This is not just a compromise for those that want Grand Theft Auto on the go. Rather, it’s a legitimate entry to the series in its own right. It’s possible that Chinatown Wars has the most creative use of the touchscreen on the DS, excepting those titles that eschew traditional controls for the touchscreen alone.
There’s something undeniably cool about being responsible for filling your own Molotov cocktails and cutting away the upholstery of a van looking for a drug stash. Chinatown Wars is an easy recommendation to make for those that enjoy the series, as well as for fans of sandbox games in general.