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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Coming to the iPad

Rockstar Games has just announced that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is coming to the iPad.

Officially called: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD, the sandbox title will have a complete high-def makeover, but still maintain the 50+ levels, side-missions and the other great features that helped made the game on of the best reviewed portable titles ever.

Not only that, players can create their own radio station with the music on their iTunes, just by switching to the Independence FM station in cars inside the videogame.

One of the cooler aspects of this version of the title in my opinion, is the ability to play on the gorgeous 9.7 inch screen.

Obviously, this will mark the first time this game is able to be ‘played in HD;’ but playing it on the screen that is that big, is exciting.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD will be available in the App Store on September 9th and come with a $9.99 price tag.

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Apple Announces Over 100,000 Apps for the iPhone

Today, Apple has announced that their App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch has exceeded over 100,000 applications. That number obviously makes both units the largest selection of applications for any platform, and there isn’t a sign of slowdown either. “The App Store has forever changed the mobile gaming industry and continues to improve,” said Travis Boatman, VP of EA Mobile. “With a global reach of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, the App Store has allowed us to develop high quality EA games that have been a huge success with customers.”
It’s hard to argue that Apple won’t be a serious gaming machine in the next year or two. Sure, hardcore gamers argue that both devices will never achieve that goal, Mainly because they hate the control scheme on the unit, but the numbers are starting to prove otherwise. Even companies like Rockstar Games, who are releasing Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Apple’s phone and Touch, sees the potential of the portable units. Having them release a flagship title like GTA on the iPhone  and iPod, makes me believe they’ll be doing even more with the device. If it proves to be successful, expect to see even more companies jump onboard with Apple and developed well-known franchises, that even the hardcore gamer would download.
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Today, Apple has announced that their App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch has exceeded over 100,000 applications. That number obviously makes both units the largest selection of applications for any platform, and there isn’t a sign of slowdown either. “The App Store has forever changed the mobile gaming industry and continues to improve,” said Travis Boatman, VP of EA Mobile. “With a global reach of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, the App Store has allowed us to develop high quality EA games that have been a huge success with customers.”
It’s hard to argue that Apple won’t be a serious gaming machine in the next year or two. Sure, hardcore gamers argue that both devices will never achieve that goal, Mainly because they hate the control scheme on the unit, but the numbers are starting to prove otherwise. Even companies like Rockstar Games, who are releasing Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Apple’s phone and touch units, sees the potential of the portable units. Having them release a flagship title like GTA on the iPhone  and iPod, makes me believe they’ll be doing even more with the devices. If it proves to be successful, expect to see even more companies jump onboard with Apple and developed well-known franchises, that even the hardcore gamer would download.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars Headed to the iPhone

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We already know that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS was met with fantastic reviews, but the majority of DS owners didn’t purchase the game. Later, the publisher, Rockstar Games, announced it was headed to the PSP. Although I don’t think the dismal sales initially forced Rockstar to port the title over to Sony’s handheld, but it certainly didn’t discourage them either.

If you thought the decision to port the game over to the PSP was big, then you’re gonna surprised by the company’s new revelation. Rockstar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is going to be ported over to

Apple’s iPhone/iPod Touch. The game is expected to be available in the App Store starting this fall which is around the same time the PSP version ships, but an exact date has yet to be revealed.

This is huge for Apple because they have been trying to convince gamers that their platform can be a real gaming system. We already know how big of a franchise GTA is and having it available for a device that so far, isn’t perceived as a serious gaming machine — is a win situation for Apple. Not only that, considering Rockstar doesn’t have to box and ship actual software for the iPhone; they just have to throw up a digital copy in the App Store, which means its not very costly to port and definitely worth the risk.

source: venturebeat

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GTA: Chinatown Wars Coming to the PSP

Rockstar Games has just announced that the Sony PSP will be receiving the highly-praised Nintendo DS game ‘Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.’ The publisher confirmed the once exclusive DS title will be a port of the original game, when it heads to Sony’s portable system.

Chinatown Wars will be available to PSP owners starting this fall. When it is released, not only will there be a UMD version shipped into stores, but it is going to be available as a digital download for PSP Go customers the same day.

The reason for Rockstar to port the sandbox game is probably attributed to the less-than-expected sales of the DS version. When Chinatown Wars was released on the DS, many people, including Rockstar, were thinking the title was going to make huge numbers because of the brand name and the lack of ‘mature’ games on the system. Although, when it was finally released in March for the portable system, which sold roughly 30 million units, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars only moved 89,000.

Rockstar is hoping they can bank on Chinatown Wars on the PSP because of the systems history of mature content being successful.

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Rockstar Reveals the Next GTA DLC, ‘The Ballad of Gay Tony’

Take-Two-Interactive and Rockstar have both announced their second downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV, exclusively for Xbox Live. The next chapter in Liberty City is going to be called ‘Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony.’ Yes, you read right.

Gay Tony, also known as Anthony Prince, is a nightclub entrepreneur in the original Grand Theft Auto IV. Prince is known for living life lavishly, despite it being revealed later that he is actually broke.

Gamers will take control of Gay Tony’s part-time assistant Luis Lopez, who is described as a “part-time hoodlum“. Players will be pitted against and make choices of who is loyal and who is just a competitor in the nightclub world.

Liberty City is the most vibrant game world we’ve created yet. The episodic structure has allowed us to interweave stories, gameplay and atmosphere in a whole new way,” said Sam Houser, of Rockstar in a press release. “The team at Rockstar North have yet again surpassed themselves, and made something that is both epic and very innovative. This episode’s focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities.”

Rockstar games expects the DLC to hit Xbox Live this fall, and will cost 1600 Microsoft Points. It was also revealed the game will be available in retail stores for $39.99 and will packed with the other DLC The Lost and Damned. If players don’t own GTA IV, it will also still work.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars Sells 74,000 in April But is that a Good Sign?

According to NPD sales data that was just released, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has sold 74,000 for the month of April. In March, which was the first month that the DS title was released, GTA only sold 89,000 units in the US, and was considered a disappointment by many.

Some could argue that since the sales have remain steady for the month, it is a good sign for the sandbox-action title. However, there are a few glaring problems with this theory and some people might not want to jump to conclusion just yet. First, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars launched in in mid-march March, which means the title took only 14 days for the game to reach its 89,000 figure. Combine that with April sales, Chinatown Wars only sold roughly 163,000 copies in about a month-and-a-half. Many analyst thought if the game didn’t meet 200,000 units moved for the first month alone, it would be a disappointment, which was also said by EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich, and was pointed out by gamasutra.

It should be noted that Best Buy had a sale which started in April, that marked down GTA: Chinatown Wars to $20 from the original price of $35. That alone could also contribute to the numbers being a tad inflated for the month of April.

It’ll be interesting to see what the official numbers will be for May. I’m guessing it will not be anything to celebrate about.

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GTA on the DS Sells 89K. Mature Content for Nintendo in Jeopardy?

You can file this post under the ‘not good news‘ label for both Rockstar and Nintendo. According to the NPD, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS sold only 89,000 units during the month of March. In case you couldn’t figure it out, that’s an extremely low number, considering Nintendo’s handheld has moved almost 30 million units. Mathematically, that number equals less than 1% of DS owners who actually own GTA Chinatown Wars, to be more specific it’s around 0.3%.

Even with the strong reviews and the sandbox game ended up getting some of the best scores on the unit, people failed to even take notice. Let us not forget that we’re talking about Grand Theft Auto here, which is already a household name. This is bad news all around and for various reasons. First, the chances of us seeing a ‘sequel’ to Chinatown Wars is much slimmer, than it was before. Which is a huge disappointment, because the game is truly awesome. But more importantly, the possibility of seeing more ‘Mature’ rated games on the DS is pretty much determined now. Most companies are going to look at releasing a M-title as a huge gamble, a gamble they will most likely loose.

Not only could this affect the DS, but the Wii as well. A few months back, Rockstar mentioned how strong sales for GTA on the DS, could influence their decision to come out with a Grand Theft Auto on the Wii. If you’re still hoping to see that, stop. Because if this was going to determine their conclusion — consider it not happening.

At the same time, this could force most publishers not even think about developing a Mature title on the Wii. With the sales for both House of the Dead and Madworld falling flat, why would anyone even contemplate wasting money on releasing a game for adults? Right now, if we want to see Mature rated content on the Wii or DS, we might have to see Nintendo publish one and maybe Wii owners will buy into the idea. If companies see that, they could follow suit. Honestly though, you don’t even need to wish for something like that to happen, because that’s not gonna go down anytime soon, if ever.

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Extremely Positive Reviews So Far For GTA: Chinatown Wars

The reviews are finally out for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and so far, they are excellent. As now, every major site has yet to give the game below an A/90%. The biggest praises of the game, seems to be the size of the city and how they fit the entire town of Liberty City into a small DS cartridge. The critics also agree the art-style worked perfectly, especially with the DS’s limitations.

1UP: A – “Altogether, Chinatown Wars is what I expected — it takes an understandable few steps back from GTA4, but also takes a couple forward (a touch screen can do that). It’s a well-honed “core” GTA on the handheld, not merely a one-to-one clone of its console parents.

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: 5/5 – “This is Grand Theft Auto the way you love it: all of the innovation, charm and thrills from its past installations neatly tied together in a creative package worthy of any DS owner.

CVG: 9.2 - “92% of the time Chinatown Wars is a brilliant, inventive top-down GTA experience, which is why it comes most highly recommended to any over-18 (but probably under 65) DS owner.

IGN (UK): 9.2 – “Working in perfect harmony with the DS’s unique capabilities, it’s no less than a fully featured GTA – a standalone entry that not only holds its own amongst its esteemed company but acts as a celebration of all that has come before it.

IGN (USA): 9.5 – “GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform.

Eurogamer: 10 – “On balance though, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a triumph, not just in terms of bringing a difficult game to a new platform intact, but because it actually improves it in the process, and demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function.

What are all these reviews saying? That’s an easy question. Basically, if you are over the age of 18 and own a DS — you better be getting this game, because it looks like a masterpiece.

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Trailer for GTA Chinatown Wars Shows the “Dealing and Delivering” Feature

Rockstar Games have released another trailer for their highly-anticipated sandbox game for the DS, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. In this new clip, we get to see how Rockstar used the touchscreen to utilize the drug dealing feature. Well, it looks fun at first, we still think some of these mini-games could get annoying for gamers because of repetitiveness. We shall see in a few days, when the game is finally released exclusively for the Nintendo DS.

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New Chinatown Wars Video Shows Off Sniping and Hacking

Another video has appeared online featuring gameplay for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS. The clip, which we embedded above, contains some of the hacking mini games include with the title, as well as what its like to snipe in the game.

While I really love the idea of Rockstar taken advantage of the touchscreen, I really hope we don’t have to overuse that element. Sure it’s cool to put together a sniper rifle and kind of badass at the same time– but do we really have to built it every time we want to use it? I hope not because that could get repetitive rather quickly.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ships to stores on March 17th.

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