- The game is rated M (Mature) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, such as other GTAs.
- The camera view is isometric, and not TOPDOWN, as it were in GTA1, the London episodes and GTA2.
- The game's rendering system is based on cel-shading, which can be clearly seen in the daylight and night.
- Unlike in GTA IV, this time we'll have a small PDA, which will be displayed on DS's touch screen. We can use it to view our e-mails, contacts list, the map, or even the GPS in our car. And of course, you can listen to music on it too. It also contains your statistics, which you can upload later to Rockstar Social Club, via the Nintendo Wi-Fi system.
- Navigating through menus is easy too, because icons on the touch screen are finger sized.
- Because Chinatown Wars takes place in LC, you'll be meeting with some characters from GTA IV.
- Auto-aim is in, and can be used by pushing the R button.
- Miniguns and Flamethrowers are in.
- There's an autosteer function, which makes taking corners easier.
- If you fail a mission, you can directly jump to the action, instead the cutscene.
- The game takes place in a good portion of LC, which means Dukes, Bohan, Broker and Algonquin. Although, the routes can differ from those which were in GTA IV.
- There are no pop-ups or frame rate issues in this game.
- The police has very aggressive AI, which makes them harder to avoid or lose. New feature in the wanted system is that, when the cop cars are after you, you need to destroy them any way you can, that way you can lose your wanted level.
- Real-time weather effects, and day-night cycle.
|The game's story centers around Huang Lee, a member of the Chinese Triads, who must deliver his just-assassinated father's Yu Jian, a supposed family heirloom and sword, to his Uncle Wu "Kenny" Lee. The inevitable ambush occurs along the way, and Huang must not only recover the sword, but avenge his father's death in the process.|
Directly from the magazine.
| Title - Yu Jian|
This introductory mission begins with Huang being robbed of the Yu Jian and left for dead at the bottom of the Humboldt River. He must then head to Uncle Kenny's restaurant (Sum Yung Gai) and inform him of the situation. From there you establish your first safe house in the game.
Title - Street of Rage
You must run to the aid of Wade Heston, a cop who is working with Huang, as he is ambushed by a mob of Korean assassins named the Wonsu Nodong. To reach Wade, you must defeat a chain-gun-wielding assassin by any means necessary. This mission introduces the grenade-throwing mechanic, where touching farther from the center of the touch-screen icon increases the range of your throw.
Title - Tricks of The Triad
This mission requires Huang to travel around Liberty City selling drugs to earn cash. This ultimately ends in a police bust, and Huand must escape a two-star Wanted level before making it back to his safe house.
Title - Recruitment Drive
Huang first saves three potential Triads from opposing gangs and recruits them into his own. The final part of the initiation requires Huang to tatto the new recruits using the touch screen.
Title - Driven to Destruction
By far the most outrageous and fun of the missions we played, this one has Huand driving with a fellow chain-gun-equipped Triad in the back of a truck while he exterminates the Jamaican gang members around the city. Just fill up the Carnage meter to completes the mission.
To be continued....