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Skillet 09-18-2008 07:29 PM

Nintendo Power November 2008 Issue Details.
No scans as of yet. Info taken from NeoGAF poster botticus.


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

- True GTA game - sandbox gameplay, open-world environment, gritty crime narrative.
- M-rating
- Isometric camera angle
- Cel-shaded polygons w/ black borders
- good touch-screen implementation - "tasteful" minigames, streamlining interface
- UI based on a PDA - hub for email, contacts, map, music player, GPS, stat-tracking
- stats uploaded to Rockstar Social Club website via Wi-Fi
- finger-sized icons
- missions designed for shorter periods of play, arcade quality
- aiming with control pad, auto targeting with R button
- subtle autosteer
- if you fail a mission, you can jump back to the action sequence
- chain gun, flamethrower
- good portion of Liberty City is modeled in the game (different routes than console games)
- no probems with load times, draw-in or frame rate
- lots of pedestrians, cars, etc on screen
- Wanted system - objective is to disable police cars any way possible
- real-time weather effects, 24-hour day/night cycle
- lots of radio stations to listen to (more instrumentals than vocals)
- 800,000 lines of hand-optimized source code (hey, the people like the info, right?)
- no details yet on multiplayer/Wi-Fi features

De7erminist 09-19-2008 04:24 AM

Nice. But the isometric view is... meh.

Zidane 09-19-2008 05:08 AM

Cel shaded? Think Tony Hawk's American Sk8land... Headache city for the most of us.

claud3 09-19-2008 06:04 AM

That is nice news. All the features seem cool. Can not wait to see the ScreenShots

zombienm 09-19-2008 07:15 AM

Isometric view? What does that mean?

De7erminist 09-19-2008 07:38 AM


Originally Posted by zombienm (Post 1873326)
Isometric view? What does that mean?

That means it's fixed 3D, from a diagonal angle that allows you to see the X, Y and Z axii clearly. These views are usually used for drawing, where the paper (2D, flat plane) can be used to draw out something that looks 3D with 3 axii (Length, Width and Breadth).

I think it works well for adventure games, but GTA? Meh. Sorry, I don't see how an isometric view will turn out well. Hopefully Rockstar Leeds will prove me wrong then.

Wikipedia has a list of video games with Isometric angles, here:

claud3 09-19-2008 08:09 AM

It is like this. Here is a video of Sonic 3d on the Sega console

Neil 09-19-2008 11:51 AM

Bonecrusher 09-19-2008 12:34 PM

hmm..that looks kinda interesting actually.

Himuro 09-19-2008 02:05 PM


claud3 09-19-2008 02:34 PM

Those images are cool. Can't wait to get this game

oppar 09-19-2008 04:27 PM

Doesn't look half bad actually. I imagine those screenshots are from the top screen?

Larry Novellino 09-20-2008 03:27 PM

The design thusfar for this game looks perfect. I was always wondering how they would pull off the open gameplay on the DS. This is definetely the best way to do it. Also this game will prove the DS' ability to house large games. I'm pumped.

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