Jan 5, 2015
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars on Android is a pixel perfect port of the IOS and DS game of the same name. Players take control of low ranking triad member Huang Lee as he embarks on a quest of revenge to find those who killed his father and attempted to murder to Huang himself.
GTA: CW plays less like the later games in the GTA series and more like the top down GTA games of yore. Since Chinatown Wars was made for lower powered handheld systems however a lot of things that define the later games are absent in this version. Missions generally involve little more than shooting and driving and the game as a whole is much simpler.
GTA Chinatown Wars does have a few features not found in the later games. Chief among these is the supply/demand based drug dealing system where it is possible to buy low and sell high if you visit the right dealers. There are also scratch cars that can be bought to win money or free food.
Since GTA: CTW was originally a DS game there are a few existing touchscreen features. When jacking certain cars the player must complete a minigames to hotwire the car or disable its immobilizer. Molotov cocktails are also made using a touch interface.
Unfortunately, GTA Chinatown Wars suffers from a bevy of control problems that render playing the game with any kind of grace much harder than it should be. The digital controls for turning your car are nearly unusable and trying to drive though a few turns usually results in a quick collision. The analogue controls are no better. Weapon aiming is a chore and the auto aim likes to lock onto the least useful enemies possible. Only the controls for thrown weapons are easy to use. A Bluetooth control pad makes the game much more enjoyable, but this doesnâ€™t excuse the poor virtual controls.
The problem with Chinatown Wars is that there are three other, better GTA games already on Android. GTA San Andreas has far more features, a massive world and much better controls. Both GTA III and GTA Vice City are fantastic games. Chinatown Wars, with its top down graphics and strange control method really canâ€™t compete.
The game looks exactly the same as the game looked on DS. By todayâ€™s standards the game doesnâ€™t look particularly good. Low res textures and poor gun effects arenâ€™t very impressive but the game doesnâ€™t look too bad. The stylized cutscenes still look great though, even if the lack of voice acting is a bit annoying.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a decent port of a fun game that follows the basic GTA formula. It has a good story and some fun gameplay, but the awkward controls, old school top down viewpoint and lack of precise weapon aiming make it a game for GTA diehards only. Itâ€™s hard to want to play it when there are three other, better GTA games on the platform.