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Review GTA: Chinatown Wars
Great iteration and great game from Rockstar
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 20 Dec 2014, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Contains same brilliance from original game
Controls undoubtedly suffer
GTA: ChinaTown Wars for Android is another great Grand Theft Auto game from Rockstar. But this time, things are a little different, as you play an Asian character within an Asian mafia. The game has a lot of cut scenes and the graphics are different from most Grand Theft Auto games; especially since they have a very cartoony feel. However, while the game is different stylistically, especially with a top-down viewing angle that harks back to early Grand Theft Auto games; it still performs well in terms of its gameplay and story.
Grand Theft Auto chinatown Wars is a different take on the Grand Theft Auto formula and it might be one that you have to give a chance before you really start to enjoy. Initially, when I tried this game a few years ago, I was turned off by the long and drawn out intro cinematic. I thought to myself “I just want to play the game and see what the graphics and gameplay are like”. But there's no easy way to skip the intro cinematic, and the details are quite important for setting up the story. However, this time since I was reviewing the game, I patiently waited through the cinematics and I found that the writing in the cinematics was actually quite well crafted and enjoyable. The game starts out with you nearly being shot to death and dropped into the ocean.
The controls work well for the mobile experience. While I would definitely prefer to play this game with a gamepad or on the DS system, the on screen controls work decently. Although they do feel a little cluttered during the gameplay experience. You have your basic joystick controller to move your character, and then you have a punch or kick and a roll ability when you're walking. When you're driving, you can accelerate and break pretty easily by pressing one button and then another one above it to break. Driving in this game works well but it can feel a little bit tedious driving through small streets with various overhanging freeways getting in the way. Overall the driving in the game is a fun experience, and it feels like something different from what you would experience in most games on the Play Store that aren't really open world. The freedom, needless to say, is quite refreshing.
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars is a great game, and has been received well critically and from the user base. Like on other systems, this game plays great, feels great, and has a great storyline to keep you entertained throughout the game and other missions. Overall, this is a solid port to the mobile device.