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7 reasons GTA will give your DS a set of man balls

3) It looks sweet, but in a violent, drug-addled kind of way
The graphics are way better than you'll be expecting. Rockstar Leeds have worked wonders creating a believable yet cartoony game world in full 3D and everything looks superb. The 3D is as solid as that found in Phantom Hourglass, but while the Zelda title looks wholly inoffensive with its bright colours and cutesy characters, Chinatown Wars looks more like the cel-shaded crime caper that GTA's loading screen artwork has always wanted it to be. The streets are rendered in bolder colours than the average GTA, but that just makes the flaming civilians stand out all the more. The game even runs smoothly when the screen is filled with enemies too – this is a tiny technical marvel.

4) The PDA will make you the most organised criminal ever
We weren't able to see the multiplayer in action, but the option for it was clearly there, accessible from your PDA, which replaces the cell-phone of GTA IV. No, we can't wait either. There's also Wifi scoring - every mission has a trophy associated with it. Show off your silvers or golds via Rockstar Social Club.

The PDA is very handy, not only offering you the usual maps, options and mission objectives, but even going further to show you turf control and trade information on 'pharmaceuticals'. It even sends and receives email within the game world and holds your contacts list. Bet Nico wants one of these.

5) You can build your own drugs empire.
Drugs including heroin, ecstasy, weed and cocaine are not only referred to by name but you're rewarded for trading them. But be careful where you deal – there are 100 CCTV cameras dotted around the city for you to find (like the pigeons on GTA IV) and they'll make some areas more risky than others, pushing prices up. Get it right, and there's a lot of money to be made. This can even become a game in its own right, as you trade stash after stash to become the most notorious druglord in Liberty City. Just don't forget to play the missions, eh?

6) You are encouraged to run cops off the road
The way to get your wanted level down in Chinatown Wars is simple – just run the required number of police cars off the road and then lie low until the dulled-out stars disappear altogether. We had an epic chase during our hands-on with the game, getting up to four stars before we finally shook the heat. It was tense stuff – and brilliant fun to boot. Forcing little 3D cars off the road and into a wall and seeing them wreck is one of those gleeful moments that GTA is famous for, and the size of the tiny cars does nothing to dampen the impact. Kaboom!

7) It makes your DS talk dirty
When you close or open the lid of your DS, you get a one-liner from a random ped. We got: "Do you want a piece of my pie, honey?" Just like a dirty New Super Mario Bros.

So when's it out? Well, to our eyes, the build we saw looks finished, so recent reports on the net stating dates of March 17 for the US and March 20 for the UK seem conservative. Judging by this, it could be any week now – buy some bigger undies in preparation.

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35 comments

  • oo7jenius - March 2, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    how much will it be
  • Stuffgamer1 - February 3, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    I had the same problem as "sharker" above. I click on "Why you'll be trading in your DS Lite for a DSi" in the e-mail newsletter, and I'm assaulted with THIS garbage (no offense to everybody who obviously wants this game, but I am EXTREMELY disinterested in GTA in general)!
  • dynomit272 - February 3, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    finally a GTA game for ds, like the idea about hotwiring and assembling weapons on the touchscreen
  • Pokemon_ftw - February 3, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    Finally the ds gets something good happen to it :) Rockstar literally rocks :)
  • sharker - February 2, 2009 8:01 p.m.

    what, the dsi article keeps linking to this
  • chaz09 - January 21, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    haha it kinda makes me want to buy a ds
  • nelfer320 - January 21, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    Looks okay but I still want a GTA for the Wii.
  • RebornKusabi - January 21, 2009 6:16 p.m.

    "Finally, us Asians get a chance at thug life in GTA xD Who's with me!? Anyone?" I am! Even though I'm white, I'm glad Rockstar is actually trying to use every culture and not just use a "Mighty Whitey" or "Black Thug" like every other game developer does in sandbox games. Now if they could just make a female main character... hey, Saints Row 2 showed just how goddamn evil a woman could be so I don't see why Rockstar couldn't!
  • iluvmyDS - January 21, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    I still think it's incredible that there is going to be a full-featured GTA game on DS that doesn't water down the style and feel of the series. I might even reserve this mofo.
  • darkmagshin - January 21, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    looks good to me... too bad i already sold my ds.
  • smallberry - January 21, 2009 5:33 a.m.

    ....8) It has tanks!
  • FancyRat - January 21, 2009 3:43 a.m.

    I wish Huang looked less like 'generic asian'... Niko didn't wear a fur hat and praise Lenin.
  • Moleman42 - January 21, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    Thank God, i can finally dust of my DS and play something again.
  • Comedz54 - January 21, 2009 1:58 a.m.

    Finally I get to use my DS after almost a year of dis use. So far it looks great, though it's GTA so I would have bought it anyway. :) Oh. and go bamb0o-stick.
  • Spinsterboy - January 21, 2009 1:32 a.m.

    It's about time Nintendo 'Used' the DS, for too long it's been sat on the shelf churning out mediocre titles, and 'training' us in all manor of things un gamelike, it looks like rockstar Leeds are pushing the envelope, they may not have found the edge, but it looks close....
  • bamb0o-stick - January 21, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    Finally, us Asians get a chance at thug life in GTA xD Who's with me!? Anyone?
  • Spike_the_Dogg - January 20, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    I am glad to see more hardcore games for the DS. reCAPTCHA: Presidential GLOOM
  • JollyCrisp - January 20, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    I cannot wait for this game!
  • creepychris - February 19, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    Can not wait for this game. Grand Theft Auto (Old School) with a twist and updated style to it. Simply amazing...
  • lyonsuteo - January 31, 2009 7:08 a.m.

    I will definitely get this game

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