The GTA franchise is one of the most valuable franchises in gaming history, with each entry in the series receiving massive commercial and critical success. It is no less than an industry juggernaut, and surprisingly, all the games have aged fairly well.
The satire of each GTA game is still as sharp as it was then, and the gameplay is still satisfyingly chaotic. The GTA games are some of the biggest games in terms of playtime. They might not be comparable to RPGs such as Oblivion and Fallout but they are certainly on par with some of the biggest games in the genre.
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In this article, we look at the GTA games and rank them according to how long it takes to finish each one. The times have been taken from howlongtobeat.com, which considers the average time of completion.
There are multiple styles which players can employ in the game, and the Completionist style (finishing the game 100%) obviously takes considerably more time. This list is based on the completion of the story mode in GTA plus some extras.
Ranking the mainline entries in GTA according to playtime
(Note: Only games from Grand Theft Auto III (3D Era) and onwards are taken into consideration.)
Notable Exclusions:Grand Theft Auto Vice City StoriesGrand Theft Auto Liberty City StoriesGrand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars
5) GTA III
The average playtime of the game with only the Story Mode plus some side missions comes around to 23 Hours, with the Main Story capping off around 16 Hours.
Completionist: 40½ Hours
4) GTA Vice CityThe next game in the series after Grand Theft Auto III is built on the foundations of the previous game and delivered a more comprehensive experience. GTA Vice City has a slightly longer story, with more side missions and other collectibles that added considerably more playtime.
The average playtime of the Main Story plus some extra missions and detour comes out to be around 28½ Hours, with the Main Story taking up around 19½ Hours.
Completionist: 45 Hours
3) GTA V
GTA V is the most gameplay-rich entry in the series, and its main story alone takes up 31½ Hours and after including a few side missions, the time is extended to 47 Hours.
Completionist: 78½ Hours
2) GTA IV: The Complete EditionThis is a bit of a stretch but it can be argued the only way to play GTA IV in 2020 is along with its EFLC counterparts: The Lost and Dammned and Ballad of Gay Tony.
While Grand Theft Auto IV alone takes an impressive 41 hours, it is the DLC that truly makes this a great package. The game"s Main Story plus extra mission playtime comes around to a staggering 61 hours.
Completionist: 83 Hours
1) GTA San Andreas
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The main story and extra missions take up around the same time as GTA V, with 47 hours being the average playtime, and the Main Story alone takes an identical 31½ Hours.