The 30 Best Crime Games Ever Made

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Few people with options otherwise would chose to do crimes, but yet somehow culturally we find the idea fascinating. We base so much of our entertainment on people doing terrible things that we’d vilify in real life. It’s as true in games as it is in films or books.

We don’t claim to have an answer for why this is, all we know is, there are a bunch of games about crime that are very good and you should think about playing them!


#30 Mafia 3
  • Developer: Hangar 13
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO,
  • Release: October 7, 2016

Take on the role of a Vietnam war veteran, who returns from the war only to find his hometown of New Bordeaux in control of the mob, as he picks up a gun and rises through the ranks of his own “family,” eradicating all of the gangsters in his way and plunging the city into the worst chaos it’s ever seen.

#29 This is the Police
  • Developer: Weappy Studio
  • Publisher: Nordic Games, EuroVideo Medien
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
  • Release: August 2, 2016

In this narrative-based strategy game, players step into the shoes of the police chief who must make difficult choices throughout the game. Do you sack every black police officer on the force and capitulate to the demands of City Hall and its pandering of racists? Do you let a mobster go if it means saving the life of your best friend and his family? The choice is yours.

#28 Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

  • Developer: Toybox Inc., White Owls Inc., Now Production
  • Publisher: Rising Star Games
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: July 10, 2020

Deadly Premonition first launched back in 2010 and while it wasn’t a massive success, it grew a cult following. You can often find this game as being compared to the cult followed drama supernatural detective televised series Twin Peaks. This was a third-person survival horror game that followed a FBI agent into a small town due to a strange murder case. Players are then introduced to this offbeat town where its clear that supernatural entities are at play. Now after ten years we got a new installment released although it’s only available for the Nintendo Switch.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is still a mysterious title and its one that you’ll get to play next month. As mentioned, FBI Special Agent Francis York along with his friend Zach begins to investigate the small town in hopes of solving a murder case that may have ties to a drug ring. Also just as before, the game received some mixed reviews with some truly loving the gameplay and narrative setup. If you feel like diving back into the Deadly Premonition world featuring a younger Francis York Morgan then you can overall expect the same type of gameplay from the initial installment.

#27 Deadly Premonition
  • Developer: Access Games
  • Publisher: Ignition Entertainment, Rising Star Games
  • Platforms: X360, PS3, PC
  • Release: February 23, 2010

If you’re a fan of the cult TV series Twin Peaks, then chances are you’ve come across the video game Dead Premonition. It’s quite easy to see where developers Access Games received their inspirations when creating the game narrative. Within the game, players become an FBI agent who is sent to a small town within the United States in order to solve a murder. While investigating the murder it becomes obvious that there’s an otherworldly presence taking control of the town.

#26 The Godfather
  • Developer: EA Redwood Shores
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PS2, XB, PC, PSP, X360, PS3, Wii
  • Release: March 21, 2006

It’s impossible to deny the quality of Francis Ford Copella’s film which even today holds up as an absolutely essential piece of entertainment. So pervasive is this film’s appeal that the plot of this game wouldn’t think to stray from it. You’re a character introduced into the world working behind the scenes, performing tasks from within the film like planting Michael’s gun and the iconic horse head. While your role might be a little hammered in, it’s well executed and utterly recommendable.