GTA: Chinatown Wars gets 18 rating from BBFC

According to the BBFC website, the first instalment of the Grand Theft Auto series to be released on the Nintendo DS – called GTA: Chinatown Wars – has been given an age rating of 18. Gamers will be happy to hear, however, that this came without any content cuts, according to the ratings website.

The game is has said to have support for taxi-whistling, through the use of the Nintendo DS microphone, and will have a similar HUD to Grand Theft Auto IV. The BBFC site reveals that there will be approximately 2 hours of "supplementary cut scenes" and 45 minutes of gameplay footage.

GTA: Chinatown Wars, due on 17 March for North America, and 20 March for Europe, is the fourth title from the series to be released on a Nintendo platform, and the first on the DS. The game is in full 3D although, naturally, the graphics will be limited. The game is set in the same universe as GTA IV, although not from the same perspective.

The rating was given due to the content containing "very strong language and drug references", and the game was also the first game to receive an '18' from the BBFC for the Nintendo DS platform. In addition to this, the game was also said to have been made with over 800,000 lines of code, making it "one of the largest, most complex DS games ever made," according to Official Nintendo Magazine.

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