Ten Minute Taste: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)

Wondering how Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars looks and plays on the PlayStation Portable? We’ve pulled the first ten minutes of the game (loading screens and all!) for you to check out, so wonder no more. 

The game itself is handled pretty well on the PSP, the transition from the Nintendo DS mostly seamless. The impact of one of the game’s early uses of the touch screen in the original — tapping a pane of glass with your stylus to crack it — is lessened on the PSP, however. Check it out at the 6:28 mark you’re just tapping the shoulder buttons on the PSP, which certainly feels less “in the moment” than it does with short taps of the stylus. 

Otherwise, from what I’ve played so far, this is still the same great game that was on the DS. It’s easy to move both on foot and in a car using the PSP analog nub, and the higher resolution textures give the game a nice sharp, clean look.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is out today.

[“Ten Minute Taste” is something new we’re trying here at Destructoid. Simply put, we’ll rip the first ten minutes of a game to video — loading screens, warts and all — just so you can get an idea of what you’ll expect when you first pop the game in. Let us know what you think.

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Nick Chester