Video Game Review Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Nintendo DS 2009 Developers: Rockstar Leeds and Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games
If there’s one thing that the Playstation 2 taught us was that we were too lenient on games during the Playstation One/Nintendo 64 era. Grand Theft Auto is a great example of games that weren’t that great during the PSX days but were tolerated to a certain degree. However, the series hasn’t looked back since its jump into the 3D realm during its tenure on the Playstation 2. Once anyone had played GTA 3, they couldn’t go back to the clunky overhead perspective used for the first two games of the series. Rockstar wanted to publish a game on the world’s most dominate system, the Nintendo DS, but it’s not as powerful as the original Playstation, let alone the Playstation 2. The first trailers of Grand Theft Auto:Chinatown Wars show us that Rockstar was planning on bringing the series back to an overhead perspective. Many were sceptical. However, the company probably saw the problems from its past and surprisingly turned out the one of, if not the best game in the entire series.
It’s the end of the year of an old year and a beginning of a new one. After getting together with a bunch of gamers (both hardcore and casual), here’s our list for the “Top 10” games of 2009. The list is only in alphabetical order so don’t get feisty because Assassin’s Creed 2 is at the top and Uncharted 2 is at the bottom. The qualifications for a title to be part of this list was that it had to have had sales of at least 250 000 units in the Americas on at least one single system (according to sales website http://vgchartz.com) through Dec. 19, 2008. The reasoning for titles to be excluded under 250k in sales is that even that critics might love a game but if a game isn’t well received by the mass market, then it’s hard to call it a top game (which hurt a lot of Wii games since there were several people who voted for this list who wanted to vote for games like Silent Hill: Scattered Memories and Madworld). This list is about the Top 10 games that everyone enjoyed, not just the critics.
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