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The Xbox 360 Game That Takes The Longest To Beat

The Xbox 360 may be an ancient platform at this point, just slightly younger than the original Xbox, but it still holds a special place in the hearts of many a millennial. Players can remember spending hours on some of the games that now seem like primitive stepping stones to how advanced Xbox gaming has become today.

HowLongToBeat lists the longest Xbox 360 games starting with "Rocksmith 2014." It's hard to say that "Rocksmith" is really the longest though, considering it's less of a game and more of a learning experience. It's really a platform about teaching someone how to play guitar, so it isn't the typical game where you need to complete a storyline to finish it. It's also worth noting "Final Fantasy 11," which could take thousands of hours to complete — but is an MMORPG. Of course, MMORPGs tend to be more open-ended games that can be played for hours at a time without an end in sight — similar to "Genshin Impact." 

There is one game that fits the bill, though. It's a co-op shooter that can last a sizeable time but still has an end to its story: "Payday 2." Here's what it's about.

Payday 2 is the longest Xbox 360 game

HowLongToBeat reports that the main story for "Payday 2" can take as little as 25 hours to reach the so-called secret story ending. If you're a completionist? You can enjoy "Payday 2" for over 500 hours. It also still receives regular updates even now, like the border crossing heist, or the silk road update.

"Payday 2" is a cooperative first-person shooter, following the events of its predecessor, "Payday: The Heist." It brings back the original crew of Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf, and Chains, who travel to Washington D.C. for a crime spree of epic proportions. One of the draws of the game is the ability for up to four people to play with each other at once in a game with multiple missions to complete. CRIMENET, the network that supplies missions to players, offers jobs from register lootings to highway robberies. 

"If you wanted to wear a golden Obama mask and hit people with a comically large spoon of gold while a guy in the back is getting curb stomped[,] this is the game," one Steam reviewer wrote

There's a sequel called "Payday 3" set to release in 2023, and players can only hope that it will give just as many crime-fueled shenanigans.