Violence. Arguably the one thing video games are (in)famous for. However, there is mindless violence, and there is controlled chaos. Structures of crime that seep into every strata of society. That influences homes and shops, businesses and individuals. Where crime has a life of its own, and rears its surprisingly organized head to leave its mark in the society it seeks to dominate.
Organised crime has a long and rich history in video games, with developers eager to depict their own milieu, their subculture that is such a huge part of the worlds they lived in, and continue to, to this day. From ruthless mob bosses to up-and-coming guys looking to make a mark, these organisations consist of all kinds of people. Their formidable influence on the goings-on of their cities makes for compelling storytelling. Here is the list of top mafia games ever on organized crime, and it should be noted that ‘Mafia’ is used here as a common shorthand for all the organisations involved in such activities. On this list, you will not find Mafia card games or Mafia board games. You can play most these games on PS4, Xbox One, PC or online.
15. Dead to Rights (2002)
‘Dead to Rights’ is a gripping action thriller game that centres around police officer Jack Slate and his canine companion, Shadow. Together they patrol the streets of the crime-filled Grant City and are set on the course of uncovering a conspiracy after a harrowing tragedy befalls our protagonist. With great use of ‘bullet time’, admirable puzzle mechanics, and versatility in utilising Shadow to our use, ‘Dead to Rights’ has slipped under the radar now, but should certainly be given a chance.
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14. The Getaway (2002)