18 Games Like Mafia

Games Like Mafia This page features games like Mafia, Mafia 2 and Mafia 3 for fans of open world games centred on crime, mafia and being a gangster.

The Mafia game series follows the player and their adventures as part of the Mafia (which involves everything you would expect). The first game was released in 2002 with a sequel in 2007 and third title in 2016. With the games spanning the period between 1930 and 1970, when the American Mafia was at its peak.

While the Mafia titles feature large open world environments for players to explore they also have a very realistic and strong storyline for players to follow.

Both the games in the Mafia series have an emphasis on realism and are less over the top experiences compared to other games in the genre. This realism encompasses the weapons, cars and even scenarios that the player is presented with. Because of this fact it is often preferred by gamers wanting a more realistic experience.

The games like Mafia (and Mafia 2) here focus on games that let the player become part of the Mafia or similar crime organisations. This list also focuses on games that provide a realistic real world experience.
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The Saboteur

The Saboteur mixes up the standard setting that most open world action adventures flock to by using a World War II theme instead. It’s a setting that the genre hasn’t touched before and for the most part it pulls off an impressive and unique experience. The game is available on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game focuses on Paris during its Nazi occupation with players taking on the role of Searn Devlin as he attempts to sabotage the Nazi’s from within (as part of the French Resistance...[Read Review]

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8.9 User Avg (44 votes)
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Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV pushes the series into new insane heights and is packed full of strange, comedic and simply wacky moments. The game again follows the story of the Third Street Saints and was released in 2013. The fourth game in the series takes place half a decade after the third Saintrs Row game and has players manning The White House as president of the United States. Running an entire country isn’t easy, especially when there is an alien invasion on the way. Soon after the alien attack players ...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (24 votes)
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The Godfather II

The Godfather II continues with the Godfather series of video games with another Mafia based open world experience for players. In this sequel you’ll have to make more strategic decisions about how to undermine the other Mafia families. The second game in the series takes place between the 1950-1960s and doesn’t just focus on a single city. Players can except to travel to Cuba, New York City and Miami as Dominic while he attempts to claim control over several crime families and their busin...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (24 votes)
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Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was released in August 2012 and was developed by Square Enix, the game was originally going to be published as True Crime: Hong Kong but was renamed before release. Sleeping Dogs takes place in the city of Hong Kong with players taking on the role of an undercover cop on a mission to infiltrate the Triads. The game offers a free roam and open world adventure that is similar to the Grand Theft Auto series of video games. For the majority of the game players are free to explore Hong ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (52 votes)
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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV is the 2008 release in Rockstar’s popular series of open world adventures that let players experience a life of crime. Like many of the games before it Grand Theft Auto IV launched for consoles first with a Windows release a few months later. This time around players will get to explore a version of LibertyCity that is split into four districts resembling the real world. In this city you’ll take control of Niko Bellic who arrives to chase the American Dream in this strange ne...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (12 votes)
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Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row: The Third offers a massive open world and a similar game experience to the Grand Theft Auto series. The game was released in November 2011 for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Just like in previous games from the Saints Row series players take control of the Third Street Saints in a fictional world. The game offers a huge open world environment along with a mixture of action and adventure, a genre that was made popular by the GTA series. Players are free explore the city of Steel...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (18 votes)
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Saints Row

Saints Row offers a similar setting to the Grand Theft Auto series and has plenty of open world action gameplay for fans of GTA to enjoy. The game is the first in the successful Saints Row series and was released in 2006 for Xbox 360 only and eventually brought to Xbox One with backwards compatibility. The game takes place in a fictional city known as Stilwater which has elements of cities like Chicago. In the game players can heavily customise their character’s visual appearance and use a huge ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (14 votes)
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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire takes the open world genre into a more serious and slow paced direction compared to other games in the genre but there is still plenty to love if you give it the time and respect that it deserves. The game takes place in the city of Los Angeles during the 1940s and has players assuming the role of police officer and his attempts to solve a series of cases. The game draws heavy inspiration from the crime films of the era and even includes the option for players to experience the game e...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (32 votes)
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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V continues the popular open world series and takes it into the next level with plenty of innovation. The game is one of the most fully fledged games in the genre and feels like an actual living game world. On top of the single player gameplay a vast world of GTA V Online also exists expanding potential gameplay even further. Online game modes even include a Battle Royale inspired Motor Wars. One of the most notable innovations is the introduction of three main characters that p...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (25 votes)
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Scarface: The World Is Yours

Scarface: The World Is Yours is heavily based on the popular Scarface film and offers a great adventure for fans of crime based video games. Gamers who have seen the film will definitely get most from the experience though. The plot for the video game picks up right after the film ends and has Tony Montana barely making it out alive from his mansion. After having your entire empire brought to the ground you decide to quit your habit and make a move for revenge on Sosa. This plot for revenge will...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (19 votes)
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Saints Row 2

Saints Row 2 is the second game in the popular (and often wacky) Saints Row series of open world crime adventures. The game released in 2008 for consoles with a Windows release in 2009 and again follows the story of the Third Street Saints gang. In Saints Row 2 you’ll wake up several years after the incidents in the first game in the Stilwater prison. With the help of a fellow prisoner you are able to escape and return home only to find that your territory has now been claimed by three new gangs...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (19 votes)
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The Godfather: The Game

The Godfather: The Game is based in the Godfather universe and is available across a several platforms making it the perfect Mafia based action adventure game to meet your needs. Fans of the movies will instantly recognise many of the characters from the movie and the game even includes voice acting from a number of the cast to create an authentic Godfather experience. The game is essentially split into two separate storylines for the player to follow; one closely mimics the main plot events fro...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (13 votes)
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Gangstar Vegas

Vegas awaits in Gangstar Vegas, another exciting addition to the Gangstar series of open world mobile games. Comparisons to the GTA franchise aside Gangstar Vegas (and the other Gangstar titles) are well ahead of other open world mobile experiences. Playing as Jason Malone a boxer who fails to take a dive for a mob boss players spend the early parts of the game on the run and also serves as the game tutorial. After being introduced to the likes of hand to hand fighting and vehicle controls in th...[Read Review]

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6.9 User Avg (18 votes)
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Mercenaries 2: World In Flames

Mercenaries 2: World In Flames is all about huge explosions and the open world environment. The game was released in 2008 and is available for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows. In the game you’ll take on the role of a mercenary (in case you hadn’t gathered that from the name) and battle against a power hungry tyrant as you try to complete your contract. Mercenaries 2 offers plenty of freedom and lets players literally blow up everything in the game as they complete missions the way they want. Play...[Read Review]

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6.8 User Avg (15 votes)
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True Crime: Streets of LA

True Crime: Streets of LA tells the story from the other side of the tracks with players playing the game as a police officer rather than the many crime based GTA clones out there. The game is the first in the True Crime series and released in November 2003. As you might expect Streets of LA is set in Los Angeles and features most of the same street names and landmarks as the real Los Angeles with only minor changes. Players will be able to visit many of the popular Los Angeles landmarks during ...[Read Review]

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6.7 User Avg (16 votes)
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True Crime: New York City

Released in 2005 True Crime: New York City is the second and last title of the True Crime franchise. Available across PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows True Crime: New York City follows the story of an ex gang member turned into a police officer. Marcus Reed serves as your avatar for this transformation who starts off his plot by witnessing his mentor’s death only a day after finally achieving his promotion to the rank of detective within the Organised Crime Unit. From here your story of rev...[Read Review]

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Total Overdose

Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale in Mexico offers open world action adventure in a third person perspective which blends ideas from several of the genres top games to create its own mixture. Playing as Ramiro Cruz, the criminal brother of a high ranking DEA agent you are called upon by the agency to step in as an undercover agent for your brother after his death. Your job is to reclaim the information your brother had about your father and continue his work in bringing down one of the m...[Read Review]

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Gangstar New Orleans

The Gangstar series continues it’s mobile domination of the open world genre with New Orleans, a game that continues to build on the Gangstar games of the past to bring open world gameplay to the mobile market. With some solid experience in the market this iteration of the Gangstar franchise opts to focus on refining the mechanics utilised so far by the series and at the same time scale down some game elements which does open the door for devices on the edge of hardware capability. For those tha...[Read Review]

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6 User Avg (13 votes)