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The GTA Game That Takes The Longest To Beat

Without question, the "Grand Theft Auto" series' main selling point is each game's single-player story. Conceived by brothers Sam and Dan Houser, as well as Leslie Benzies, Rockstar Games' seminal open-world action-adventure series has constantly pushed the envelope when it comes to narrative-focused experiences with its trademark humor, action, and scathing social/political satire that ranges from bold to the flat-out offensive. But which of these lauded, all-encompassing games will provide players with the most bang for their buck when it comes to duration?

As with any open-world game, the time spent in any "Grand Theft Auto" title will largely depend on the player and what kind of experience they're looking for. Some gamers will naturally gravitate toward the main story and complete that before doing anything else. Others will pursue the mass amount of side activities featured in the games while others will go full-send and attempt 100%. With all of these factors in mind, here is the "Grand Theft Auto" game that typically takes the longest to beat.

Grand Theft Auto 4 wins in all categories

Arguably the stand-out game of the series, "Grand Theft Auto 4: The Complete Edition" is also the longest "GTA" game if the data is anything to go by. According to HowLongToBeat, the main story in "Grand Theft Auto 4" takes players an average of 33.5 hours to complete. Should players also choose to do side activities while completing the main story, the game time is buffed to an average of 54 hours. If anyone wishes to achieve 100% completion of all the content, it will take them an estimated time of 102 hours. 

Although it reigns as the longest game in the series, many other "Grand Theft Auto" games aren't far behind. Right behind the tale of Niko is  "Grand Theft Auto 5," with a total of 31.5 average gameplay hours. Of course, this doesn't take into account "Grand Theft Auto Online," the standalone online game. Next, gamers have "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which takes 30.5 hours to complete on average. 

In short, most of the modern "Grand Theft Auto" video games are pretty lengthy experiences. However, "GTA 4" currently edges out the competition this time around.