Reader Review: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Reader Review: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Do you have what it takes to get a review published right here on Kotaku? Ben does, as he swords away at triads in Grand Theft Auto.

Yes, that’s right, we’re now publishing reader reviews here on Kotaku. This is your chance to deliver sensible game purchasing advice to the rest of the Kotaku community. Thanks to the very kind chaps at Madman Entertainment, purveyor of all kinds of cool, indie and esoteric film, the best reader review we publish each month will win a prize pack containing ten of the latest DVD releases from Madman Entertainment.

This review was submitted by the prolific Ben Latimore. If you’ve played GTA: Chinatown Wars, or just want to ask Ben more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS)

The controversial series… on DS. Swords included. Fun?

Loved Crazy, Crazy, Crazy – As always, the guys at Rockstar have put in a lot of stupid missions, such as driving a tanker truck fast enough to avoid leaking fuel which is on fire. Stuff like that.

Swords – They’ve put all the fun ones back in. Who doesn’t love picking up a sword and wreaking havoc? And since Rampages are back… Sword, please.

Drug Dealing – Who doesn’t love a little weed? Buy some and sell some to get extra money. It’s fun. More than you think. Not to mention random cars passing by, stealing it and cutting out the drugs from the door.

-New Physics: The game takes place in a 3D world from top-down, allowing the ability to (giggles) flip cars off jumps, go flying with a rocket, etc.

Touch Games – These are a lot of fun, if not repetitive. Making molotov cocktails using a pump is a blast to do (literally). Heck, sticking a fish in an air conditioner is awesome.

Usual Content Included – Street races, pedestrian missions (ala GTA IV), rampages, stealing random cars with red arrows? You always have stuff to do here. Including going insane with swords.

Hated Story – I couldn’t keep up with the story at all, and next thing I knew, it was over.

Touch Control – It’s a bit hard to use the touch screen to switch weapons or throw grenades at the best of times. At worst, you’re being torn apart by a load of triads, and you drop a molotov.

It’s On The DS – The game won’t get the attention it deserves on the DS. Period.

Chinatown Wars is a full, enjoyable Grand Theft Auto experience. A must-buy. Oh, and swords.

Reviewed by: Ben Latimore

You can have your Reader Review published on Kotaku. Send your review to us at the usual address. Make sure it’s written in the same format as above and in under 300 words – yes, we’ve upped the word limit. We’ll publish the best ones we get and the best of the month will win a Madman DVD prize pack.


  • Hrmm Ben sounds familiar? I believe you’ve written a review before.
    Someones gunning for a Madman pack 😛

    Good review, though. I agree for the most part.

  • Costy: Yep, The Sims 3 and Quake Live reviews were mine. And I’m not gunning for the DVDs THAT much. Just trying to get my face out there.

    And it appears to be working. Only person to get 3 reviews on this site so far.


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