Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
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Release date: March 17, 2009
Developer: Rockstar Leeds
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Series: Grand Theft Auto Series
Platforms: Nintendo DS


Following his father's murder, Huang Lee has a simple mission: deliver an ancient sword to his Uncle Kenny to ensure his family retains control of the Triad gangs of Liberty City. Huang is a spoiled rich kid who expects everything to run smoothly, but his trip does not go exactly as planned. After being robbed and left to die, he will search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world.

Developed by Rockstar Leeds, in conjunction with series creators Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be available for the Nintendo DS on March 17th in North American and March 20th in Europe.

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Huang Lee, the spoiled son of a recently murdered Triad boss, arrives by plane in Liberty City with Yu Jian, a sword that Huang's father won in a poker game and has decided to use as an heirloom, to deliver it to the new patriarch of the family, Huang's uncle Wu "Kenny" Lee. Shortly after landing, Huang's escorts are killed by assassins and he is shot (in the side of the head but survived) and kidnapped. The assailants steal the sword and, thinking Huang is dead, dump his body in the water. Huang manages to survive and informs Kenny that Yu Jian has been taken. Kenny explains that he had intended to offer the sword to Hsin Jaoming, the aging Triad boss in Liberty City, as a means of securing a position as his replacement. Kenny is dishonored and reduced in power due to the loss of Yu Jian, leaving him and Huang working to keep their businesses afloat.

Eventually, Huang is contacted by Zhou Ming, a high-ranking Triad member, and Chan Jaoming, son of Hsin. Both men are also competing to be Hsin's replacement, and employ Huang to combat each other's efforts. After Chan hires Huang for a deal that goes badly, Huang is intercepted by LCPD Detective Wade Heston, a crooked cop under pressure from Internal Affairs. Heston offers an alliance with Huang to find the men responsible for the theft of Yu Jian and the murder of Huang's father. Huang agrees and finds that Heston suspects a Korean gang allied with the Triads is behind the events. After combating the Koreans for a while, Heston plants a bug in the Koreans' headquarters, from which he learns that there is a splinter group inside the gang called the Wonsu. Heston determines that the leader of the Wonsu will be the one responsible for Yu Jian's theft, and is also a police informant who has been causing trouble for the Triads.

Meanwhile, Hsin enlists Huang in finding the informant, only to then suspect Huang himself and attempt to kill him. Kenny arrives and convinces Hsin to give them time to find the real rat, bringing haste to Huang's mission. Hsin puts Huang on to investigate two gangs who may be housing the rat: the Angels of Death, and the Korean Mob. Huang gets into contact with Lester Leroc, a PI inside the Angels of Death, and performs his own work against the Koreans. Huang is temporarily thrown off course by the intervention of mafia member Rudy D'Avanzo, who tricks Huang into believing the mole is a Messina Family member named Jimmy Capra. Hsin later reveals D'Avanzo's trickery and Huang kills him.

Both the Koreans and the Angels are found to be innocent, leading to a new course of investigation. Heston employs Huang to hack into the servers of the FIB in order to find the informant. The information recovered names both Zhou Ming and Chan Jaoming as having talked to the police about Triads. This is taken to Hsin, who is disgraced that is own son is a suspect, instantly steps down as leader and appoints Kenny as the new head of the Liberty City Triads. Huang then executes both Chan and Zhou, despite each deny their guilt. Shortly after the killings, Huang is contacted by Heston, who informs him the information they recovered was fake, and that he has learned of a meeting between the leader of the Wonsu and his allies. Huang and Heston go to the meeting and find Kenny, who admits that he was responsible for the theft of Yu Jian and Huang's father's death. Heston and Huang persue Kenny across town, cornering him at Hsin's residence. Here Kenny explains that he was tasked by Hsin to retrieve Yu Jian, thus Huang's father would have to die for it to be passed on to him, in exchange for a position underneath Chan. Kenny complied with this, but attempted to have Yu Jian stolen to keep himself from such a dishonorable position and later framed Zhou and Chan to cover his tracks.

After a final confrontation between Hsin and Kenny, Hsin demands the hand over of Yu Jian. Kenny ironically responds by stabbing Hsin with the sword as his way of presenting it to him. With Huang as witness to the murder and truth, Kenny engages in an inevitable final battle with Huang, who is the only one left in the way of Kenny's undisputed rise to power. Centered around a fountain with Kenny slashing away, Huang eventually kills Kenny, fulfilling his promise to avenge his father. Immediately the IAD and FIB arrive to arrest Heston and Huang, however Heston claims that he was in deep undercover and orders the arrest of everyone except Huang. In Hsin's last words, he praises Huang with the loyalty and nobility to become his true successor as Triad Boss.


Huang Lee is the main protagonist of the game. He is 25 years old and is returning to his hometown of Liberty City. His mission is to deliver his Family heirloom, the Yu Jian, to his uncle. The Yu-Jian is a heirloom and sword that Huang's father had won in a card tournament. All that's known about Huang's father is that he was assassinated by two men right after giving his son the sacred heirloom to give to his uncle.

Wu "Kenny" Lee is Huang's uncle. He usually has his "work with guns" done by Ling. Kenny is now leader of the triad organization and likes all his payments in green. He is in the competition with Zhou Ming and Chan Jaoming for the replacement of Hsin Jaoming as Triad Boss until he finds out that the Yu-Jian is missing.

Chan Jaoming is the son of Hsin Jaoming, and a member of the Jaoming Family. Chan is also a part of the Algonquin Triads, a friendly gang. Chan is in the competition with Zhou Ming for Hsin's replacement as boss of the city. He thinks he will automatically get Hsin's place because he is son of the boss.

Wade Heston is a Liberty City officer who is saved by Huang Lee during an ambush. Wade Heston is heavily monitored by the IAD for his actions which include resorting to drugs in order to deal with his marital problems. Though his actions are 'legally sensitive', he has good intentions and is arguably the most loyal and helpful character towards Huang in finding his father's killer.

Hsin Jaoming is the 73 year old father of Chan Jaoming and the boss of Liberty City, currently serving as the leader of the Jaomings and the Algonquin Triads. The game's story revolves around Hsin finding a suitable successor to his position.

Rudy D'Avanzo is a 45 year old mafia gang member who aids Huang in identifying the 'rat'. In realizing Huang's capabilities, he takes advantage of Huang's desperation to find the traitor, to deal with 'trouble' with Jimmy Capra. He is assassinated by Huang when he finds out he has been lied to about the rat's identity. Rudy is also a cross dresser.



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