Liberty City landmarks: GTA IV vs Chinatown Wars

In bringing Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars to the DS, its developers faced a seemingly impossible task: take GTA IV’s Liberty City, one of the biggest, most detailed virtual worlds ever created, and squeeze it onto the least powerful handheld on the market. In the end, a few corners were cut (the biggest being the entire island of Alderney), but overall Chinatown Wars does an excellent job recreating the streets and landmarks that made Liberty so much fun to explore.

To find out just how complete Chinatown Wars’ scale model of GTA IV’s model city is, we trucked around to notable points in GTA IV, found the corresponding spots on the map in Chinatown Wars and recorded what we found there. It turns out CTW’s Liberty has barely been scaled back at all, and while the blown-up screens below don’t quite do the game justice, they should give you an idea of the incredible attention to detail that went into the game.

Associate Editor Chris Antista contributed to this article.



Above: Also, this is pretty cool






You can always find a high-end Turismo sitting around for the taking in a driveway near Mikhail Faustin’s house in GTA IV. What’s weird is that there’s an identical car that’s always in the same spot in Chinatown Wars.




Or, in case you can’t quite see it…








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  • BigBoss - January 14, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    I'm just playing through this game at the minute and ipod touch. Thoroughly enjoying it. Just thought I'd comment on an interesting article that I remember from back in the day.
  • RaIdEn - April 5, 2009 3:40 a.m.

    hey weres the libertonian museum?
  • izayuh - April 3, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    wow i never even noticed half this stuff must have a bad eye
  • Spybreak8 - April 3, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    Yea It's nice to drive around and know where you are but the details they put in every which way is astounding. I actually found the go kart place on the DS and never have seen it on the GTAIV version! lol Must go hunting for that and hunting dragons of course.
  • Hobojedi - April 3, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    Quick! Grab your guns and boats! We're going dragon huntin'!
  • cowsrule - April 2, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    @HolyHandGrenade Dreaming for a bite of Johnson
  • deathrebellion - April 2, 2009 12:57 p.m.

    whoa they have an eye for detail O_o and i love how Rockstar throws a little laugh here and there
  • Tomsta666 - April 2, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    I've noticed a few familiar sights too as i've been driving around. The attention to detail really is impressive. I thought GTA:CTW was going to be dumbed down too. It wasn't the case!!
  • Unoriginal - April 2, 2009 12:34 p.m.

    That is really impressive. I wish all DS games looked like this.
  • iKOemos - April 2, 2009 8:51 a.m.

    Rockstar did a wonderful job cramming in Liberty city onto the DS, I can't wait until I get this game!
  • madsick1 - April 2, 2009 4:46 a.m.

    Thank god they didn't forget the giant ass billboard in Star Junction!
  • ELpork - April 2, 2009 3:27 a.m.

    HA! here be dragons.
  • Defguru7777 - April 2, 2009 1:31 a.m.

    My favorite bit was the "Here Be Dragons" sign. Rockstar needs to patch GTA IV so we get that.
  • TrevorISme - April 2, 2009 midnight

    I really like that, its almost amazingly incredible that all they did was take LC from 4 and turn it into a birdseye, scaled down graphics view of everything. I LOVE IT!
  • NeoKef - April 1, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    Nice to know some people pay attention to detail.
  • MagicArmadillo - April 1, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    very nice GR
  • jamminontha1n2 - April 1, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    I didn't even know there was a playground on the beach. I guess I didn't explore well enough.
  • Samael - April 1, 2009 9:55 p.m.

    Very cool. Amazing how much attention to detail they were able keep.
  • Cyberninja - April 1, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    great comparison and is it the week of picture articles and first
  • crossed23 - April 9, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    Great job Rockstar, I cant wait until my copy of the game gets here, been stuck in shipping forever it feel like lol.

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