Ever since Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto III" became a cultural phenomenon in 2001, rival studios have been trying to compete with crime epics of their own.
Some, like "Saints Row," were slavish imitations. Some moved the action abroad, perhaps to England ("The Getaway") or Japan ("Yakuza"). And some took the stories that inspired "GTA," like "The Godfather," "Scarface" and "The Sopranos," and tried to pound them into the "GTA" template.
None of them caught fire the way "GTA" did, but that hasn't stopped developers from trying - or, in some cases, going back for seconds. Indeed, this month has brought us sequels to two lackluster crime games from the previous decade.