GTA: Chinatown Wars, Beaterator calling on iPhone

Rockstar Leeds' Triad-themed crime drama, Timbaland-fronted beat machine coming to Apple platforms this fall after PSP version.

As announced earlier this month, Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Beaterator will be coming to Sony's PSP within a month of each other. Having seen overwhelming critical success on the DS in March, Chinatown Wars is slated to arrive for Sony's portable on October 20. Meanwhile, Beaterator will transcend its Web-app origins, dropping beats on the PSP September 29.

The battle continues in Liberty City.

As it turns out, both of those games will also be appearing on Apple's iPhone and iPod touch this fall, a fact Rockstar Games announced today. Both titles are in development at Rockstar Leeds, the studio behind GTA: Liberty City Stories, GTA: Vice City Stories, and the DS original GTA: Chinatown Wars.

The iPhone/iPod touch installments of Chinatown Wars and Beaterator will apparently not diverge from their upcoming PSP counterparts. According to Rockstar, the Apple edition of Chinatown Wars will again pick up with Huang Lee, an up-and-coming ruffian in Liberty City's Triad crime syndicate who seeks to uncover the truth behind the suspect death of his father.

Likewise, Beaterator offers aspiring DJs "thousands" of spin-ready tunes with which to create their own beats. The game also features beats from notable hip-hop producer Timbaland, who is best known for his contributions to hip-hop acts such as Nas, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliot.

Rockstar Games did not indicate any exclusive or unique features that would be available in the iPhone and iPod touch installments of the games. Check out GameSpot's previous coverage of both Chinatown Wars and Beaterator for more information.

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finalfantasyuk
finalfantasyuk

Dont think i will get this on my iTouch, it would feel like im cheating on my PSP.... it's just not right! lol....

ianbradley26
ianbradley26

To me, just talking about GTACW makes me feel important, enough that I should say something about it. Is it an important game directing society to do the will of a higher power. Does it serve every individual individually? Can you tell I don't think it's important enough to make egotistical nonsense about?

taddia
taddia

... ok... where did i seen scenes like this one... uh yeh it was the gamecube! -.-

XanderKage
XanderKage

condelirios - I bet they will add all the stuff you mentioned - proper cutscenes and proper music. You are right - the platform held the game back, so there's no reason all those drawback will remain on the PSP version. Don't know abot the iPhone though... And don't care really...

condelirios
condelirios

I have it on the DS... and it makes me wish they would just make a new PSP GTA game in general. It is a great game for the DS platform, but the platform is totally inferior. Why limit the game by just porting it? The biggest issues I have with GTA: CTW are the music and cutscenes. The cutscenes have no voice acting...so you must read them all. YUCK. The music has no lyrics and so after about 10 minutes you have to shut it off as it is also ultra repetitive. This is ok on the DS, because you understand that the hardware is limiting...but on the PSP and iPhone? No excuses for this kind of nonsense. Graphics... we all understand the top down approach on the DS as it is clearly a graphically limited system... but the PSP and iPhone both offer serious game changing graphics capability. So stupid if they don't switch it over to the normal GTA IV view of the world.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ AngelCage-2 no it wont because most PSP users have CFW so they just download it. and on DS chinatown wars is the best game by far so everyones gonna buy it. its like how not many games come near monster hunter on PSP and thats why its sold so much. best games = most sales chinatown wars wont be the best game on PSP because its still got gran turismo, assassins creed bloodlines, little big planet and tons more.

Tylendal
Tylendal

Wow, everyone was speculating about how Apple was going to enter the gaming market, and then they went and snuck in right under our noses. This puts them in a really powerful position. I'm guessing Sony and Microsoft probably aren't too worried, but Nintendo probably sees what's happening. After all, they did the same thing themselves.

superkoolstud
superkoolstud

Im interested in how they are going to put a touch screen game on a non touch screen platform. Please revamp the graphics.

kcpp2b
kcpp2b

OMG please read things first in full before responding... Critical Success... not success in sales or whatever. My god you even write critical success in the first line of your post lol

pdevil21
pdevil21

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R4ks0
R4ks0

@AngelCage-2 thats why they said CRITICAL success, it means the critics liked it, get it? i have this game on DS and i can vouch for it being awesome, i got a psp too, so maybe ill get that one if its as good as Vice City Stories... Lets see just how it turns out.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Overwhelmig critical success?????? How many copies did sell the dam game??? five??? ten??? I'm not saying that it is a bad game... is awesome, but is far long to be a success...I could call it a fission mailed. On PSP it will sell far more copys on the first day than in the whole DS life.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

I actually really enjoy the games that Apple has for its platform. I play games on my Touch much more than I do on my PSP and DS combined. The iPhone is a pretty amazing piece of technology.

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats cool i gues :D

JMAN11322
JMAN11322

haven't any of you played gangsters west coast hustle on the iphone the controls are actually pretty good..

hazuki
hazuki

Why not do a full on ps2 like edition on the iphone 3Gs eh? Since if you've seen the iphone 3Gs specs, it has more power than a nintendo wii. Search it up and get a small kick out of it.

supermike6
supermike6

The iPhone/iPod touch is not a gaming system and I see these failing. How the hell are you going to control a GTA game with NO BUTTONS! iPhone/iPod touch games are mostly crap especially when they're ports of console/PC games.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Nice. Might get Beaterator on the iPod Touch I'll eventually end up getting. It seems like a game where a touch screen and good sound chip make all the difference. Leeds is a solid studio when it comes to ports, so I can imagine how well they'll port their own game. But I was planning on getting CW for PSP. Ah decisions...

Rob_101
Rob_101

Hooray for iPhone version! Hope it controls good....

Leg3nd4ry
Leg3nd4ry

well, iphone has potential to be a good game system but ive yet to see any games that really stand out on the platform due to control issues.

mhder
mhder

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rewriteu
rewriteu

oh my God. Rockstar need in cash. sucks.

derby70
derby70

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suprsolider
suprsolider

I feel sorry for all iPod and iPhone purchasers for purchasing overpriced hardware. Apple sucks, deal with it and move on.

rostam93
rostam93

so they're releasing chinatown wars for ds, AGAIN?

ComputerKiller
ComputerKiller

great, good thing that i have an iphone :) cant wait for gta

rohail88
rohail88

Good for iPhone users i suppose!