January 20th, 2009

Chinatown Wars Previews

Published at 9:44 AM PST

Eight gaming sites have posted their previews of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars today, the three we found most intreaging where:


New to Chinatown Wars is a burnout mechanic which, by holding accelerate and handbrake, you can spin your wheels and then burn off leaving a trail of fire. The fire, hilariously, kills nearby people, which is as useful as it is funny in police chases

We hijacked a sports car that required us to loosen four screws and remove a panel, exposing two wires that needed to be ripped out and connected to start the engine - all on the touch screen.


I could have assembled that sniper rifle all day - it felt so satisfying, slotting all the pieces into place. Jacking into cars - and there were different mini-games depending on which car you were jacking - also felt really good, be it jamming a screwdriver into the ignition or hotwiring a car.


Rockstar Leeds has gone to town with the DS' feature set, using it all in ways that arguably immerse you more in the experience than any other edition in the series.

The rest of the reviews can be found at:

There are some new screenshots in the previews, but we don't feel it would make much sense posting them here without a proper description of each, so check out each review for a full wrap up including imagery and details! Check back soon for more news as the game nears release.