Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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Sony launches huge PSP software sale

Sony launches huge PSP software sale

"To show you that PSP is still alive."

Sony will discount more than 100 PSP games over the next month on the PSN Store.

While there's no new content to be had, the EU PlayStation blog lists over 50 PSP games and minis discounted "to show you that PSP is still alive".

The current deals last until 7th September, when another list of PSP classics get a price drop.

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GTA V to be announced before E3?

GTA V to be announced before E3?

Analyst reckons suspension is building.

Games industry analyst Mike Hickey has said a Grand Theft Auto V announcement may be on the way - and that it could be made before E3 kicks off in June.

"There is building suspension for a pre-E3 GTA V announcement," he said, as reported by Industrygamers. "Although we expect nothing from Rockstar at this year’s official E3 event."

Rockstar is more likely to hold a separate press event and make the announcement independent of any publisher conferences, apparently. That's because GTA V really is kind of a big deal.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Scores on the wars.

If you thought Grand Theft Auto on the DS was unlikely, how about GTA on the DS ported to PSP? Already home to two of its own GTA games, which are also the two most popular games on the system, Sony's handheld could be forgiven for thinking it was above these top-down action-adventures, especially imports from the land of Nintendogs. Where are the fancy 3D graphics? Surely the PSP deserves better?

Well, first thing - no, judging by Sony's current hardware strategy, the PSP does not deserve better. But look on the bright side - the original Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was much better than anyone expected. "GTA as it first was, with the inherited wisdom of GTA as it's been since, finished off with all sorts of things that would happily belong in a GTA of the future," according to whichever idiot reviewed the DS version.

Chinatown Wars was - and remains for PSP - a more frivolous take on the Liberty City laid out in Grand Theft Auto IV. Protagonist Huang Lee, son of a murdered playboy, returns to the States to deliver an ancient sword to his uncle, but the sword is stolen, so Lee ends up doing missions for various wannabe Triad bosses. Forget the grim and grimy soliloquising of Niko Bellic, everyone here needs their heads examined, from the psychopathic Zhou Ming, who cuts out hearts and then boasts about the size of his manhood, to transsexual prostitute-loving Chan Jaoming, son of the current boss. It's very crass but keeps you smirking.

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Remember Nintendo's E3 2008 press conference? No, not the one with the Vitality Sensor and Women's Murder Club, that was this year. And best forgotten. 2008 was when Nintendo showed off MotionPlus for the first time, along with Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Music. But the biggest surprise was the announcement the Grand Theft Auto series would be making its debut on the DS.

Chinatown Wars PSP dated

Late October for DS conversion.

Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be released for PSP in the US on 20th October.

FeatureTake-Two's Ben Feder

The bossman on GTA, Agent, violence and art.

You won't find too many exec interviews on Eurogamer - we usually leave that sort of thing to our friends over at GamesIndustry.biz. But we got the opportunity to speak to Ben Feder, CEO of Take-Two, at E3 this year. Seeing as he's a big deal, and his company publishes one of the most successful videogame franchises ever, we thought we'd give it a go. Read on to find out Feder's opinion of Jack Thompson, whether he thinks there's a line to be drawn with violence in games and what day GTA V is out. Maybe not the last one.

GTA: Chinatown Wars for PSP

In Europe and US this autumn.

Rockstar Games has announced a PSP version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. The game will be released in Europe and the US this autumn.

Nintendo defends GTA DS sales

Nintendo defends GTA DS sales

Expects them to pick up in future.

Nintendo of America expects Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars sales to pick up over its lifespan, despite relatively low first-month US sales.

"Chinatown Wars is performing in line with AAA titles that have come to our platform like Spore or LEGO Star Wars," Nintendo's third-party relations man Steve Singer told MTV. "Those games went on to have very different life-to-date sales numbers."

The DS-exclusive action game reviewed extremely well but only notched up around 89,000 US sales in the second half of March following launch, according to NPD figures.

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GTA DS meetings held in pub - Hall

Rockstar Leeds explains dev process.

Rockstar Leeds man Gordon Hall has revealed the secrets behind the success of the portable versions of Grand Theft Auto: meetings at the pub, and everyone in the office plays the game once a week.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The King stay the King.

Coming so soon after Grand Theft Auto IV took an imperious bow in the middle of last year, Rockstar's announcement that GTA would be heading to DS, and within a matter of months, was met with justified excitement but also surprise and scepticism. The PSP had done a fine job with Liberty City Stories - still the best-selling game on Sony's handheld - but Nintendo's innovative hardware would surely be hard-pressed to bring Grand Theft Auto to life in the way its fans have come to expect.

Well, if Chinatown Wars does nothing else, it presses the DS harder than virtually anything else you can buy for it. This is GTA on a smaller screen, but by no means a smaller scale. GTAIV's Liberty City may have been cut back to two islands (the best ones), but they're massive, diverse playgrounds, teeming with cars, pedestrians, the series' trademark missions and side-games, wonderfully rendered in surprising detail by an engine that ranks among the best on the platform. And with the addition of touch-screen gimmicks and a significant new drug-dealing component, the loss of things like the comedy voiceovers and talkshows are hardly felt.

Although this is the same Liberty City we all ripped apart last year, Rockstar has thrown out the cast in order to tell a new story. You play as Huang Lee, the spoiled son of a murdered gangster arriving back in town to pick up the pieces, quickly and conveniently thrown in at the deep end of a typical tale of turf wars, bent cops and the dark comedy of Rockstar's cock-eyed criminal underworld.

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In the ten years since GTA II's Anywhere City, we've gone from looking down on Grand Theft Auto games to staring up at them, so Chinatown Wars should be jarring. Early screenshots of the game have had that effect: squidgy, ruffled characters, crayon-muzzled gunfights; black-edged opacity after a decade straining for transparence.

FeatureComing Attractions: Action & Adventure

Get juiced and get thinking.

We've had indie and esoterica, sports and music, MMOs and RPGs, and fighting and strategy, which just leaves the glamour girls of action, adventure, shooters and racing to strut their stuff.

GTA: Chinatown Wars gets 18 rating

It'll feature nearly three hours of video.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the first DS instalment in the series, has been given an 18 rating by the British Board of Film Classification.

Take-Two retains Housers, coy on GTA V

Also thinking about M-rated Wii content.

Take-Two has announced "a new incentive compensation programme" based on profit sharing for the Rockstar Games label, and "long-term employment agreements" for key team-members including Sam and Dan Houser and GTA producer Leslie Benzies.

GTA: Chinatown Wars dated

DS game coming in March.

Rockstar has announced a release date for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the first DS entry in the smash hit series.

GTA DS to feature most of IV's map

More gameplay details trickle out.

A preview of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars in Spanish magazine MarcaPlayer has revealed a few more details on the DS entry in the series.

Rockstar delays GTA: Chinatown Wars

GTA IV DLC may slip to 2009, too.

Rockstar has pushed the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars back to some time between February and April 2009. We had expected the DS instalment before the end of January.

New details for GTA: Chinatown Wars

New details for GTA: Chinatown Wars

DS game will feature cel-shaded graphics.

Rockstar will be pulling no punches with DS game Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, which is set to be rated "Mature".

That's according to Nintendo Power magazine (as reported on NeoGAF).

We're told Chinatown Wars will be cel-shaded, be presented from an isometric viewpoint and include a day-night cycle and weather effects.

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