GTA and Yakuza are very famous sagas in this genre, but there are lesser known games that are equally recommended.
Who doesn’t love a good gangster story? Over the years, many videogames have stood out offering the player the possibility of gangster stories live of all kinds, whether directly controlling a specific mobster or putting us in the shoes of a character whose story is directly related to organized crime. It’s a theme that has been with us for a long time through video games thanks to sagas like Yakuza or Grand Theft Auto, but there are also adaptations from other media.
Drugs, murders, kidnappings, extortions… No basic ingredient can be missing from a good plot in which the mafias are the protagonists. This theme is usually associated with great action video games and, in addition, with cities and worlds that we can visit, so today we recommend nine open world titles and sagas that no movie buff likes The Godfather any scarface must be lost.
Possibly the star franchise of the genre. The Ryu ga Gotoku series has nothing to envy to the best gangster movies; what happens in Kamurocho stays in Kamurocho, and the stories of Kazuma Kiryu and the most powerful families of Japanese yakuza have carved an indelible hole in the hearts of many players, which will continue to be present in the new installments of Like a Dragon.
Grand Theft Auto Saga
No gangster list would be complete without including GTA, Rockstar’s legendary franchise. All sandbox king deliveries are recommended and make us fight -and cooperate- with various mafias. Probably, the adventure of Niko Bellic and his family in Grand Theft Auto IV is the perfect chapter for lovers of plots starring mafias, since it has a slightly darker touch than the rest of the installments, although very varied titles are available in multiple platforms.
Mafia: Definitive Edition (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The Mafia saga debuted in 2002 with what many consider to be the best gangster video game of all time. The said original title received a very careful remake in 2020 after the remaster of its second installment. One of those stories that mark and remind us of the great films of the genre.
The Godfather (PC, Xbox, PS2, Wii, X360, PS3, PSP)
We dare not compare it to Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary film, although you shouldn’t miss EA’s Redwood Shores (Visceral Games) for that. How could it be otherwise, The Godfather invites us to rise positions within the Corleone family. About how to achieve it, you already know what kind of work we have to do.
Scarface: The World Is Yours (PC, PS2, Xbox, Wii)
It’s been almost twenty years since Radical Entertainment allowed us to emulate the mythical Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino in the video game based on the film by Brian de Palma. A sandbox that not only offered high doses of action but was wildly addictive; It also had a great story and perfectly recreated the atmosphere of the license.
The Escape (PS2)
It seems incredible that 18 years have passed since The Getaway arrived on PlayStation 2. The stories of Mark Hammond and Frank Carter, set in London and filled with shootings, assassinations, kidnappings and betrayals they left their mark The use of real vehicles, weapons and locations also surprised. One of those licenses that many players would like to see reborn.
Sleeping Dogs (PC, PS3, X360, PS4, XOne)
The project was billed as the third installment of True Crime, but was eventually renamed Sleeping Dogs. It arrived in 2012 and surprised everyone with a fantastic open world set in the city of Hong Konga place where we witness everything: drug trafficking, murder, revenge and all the typical ingredients of a great gangster story, with great emphasis on hand-to-hand fights.
He spin off from the Yakuza Judgment saga surprised many players thanks to its intense story, which puts us in the shoes of Takayuki Yagami, a former lawyer haunted by his past, who is now immersed in a disturbing case involving the families that control Kamurocho. A title that you can enjoy even without knowing the Ryu ga Gotoku series, like Lost Judgment, another thriller with high doses of investigation, black narrative and action.
Saints Row Saga
Yes, it’s true that the Saints Row games distance themselves a bit from the darkness of organized crime and it’s a much more festive and crazy proposal of being a gangster, but after all you are part of a criminal organization. Volition has several titles on the market focused on its open world, but they are the first that have a more focused focus on the world of the mafia, corruption, drugs, violence and, of course, gang warfare.
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