In open-world crime games, players can move up in the illegal world. Here are some of the best.
Most games put the player in the part of a hero, but sometimes it’s fun to be a villain or antihero. Open-world crime games are the best way to live out your dreams of making trouble. Many games are based on films like “Goodfellas” or “Ronin” or “Heat,” which are about people trying to steal something.
The Grand Theft Auto series and the first Driver helped make crime sagas famous. In these games, the player controls a gangster on the rise or a getaway driver in an open world. The great thing about video games is that they let people live out their dreams of being criminals trying to get to the top of the city’s underworld without having to worry about getting caught. This list has some of the best open-world crime games where players can cause chaos or get involved in the drama of being a boss on the way up.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City shows that the people who worked on it at Rockstar love gangster films. The late Ray Liotta, from the movie “Goodfellas,” plays the main character in the game. The game also makes nods to movies like “Scarface,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Goodfellas,” and more.
As with the other games in the series, the story is well-written and keeps a good mix of dark humour and seriousness as Liotta’s character, Tommy Vercetti, rises through the ranks of Miami’s criminal underworld in the 1980s. Along with Liotta, the game has famous actors like Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Gary Busey, Lee Majors, and more. It is probably the most star-studded video game ever made.
The Getaway is a crime game for the PlayStation 2 that takes place in London. It was based on films like “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” by Guy Ritchie. Even though it’s an old game, the dirty London setting is a nice change from open-world crime games that take place in the United States.
The Getaway also has two main characters whose lives overlap. Mark is a figure who used to rob banks. But had to go back to that life after his son was taken. The second main character is a detective who follows Mark’s destructive path. The story is adult, well-told, and worth reading again.
Mafia 2 is a game about the mafia that takes place in the mid-1940s and early 1950s. It is about a World War II soldier. Who rises through the ranks of a crime family in the made-up city of Empire Bay. Empire Bay is based on well-known towns in the United States, such as New York, Chicago, and Detroit. It sets up a war between three crime groups in the mafia.
Mafia 2’s open world isn’t as big or as full of things to do as the one in the Grand Theft Auto games. But it does a great job of recreating America after World War II, and the character-driven story is full of twists and betrayals that will please fans of mob films like The Godfather Trilogy.
Action Role-Playing Game Cyberpunk 2077 is a futuristic open-world game where the player takes on the part of V, a custom character of their choosing, and travels through a dangerous world full of corruption, corporate espionage, and dangerous gangs. The future cyberpunk world feels alive, and there is a lot to do and see.
As V, the player can take part in rewards and stop crimes that are going on. The dangerous gangs that live there run Night City. In Cyberpunk 2077, V will meet, bargain with, and fight against many different gangs. Whether it’s the cybernetically enhanced Animals, the Tyger Claws, or Maelstrom, V is up to his neck in crime in one of the most realistic game worlds.
Mafia: The Definitive Edition
Mafia: The Definitive Edition is a remake of the original game that came out in 2002. It stays true to the original game while adding new material and a better voice cast. The new look is beautiful, but what really stands out is the great script and the way it is put together to make one of the best character-driven stories in the genre. The story of Snake Game is about Tommy Angelo’s rise in the Salieri crime family, which eventually leads to his fall.
The game takes place in the 1930s in the city of Lost Heaven, which is made up but is based on New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. As with the other games in the Mafia trilogy. There isn’t much to do in the city besides exploring in Free Ride mode. Instead, the focus is on the story and characters, making it one of the best crime plays in gaming.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 has three main characters: Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. Fans can play as any of them. GTA 5 is one of the most content-rich open-world action games. With a lot of side content and distractions to keep players going back. It again strikes a good balance between satirical dark comedy, a crime drama, and great characters.
The heist missions in GTA 5 were affected by Michael Mann’s Heat, which starred Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. Michael looks like Neil McCauley, who is played by Robert De Niro, and Trevor looks and acts like Waingro. Franklin seems to be a unique person, which makes him a better figure. Michael and Trevor admire and like him because he is smart, clever, and resourceful. GTA 5 is still selling a lot of copies because of GTA Online. In GTA Online, players can play as criminals, police officers. And more in a dynamic, open world with their own story material.
Sleeping Dogs is different from the other games on this list. Because it was made to be like the True Crime series. Here, players take on the part of a cop who is trying to get into the criminal underworld without being caught. But the main character, Wei Shen, has trouble going too deep underground because the criminals are his old friends from childhood.
Sleeping Dogs is a Hong Kong movie fan’s dream, with references to old John Woo films and martial arts epics with Donnie Yen and Bruce Lee. The fighting system is the best of its kind, with fights that are a lot like those in the Batman Arkham games. It also has a great voice cast, including Will Yun Lee (Altered Carbon), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), and Lucy Liu (Shazam: Fury of the Gods).
Grand Theft Auto 4
The Grand Theft Auto 4 Complete Pack, which includes GTA 4 and Episodes from Liberty City, is one of the best game box sets that are worth buying. In the main game, players take on the role of Niko Bellic, a European who moved to the United States. GTA 4 doesn’t focus as much on movie references and nods to gangster films, but movie fans can still find them. Films like Heat and The French Connection were big hits.
The stories in the two sequels are just as good, if not better. The Lost and the Damned is about the vice president of the Lost MC, a group of bikers. In the GTA 4 timeline, the story of GTA 4 also happens and is linked to Niko’s journey. Fans of Sons of Anarchy will definitely enjoy being a long-time member of a dangerous biker club. The Ballad of Gay Tony is the second solo expansion. This one is about Gay Tony’s bodyguard, Luis Fernando Lopez. The Ballad of Gay Tony had a great cast of characters and more freedom. And side material that fans of the series loved in the games that came before it. It also wrapped up everything that was left open in GTA 4 and the Lost of the Damned, making it one of the best additions ever.