatever works.
  • 95

    GameFocus

    (platform: DS)
    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, Pok?mon 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.
  • 95

    Meristation

    (platform: DS)
    GTA: Chinatown Wars includes everything you know and love about the Grand Theft Auto series. This game demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function, and introduces some interesting elements and ways to explore through the touch screen. Awesome graphics, old-school mechanics? Chinatown Wars is one of the best DS games ever made.
  • 94

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PSP)
    Overall, CW for the PSP is a slightly better version of the game than the DS original. Although the mini-games do feel a little out of place without touch-screen controls, everything else is just as good if not better than it was on the DS.
  • 94

    GameFocus

    (platform: PSP)
    If you already have played the DS version to death, getting the PSP version may not be a good idea since it's basically the same game only with a few but noticeable improvements. Now, if you haven't bought or played the DS version, there's no way you can pass on what is being offered here. GTA Chinatown Wars for the PSP is a great game that deserves your attention and a place in your collection.
  • 94

    Game Chronicles

    (platform: DS)
    Chinatown Wars not only redefines DS gaming, it will very likely redefine GTA when the next installment hits major consoles.
  • 94

    Nintendo Gamer

    (platform: DS)
    Technically brilliant, well written, loads of fun to play, maybe a little bit naughty, maybe the best thing on DS. [May 2009, p.68]
  • 94

    Official Nintendo Magazine UK

    (platform: DS)
    Vast, visually stunning and every bit as good as any other GTA. And that's no mean feat.
  • 93

    IGN

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 93

    Game Informer

    (platform: PSP)
    Regardless of the game's mechanical simplicity, Rockstar has created an addictive, bite-sized serving of its patented "breaking the law" gameplay. Chinatown Wars jams an entire metropolis in your handheld that's just begging to be exploited.
  • 93

    GameZone

    (platform: DS)
    An amazing and entrancing experience that lives up to the Grand Theft Auto name.
  • 93

    Play.tm

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 93

    Gamer 2.0

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 93

    AtomicGamer

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 93

    IGN AU

    (platform: DS)
    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 installment. While not perfect, it'll suck you in and keep you up at night like a chronic addiction. Hook it to our veins.
  • 93

    NZGamer

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 93

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: DS)
    Chinatown Wars is not a poor man's GTA by any means; on the contrary, it's a lesson about how to use the DS hardware in the best way possible, and sometimes it even shows how the series can evolve with the future home consoles episodes.
  • 92

    Extreme Gamer

    (platform: PSP)
    The PSP version of Chinatown Wars is easier to play, more precise, and visually more outstanding than the Nintendo DS version.
  • 92

    HellBored

    (platform: PSP)
    If you haven't done so already, get stuck into this, because it has depth, fun, excitement, and longevity. If you were to pick between formats, maybe the touch screen would swing you in the DS direction, but the improvements made on the whole for the PSP cannot be ignored, and the PSP version stands out for all the right reasons.
  • 92

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: DS)
    The visuals are great, the gameplay is entertaining, and all of the new things that were tried in the game are welcome additions. 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.
  • 92

    Computer and Video Games

    (platform: DS)
    A seriously good, fat-free but surprisingly deep GTA experience - that you can play on the toilet.
  • 92

    IGN UK

    (platform: DS)
    The definitive GTA? That depends where your tastes lie, but either way there's no denying this is a masterpiece of handheld gaming.
  • 92

    Gamers.at

    (platform: DS)
    GTA: Chinatown Wars lets the gangster-flair come up again. The little DS-brother is as funny as the other games of the series - especially the creative minigames are a lot of fun. In short: Chinatown Wars does well!
  • 92

    Vandal Online

    (platform: DS)
    They have known how to squeeze the most of Nintendo DS, taking advantage of its strong point to make yes, a canonical GTA, but with unique elements which give it freshness. The use of the screens shows us how to combine a classic, well known gameplay, with the unique capabilities of the Nintedo DS. And they have not forgotten what makes a GTA feel special, which just make us want more.
  • 91

    AtomicGamer

    (platform: PSP)
    The huge variety of missions, solid story, and great visuals and details make up what I think is the best portable Grand Theft Auto yet.
  • 91

    GamingXP

    (platform: PSP)
    Welcome in Liberty City, this title is a must-have for everyone who ever caught himself playing any Grand Theft Auto and enjoying it. No big weak points, a tremendous storyline, immersive depth and limitless options ? go get it!
  • 91

    Gaming Age

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 91

    1UP

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 91

    ImpulseGamer

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 91

    Game Revolution

    (platform: DS)
    I haven't played a game that is so finely tuned in ages. The overwhelming love for this franchise by the dev team is obvious.
  • 91

    Gaming Nexus

    (platform: DS)
    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!
  • 90

    Eurogamer

    (platform: PSP)
    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.
  • 90

    Gamestyle

    (platform: PSP)
    There is no doubt that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a must-buy for any PSP owner, and is a very welcome port.
  • 90

    GamesRadar

    (platform: PSP)
    There are just enough new ideas to lure those in who've never cared, and just enough left alone to keep the fans happy. Pity all of the DS-minded bits drag the finished product down a notch.
  • 90

    Pocket Gamer UK

    (platform: PSP)
    Every trick this celebrated developer has learnt ? from crafting a solid plot laced with dark humour to reckless driving and action-packed criminal endeavour ? has been distilled into a game that demands your immediate attention.
  • 90

    GameDaily

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has problems, but we're still giving it a hefty thumbs up. The brutal nature of the series remains intact, the new top-down perspective rocks on PSP and there's plenty to do, both on your own and with a friend. Unless the violence offends you, it's a must have game.
  • 90

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PSP)
    Accessibly strategic and addictive. [Dec 2009, p.108]
  • 90

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: PSP)
    Rockstar has made only one mistake: keeping the minigames of the DS version. Without the stylus-support they aren't nearly as fun. But the game is still a classic after half a year of waiting and the graphics and sound have improved a lot. A lovely distraction to the GTA-games on consoles.
  • 90

    Level7.nu

    (platform: PSP)
    Don't get scared off by the simple graphics. This is a brilliant game. The news from the DS version is few but it feels as a full sized GTA game. The story, the car chases, the missions and the characters are all there to make it yet another brilliant chapter in the GTA saga.
  • 90

    TheSixthAxis

    (platform: PSP)
    More PSP exclusive content would have sealed the deal, but as it stands this is wonderful stuff.
  • 90

    LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    (platform: PSP)
    Superb game from GTA series comes to PSP and shines just like its DS cousin ? makes Chinatown Wars one of the best handheld games these days.[Dec 2009]
  • 90

    Playstation Official Magazine Australia

    (platform: PSP)
    Compared to GTAIV's paint-by-numbers mission design, the average job in Chinatown Wars is more of a left-field, mayhem-filled shenanigan. This even extends to the wanted system; Huang doesn't skulk away and hide from the heat like Nico ? he prefers to utterly destroy pursuing cop cars in a crazy Blues Brothers-esque escape. [Christmas 2009, p.78]
  • 90

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: PSP)
    Although Rockstar Leeds could have probably pushed the quality of this porting a bit further, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars proves to be an excellent game, capable of entertaining throughout the adventure. A real must buy for any PSP owner.
  • 90

    Kombo

    (platform: PSP)
    GTA fans that might not have been satisfied with past iterations of the franchise on handhelds may want to give Chinatown Wars a closer look because the experience translates very well here.
  • 90

    Play.tm

    (platform: PSP)
    The downside to all these positives is that the mini-games, so enjoyable on the DS touch screen, become little more than button tapping affairs here losing most of their charm in the process.
  • 90

    Gameplanet

    (platform: PSP)
    Rockstar's epic franchise gets another round on the PSP, arguably the portable platform it was best suited for in the first place. There are a number of enhancements over the DS release, but it's not all good news as some of the minigames have been lost in translation. Overall though, a stand-out title filled with the type of quality you've come to expect from Rockstar.
  • 90

    Kikizo

    (platform: PSP)
    However, the PSP's traditional but less constricted control setup and higher storage threshold lead to a more playable, content-rich experience than either the DS or (in all probability) the App Store release.
  • 90

    BigPond GameArena

    (platform: PSP)
    People with both a DS and a PSP will probably want to get the game on the DS - it's the better version of the game. If you're a PSP loyalist though, Chinatown Wars definitely rates as a must have on your handheld of choice.
  • 90

    InsideGamer.nl

    (platform: PSP)
    Rockstar has given all, to deliver the complete experience of Chinatown Wars on the PSP and succeeded to do that. The game looks great and the extra missions are bringing more variation to the game. The story has less dept then other GTA-games en that is being hided well by the humour in the game. The minigames don't come to there right without the touchscreen, but that doesn't matter. Chinatown Wars is still a great game, which keeps you busy for a long time.
  • 90

    SpazioGames

    (platform: PSP)
    Expect that, if you missed the original release due to the lack of consoles on which it worked, now you have no more excuses: Huang Lee and Liberty City are waiting for you!
  • 90

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars on PSP doesn't push the hardware like it did on the DS, and the presence of two GTA's episodes with the "real" 3d graphics will probably left some users slightly disappointed. But overall, this is the best version of the game; a great game, by the way.
  • 90

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: PSP)
    A perfect porting of one of the greatest portable games of this year.
  • 90

    Impulsegamer

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars will certainly keep you busy for a long time.The story is interesting and involving, and the gameplay is fun and diverse.
  • 90

    Gamer Limit

    (platform: PSP)
    Once again, GTA proves that it is not affected by small stature - Chinatown Wars is the definitive handheld GTA experience that is further enhanced by the PSP's vastly superior presentation.
  • 90

    Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)

    (platform: PSP)
    Questionable controls aside, Chinatown Wars is a beautiful blend of the modern 3D games with the pick-up-and-play appeal of the '90s original. [Holiday 2009, p.70]
  • 90

    GamePro

    (platform: PSP)
    An absolute blast from start to finish with plenty of trademark Liberty City locales ripe for exploration, not to mention a cast of incredibly memory characters (Chan Jaoming, I hardly knew ya.) If you're looking for a good action adventure experience that harkens back to the more cartoony Grand Theft Auto days, then Chinatown Wars is certainly worth the investment.
  • 90

    Total Video Games

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 90

    Edge Magazine

    (platform: DS)
    No other GTA has felt so trim and robust while making good the promise of a living, breathing action world. [May 2009, p.86]
  • 90

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: DS)
    After experiencing Chinatown Wars, you have to applaud Rockstar. Not only have they presented their iconic city on a fashionably smaller scale, they have woven an intriguing story into the mix as well.
  • 90

    VideoGamer

    (platform: DS)
    Put simply, if you like GTA, you'll like this. It's the core GTA experience condensed, re-purposed, but astonishingly well preserved.
  • 90

    Zentendo

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 90

    Nintendo Life

    (platform: DS)
    Chinatown Wars truly is one the best titles to ever grace the Nintendo DS. Despite the fact that it took on an old-style graphical approach and introduced alien concepts, the transition of the series to Nintendo's handheld has been a smooth one ? the end result being a fantastic adult game that is not worth missing.
  • 90

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: DS)
    A startlingly well realised iteration of GTA that even does some things better than the home consoles.
  • 90

    Nintendo Power

    (platform: DS)
    Succeeds because, despite its aesthetic differences from the other games in the series, it captures the great GTA feel. [May 2009, p.90]
  • 90

    Play Magazine

    (platform: DS)
    Rockstar Leeds has made what I believe to be the very best GTA the DS can muster complete with razors edge technology, a pair of worthy gameplay additions, a bevy of Local Wi-Fi multiplayer games, an 8 scenario co-op mode, and live in-game chat ?all on the world's number one all-time bestselling video game machine, that happens to fit in your pocket.
  • 90

    NintendoWorldReport

    (platform: DS)
    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

    (platform: DS)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars manages to bring the GTA formula to the DS in a spectacular way.
  • 90

    PALGN

    (platform: DS)
    Remarkably, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars as fleshed out as it could possibly be. Simply, it does what many DS and PSP games that originated on the consoles have failed to do. It provides the experience of the GTA console games while smartly catering for the platform, both in terms of portability and functionality.
  • 90

    Pelit (Finland)

    (platform: DS)
    One of the best games on Nintendo DS. The game is as funny and mean-spirited as it should be. [Apr 2009]
  • 90

    ZTGameDomain

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 90

    GameTrailers

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 90

    GameSpy

    (platform: DS)
    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.
  • 90

    AppGamer

    (platform: iOS)
    As a ?5.99 iPhone title though, GTA Chinatown Wars is one hell of an accomplishment, and Rockstar should be showered with drugs and hookers for bringing it to the App Store so successfully.
  • 90

    Telegraph

    (platform: iOS)
    A fantastic port of an already exceptional game. With Independence FM making it unique and a price tag that is less than a third of its hand-held rivals, there is no reason not to get downloading this app which is sure to keep you entertained far beyond your journeys to and from work.
  • 90

    IGN

    (platform: iOS)
    While I did have a few problems with the control set-ups (the virtual buttons are too small yet still crowd the screen) and menu arrangements, the narrative, mission variety, and production values easily overwhelm those shortcomings. This is 2010's first must-have iPhone game.
  • 90

    Games Master UK

    (platform: iOS)
    The controls are unavoidably compromised but this is a whole GTA for 5.99 quid and essential if you haven't been to Chinatown yet. [Apr 2010, p.85]
  • 90

    148Apps

    (platform: iOS)
    While Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for iPhone offers a similar experience to its console counterpart, it won't be the 3D graphic-intensive one you were probably hoping for. That said, the game combines the use of brilliant on-screen controls, immersive objects and environments, comic-like visuals, and supreme attention to detail throughout to bring the first version of the GTA franchise to iPhone.
  • 89

    Gamers' Temple

    (platform: PSP)
    You'll still find mayhem for mayhem's sake in this title, but for the first (second if you count the DS version) time, the GTA series has delivered more than just hooker target practice; there's a great game here as well.
  • 89

    PSX Extreme

    (platform: PSP)
    I sincerely hope that Rockstar decides to do an HD release of this for the PS3, as a downloadable game, it's surely be a treat. But this is a superb handheld game, a definite must own.
  • 89

    GamingXP

    (platform: DS)
    Rockstar rocks at developing the GTA series for the NDS. Maybe this game is a good reason to buy an NDS. There's also a warning for teenagers: You'll hide your NDS, because with Chinatown Wars, your parents will definitely play more than you'll like.
  • 88

    Game Chronicles

    (platform: PSP)
    I absolutely hated the game at first, but after three missions I was definitely feeling the love. This is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.
  • 87

    Computer and Video Games

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars on PSP was always going to be a port job, and though it soils some of DS original's intuitive mini-games it maintains the inventive, thoroughly entertaining and built-for-handheld mission structure of the original - and that's what we loved most in the first place.
  • 87

    PSM3 Magazine UK

    (platform: PSP)
    Substantial, hilarious and huge. Sadly, this port feels hamstrung next to the DS version. [Dec 2009, p.88]
  • 87

    3DJuegos

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars is a game that feels new and fresh, even though it's no better and not much different than the DS version. It's a big Liberty City experience in the palm of your hand.
  • 87

    PSFocus

    (platform: PSP)
    A fine PSP game on the PSP. The minigames were better on the Nintendo DS, but the PSP version is graphically better than the Nintendo DS version. Buy this part if you don't own a Nintendo DS. Do you have a Nintendo DS? Buy the Nintendo DS version.
  • 85

    Worth Playing

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars on the PSP is definitely worth picking up.
  • 85

    PALGN

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the PSP may be no better and not much different than the DS version, but it's definitely worth a shot for any GTA fan who hasn't played it yet.
  • 85

    NZGamer

    (platform: PSP)
    Got a PSP? Awesome! Strike now. This is well worth your time and money. You won't be disappointed. Got both? Get the DS version. Better graphics don't trump the touchscreen.
  • 85

    Meristation

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars finally burst onto PSP. The highly acclaimed DS game now offers better aspect than ever, with improved graphics and additional content. Unfortunately, the sound section practically remains identical to the original version. An essential game, ideal companion of GTA: Liberty & Vice City Stories.
  • 85

    Vandal Online

    (platform: PSP)
    Although the game could have been further improved, because PSP is a more powerful machine, it retains the excellent gameplay and narrative of the original.
  • 85

    GamesNation

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP has passed the test: the conversion from the excellent DS version to the less versatile Sony portable went smoothly. The loss of interaction given by the touchscreen was compensated by a clever use of combined commands, and by the addition of new, exclusive missions.
  • 85

    Destructoid

    (platform: DS)
    Consistently enjoyable, with only a few frustrating missions.
  • 84

    AceGamez

    (platform: PSP)
    While it may upon the surface seem like a backwards step for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wards to revert to its decade old roots, it's really nothing to be scared of; the game is fun, amusing, over the top, and perfect for playing on the go.
  • 83

    Game Revolution

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars is a big package, and Liberty City's pants are bursting at the seams.
  • 80

    Boomtown

    (platform: PSP)
    There are plenty of flaws and rough edges here but at the end of the day it retains the same feel that has made GTA such a success and it offers many hours of engaging gameplay.
  • 80

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: PSP)
    The DS is the definitive version but this still does some things better than the home consoles GTAs.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Spain

    (platform: PSP)
    More of the same, but when a game is as great as Grand Theft Auto novelty is something that doesn't matter.
  • 80

    Total Video Games

    (platform: PSP)
    Although the PSP port suffers from the fact that Chinatown Wars was undoubtedly designed around the DS, the major qualities still remain and make for a GTA that is considerably different but nonetheless entertaining.
  • 80

    9Lives

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars will never go down in history as a 'big' GTA-title, but nevertheless, it deserves a place in your PSP collection. It's a GTA with its own character and its own pair of balls. Besides, during these dark ages for PSP gaming, there aren't a lot of PSP games that win our hearts.
  • 80

    Modojo

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has problems, but we're still giving it a hefty thumbs up.
  • 80

    Video Game Talk

    (platform: PSP)
    Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars is the biggest and most ambitious handheld GTA game ever, and the production values really show in the PSP port, with its vastly improved graphics and audio.
  • 80

    games(TM)

    (platform: DS)
    A game aware of its shortcomings and eager to prove its worth in other areas, Chinatown Wars manages to retain much of the classic Grand Theft Auto feel even without some of the series' lynchpins. [May 2009, p.102]
  • 80

    Cubed3

    (platform: DS)
    It's strange to see an 18 rated title on DS (and it certainly earns it), but Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars fits into the library well and should be seen as something approaching an essential purchase for owners of the system.
  • 80

    GameCritics

    (platform: DS)
    Despite the minor flaws, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an excellent experience.
  • 70

    GameSpy

    (platform: PSP)
    So, while Chinatown Wars is a solid, entertaining title for the PSP, it simply lacks the oomph and "oh wow!" factor that it had on DS.
  • 68

    Absolute Games

    (platform: PSP)
    Chinatown Wars is not an evolution, but a step back. The same city, the same gameplay, the almost forgotten top-down camera angle, cardboard clich?s starring as main characters. This is the first GTA game that I didn't want to explore.
  • 60

    Armchair Empire

    (platform: PSP)
    With a visual downgrade and a quieter audio track, there is definitely something lost in the translation, and with Liberty City and Vice City Stories performing much more adequately, this PSP port may not have enough weight to keep it from drowning in obscurity.

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