Austin writes for Nintendo Everything:
"When it was announced, Chinatown Wars was met with mixed reactions. Some people jumped out of their seats with joy, some people turned their heads from Rockstar, convinced that this would go the way of the GBA iteration of the series. Regardless of which side you fell on, it was most certain that nobody expected a DS version of the game to redefine the Grand Theft Auto series entirely, especially considering the hardware limitations of the system. Despite all of that however, Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars proves to be not only a must-own DS title, but also the premiere Grand Theft Auto game to possess."