Six Gangster Games Like Mafia III
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1. The Godfather II
Release Date: 2009
Metacritic Metascore: 63
Inspired by the events of the classic film of the same name, in The Godfather II players take on the role of Dominic Corleone, a little-known member of the Corleone crime family tasked with rebuilding the once dominant, but now faltering mafia empire. Set in an open-world gameplay universe full of dangers and opportunities, players must maintain and develop the Corleone crime family’s resources using every and all means available if they hope in the end to prevail in the ultimate challenge, to act like a mobster, but think like a Don.
2. Scarface: The World is Yours
Release Date: 2006
Metacritic Metascore: 73
Scarface is an open world action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective, in which the player controls Tony Montana as he attempts to regain control of Miami’s drug trade, destroy rival gangs, and restore his own reputation in the criminal underworld.
3. Saints Row The Third
Release Date: 2011
Metacritic Metascore: 84
Saints Row: The Third is a 2011 open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition and published by THQ. It is the third title in the Saints Row series. As in the previous games, the player-character leads the Third Streets Saints gang in a turf war against three rival gangs using a variety of weapons and vehicles in single-player and cooperative play. The series, and especially this title, is known for its crazy scenarios and lighthearted gameplay. It was released on November 15, 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and later abroad.
4. Grand Theft Auto IV
Release Date: 2008
Metacritic Metascore: 90
Grand Theft Auto IV (also known as GTA IV or GTA 4) is the eleventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series. The game was developed by Rockstar North and was published and released by Rockstar Games for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions were released worldwide to widespread hype on April 29, 2008. GTA IV has subsequently been awarded the Gaming World Record of the Most Successful Entertainment Launch of All Time, and has received numerous other awards and accolades.
5. Sleeping Dogs
Release Date: 2012
Metacritic Metascore: 81
Sleeping Dogs is an open-world third person action game developed by United Front Games and published by the Square Enix London Studios. Originally, the game was going to be the third in the True Crime series, but Activision canceled the game on February 9, 2011. Activision believed that it was “just not good enough” to compete in the open world genre, they later confirmed its cancellation and stated that it was as a result of the game’s high development budget and delays. Six months later, in August 2011, Square Enix bought the publishing rights from Activision, but renamed the game due to Square Enix not purchasing the True Crime IP.
6. Mafia II
Release Date: 2010
Metacritic Metascore: 77
The game is set in 1940s – 1950s Empire Bay, a fictional city based on New York City, and is available for PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360. The game was released on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 27, 2010 in Europe. The Mac OS X version of Mafia II: Director’s Cut was published by Feral Interactive and released on December 1, 2011
Square Enix not purchasing the True Crime IP.