10 Best Crime Video Games This Generation

Crime in video games tends to showcase a wide range of narratives. From criminals who simply wish to make cash fast to innocent protagonists that get swindled into doing someone’s bidding, there’s a wide range of criminal themed video game titles to enjoy right now.

We have listed down the very best crime themed video games available that has released in the past five years. Check out our list below and let us know what your favorite crime video game is by leaving us a comment.


#10 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
  • Release: October 23, 2015

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has, for the most part, received a positive reception since its release in 2015. The video game takes the same gameplay mechanics and goals since the franchise first launched however, this time the franchise is set in Victorian-era London. Gamers will witness twin assassins, Jacob and Evie Frye, as they go through the underground organized crime in order to take control of the city from the Templars.

At the time of release, the game was highly regarded due to the characters and mission design. However, there are some stale gameplay repetitiveness you may have to go through.

Overall, Jacob and Evie Frye must take back the city as they arrive to find that the area has been wiped out of Assassin’s leaving it in control of the Templars.

#9 Judgment
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: June 25, 2019

Set in the Yakuza franchise world comes Judgment. This is a different take in the line of Yakuza games as instead of being part of the crime families you’re instead a detective who is seeking out answers to a series of murder cases. With that said, there are still elements from the Yakuza franchise that will be present in this game, for one you’ll still find the fighting mechanics. This is still a brawler style game where players will use melee combat to take out thugs that get in your way, however, there are new mechanics to set this game apart. In our Before You Buy video upload, we go into detail about these new detective style mechanics and find that they are similar to the Ace Attorney series rather than being more in line with L.A. Noire.

Likewise, being a detective you’ll have to use various means to infiltrate areas and discover new clues. Take for example a section of the game where you have to dress in disguise as you progress through an area. For a full breakdown of what we thought about the game check out our Before You Buy episode upload embedded above.

#8 Yakuza Kiwami
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega, Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, PC
  • Release: January 21, 2016

We have a few installments to the Yakuza franchise in this list and if you’ve never got into the series before then Yakuza Kiwami may help. Developed by Sega, Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the first Yakuza game within the series. Players will learn about the various crime families and their connections with each other.

Within the game, players will take the role of Kazuma Kiryu as he battles against a variety of Yakuza families after he is falsely accused of committing a murder to a high ranking Yakuza member. Now outside of prison, Kiryu is learning of what has happened since his departure of the family along with tracking down those he loved.

As mentioned, if this a franchise you haven’t got into in the past then this is a great starting point.

#7 Watch Dogs 2
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
  • Release: November 15, 2016

After the success Ubisoft had with their new IP Watch Dogs, a sequel was released back in 2016. This time around, players are taken to the San Francisco Bay Area to explore and cause havoc by hacking various terminals connecting to city functions or personal smartphones. Much of the same gameplay mechanics are present, though the developers did make a few overhauls such as driving controls.

Within the game, players will control Marucs Holloway, a hacker who has joined up with the hacking scene known as DedSec. Their entire goal is to rid the city from the advanced surveillance system known as ctOS which may invade the privacy of innocent civilians.

#6 Hitman 2
  • Developer: IO Interactive
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: November 13, 2018

If you enjoyed the Hitman video game release back in 2016 then you won’t want to miss out on its sequel. Hitman 2 will continue on with the narrative journey left off in the previous installment. Players will once again step into the role of Agent 47 where he will be taking on contracts and killing off the designated targets. However, the overall goal in Agent 47’s mind is taking out the Shadow Client from the previous video game storyline.

There is also another change up from the past title and that this time around players will not have to deal with an episodic release. Unlike Hitman, Hitman 2 will have a more standard video game launch with the entire game being available right from its release. However, the game will still be supported post-release as developers IO Interactive will be delivering DLC expansions. Gameplay will still be the same where Agent 47 will have to blend into his environment in order to stealthily take down his target.