Robert Falcon writes: "In the game, you control a spoiled up-and-comer named Huang Lee. His father, a former syndicate boss, was killed following a power struggle with a rival gang. He's then given the task of returning to Liberty City with a prized family heirloom, the Yu Jian sword, to give to his uncle, Wu "Kenny" Lee. Upon arriving at the airport, however, he gets ambushed by members of the rival gang that steal the sword and leave him for dead. Later, Kenny informs him that the sword is actually a gift for another mob boss, one that could put him in a greater seat of power than Huang's father.
Like previous GTA games, Chinatown Wars gives you an apartment that works as your home base. Here you can save your game, look over jobs that need to be done throughout Liberty City, keep drugs to restore health and stay in touch with loyal contacts. All of these become pivotal in your quest for the sword, a goal you reach by completing various missions. Wars will also have a Social Club aspect, where you provide stats and trade items with your friends through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection."