Monday, 22 September 2008

GTA Chinatown Wars Screens

Nintendo Power magazine released some screenshots of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars recently. If we take into account the hardware capabilities of the Nintendo DS, the game doesn't look half bad, but it does feels like a step back when compared to GTA IV. The game has an isometric view, which brings back the memories of the first two GTAs.
Those who thought that the Nintendo DS exclusivity of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars meant it would be a family-friendly take on the series can rest easy, according to Rockstar’s vice president of creative Dan Houser.

In the latest issue of Edge Magazine Houser reveals that, while the presentation of GTA: Chinatown Wars will be changed to an isometric viewpoint game populated with cel-shaded characters, the language and themes will stay true to the series proper. “No one disagreed with Sam [Houser, Rockstar president and Dan’s brother]’s very clear edict that GTA has to be an M rating,” he explained. “It can’t be softened to make it family-friendly – that’s not the game we’re making. We’ve never not done well by sticking to our guns.”

Houser added that Nintendo was on-board with the direction of the product, telling us, “Nintendo wanted us to make GTA, and we wanted to make a game on their platform. They didn’t want us to make a GTA for kids, and we weren’t interested in making a game we wouldn’t normally make.”

So how mature will the game be? The latest issue of Edge also reveals that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will have a complete drug dealing minigame, which will allow players to peddle six types of drugs around the city. Players will make a profit by recognizing market conditions and demands based on geography and plying their wares accordingly.
Now feast your eyes on the very first screenshots of the game.


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