Traditionally, the Grand Theft Auto franchise has been based on one thing: intense car chases, often involving numerous cop cars. After a few titles that diverged from that path a bit, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars returns the franchise to that basic formula with nostalgic top-down action.
For those who didn't experience the game on the DS, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a lot like other Grand Theft Auto games but without some of the depth. Everything from the graphics to the gunplay has been simplified and focused (emphasis on 'focused'). Missions throw you right into the action with firefights and chase sequences, and though the controls may not be as smooth as they were in Grand Theft Auto: IV, the action is so fast that players won't have time to compare. In this game, you aren't Niko Belik, escort service..