IMG_0357Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [App Store] was quietly released into the App Store this evening. Chinatown Wars for the iPhone seems to lie somewhere in between the DS and PSP versions in regards to graphical quality, but as far as pure GTA gameplay, everything so far seems intact. (Complete with an awful lot of swearing.)

Much like other versions of the game, screenshots barely do it justice. Liberty City in motion on the iPhone is amazing, and all the jagged edges in the screenshots quickly fade away when you're racing down a street, under elevated train tracks, and through alleys as you escape the police. The realtime clock in-game also changes the lighting of the city, shifting from the orange glow of a sunset to the street lights turning on at night. It really looks awesome.

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The basic premise of the game involves a man named Huang Lee, the son of a Triad gang boss who was recently sent to sleep with the fishes. He flies in to Liberty City with a heirloom sword his father won in a poker game, deciding to deliver it to his uncle. Of course things never go as planned, and not long after landing Huang finds himself in the middle of a gunfight and winds up getting kidnapped. After stealing the sword, the assailants assume Huang is dead, and looking to dispose of the body drive the car he's in off the side of a pier. In the same vein of other GTA games, story isn't really anything revolutionary, but it gets the job done.

Chinatown Wars is controlled very similar to Gameloft's Gangstar, with virtual buttons and a joystick that handle all the driving, running, shooting, and other activities in game. The iPhone port of Chinatown Wars retains the stylus minigames that filled the DS version, appearing in a little popups where you do things like tap to smash the window of the car you were trapped in at the beginning of the game, slide your finger around to turn a screwdriver to start a car you're stealing, etc.

IMG_0354When the Nintendo DS version was first released, I devoted hours to playing through the game. So far the iPhone port seems like a faithful reproduction with quite a few expletives. I obviously don't have the full text scripts of both games to compare, but everything I've come across so far has fit with what you would expect out of a GTA game, and it would appear that very little if anything was actually censored for the App Store release.

Chinatown Wars seems to be a complete GTA experience. You have your apartment that serves as your character's hub with a "Fruit" computer you can check emails on, a garage you can stash a car in, and when you're on the road there is a full GPS system with a map of Liberty City that you can plot your destination on to easily get from one side of the city to the other. There's all kinds of stat tracking that will tell you everything from how many bullets you've fired to how many fish you've fed and in-game options that offer all kinds of different tweaks to the interface and gameplay.


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We weren't initially sure if this release was intentional, as we expected some amount of pre-release fanfare from Rockstar, but we are going to be working on a full review of this version of the game.

App Store Link: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, $9.99

  • yxkpro

    Yay! This is gonna be a great year.

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    Yay! This is gonna be a great year.

  • D Wo

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  • Mgencarelli

    Down already?!

  • Mgencarelli

    Down already?!

  • Bdragonst

    Omg so quiet!!!! Without a warning its out!! Lmao

  • GodSon

    Almost done downloading. Can you believe someone actually made a thread saying January was boring. Pfft...

    This alone made January an epic month for gaming.

  • Bdragonst

    Omg so quiet!!!! Without a warning its out!! Lmao

  • GodSon

    Almost done downloading. Can you believe someone actually made a thread saying January was boring. Pfft...

    This alone made January an epic month for gaming.

  • SaschaW

    Bought it a few hours ago in Germany. I like the Game very much. But i think we need bigger Controls while driving.

  • SaschaW

    Bought it a few hours ago in Germany. I like the Game very much. But i think we need bigger Controls while driving.

  • iphone geek

    ummm, its a no brainer that Gangstar is killing this game. and its cheaper.

    • breezy

      LOL gangstar is a joke compared to this.

      Get back to your desk gameloft employee.

    • TKO

      Ganstar is killing this? In what respect exactly? I mean, Gangstar's not a bad game, but any GTA title is gonna sell well just because of the GTA name alone.

      There's nothing quite like a GTA game. The radio stations, the humour, the parody of the good old US of A ..it's all good. :)

      • http://www.soundcloud.com/timcant DJ Cubs

        Gangstar it a terrible game - it's a full-on GTA rip-off with rubbish controls and none of the variety.

  • iphone geek

    ummm, its a no brainer that Gangstar is killing this game. and its cheaper.

    • breezy

      LOL gangstar is a joke compared to this.

      Get back to your desk gameloft employee.

    • TKO

      Ganstar is killing this? In what respect exactly? I mean, Gangstar's not a bad game, but any GTA title is gonna sell well just because of the GTA name alone.

      There's nothing quite like a GTA game. The radio stations, the humour, the parody of the good old US of A ..it's all good. :)

      • http://www.soundcloud.com/timcant DJ Cubs

        Gangstar it a terrible game - it's a full-on GTA rip-off with rubbish controls and none of the variety.

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Looks great but not sure about the steering controls....looked easy to oversteer in the video...

    • Adams Immersive

      I agree—but maybe there are other steering options? A slider/joystick instead of two buttons would give analog control, and tilt would be a welcome option. (Horizontal tilt works great, I find—it’s only vertical tilt I sometimes object to in games.)

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Looks great but not sure about the steering controls....looked easy to oversteer in the video...

    • Adams Immersive

      I agree—but maybe there are other steering options? A slider/joystick instead of two buttons would give analog control, and tilt would be a welcome option. (Horizontal tilt works great, I find—it’s only vertical tilt I sometimes object to in games.)

  • Steve

    guy looks like a chinese will smith

    • Comercial9

      I thought the exact same thing. I'll probably pick this up tomorrow.

  • Steve

    guy looks like a chinese will smith

    • Comercial9

      I thought the exact same thing. I'll probably pick this up tomorrow.

  • JMelrose

    So which is better, in TA's opinion? This version or the DS version?

    • iceatcs

      If you only have DS or iphone. Get iPhone but DS also good because you use D-Pad which easy to control as you can feel it.
      If you have PSP, get it one because it seem better graphics of all.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        PSP version may nave better graphics, but it's also $30 more expensive, retail. And besides graphics, it's pretty much the same game.

      • iceatcs

        Of course it is expensive, shame about USA which rarely PSP budget price, In EU only double price in here for PSP... Hopefully not too long PSP version might price cut on PSN.

        Like I said, get iphone version if you want to use on it. No harm and cheaper. Or more cost if you want better graphics and rather use buttons.

      • Drixz

        From what I've heard the PSP version seems to come with a fair bit of loading times here and there.

        There's none on my 3GS from what I've noticed.

  • JMelrose

    So which is better, in TA's opinion? This version or the DS version?

    • iceatcs

      If you only have DS or iphone. Get iPhone but DS also good because you use D-Pad which easy to control as you can feel it.
      If you have PSP, get it one because it seem better graphics of all.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        PSP version may nave better graphics, but it's also $30 more expensive, retail. And besides graphics, it's pretty much the same game.

      • iceatcs

        Of course it is expensive, shame about USA which rarely PSP budget price, In EU only double price in here for PSP... Hopefully not too long PSP version might price cut on PSN.

        Like I said, get iphone version if you want to use on it. No harm and cheaper. Or more cost if you want better graphics and rather use buttons.

      • Drixz

        From what I've heard the PSP version seems to come with a fair bit of loading times here and there.

        There's none on my 3GS from what I've noticed.

  • madwh

    would super ompa lompa awesome if they added multiplayer.

    • ErkB729

      the game is $9.99. Be happy.

  • madwh

    would super ompa lompa awesome if they added multiplayer.

    • ErkB729

      the game is $9.99. Be happy.

  • K

    Not out in AU store yet...sigh.

    • Druid

      It's there now mate

  • K

    Not out in AU store yet...sigh.

    • Druid

      It's there now mate

  • Early Adopter

    Does anyone know if this game runs even remotely well on the original iPhone 3G?

  • Early Adopter

    Does anyone know if this game runs even remotely well on the original iPhone 3G?

  • Mr ED209

    Touch screen D-pad controls = don't bother, as far as I'm concerned. I can't believe someone actually suggested buying this over the DS version, what a daft thing to advise.

    • Jecht

      I agree the DS version will always be the best of the 3. It's so great and multiplayer would not work with this game. There is no reason to have it.

  • Mr ED209

    Touch screen D-pad controls = don't bother, as far as I'm concerned. I can't believe someone actually suggested buying this over the DS version, what a daft thing to advise.

    • Jecht

      I agree the DS version will always be the best of the 3. It's so great and multiplayer would not work with this game. There is no reason to have it.

  • http://www.makesmoves.us MakesMoves

    I wish they had made it more like Gangstar, which seems like a real backwards statement considering the franchise. I appreciate the work, but I for one am over the overhead view. Gangstar really shows the potential that could've been met with a real GTA release.

    • brian

      Gangstar sucks.

      Well, maybe it's not that bad, but it's mediocre. It's a reasonable facsimile of GTA San Andreas based on the most simple and obvious aspects of the game. But Gameloft only got the mechanics and appearance, and didn't understand why GTA is so beloved. The writing and dialogue absolutely blow, the characters are just dumb stereotypes with no depth and there is no subversive humor or wit whatsoever. It captures the experience of hijacking cars etc. pretty well but as far as the storyline goes, you just don't care. There's a reason the GTA series is #1, and it's not because they have the best graphics. It's because they pay attention to the writing.

      • MicroD0t

        Isn't that what, EVERY GTA game, prior to IV was?? bad humor, raunchy comedy, bad acting, and killing.. yah.. it was.. lol.. I was running GTA Dos before most of you kiddies were born, being that I've played them all, I'd like to think that this, top down, ORIGINAL version, would be superior to anything out there of the like...

        That said,

        Gangstar is.. well, a 3D attempt at a GTA on the iphone/pod.. does it win.. yes... Why? Simple.. they are the only ones that have done it.. You can't compare this version of GTA (topdown play) to a 3D played game... Don't compare it to console versions either because that's just foolish.. this is a mobile platform.. if you want to compare this to ANY app at all is should be car jack, and this, wipes the floor with it...

        nuff said,

        enjoy your debates :)

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      The opening sequence of GTA:CW game is better than the whole of Gangstar.

  • http://www.makesmoves.us MakesMoves

    I wish they had made it more like Gangstar, which seems like a real backwards statement considering the franchise. I appreciate the work, but I for one am over the overhead view. Gangstar really shows the potential that could've been met with a real GTA release.

    • brian

      Gangstar sucks.

      Well, maybe it's not that bad, but it's mediocre. It's a reasonable facsimile of GTA San Andreas based on the most simple and obvious aspects of the game. But Gameloft only got the mechanics and appearance, and didn't understand why GTA is so beloved. The writing and dialogue absolutely blow, the characters are just dumb stereotypes with no depth and there is no subversive humor or wit whatsoever. It captures the experience of hijacking cars etc. pretty well but as far as the storyline goes, you just don't care. There's a reason the GTA series is #1, and it's not because they have the best graphics. It's because they pay attention to the writing.

      • http://TouchA MicroD0t

        Isn't that what, EVERY GTA game, prior to IV was?? bad humor, raunchy comedy, bad acting, and killing.. yah.. it was.. lol.. I was running GTA Dos before most of you kiddies were born, being that I've played them all, I'd like to think that this, top down, ORIGINAL version, would be superior to anything out there of the like...

        That said,

        Gangstar is.. well, a 3D attempt at a GTA on the iphone/pod.. does it win.. yes... Why? Simple.. they are the only ones that have done it.. You can't compare this version of GTA (topdown play) to a 3D played game... Don't compare it to console versions either because that's just foolish.. this is a mobile platform.. if you want to compare this to ANY app at all is should be car jack, and this, wipes the floor with it...

        nuff said,

        enjoy your debates :)

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      The opening sequence of GTA:CW game is better than the whole of Gangstar.

  • Victor

    Overhead view is disgusting. What is this? 1994?

    • Deewin

      I've never liked those old overhead GTA games (and despised those iphone wannabe 2d gta iphone clones) but I love chinatown wars on the ds and psp. The humor is spot on, and the whole game is just fun and compelling to play imo

    • rock

      Dude. the opening of gangstar is when he robs a bank and gets chased by cops
      so what are you talking about

  • Victor

    Overhead view is disgusting. What is this? 1994?

    • Deewin

      I've never liked those old overhead GTA games (and despised those iphone wannabe 2d gta iphone clones) but I love chinatown wars on the ds and psp. The humor is spot on, and the whole game is just fun and compelling to play imo

    • rock

      Dude. the opening of gangstar is when he robs a bank and gets chased by cops
      so what are you talking about

  • Deewin

    I hope Rockstar continues to make more portable GTA games in the future, even though they never sold too well :-/ Their games are really worth the money because they give you so much content compared to what other action games give you for the same price!

  • Deewin

    I hope Rockstar continues to make more portable GTA games in the future, even though they never sold too well :-/ Their games are really worth the money because they give you so much content compared to what other action games give you for the same price!

  • Jacko

    wow impressive, it's exactly the same game than on DS. I honestly don't think it's nearly as fun on ipod than on DS. On DS you have the radar, map, emails an all non action stuff on the lower screen and car driving seems to be way easier (handbrake is shoulder button...).
    Oh and please don't compare Gangstar with this gem, honestly there is no comparison. GTA:CW is sooo deep, just play it and you will be amazed about all the things you can do (if it's really a 1:1 port of the DS version ofc..).
    The overhead view is perfect for this game, I hate 3D 3rd person view on a device which gfx are quite restricted...
    For 10 bucks, imo it's a very fair price and I suggest everyone to give this a try, you won't regret it.

  • Jacko

    wow impressive, it's exactly the same game than on DS. I honestly don't think it's nearly as fun on ipod than on DS. On DS you have the radar, map, emails an all non action stuff on the lower screen and car driving seems to be way easier (handbrake is shoulder button...).
    Oh and please don't compare Gangstar with this gem, honestly there is no comparison. GTA:CW is sooo deep, just play it and you will be amazed about all the things you can do (if it's really a 1:1 port of the DS version ofc..).
    The overhead view is perfect for this game, I hate 3D 3rd person view on a device which gfx are quite restricted...
    For 10 bucks, imo it's a very fair price and I suggest everyone to give this a try, you won't regret it.

  • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Stadust

    I already have the PSP version, I think that's the best version of all three.

    • Jacko

      I suppose you never played the DS version.... The PSP has better gfx (the cartoonish design of the DS version makes it slightly worse looking than the PSP version) but there is so much interaction where you need to "touch" the screen. I can't imagine that the PSP version is more enjoyable than the DS version if you don't have all those interaction with the touchscreen (picklocking cars, scratch & win cards, rummaging around in waste containers, etc etc...)

  • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Stadust

    I already have the PSP version, I think that's the best version of all three.

    • Jacko

      I suppose you never played the DS version.... The PSP has better gfx (the cartoonish design of the DS version makes it slightly worse looking than the PSP version) but there is so much interaction where you need to "touch" the screen. I can't imagine that the PSP version is more enjoyable than the DS version if you don't have all those interaction with the touchscreen (picklocking cars, scratch & win cards, rummaging around in waste containers, etc etc...)

  • menom

    I liked Payback - but didn't get round to finishing it - still on phone though and I dip in now and again

    this looks like a nice clone;)

  • menom

    I liked Payback - but didn't get round to finishing it - still on phone though and I dip in now and again

    this looks like a nice clone;)

  • Matti

    Omg noes support for first gen iPod Touch :(

    • Me

      It actually works on my first gen Ipod touch. But only with Game mode turned on in Starcraft. No lag or long loading times at all.

      • Jason

        I have no clue what you are talking about and would love an explanation of how to get this running on a 1st gen Itouch considering i didn't look at the requirements and bought it first -_-. any help is appreciated.

  • Matti

    Omg noes support for first gen iPod Touch :(

    • Me

      It actually works on my first gen Ipod touch. But only with Game mode turned on in Starcraft. No lag or long loading times at all.

      • Jason

        I have no clue what you are talking about and would love an explanation of how to get this running on a 1st gen Itouch considering i didn't look at the requirements and bought it first -_-. any help is appreciated.

  • erik

    How does it perform on the 3G???

  • erik

    How does it perform on the 3G???

  • Dimitris

    It looks like a really disappointing release...
    I guess that's why they were so silent.
    They could do better than left and right arrows for steering.
    I don't think anyone will be able to steer accurately.
    And don't get me started on the graphics. Poor poor poor.
    And no dialogue as well.
    Definitely not buying...

    • Asdk

      Seems you don't know anything about this matter. How about keeping your uneducated opinion to yourself?

      • MicroD0t

        I guess without you doing anything but bashing this guy, you kinda sound the same...

    • William

      Yeah, the controls seem really weak. Left-right arrow buttons is really poor use of the iPhone's hardware.

      • sk8erdude50

        there is also an analog steering option that most people prefer, but i like the arrows

  • Dimitris

    It looks like a really disappointing release...
    I guess that's why they were so silent.
    They could do better than left and right arrows for steering.
    I don't think anyone will be able to steer accurately.
    And don't get me started on the graphics. Poor poor poor.
    And no dialogue as well.
    Definitely not buying...

    • Asdk

      Seems you don't know anything about this matter. How about keeping your uneducated opinion to yourself?

      • http://TouchA MicroD0t

        I guess without you doing anything but bashing this guy, you kinda sound the same...

    • William

      Yeah, the controls seem really weak. Left-right arrow buttons is really poor use of the iPhone's hardware.

      • sk8erdude50

        there is also an analog steering option that most people prefer, but i like the arrows

  • eniahal

    dude...play the actual game and then diss about it all you want..
    the steering has two options, the left and right arrows is one, but there's also analog stick (just like the regular walking mode) too, there's even a auto align to the road when you drive which helped when driving on high speed. I agree that the car control feels a bit clumsy like the rest of the GTA series..and no sensitivity level option in the setting..but other than that it's awesome.

    i've played a couple missions and all i can say is this beats payback and ganster hands down. it's got a gigantic map with a easy to use GPS system.......thats the impression i got so far..just 1 hour into the game, already a must buy for me.

  • eniahal

    dude...play the actual game and then diss about it all you want..
    the steering has two options, the left and right arrows is one, but there's also analog stick (just like the regular walking mode) too, there's even a auto align to the road when you drive which helped when driving on high speed. I agree that the car control feels a bit clumsy like the rest of the GTA series..and no sensitivity level option in the setting..but other than that it's awesome.

    i've played a couple missions and all i can say is this beats payback and ganster hands down. it's got a gigantic map with a easy to use GPS system.......thats the impression i got so far..just 1 hour into the game, already a must buy for me.

  • TomHagen

    Wow! Looks like most people here have some problems with their eyes... I know that playabiliy, story, and overall experience is the most important, and the power of the brand may be too powerful to resist, but this is 2010 game on 600MHz device and it looks like crap (sorry) and it was being developed for quite a long time :( PSP version eats it for breakfast. There are games on the iphone that prove that very good looking games are doable on the platform, and this is NOT one of them. All iphone GTA clones look better... Uninventive steering scheme looks like final nail to the coffin to me... Those basic truncated ports from big industry players are like an insult to players.

    • Yog Shoggoth

      I don't think it looks too hot either, comes across as very flat.

      But yeah, that's not what's putting me off, it's the driving D-Pad controls. Looks very awkward.

      • Dimitris

        Exactly. What were they thinking when they put these controls?
        This will steer beautifully?

      • MicroD0t

        nope... they were thinking... doesn't matter how shit it is.. these mofo's will buy it cause ya'll let them build the hype machine on you.. lol

      • beetle004

        they should have used acc. controls for cars

    • NX

      600MHZ is the CPU clocked speed, and on the ipod, it is in fact under clocked down to i believe 550MHZ. But the looks of a game does not depend on the CPU, it's all about the graphics chip. The PSP got a way older chip, but is it in fact more powerful than the ipod one. Also, the PSP is a duel core device running at around the same cpu clock speed. SO it's no wonder the PSP have better looks.
      Also, the driving is actually very good. Better than the other games such as Payback. Please don't JUDGE it if you haven't even TRIED it!

  • TomHagen

    Wow! Looks like most people here have some problems with their eyes... I know that playabiliy, story, and overall experience is the most important, and the power of the brand may be too powerful to resist, but this is 2010 game on 600MHz device and it looks like crap (sorry) and it was being developed for quite a long time :( PSP version eats it for breakfast. There are games on the iphone that prove that very good looking games are doable on the platform, and this is NOT one of them. All iphone GTA clones look better... Uninventive steering scheme looks like final nail to the coffin to me... Those basic truncated ports from big industry players are like an insult to players.

    • Yog Shoggoth

      I don't think it looks too hot either, comes across as very flat.

      But yeah, that's not what's putting me off, it's the driving D-Pad controls. Looks very awkward.

      • Dimitris

        Exactly. What were they thinking when they put these controls?
        This will steer beautifully?

      • http://TouchA MicroD0t

        nope... they were thinking... doesn't matter how shit it is.. these mofo's will buy it cause ya'll let them build the hype machine on you.. lol

      • beetle004

        they should have used acc. controls for cars

    • NX

      600MHZ is the CPU clocked speed, and on the ipod, it is in fact under clocked down to i believe 550MHZ. But the looks of a game does not depend on the CPU, it's all about the graphics chip. The PSP got a way older chip, but is it in fact more powerful than the ipod one. Also, the PSP is a duel core device running at around the same cpu clock speed. SO it's no wonder the PSP have better looks.
      Also, the driving is actually very good. Better than the other games such as Payback. Please don't JUDGE it if you haven't even TRIED it!

  • TKO

    Doesn't seem to be in the NZ store. {shrugs} Love the franchise, but probably not enough of a pick-up-and-play type of game for me to get into much on the iPhone. But I'll get it. I mean, heck.. It's GTA! :D

  • TKO

    Doesn't seem to be in the NZ store. {shrugs} Love the franchise, but probably not enough of a pick-up-and-play type of game for me to get into much on the iPhone. But I'll get it. I mean, heck.. It's GTA! :D

  • acidbottle

    Im fence sitting until i can digest all the feedback from people who have actually played the game so far.

    i love the GTA games and had high hopes for this, despite some people who just hate anything thats not true first person view, i dont dislike the gfx here at all.

    furthermore, i notice on any hight profile release on ANY system, there are droves of discontent flung out. i think peoples expectations are too high now we have all new next gen consoles to fiddle with.

    this is aGTA, on my phone and looking as sweet as anything ive seen to date. i do however share concerns with the control system here, that looks very rushed and i need to know how people feel with it before i click buy.

    but c'mon people, yer laying down $10 for a premium title. anyone who thinks that isnt good value is total living in a fantasy land.

    • Asdk

      We don't have "all new next gen consoles to fiddle with". The consoles are old and current gen at best.

      The game is great, you could just check out some reviews of the other versions.

      • acidbottle

        oki "current gen" then. pedantic tbh!

        you still get my drift ;) no i dont have an xbox or ps3 either.

  • acidbottle

    Im fence sitting until i can digest all the feedback from people who have actually played the game so far.

    i love the GTA games and had high hopes for this, despite some people who just hate anything thats not true first person view, i dont dislike the gfx here at all.

    furthermore, i notice on any hight profile release on ANY system, there are droves of discontent flung out. i think peoples expectations are too high now we have all new next gen consoles to fiddle with.

    this is aGTA, on my phone and looking as sweet as anything ive seen to date. i do however share concerns with the control system here, that looks very rushed and i need to know how people feel with it before i click buy.

    but c'mon people, yer laying down $10 for a premium title. anyone who thinks that isnt good value is total living in a fantasy land.

    • Asdk

      We don't have "all new next gen consoles to fiddle with". The consoles are old and current gen at best.

      The game is great, you could just check out some reviews of the other versions.

      • acidbottle

        oki "current gen" then. pedantic tbh!

        you still get my drift ;) no i dont have an xbox or ps3 either.

  • Dimitris

    What constitutes a premium title is a great story along with great graphics, good music and great gameplay.
    This tile seems to not have great graphics (for this platform), no good sound, godawful gameplay, and I don't know about the story.
    All of a sudden 10$ seems like quite a lot for a so-so title.

    • Dimitris

      I meant to say controls instead of gameplay.

    • Mark

      Doesn't have great graphics for this platform? What does that mean? Looks pretty nice on the video. If everything had pixel perfect bumpmapping would that be satisfactory? Jeez. It looks fine, games are about gameplay not graphics. If it were about graphics, we wouldn't have and "game consoles", because atari and the like would have failed miserably.

      You want incredible graphics, go outside - it's amazing

      • Dimitris

        Wow that's kind of a silly answer.
        Yeah the visuals aren't the end all be all, but try watching the next sci-fi movie with so-so graphics.
        It'll ruin the whole experience even if the movie is super great plot wise.
        The same goes for directors outside of hollywood.
        Good cinematography is appreciated since we are visual people.
        Everything counts. Good story, good visuals, good soundtrack.

  • Dimitris

    What constitutes a premium title is a great story along with great graphics, good music and great gameplay.
    This tile seems to not have great graphics (for this platform), no good sound, godawful gameplay, and I don't know about the story.
    All of a sudden 10$ seems like quite a lot for a so-so title.

    • Dimitris

      I meant to say controls instead of gameplay.

    • Mark

      Doesn't have great graphics for this platform? What does that mean? Looks pretty nice on the video. If everything had pixel perfect bumpmapping would that be satisfactory? Jeez. It looks fine, games are about gameplay not graphics. If it were about graphics, we wouldn't have and "game consoles", because atari and the like would have failed miserably.

      You want incredible graphics, go outside - it's amazing

      • Dimitris

        Wow that's kind of a silly answer.
        Yeah the visuals aren't the end all be all, but try watching the next sci-fi movie with so-so graphics.
        It'll ruin the whole experience even if the movie is super great plot wise.
        The same goes for directors outside of hollywood.
        Good cinematography is appreciated since we are visual people.
        Everything counts. Good story, good visuals, good soundtrack.

  • slang

    @Dimitris
    You're comparing apples to oranges.
    This is not a small physics based title and it's a port on top of that.
    Did you really expect that they suddenly completely rework the physics?! Why should they? The physics are fine here.
    Sound is ok too and the gameplay IS great.
    You get a really good GTA game with lots of content, a smart and funny story for just 10 bucks. Doesn't sound like a bad deal at all imho.
    And yes, I did play through it on the ds and think Chinatown Wars was even more fun than GTA IV.

    • Yao MUNG

      "And yes, I did play through it on the ds and think Chinatown Wars was even more fun than GTA IV."
      I agree. I remember when I first bought the ds version. The graphics and top down view had me concerned because I was never really a fan of the first 2 gta's. But the art style of this game ended up being one of my favorite parts. That combined with awesome gameplay and those damn mini games(that for some reason never get old) made Chinatown the most enjoyable gta experience I ever had, and I've played them all.

  • slang

    @Dimitris
    You're comparing apples to oranges.
    This is not a small physics based title and it's a port on top of that.
    Did you really expect that they suddenly completely rework the physics?! Why should they? The physics are fine here.
    Sound is ok too and the gameplay IS great.
    You get a really good GTA game with lots of content, a smart and funny story for just 10 bucks. Doesn't sound like a bad deal at all imho.
    And yes, I did play through it on the ds and think Chinatown Wars was even more fun than GTA IV.

    • Yao MUNG

      "And yes, I did play through it on the ds and think Chinatown Wars was even more fun than GTA IV."
      I agree. I remember when I first bought the ds version. The graphics and top down view had me concerned because I was never really a fan of the first 2 gta's. But the art style of this game ended up being one of my favorite parts. That combined with awesome gameplay and those damn mini games(that for some reason never get old) made Chinatown the most enjoyable gta experience I ever had, and I've played them all.

  • DeVitus

    Have seen some people asking about the 1st and 2nd generation iPhone / iPod Touch performance (owning an old iPhone 2g at the moment), but nobody has yet posted a response. Has anyone run this on the older devices? Please share the performance impressions. Thanks in advance.

    DeVitus

    • Newmy

      Runs nice and smooth on my 2nd-gen iPod Touch.

    • StreckerCM

      It will not work on a 1st Gen Touch because it needs a microphone. At least that is what it told me when I tried to buy it on my touch.

  • Aaron

    Hey,
    downloading now, but I only have a 3G, hope it plays well.

    Been waiting for this for ages.

  • DeVitus

    Have seen some people asking about the 1st and 2nd generation iPhone / iPod Touch performance (owning an old iPhone 2g at the moment), but nobody has yet posted a response. Has anyone run this on the older devices? Please share the performance impressions. Thanks in advance.

    DeVitus

    • Newmy

      Runs nice and smooth on my 2nd-gen iPod Touch.

    • StreckerCM

      It will not work on a 1st Gen Touch because it needs a microphone. At least that is what it told me when I tried to buy it on my touch.

  • Aaron

    Hey,
    downloading now, but I only have a 3G, hope it plays well.

    Been waiting for this for ages.

  • Stokkely

    If you quit/get a phone call mid-game or mid-car chase or whatever, will you come back exactly where you left it? Would seem pretty important.

    Can someone confirm?

  • Stokkely

    If you quit/get a phone call mid-game or mid-car chase or whatever, will you come back exactly where you left it? Would seem pretty important.

    Can someone confirm?

  • KwikPwn

    @DeVitus
    I have a 1st gen iPod touch (3.1.2 fw) and couldn't download the game, it says a microphone is required. Agh, the death pangs of aging hardware strikes again!

    • MicroD0t

      hrmm.. odd.. I have a ipod 8gb (new one) and it works just fine.. and it doesn't have a mic..

    • Comercial9

      For some reason, the game is not first gen compatible. A bit of a turn off, but they probably would handle the game too poorly to enjoy the game.

    • StreckerCM

      1st gen touch does not have a mic nor is it mic compatible. The 2nd gen+ will allow you to use a microphone if you have one on your headphones. That is how it does the microphone check. I would like to know why it needs a mic. Do you have to talk to the game?

      • Adam

        There were a number of microphones for the first-generation iPod Touch that connected through the dock connector. In an evil move by Apple, one of the firmware updates removed support for them and all the apps that could use them updated to stop supporting them on the older iPods (e.g., Skype).

  • KwikPwn

    @DeVitus
    I have a 1st gen iPod touch (3.1.2 fw) and couldn't download the game, it says a microphone is required. Agh, the death pangs of aging hardware strikes again!

    • http://TouchA MicroD0t

      hrmm.. odd.. I have a ipod 8gb (new one) and it works just fine.. and it doesn't have a mic..

    • Comercial9

      For some reason, the game is not first gen compatible. A bit of a turn off, but they probably would handle the game too poorly to enjoy the game.

    • StreckerCM

      1st gen touch does not have a mic nor is it mic compatible. The 2nd gen+ will allow you to use a microphone if you have one on your headphones. That is how it does the microphone check. I would like to know why it needs a mic. Do you have to talk to the game?

      • Adam

        There were a number of microphones for the first-generation iPod Touch that connected through the dock connector. In an evil move by Apple, one of the firmware updates removed support for them and all the apps that could use them updated to stop supporting them on the older iPods (e.g., Skype).

  • dumas1000

    People with idevice's want high-end games, like this GTA & Assassin's Creed. They just don't want to pay for them. There are barely words to explain how ridiculous of a steal this is at 9.99. But nobody wants to pay more than 4.99, at most. They really want it for .99. At that price, all this whining complaining would mysteriously disappear. At this point, people are only trying to justify their spoiled self-entitled cheapness.

    I can't imagine a single person who has actually played this would complain about the graphics or controls. These people haven't played it, because they don't want to pay for it. But They won't admit to that, so they hide behind other complaints instead.

    • rich_952000

      Agree, agree.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Agreed 100%, this is a steal and a huge win for people who like games.

      1. The price is great, this is still $30 for PSP even after a price drop from $40. It's $20 on DS but you have to shop around for that price. It boggles my mind that some people will whine that it should be seven or five bucks. These people don't deserve good games ...

      2. The controls are fine as is with the onscreen digital controls, as they don't block the action. The driving was digital in the other versions, too. You can turn on analog steering if you want, it's in the options.

      3. The top-down view works very, very well here. It's more 3D than the old GTA games, and there are a ton of automatic driving and shooting assists to make it very playable. The Zero Punctuation review of the original game describes these nicely. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/657-Grand-Theft-Auto-Chinatown-Wars

      • Kite111

        Totally true. There are great things and bad things about the iPhone app store's price points. I think they've gone too low actually. Now no-one will buy/sell anything for over 1.99 unless it's a big IP, or something by Gameloft, and for everyone else, they have good reason not to sell high, no-one will buy!

    • Stinkfoot

      Hands down one of the best on the platform.
      Ten dollars is MORE than reasonable, given the DS/PSP prices.
      I don't get the whining.
      Bought it and loving it.

  • dumas1000

    People with idevice's want high-end games, like this GTA & Assassin's Creed. They just don't want to pay for them. There are barely words to explain how ridiculous of a steal this is at 9.99. But nobody wants to pay more than 4.99, at most. They really want it for .99. At that price, all this whining complaining would mysteriously disappear. At this point, people are only trying to justify their spoiled self-entitled cheapness.

    I can't imagine a single person who has actually played this would complain about the graphics or controls. These people haven't played it, because they don't want to pay for it. But They won't admit to that, so they hide behind other complaints instead.

    • rich_952000

      Agree, agree.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Agreed 100%, this is a steal and a huge win for people who like games.

      1. The price is great, this is still $30 for PSP even after a price drop from $40. It's $20 on DS but you have to shop around for that price. It boggles my mind that some people will whine that it should be seven or five bucks. These people don't deserve good games ...

      2. The controls are fine as is with the onscreen digital controls, as they don't block the action. The driving was digital in the other versions, too. You can turn on analog steering if you want, it's in the options.

      3. The top-down view works very, very well here. It's more 3D than the old GTA games, and there are a ton of automatic driving and shooting assists to make it very playable. The Zero Punctuation review of the original game describes these nicely. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/657-Grand-Theft-Auto-Chinatown-Wars

      • Kite111

        Totally true. There are great things and bad things about the iPhone app store's price points. I think they've gone too low actually. Now no-one will buy/sell anything for over 1.99 unless it's a big IP, or something by Gameloft, and for everyone else, they have good reason not to sell high, no-one will buy!

    • Stinkfoot

      Hands down one of the best on the platform.
      Ten dollars is MORE than reasonable, given the DS/PSP prices.
      I don't get the whining.
      Bought it and loving it.

  • Dimitris

    If the game was worth it I wouldn't mind paying 10 dollars for it.
    For crying out loud I payed 8 or so bucks for a bike game and I don't even like these games!!
    It's not about the price it's about doing a half a$$ed job.

    • Jacko

      could you please stop flaming ?
      Keep your comments for yourself and come back when you tried this game, cause you begin to be very annoying.

    • omg

      @Dimitris Comparing a shoddy 8 dollar bike game to a 10 dollar gta game? GTA being one of the biggest releases for ipod/iphone to date... This should priced much higher, $20 or $30 dollars, it is a steal for $10 dollars only.

      • Dimitris

        I'm comparing the prices not the games.
        You really don't want to understand what I'm saying.

        @Jacko
        If you don't like my comments just don't bother reading them.
        I won't stop commenting just because you are getting annoyed!

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Dimitris: there's nothing half-assed about this game. The controls are well thought out and responsive, the story is as good as any on the GTA franchise, and the graphics (once you see the game in action) are amazing -- it feels like a real, living city. Oh, and there's 50 hours + of content. The only reason not to get this game is that you don't like the genre.

      • Dimitris

        @ squarezero
        Just bought the game. I'll give it a go and see if its any good!
        Hopefully I won't be disappointed.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Hope you like it. Give the driving controls some time -- took me a bit to get used to them. Luckily, you can always practice between missions.

  • Dimitris

    If the game was worth it I wouldn't mind paying 10 dollars for it.
    For crying out loud I payed 8 or so bucks for a bike game and I don't even like these games!!
    It's not about the price it's about doing a half a$$ed job.

    • Jacko

      could you please stop flaming ?
      Keep your comments for yourself and come back when you tried this game, cause you begin to be very annoying.

    • omg

      @Dimitris Comparing a shoddy 8 dollar bike game to a 10 dollar gta game? GTA being one of the biggest releases for ipod/iphone to date... This should priced much higher, $20 or $30 dollars, it is a steal for $10 dollars only.

      • Dimitris

        I'm comparing the prices not the games.
        You really don't want to understand what I'm saying.

        @Jacko
        If you don't like my comments just don't bother reading them.
        I won't stop commenting just because you are getting annoyed!

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Dimitris: there's nothing half-assed about this game. The controls are well thought out and responsive, the story is as good as any on the GTA franchise, and the graphics (once you see the game in action) are amazing -- it feels like a real, living city. Oh, and there's 50 hours + of content. The only reason not to get this game is that you don't like the genre.

      • Dimitris

        @ squarezero
        Just bought the game. I'll give it a go and see if its any good!
        Hopefully I won't be disappointed.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Hope you like it. Give the driving controls some time -- took me a bit to get used to them. Luckily, you can always practice between missions.

  • http://www.betanews.com Tim

    How's driving and shooting at the same time? The demo vid didn't incorporate that part.

  • Aaron

    Just downloaded it onto my iPhone 3G 16gbs, plays fine. not a problem. Should do even better on the 3GS.

    It's a little slow gameplay, like its not dropping in fps, but the game is a bit slower.

    cheers

  • http://www.betanews.com Tim

    How's driving and shooting at the same time? The demo vid didn't incorporate that part.

  • Aaron

    Just downloaded it onto my iPhone 3G 16gbs, plays fine. not a problem. Should do even better on the 3GS.

    It's a little slow gameplay, like its not dropping in fps, but the game is a bit slower.

    cheers

  • araczynski

    i wouldn't pay $10 for the console/pc version, sure as heck not wasting the money here :) that's like 5 TD games I could get instead :)

    • Antares

      rofl... tell me 5 TD games with a 1$ release price that are even close to have such a deep gameplay and replay value ALL of them together. You can't? fail.... ;)

  • araczynski

    i wouldn't pay $10 for the console/pc version, sure as heck not wasting the money here :) that's like 5 TD games I could get instead :)

    • Antares

      rofl... tell me 5 TD games with a 1$ release price that are even close to have such a deep gameplay and replay value ALL of them together. You can't? fail.... ;)

  • MicroD0t

    Anyone who really thinks this isn't better than anything similar on the iphone/ipod is nuts... I've just spent an hour playing it, and there is more detail in this game than any other clone out... That said, the controls, work FINE!! I have large hands for this device and I can still steer perfectly.. it's everything I've wanted from a top-down GTA game.. Perfect, good story so far, good missions.. hell, even a hot-coffee joke right away.. lol..

    Good job Rockstar!!

  • http://TouchA MicroD0t

    Anyone who really thinks this isn't better than anything similar on the iphone/ipod is nuts... I've just spent an hour playing it, and there is more detail in this game than any other clone out... That said, the controls, work FINE!! I have large hands for this device and I can still steer perfectly.. it's everything I've wanted from a top-down GTA game.. Perfect, good story so far, good missions.. hell, even a hot-coffee joke right away.. lol..

    Good job Rockstar!!

  • smearCampaign

    I'll stick to the DS version, thanks.

  • smearCampaign

    I'll stick to the DS version, thanks.

  • Bruce

    It's hard to tell if the game is worth buying, what with all the negative comments from folks who haven't actually bought the game.

  • Bruce

    It's hard to tell if the game is worth buying, what with all the negative comments from folks who haven't actually bought the game.

  • http://thedailyapp.org jon

    I have the DS version, I'm just wondering if it is worth it to have on my iPod. The price isn't the problem, that's for sure. I'm just not sure I want to pay for the same game twice.

    How are the controls compared to the DS anyway?

    • Antares

      the game is EXACTLY the same on DS. The gfx is better on ipod but actually it's not worth to buy it if you already have it on DS. The controls are "ok" but ofc on DS those are better. The lack of dual screen is a bit annoying but well. For guys without this game on DS (or PSP) this is definitely a nice experience, else I'd skip.

      • http://thedailyapp.org jon

        Thanks for that. Maybe if they have some sort of super sale down the line I'll buy it for the giggles, but for now I'll just play my much more expensive, but identical, DS version.

  • http://thedailyapp.org jon

    I have the DS version, I'm just wondering if it is worth it to have on my iPod. The price isn't the problem, that's for sure. I'm just not sure I want to pay for the same game twice.

    How are the controls compared to the DS anyway?

    • Antares

      the game is EXACTLY the same on DS. The gfx is better on ipod but actually it's not worth to buy it if you already have it on DS. The controls are "ok" but ofc on DS those are better. The lack of dual screen is a bit annoying but well. For guys without this game on DS (or PSP) this is definitely a nice experience, else I'd skip.

      • http://thedailyapp.org jon

        Thanks for that. Maybe if they have some sort of super sale down the line I'll buy it for the giggles, but for now I'll just play my much more expensive, but identical, DS version.

  • http://www.meinblick.ch amikaro

    gimme that on android!

  • http://www.meinblick.ch amikaro

    gimme that on android!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

    I don't like to say this, but maybe GTA works on 1st gen iPod touches if it's cracked? I always buy apps, but you haven't another choice at the moment. And the fact that Chinatown Wars works smooth on 2nd gen iPods raises my hopes that it could work on older iPods quite decently.
    I would buy it instantly if Rockstar would change the download requirements. Please, it can't be that bad on older devices!

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      There is a way to run it on your first gen iPod Touch without downloading a cracked version. Check out the instructions here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?threadid=41756

      • http://thedailyapp.org jon

        Just because it can be played, doesn't mean it should be.

        Be aware that by screwing with things (using the legit method or a cracked version) you are running the risk having no fun. The devs didn't limit it to the devices listed because they like to reduce their cash flow.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Can't disagree with you there, jon. But if someone is determined to play the game on a 1st Gen device, I'd much rather they paid for it.

      • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

        Thanks for the hint. I'm going to risk it. I know, by getting around this problem, using the App Store becomes not easier ;) A bit stupid, when you consider that the App Store is so successful because of it's simplicity.

      • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

        Works perfect. Graphics are absolutely smooth!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

    I don't like to say this, but maybe GTA works on 1st gen iPod touches if it's cracked? I always buy apps, but you haven't another choice at the moment. And the fact that Chinatown Wars works smooth on 2nd gen iPods raises my hopes that it could work on older iPods quite decently.
    I would buy it instantly if Rockstar would change the download requirements. Please, it can't be that bad on older devices!

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      There is a way to run it on your first gen iPod Touch without downloading a cracked version. Check out the instructions here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?threadid=41756

      • http://thedailyapp.org jon

        Just because it can be played, doesn't mean it should be.

        Be aware that by screwing with things (using the legit method or a cracked version) you are running the risk having no fun. The devs didn't limit it to the devices listed because they like to reduce their cash flow.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Can't disagree with you there, jon. But if someone is determined to play the game on a 1st Gen device, I'd much rather they paid for it.

      • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

        Thanks for the hint. I'm going to risk it. I know, by getting around this problem, using the App Store becomes not easier ;) A bit stupid, when you consider that the App Store is so successful because of it's simplicity.

      • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

        Works perfect. Graphics are absolutely smooth!

  • Synther

    Wow, I completed this on the DS, and this is a very good remake. The controls are better on the DS, but graphics on the iPhone are much better!

  • Synther

    Wow, I completed this on the DS, and this is a very good remake. The controls are better on the DS, but graphics on the iPhone are much better!

  • PahnCrd

    I have the DS and PSP versions and I just picked up the iPhone version. I must say that the iPhone version looks the best out of the three.

  • PahnCrd

    I have the DS and PSP versions and I just picked up the iPhone version. I must say that the iPhone version looks the best out of the three.

  • Howard

    Looks as good as my PSP, sounds better I think......but the controls.....yeuch, this is going to be a chore to play through!

    • PahnCrd

      At least i can see what is going on. I have an original fat PSP and things on the screen are really hard to see when they are in motion. The screen on the iPhone is much better.

      • Howard

        Agreed - as stated, the graphics look far better on iphone imo. It also sounds stellar....just the controls that are terrible!!

    • PahnCrd

      This is just with me, but I am not allowed to play my PSP while in bed with my wife because of the clickety clackety noises the buttons make. So while the controls aren't as good, at least I can play it in bed. :D

      Of course there is the advantage of always having my iPhone on me.

  • Howard

    Looks as good as my PSP, sounds better I think......but the controls.....yeuch, this is going to be a chore to play through!

    • PahnCrd

      At least i can see what is going on. I have an original fat PSP and things on the screen are really hard to see when they are in motion. The screen on the iPhone is much better.

      • Howard

        Agreed - as stated, the graphics look far better on iphone imo. It also sounds stellar....just the controls that are terrible!!

    • PahnCrd

      This is just with me, but I am not allowed to play my PSP while in bed with my wife because of the clickety clackety noises the buttons make. So while the controls aren't as good, at least I can play it in bed. :D

      Of course there is the advantage of always having my iPhone on me.

  • Sticktron

    Wow the graphics are insane, people complaining obviously haven't played the game yet. I don't know why the screenshots in the App Store look so bad, the game looks like it was ported from the PSP assets... looks like that version, NOT the cell-shaded blocky DS version.

    This is a REAL game folks, a true AAA multi-million dollar production. The only one of it's kind on our platform. Rejoice, and enjoy!

    • Sticktron

      Oh, and if you want to know WHY this is a mega hit game, go on over to Gamespot.com and read the review for the DS version.

  • Sticktron

    Wow the graphics are insane, people complaining obviously haven't played the game yet. I don't know why the screenshots in the App Store look so bad, the game looks like it was ported from the PSP assets... looks like that version, NOT the cell-shaded blocky DS version.

    This is a REAL game folks, a true AAA multi-million dollar production. The only one of it's kind on our platform. Rejoice, and enjoy!

    • Sticktron

      Oh, and if you want to know WHY this is a mega hit game, go on over to Gamespot.com and read the review for the DS version.

  • Lions

    GTA was my favorite game on my DS. I can't wait to give this a spin on my iPhone.

  • Lions

    GTA was my favorite game on my DS. I can't wait to give this a spin on my iPhone.

  • Steverd

    Look great graphicly, BUT did you see how HARD it was for the player
    to control the car in the video? And I'm guessing that was someone very familiar with the game also!

    Steve

    • Eli Hodapp

      That was actually recorded the first time I launched the game. After getting used to the controls I'm having no issues driving around.

      • DeVitus

        Yeah, had the same exact experience at first try. For the future, master the controls before making the video ;-)

  • Steverd

    Look great graphicly, BUT did you see how HARD it was for the player
    to control the car in the video? And I'm guessing that was someone very familiar with the game also!

    Steve

    • Eli Hodapp

      That was actually recorded the first time I launched the game. After getting used to the controls I'm having no issues driving around.

      • DeVitus

        Yeah, had the same exact experience at first try. For the future, master the controls before making the video ;-)

  • David

    I don't what is with this like "Bird-Eye View" angle with this CJC and PB I mean it just doesnt feel "real" or anything. It doesnt feel like a true GTA game while Gangstar atleast has a 3rd-Person view so that auto gets my edge because I can't stand driving in that view and I am REALLY dissapointed the Rockstar couldn't bring on a full-fledged GTA game to the iPhone/Itouch,

    • MidianGTX

      Maybe they're catering to people who were born early enough to play the original GTA games.

  • David

    I don't what is with this like "Bird-Eye View" angle with this CJC and PB I mean it just doesnt feel "real" or anything. It doesnt feel like a true GTA game while Gangstar atleast has a 3rd-Person view so that auto gets my edge because I can't stand driving in that view and I am REALLY dissapointed the Rockstar couldn't bring on a full-fledged GTA game to the iPhone/Itouch,

    • MidianGTX

      Maybe they're catering to people who were born early enough to play the original GTA games.

  • rev

    It feels exactly like a GTA game. Chinatown Wars is basically GTA IV with different view angle.

  • rev

    It feels exactly like a GTA game. Chinatown Wars is basically GTA IV with different view angle.

  • nsolo1717

    this is the best GTA they could have brought to the iphone and any sort of 3rd person GTA would have been sub par......i guess some of you kids are really young and don't understand what's going on here

  • nsolo1717

    this is the best GTA they could have brought to the iphone and any sort of 3rd person GTA would have been sub par......i guess some of you kids are really young and don't understand what's going on here

  • DeVitus

    I am really satisfied with the purchase. This game just gave me the same feeling as GTA II did. Controls seem natural after a while, graphics, multiplicity of detail are just stunning. Their "tiny" physics is doing a great job too. Runs smoothly even on iPhone 2G.

    • hugh g bonner

      how did you get it to run on 2g iphone

  • DeVitus

    I am really satisfied with the purchase. This game just gave me the same feeling as GTA II did. Controls seem natural after a while, graphics, multiplicity of detail are just stunning. Their "tiny" physics is doing a great job too. Runs smoothly even on iPhone 2G.

    • hugh g bonner

      how did you get it to run on 2g iphone

  • ltcommander.data

    Any word on whether this includes the extra missions from the PSP version? And whether there is Independence FM to play your own music?

    And in regards to concerns of the value of the $9.99 pricing. I think it's important to consider that although the graphics may not be top-end, the amount of content and replay value should well justify the price.

  • ltcommander.data

    Any word on whether this includes the extra missions from the PSP version? And whether there is Independence FM to play your own music?

    And in regards to concerns of the value of the $9.99 pricing. I think it's important to consider that although the graphics may not be top-end, the amount of content and replay value should well justify the price.

  • Skavinger

    Um, yeah, Gangstar is smegma on a stick in a comparison to its source inspiration ... I played Gangstar once and just felt: "It's good ... but it's just not Rock Star good."

  • Skavinger

    Um, yeah, Gangstar is smegma on a stick in a comparison to its source inspiration ... I played Gangstar once and just felt: "It's good ... but it's just not Rock Star good."

  • Wtfhaxx

    Do I need 3.1.2 firmware to run this game? I have an old iPhone 2g.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Wtfhaxx

    Do I need 3.1.2 firmware to run this game? I have an old iPhone 2g.
    Thanks in advance.

  • JoeyTR

    words cannot express my anger. I was all hyped up and ready to play when I found out... this app is not combatible with my first gen iPod touch:( why this game, why now? I am proud (but embaressed) to say that I have bought just about every good looking game since the store launched but now I find a game that won't run on my first gen... Unbelievable

  • JoeyTR

    words cannot express my anger. I was all hyped up and ready to play when I found out... this app is not combatible with my first gen iPod touch:( why this game, why now? I am proud (but embaressed) to say that I have bought just about every good looking game since the store launched but now I find a game that won't run on my first gen... Unbelievable

  • HistorySchol

    This looks like shit compared to Gangstar.

    • rev

      Gangstar plays like shit compared to GTA.

  • HistorySchol

    This looks like shit compared to Gangstar.

    • rev

      Gangstar plays like shit compared to GTA.

  • br1an

    Please, record your iPhone/touch videos with room lights OFF. Your game screen is self illuminated and does not need external lighting. Room lights cast reflections on the screen and distract from gameplay with your moving hands and other, unneeded background elements.

    Try it! Your videos will look much clearer, more focused and the black background will create a natural framing effect around the game screen.

    (I'm going to keep-on about this until it finally sinks in)

  • br1an

    Please, record your iPhone/touch videos with room lights OFF. Your game screen is self illuminated and does not need external lighting. Room lights cast reflections on the screen and distract from gameplay with your moving hands and other, unneeded background elements.

    Try it! Your videos will look much clearer, more focused and the black background will create a natural framing effect around the game screen.

    (I'm going to keep-on about this until it finally sinks in)

  • Denny

    Why are the graphics worse for the iPhone/iPod touch that the PSP?
    I mean the iPod Touch is quite a bit more powerful than Sony's handheld, so what gives?

  • Denny

    Why are the graphics worse for the iPhone/iPod touch that the PSP?
    I mean the iPod Touch is quite a bit more powerful than Sony's handheld, so what gives?

  • Terry Manfredsanson-son

    I don't understand why the car controls on the left consist of two separate buttons as opposed to a single virtual joystick. It seems like taking your finger off the touchscreen each time you want to move left or right would be awkward, as opposed to just continuously keeping your finger in contact and moving it side to side.

    That's my only concern for this game and it's the only thing keeping me from downloading this game right now. I'll wait for the TA review before I buy. At $9.99, this is a steal. Rated by many as the DS game of the year for 2009, this is a great value.

    My only request from Rockstar would be iPhone-optimized (not straight ports) of the Warriors and Bully. A gamer can dream, can't he?

  • Terry Manfredsanson-son

    I don't understand why the car controls on the left consist of two separate buttons as opposed to a single virtual joystick. It seems like taking your finger off the touchscreen each time you want to move left or right would be awkward, as opposed to just continuously keeping your finger in contact and moving it side to side.

    That's my only concern for this game and it's the only thing keeping me from downloading this game right now. I'll wait for the TA review before I buy. At $9.99, this is a steal. Rated by many as the DS game of the year for 2009, this is a great value.

    My only request from Rockstar would be iPhone-optimized (not straight ports) of the Warriors and Bully. A gamer can dream, can't he?

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

    Wow. Runs nice and smooth on my iPod Touch 1G. Yeah, thats correct, on a 1st gen iPod! ;)
    Here is the howto: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=41756

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

    Wow. Runs nice and smooth on my iPod Touch 1G. Yeah, thats correct, on a 1st gen iPod! ;)
    Here is the howto: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=41756

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  • Yen

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  • jaytee

    what could possibly be the rationale behind using the liberty city lotto as the lead image for this story? what makes you think anyone would care about that except in a short, tangential discussion of the intricacies of the larger game?

    • http://esemes.cz Kohout

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  • jaytee

    what could possibly be the rationale behind using the liberty city lotto as the lead image for this story? what makes you think anyone would care about that except in a short, tangential discussion of the intricacies of the larger game?

    • http://esemes.cz Kohout

      I spent about a hour scratching the cards:D But yes, I won a house:)

  • Color91

    How 'bout firmware compatilibity of this game?
    I have an 1st gen iPhone with fw 3.0 and when I run the game I see some rockstar text on black background and it goes back to springboard.

    • smokin okin okin

      same, i'm gonna have to just buy a brand new ipod touch 3rd gen on ebay just for this case so i can get this and super mario 64

  • Color91

    How \'bout firmware compatilibity of this game?
    I have an 1st gen iPhone with fw 3.0 and when I run the game I see some rockstar text on black background and it goes back to springboard.

    • smokin okin okin

      same, i'm gonna have to just buy a brand new ipod touch 3rd gen on ebay just for this case so i can get this and super mario 64

  • Plopp

    Why do you make a game upside down? You can't play this one with headphones.... :-(

    • omg

      It has autorotate, play whatever way u want..

  • Plopp

    Why do you make a game upside down? You can't play this one with headphones.... :-(

    • omg

      It has autorotate, play whatever way u want..

  • Scott

    This game is a must have. The sound/music suits the game perfectly. The controls are sensitive, but after a while, you get used to it, and your fingers (at least mine) do not get in the way of the action. Its (near) original birds eye view of the action is much appreciated and brings back a certain level of nostalgia with the original GTA games. I'm going travelling soon, and this is going to be a perfect substitute over a DS or PSP.

  • Scott

    This game is a must have. The sound/music suits the game perfectly. The controls are sensitive, but after a while, you get used to it, and your fingers (at least mine) do not get in the way of the action. Its (near) original birds eye view of the action is much appreciated and brings back a certain level of nostalgia with the original GTA games. I'm going travelling soon, and this is going to be a perfect substitute over a DS or PSP.

  • Kable

    Almost all of you guys are complete fuckwitts. First off, this game was originally made for the DS which can't really do a 3D game very good and they wanted to port it to the iPhone. Yeah they could of made a full 3D version for the iPhone instead but they wanted iPhone users to experience GTA CW how it was on DS. They might in the future do a full 3D GTA. Second off, this is way better then Gangstar and Payback. Yeah there not bad games for the iPhone but lack in story and map size and side missions and all of the other shit in GTA that makes it so good. Gangstars map size is like the size of one island on this game like broker. And that game gets very boring pretty quick. And the AI isn't that good either. You don't need awesome 3D graphics for a good game. Just a kickass storyline and many missions and side missions and depth to the game and definantly lots of swearing

  • Kable

    Almost all of you guys are complete fuckwitts. First off, this game was originally made for the DS which can't really do a 3D game very good and they wanted to port it to the iPhone. Yeah they could of made a full 3D version for the iPhone instead but they wanted iPhone users to experience GTA CW how it was on DS. They might in the future do a full 3D GTA. Second off, this is way better then Gangstar and Payback. Yeah there not bad games for the iPhone but lack in story and map size and side missions and all of the other shit in GTA that makes it so good. Gangstars map size is like the size of one island on this game like broker. And that game gets very boring pretty quick. And the AI isn't that good either. You don't need awesome 3D graphics for a good game. Just a kickass storyline and many missions and side missions and depth to the game and definantly lots of swearing

  • micro

    Games like this one (and Gangstar too since people were talking about it) should be worth much more than 10$. I hope Rockstar will make back their investment :) ...or else they'll have to find some other obscure plateform to port it on ^^

  • micro

    Games like this one (and Gangstar too since people were talking about it) should be worth much more than 10$. I hope Rockstar will make back their investment :) ...or else they\'ll have to find some other obscure plateform to port it on ^^

  • rock

    i know that there must be more to the game but so far it seemed to be a driving game from a 2d vision. Some people may like this but lets face it that's no better than payback. Gangstar's gameplay is the only of it's kind. Yes the dialogue isn't to great and besides your character everyone seems mindless but i'd have to give the advantage to gangstar. It is cheaper the gameplay is better and it is 3D. But if you are a GTA fan then get GTA:CW because of its classic games.

  • rock

    i know that there must be more to the game but so far it seemed to be a driving game from a 2d vision. Some people may like this but lets face it that's no better than payback. Gangstar's gameplay is the only of it's kind. Yes the dialogue isn't to great and besides your character everyone seems mindless but i'd have to give the advantage to gangstar. It is cheaper the gameplay is better and it is 3D. But if you are a GTA fan then get GTA:CW because of its classic games.

  • Brian

    Hey this hasn't been released in some countries for over a week. anyone know what's happening?

  • Brian

    Hey this hasn't been released in some countries for over a week. anyone know what's happening?

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    iphone app left and right arrows not working to steer car. Any ideas?

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    i love the GTA games and had high hopes for this, despite some people who just hate anything thats not true first person view, i dont dislike the gfx here at all. All xBox 360 gamers love to have free Microsoft points, but if you are just bought your Xbox 360

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