Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars: iPhone

One of my most expensive purchases ever for my iPhone has been Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars.  This game is by no means cheap but man is it fun.  I have two other GTA games for my Xbox360 and I had a lot of fun causing all types of mayhem stealing cars, fighting, and just blowing stuff up for no reason other than I could.  This GTA is no different and takes me back to the olden days when most games weren’t 3D and were side scrollers or viewed the entire playing area from the sky.  GTA is viewed from the sky so to speak and it works pretty well.  I’ve played it for at least 30 hours so far and I’m not even 40% complete.

The missions have been pretty diverse although most of them are standard GTA.  Delivery something, blow something up, take someone out, etc.  The dialogue that appears in the game (through sub titles, no FMV here) is really funny, well at least to me its pretty funny.  The controls are all done on the touch screen and it isn’t half bad.  It’s just really hard to drive around sometimes or push the right button to make something happen.  I’m used to using controllers that have actual buttons not virtual buttons like on the iPhone.

I’ll admit that I dedicate a good amount of my gaming time to my iPhone these days but thats because I can’t take my Xbox360 on the road with me.  Well I could but then thats just one more big thing to pack and thats not any fun.  Like most games this will take a long time to complete but at least I can play it while on the plane or when I’m in my hotel room.  The only thing that gets tedious is all the driving around for objectives, if I could skip this part most of the time I think this game would be top notch but then it would lose some of the “explore” factor that people seem to enjoy of open world environments.

I’m curious to see what the summer will bring since the new iPhone will be out.  I hope there are some great games like GTA that come out but that can still run on my 3GS.  Maybe if its viable, I’ll pick up an iPad and use that for on the road gaming.  Wouldn’t that be super nerdy, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad all sitting in my bag as I fly through the air for work……

Finally picked up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

Wow its been a long time since I’ve blogged about anything but things have been busy over the last couple of months so I haven’t had the time or anything to really write about.  I do now!  Best Buy was kind enough to provide me a $30 coupon from my Best Buy Rewards points and I had another $30 gift card to blow so I decided to pick up Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.  I know I’m a bit late in getting this game and its been reviewed probably 1000000000 times already but I always have to give my own personal take on things.

First off, the graphics are uber awesome.  Way better than I expected and quite realistic from my point of view, complete with blood splatter when you nail a bad guy in with a sniper rifle.  The game plays much like most first person shooters and since I have the very first Call of Duty game for Xbox 360 it felt pretty much the same from the control stand point.  The one thing that stands out a lot is how hard the game is.  I’m only a very casual gamer these days (its due to my ever advancing age and lack of time to devote to video games) so my speed in spinning around and killing people in my field of fire is a little slow and my aim is way off when chucking grenades.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve died already because its just that intense of a game.  Bad guys are coming from everywhere and they’re all trying to kill me and I’m just trying to find cover or reload my weapon.

I must say though I am pleased I picked up this game.  It’s supposed to be pretty short for the campaign mode but I don’t mind.  I might try playing through the game again at some point once I’m done with it or go back to trying to play Super Mario Brothers Wii since I haven’t touched that in about a month.  I am focusing a lot of my time on Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for my iPhone but thats for another blog post.  In the mean time, this game will be in the Xbox until it is defeated!  Although at my current pace, I’m guessing I’ll finish the game by Christmas 😉