|For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation).|
In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, there are helicopters that appears in certain missions, fly over bridges and Francis International Airport, and chase after the player when they have a 3+ wanted level.
The helicopter cannot be obtained without the use of an action replay or other cheating device. If the player commandeers a helicopter using a modification they can fly it around, shoot weapons from it and throw Grenades or Molotovs from it. It is interesting to know that the helicopter cannot be damaged if its blades touch a building, because there's no coding for that. However the helicopter itself can be damaged if the body of the helicopter hits something. The helicopter has no actual scripted name and cannot be obtained anywhere without a cheating device. The helicopter controlled by the player also has no engine noise and cannot be re-entered after exited. When using a cheat device, the helicopter is available at the Auto Merchant, replacing the Bulletproof Patriot. In the DS and the iPhone version, the helicopter doesn't have the strip on the windshield and seems to have "Police" marked on the side, but the PSP version is basically a Maverick with a blue/white livelry. The helicopter used by the LCPD has a pilot, which may fall out the door after crashing. LCPD Officers that attempt to bust you can open the door and drag you out, sometimes even getting inside the helicopter for a few seconds making the radio sound effects similar to those in GTA IV. Oddly when the player exits the helicopter, the engine sound will be heard, as well as changing the camera view inside the helicopter makes the engine come back on until it zooms back in.
There are two types of helicopter featured in the game: one resembles the Police Maverick and is used by the LCPD, and one resembles the Sparrow. The LCPD variant features an invisible minigun, firing rounds at 5 per second. However, the gun rarely hits, and the player can easily evade it by running away. If the player is in a car, as long as he/she is driving away from it, it is not a threat to a car. However, if the car is stationary, the helicopter can blow it up.
Nintendo DS controls
These are the controls of the Helicopter in GTA Chinatown Wars:
- B - Ascend
- Y - Descend
- R - Rotate Right
- L - Rotate Left
- D-Pad - Move
- X - Exit Vehicle
- START - Pause