Grand Theft Auto
Action 27 October 1997
A controversial action game developed by the Scotch studio DMA Design. The game takes place in three American cities, based on Miami, New York and San Francisco. The objective of the game is to complete various missions received from mafia bosses. At first the missions are simple (for example, stealing cars), but as player’s reputation increases, the objectives become more complicated and player starts participating in bank robberies, murders and other insolent crimes. The action is shown from a top-down perspective and the game gives complete freedom to the player in terms of exploring the city and preferred means of travel – both in order to complete the mission and to escape from the police. The protagonist gradually becomes more drastic, and the game very brutal. For this reason the game was banned in some countries.
The Godfather II
Action 07 April 2009
A sequel of the well-received action game based on the novel by Mario Puzo and its movie adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola. This time the game is set in the 1960s where you play as a rookie gangster, trying to earn the respect of the criminal underworld and get to the top of the mafia hierarchy. Compared to the original, The Godfather II features a much larger world, now spanning over three cities: New York, Havana and Miami. The gameplay is based on that of the first installment, although some strategy elements have been added. You can now not only get new members for your gang, but also manage whole districts in the Don's View mode, in which the camera goes from TPP to bird's eye view, and you can see the bigger picture of the situation in your controlled area. The visuals have been greatly improved, and they're complemented by the music based on that from the movie. Moreover, the voice cast of The Godfather II includes e.g. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Action 29 October 2009
A set of two story DLCs for the fourth installment in the classic Grand Theft Auto series. It was published as a standalone game, not requiring the base game to launch. The set introduces two separate stories taking place in Liberty City, the metropolis known from GTA III and IV. The Lost and Damned focuses on a biker gang, known as The Lost, trying to gain the upper hand over a competitive criminal organization. The Ballad of Gay Tony casts the player in the role of a bodyguard protecting a night-club king indebted to the wrong kind of people, who are trying to get their money back by any means necessary. Apart from new missions, Episodes from Liberty City brings a handful of improvements and new features. Among these, it is worth mentioning new weapons and an expanded array of vehicles. The player can now use the parachute as well. Additionally, the creators implemented a multiplicity of new activities, mini-games and many multiplayer mode improvements.
Scarface: The World is Yours
Action 06 October 2006
A dynamic action game/TPP, directed decisively to older players, whose plot loosely refers to the 1983 film Scarface (Man with a Scarf), directed by Brian de Palma and with a great Al Pacino in the lead role.
Action 13 August 2013
A sequel to the first-person online shooter PayDay: The Heist from 2012. Both games were developed by Overkill Software in co-operation with Starbreeze AG. Players become members of a gang that specializes in bank heists, kidnapping, and drugs transportation. The main campaign consists of six dangerous jobs, offered via the CRIMENET system. The creators of PayDay 2 took special care to diversify the missions – as some mission elements are random, no two playthroughs are exactly the same. Just as in the first game, gameplay puts emphasis on the cooperation of up to four players. The game's impressive visuals are powered by Diesel Engine 2.0.
Action 29 August 2017
A complex remake of the first installment in the Yakuza series. The original title debuted on PlayStation 2 in 2005. The game takes place in 1995, eight years after the events shown in Yakuza 0. Kazuma Kiryu, the main protagonist, is a high ranked member of the criminal clan Tojo. He takes the blame for the murder of the patriarch of Dojima family, who was responsible for kidnapping his friend Yumi. After ten years the protagonist is released from prison. His task is to find Yumi and restore order in Tojo clan, which is at the brink of a civil war. The action in Yakuza Kiwami is shown from a third-person perspective. The player can visit many smaller locations that depict the streets of Tokyo. The gameplay consists of exploration, completing story quests and side missions, and fighting enemies by using four different combat styles. The game contains various minigames and side activities. Goro Majima’s challenges are a novelty introduced in the remake. In addition to refreshing the graphics, the developers re-recorded all dialogues and created new cutscenes.
Action 17 March 2015
Another installment in the popular FPS franchise. Visceral Games, the studio known mainly for the excellent Dead Space sci-fi series, developed their first major installment in the long-standing Battlefield franchise. It's a result of the transition of the franchise to a two-year production cycle, similar to the one made by its competitor, Call of Duty. Unlike the previous parts, this one is focused on the efforts of police forces against organized crime. The player assumes the role of a young detective Nick Mendoza and has to face his former partners whose desire to get rich quickly pushed them to choose the life of crime. The production features an original method of storytelling reminiscent of popular police TV shows. Despite the introduction of a new theme, the characteristic features of the franchise remained unchanged: impressive arsenal of weapons, fully destructible environment – thanks to the Frostbite engine – and a well-developed multiplayer, in which you will find completely new game modes, such as Blood Money and Heist.
Mafia II: Jimmy's Vendetta
Action 07 September 2010
DLC addition to Mafia II game allowing you to play the role of Jimmy - ruthless mercenary, one of the best specialists in dirty work, who, after several years of sitting down, returns to Empire Bay to take revenge on the leaders of mafia families.
Action 28 August 2006
A third-person action game by Volition which provides an alternative to the incredibly popular Grand Theft Auto series. The action of Saints Row is set in the fictional city of Stilwater where four gangs compete for influence. The players assume the role of a Third Street Saints member, and their task is to perform subsequent missions and build their position in the ranks of the gang. The game puts a number of varied tasks before us, from illegal races or escaping a crowd of paparazzi through classic shootouts to, for example, recapturing a prostitute. We also make use of a rich arsenal of firearms and can count on other gang members’ help if needed. The key gameplay element is the respect factor that we build by completing missions as well as wearing brand clothes and driving expensive cars.
Empire of Sin
Paradox Interactive's strategy to lead a mafia organization in Chicago in the age of Prohibition. In Empire of Sin, a player must both manage the economic side of criminal activity and command gangsters in turn-based tactical battles. The production is developed by the Romero Games studio, headed by the famous John Romero.
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Action 29 October 2009
The second major expansion for Grand Theft Auto IV - an action title by Rockstar Games set in the open environment of Liberty City. The expansion introduces a new storyline - the player assumes the role of Luis Lopez, a part-time gangster and an assistant of the legendary king of night clubs - Tony Prince. It turns out the protagonist's employer has earned himself the dislike of both Russian and Italian mobsters, and the player's task is to get Tony out of this troublesome situation. A number of new locations was created for the sake of the expansion, including night clubs, golf courses, an underground boxing ring and more. The expansion features mainly colorful story missions. During these, the protagonist not only drives vehicles or shoots enemies, but also performs such breakneck acts as blowing up a yacht, stealing a car from a moving train, or parachuting off a skyscraper. Additionally, the expansion offers a variety of side activities and mini-games, such as dancing at the clubs, and introduces new weapons and vehicles to the game.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness is an action game which is the next installment of the popular Yakuza series. This time, instead of going to Tokyo, the players go to Yokohama, where they take control of the new protagonist - Ichiban Kasuga.
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind
Logic August 2020
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a unique gangster puzzle-adventure game based on the popular Peaky Blinders TV series, produced by BBC television and Netflix. The game was created by FuturLab and Curve Digital.
This is the Police 2
Strategy 31 July 2018
A sequel to This is the Police. The game was developed by the creators of the original title, Weappy Studio. Similarly to its predecessor, the game combines traits of adventure games and strategy games. In This is the Police 2 the players assume the role of Lilly Reed – a female sheriff who tries to bring order to the small city of Sharpwood.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Action 01 November 2006
Another spin-off to the legendary series of sandbox action games, developed by Rockstar Games for the PlayStation Portable console. As the title of the game suggests, its action is related to GTA: Vice City. The title takes place in 1984, two years before the events shown in the other game. The main protagonist is Victor Vance – an ex-soldier who currently works for various gangsters. By completing various jobs given to him by mafia bosses he slowly rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld. The gameplay isn’t very different from other installments of the series. However the developers added many new features such as the ability to swim, fly a helicopter or enter buildings. This made the game mechanics even more similar to the mechanics of full-fledged installments in the series. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories offers a large number of weapons and gadgets as well as a varied soundtrack that accompanies the player while driving cars.
Action 23 October 2012
Developed by independent studio Dennaton Games, a brutal retro-style action game resembling the classic first installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The action takes place during the 80s in the titular Miami. The main hero is a muscular ruffian who after receiving mysterious calls recorded on an answering machine commits a series of violent acts. Missions come down to murdering everyone in a given location. The protagonist can execute stealth attacks as well as engage in open combat. There are 35 types of firearms (pistols, shotguns, rifles) and weapons for close combat (knives, crowbars, baseball bats). The game also introduces special animal masks, which give the hero unique abilities. Even though the game features old-school graphics, it is filled with huge amounts of brutality, making it suitable only for adult players.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Action 25 October 2005
A spin-off to the iconic Grand Theft Auto series. The game was first developed for the PlayStation Portable handheld console. The story of Liberty City Stories takes place a few years before the events shown in GTA3, on the streets of the same metropolis. During the game player becomes Tony Cipriani who after coming to the city is caught up in the dirt of corruption, mafia wars, and drug traffic. The objective of the game is to work for the Leone mafia family, increase its influences and build up Tony’s reputation in the criminal underworld. The gameplay of GTA: Liberty City Stories employs the well-received mechanics of the series and offers an open world filled with story missions and side activities alike. As always in the series, there are many vehicles (including motorcycles, motorboats, trains and ferries) and weapons to use. However, due to the limitations of the PSP console, some things were slightly simplified.
This is the Police
Strategy 02 August 2016
An original strategy game with elements of adventure game developed by independent studio Weappy in cooperation with Team 17 Softworks. You take on the role of a chief of police who is about to retire. However, instead of safeguarding the law and order, he decides to use his authority and influence to make a fortune. To this end, the protagonist deals with the local representatives of criminal underground, while trying to keep his actions in the dark. This is the Police features two-layered gameplay, divided into plot and strategy. The former lets you follow the story of the main hero and build relations with key characters. The latter is about planning and execution of criminal operations, while carefully manipulating the actions of police. Moreover, you have to smartly manage your dirty money – safely laundering it for your private needs and investing some into upgrading the police forces.
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Action 19 July 2011
The third installment in the FPS series by Polish studio, Techland. This time the game’s setting was shifted to modern times, and the story is focused on the struggle with the eponymous drug cartel. The players control a special team that was established to solve the problem of cartel bosses. The team consists of Kim Evans, Eddie Guerra and Ben McCall – a descendant of Ray McCall. The game’s foundation is, again, the story campaign, which can be played either solo or in cooperation. An interesting feature of the game is that different characters often face different challenges (according to their skills), which allows the player to look at the events from different perspectives, and adds an element of competition. A multiplayer mode completes the game – here, like in the single, we can use a wide array of guns (from handguns, through sub-machine guns, to sniper rifles and rocket launchers). Call of Juarez: The Cartel was developed using the Chrome Engine – however this time, the visual layer is conspicuously outdated.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Action 28 August 2018
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is an expanded remake of the second entry in the Yakuza series. The game was developed by Sega and enables the player to assume the role of Kazuma Kiryu. The developers left the story from the original version and used a modern engine and improved mechanics.
Yakuza 5 Remastered
Action 11 February 2020
A remastered version of Yakuza 5, i.e. the production that was the biggest part of this popular cycle at the time of its release. While playing in Yakuza 5 Remastered, we play as five heroes, hitting the middle of the war between the Tojo clan and the Omi alliance. In addition to the fictional Kamurocho, the title is available to us in four other districts located in Osaka, Fukuoce, Sapporo and Nagoya.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Action 17 March 2009
A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
Action 17 February 2009
The first major expansion for Grand Theft Auto IV - a sandbox developed by Rockstar Games. In order to launch it, the base game is required. Similar to the core game, the story of the expansion is set in Liberty City. This time, the player assumes the role of Johnny Klebitz, the leader of a biker gang known as The Lost. Apart from having to deal with a competitive group known as Angels of Death, the protagonist has to deal with internal power struggle and the insane former boss of The Lost. The player's base of operations is the hideout of the gang, where key figures can be met, and different mini-games can be played. The essence of the gameplay comes with the story missions however, the completion of which in most cases requires the player to reach a designated location, exchange fire with enemies or chase them in a spectacular fashion. As a biker gang leader, Johnny rides a bike for the most part, and he is often accompanied by other members of The Lost. Additionally, the expansion features several new vehicles, weapons, radio stations and multiplayer modes.
Pizza Connection 3
Strategy 22 March 2018
Another entry in the series of economic strategy games in which the player assumes the role of an owner of a pizzeria. The first game in the series debuted in 1999 and its sequel was released one year later. In the third installment the player is tasked with transforming a small business into a giant network of restaurants scattered across the world. Like before, one of the greatest attractions of the game is a pizza creator that enables the player to create his own versions of the titular dish by using more than 75 ingredients. In addition to that, the player must take care of his business – manage the restaurants and employees, decorate the buildings and perform market analyses. From time to time he must also face his competition, not always according to the rules of fair play. The main mode of Pizza Connection 3 is a story campaign. It starts in Rome, but gradually the player conquers other markets as well. The title also offers a sandbox mode in which the player can freely expand his business. It is worth mentioning that it is the first three-dimensional entry in the series.
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Action 14 November 2007
Strategy 12 November 2003
A strategy and tactical game, largely resembling the popular Commandos series. The development team of Spellbound (creators of Desperados and Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood) is responsible for developing the full version.