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by , 15th April 2009 at 04:51 AM (384 Views)
So, I'm wondering whether or not I should get Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS.

I love the DS. It's so bad. While it may have seemed gimmicky at first (and about half its game library does nothing to deny that), people have put it to excellent use. When I open my game drawer, I find RPGs, FPSs, action-adventure games, and more. So a new DS title is always something to look at; I'm waiting anxiously for TLOZ: Spirit Tracks and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Which brings me to my next point. As far as I can tell, ROTF will be a sequel to the original Transformers Ds game, which was fun as hell. The two separate versions allow you to play as one of a few of the robots from the movie as well as a generic "create-a-bot" who could adopt one of several vehicle forms. You spent your time running around a few different areas, completing story-centric missions as well as side missions. If you wanted, you could go crazy and destroy anything in your path, but if you did, the police would come after you. You have a threat level that ranges from one to four; at one, you only have a few cars to deal with, but at four, you'd better be ready to deal with some tanks.

Sound familiar? Well, to me, it didn't. But I read a few online reviews that compared it to the Grand Theft Auto series, something I had never really looked at too closely. My friend played Vice City in front of me a few times, and while careening about the city carelessly in a stolen car (my favorite part of Transformers, only you change into the car instead of stealing it) is fun, I wasn't too hot on the whole "build a criminal empire." Still, the open-world of Transformers DS was undeniably cool, although limited and with choppy combat controls, so I'm considering branching out a bit.

Enter GTA: Chinatown Wars. A toned-down version for DS that nevertheless retains the open-world and several of the core gameplay elements of the series, while even adding new ones. It's been almost universally acclaimed as one of the better games of the series and one of the best on DS. Having already stated my love for DS, this is a big deal for me, and I'm seriously considering it. But at the same time, this is a GTA game, and while your goal is to avenge your father's death, you do that by murdering, thieving, and drug-dealing your way to the top. I'll admit, I'm responsible for my fair share of destruction in Transformers, but I'm not sure if GTA is for me.

So, what do you guys think? Should I check it out, or just let it go until ROTF comes out?

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Updated 3rd June 2009 at 01:20 AM by Martonimos



  1. System Error's Avatar
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    Get it. It's a really fun game. I used to feel the same way about the GTA series as you did. Then I played Vice City, and I now shamelessly support the series. Games in the GTA series were the only foreign games to get in a list of the top 100 games of readers of a Japanese magazine, and GTAIV was the only non-Japanese game that got a near-perfect score in Famitsu. So you know it's a good series. Try it: I guarn-damn-tee you you'll like it.
  2. Okido-Hakase's Avatar
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    It's a pretty good game, definitely one of the better games for the DS. But, yeah, it's GTA, so it's kinda hit or miss.
  3. Silverwynde's Avatar
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    So the first TF movie game was like a GTA knockoff? No wonder I sucked so bad at it!

    In all seriousness, I've heard that GTA: Chinatown Wars is a good game. If I were decent at that sort of game, I'd probably pick it up.

    On a side note, Prime's already signed me up as a Decepticon when the ROTF game hits. I wish him the best of luck: If it's like the last time, I'll flatly refuse to play. (You had to kill Bumblebee in the first go 'round. If Prime thinks I'm doing that, then he's in for a very rude awakening.)


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