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Time it takes to complete GTAV (fact checked)


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Yesterday, I published on GTAV.net that GTAV's storyline missions will take "25 hours to complete" in this article. This piece of information was provided by a member on the forum who had translated an Italian preview.

 

It seems the info was lost in translation. The 25 hour figure was put together by the Italian site - and is not a figure Rockstar gave.

 

This piece of info caused a lot of discussion yesterday in this thread, which I have since edited at the top: http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=532774

 

I have now fact checked with someone much closer to the project to make sure the most accurate information is put out there, and updated the GTAV.net article. Here is the revised point:

 

 

The game is roughly the length of Red Dead Redemption in the time it takes to fully complete. For those who didn't play Red Dead, it was packed full of a lot of extra content, separate from the main storyline. These included things like the Stranger Missions, side activities, and the 50 unique world events (dynamic missions). GTAV has similar versions of this content in its world, specifically with the unique world events and "random character encounters".

 

So to reiterate, it does not take 25 hours specifically to complete. As members have mentioned in the aforementioned thread to those who were concerned, open world games can take differing times to complete between different players. In a world like GTAV, where there is so much more to do and explore, I suspect it'll take even longer than games like GTAIV where there wasn't many other interesting things to do or to mess about with in free mode.

 

Still, not sure why some people complained about the 25 hour speculated number. This is a lot more than most AAA titles out there today. But anyway, I hope this provided a bit more clarity, and I promise to fact check any new information that come via translated previews from here on out. Everything else in that article is entirely accurate.

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'll translate exactly the phrase "Tra l'altro, già durante questa presentazione Rockstar si è potuta sbottonare sul numero di ore necessarie per portare a termine soltanto la trama principale: siamo sui livelli di Red Dead Redemption e sulle sue 25 ore abbondanti di gioco."

 

"During this presentation, R* has been able to talk about the number of hours to finish just the main story: we are on RDR levels and on his 25 abundant hours of game."

 

So the number "25" is written explicitly but i'm not sure if the journalist wrote it because R* said "25" explicitly or because R* said the main story is on "RDR levels"

 

Tomorrow PBM for lunch! :p

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@Ice Cream

I have checked to make sure. Rockstar did not tell them "25 hours".

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@Ice Cream

I have checked to make sure. Rockstar did not tell them "25 hours".

Ok thanks! So the "25 hours" is a mere speculation?

Tomorrow PBM for lunch! :p

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@Ice Cream

I have checked to make sure. Rockstar did not tell them "25 hours".

Thanks Adriaan, I was actually just about to message you about making a thread like this

 

I guess we all need to hold our horses, myself included. We havent even had 2 different previews yet

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@Ice Cream

I have checked to make sure. Rockstar did not tell them "25 hours".

But who at R* told you this? Just curious...Adriaan....uif that is your REAL name... orly.gif

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Still, not sure why some people complained about the 25 hour speculated number.

Some people feel sad because reality is starting to creep into their dreams about what V will be. Up until now, anything was possible, but now that possibilities are being reduced to the point where it looks like GTA V is just going to be a video game, they feel sad, but don't know exactly why, so, when any opportunity arises to complain, they will take it with both hands.

 

See this and this for better explanations.

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@Ice Cream

I have checked to make sure. Rockstar did not tell them "25 hours".

Ok thanks! So the "25 hours" is a mere speculation?

That is correct. Rockstar didn't put a specific number on it, the website did when they mentioned Red Dead.

 

Even so, differing players took varying amount of times to complete Red Dead. For instance, I spent a lot of time doing extra activities, free roam stuff etc. whereas another friend I know rushed through the storyline.

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lll-H-I-M-lll

rockstar have seen us complaining and have added 50 hours more biggrin.gificon14.gif

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Missions take me like 4 times longer than most so 25 hours is like 100 to me cos i am slow and fail missions a lot lol. icon14.gif

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@Ice Cream

I have checked to make sure. Rockstar did not tell them "25 hours".

Ok thanks! So the "25 hours" is a mere speculation?

That is correct. Rockstar didn't put a specific number on it, the website did when they mentioned Red Dead.

 

Even so, differing players took varying amount of times to complete Red Dead. For instance, I spent a lot of time doing extra activities, free roam stuff etc. whereas another friend I know rushed through the storyline.

I can only speak for myself but the reason why I got so bent out of shape is because it makes no sense.

 

The game is 3-5x bigger than GTA IV yet it takes less time to beat the main story. Im not a mathematician but that would leave alot of empty space.

 

The reason that SA was obnoxiously long was because it was massive and they had to make the large map somewhat useful. For the technology and the time in gaming it was quite the feat.

 

If the game is only 5 hours long I will love every second of it, but I will probably be left wanting more. Like Staten said, alot of our expectations are being reined in now that the game is coming into light. We all had some misconceptions about the game and after a year of almost silence its hard to not become attached to those ideas

 

The trailer gave us all the impression that real estate would be a big part of the game. And not having it after being certain it would play a role is a blow.

 

@Celestial: If there is nothing to do within that map then what is the point. Look at Just Cause 2. That map was massive, but wtf could you do. Theres a reason why games like Skyrim and Fallout are so popular and its because they have great maps with loads of content scattered through out

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great. it took me 37hours to complete RDR's story without failing and i didn't do many side activities/missions while playing the story biggrin.gif

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Thanks very much for the information. As stated by myself and others, an open world game of this magnitude has so many different variations of what a player can do. Different people play these games at different paces, I for one could roam the desert and mountains for a couple hours, then play a round of golf, followed up with some tennis, never touching a mission on that playthrough.

 

Everyone of us has a different style, so that is why a company can't put a number on something like hours it takes, or if hinted at the amount of time to complete the game, can be taken out of context smile.gif

 

 

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Still, not sure why some people complained about the 25 hour speculated number.

Some people feel sad because reality is starting to creep into their dreams about what V will be. Up until now, anything was possible, but now that possibilities are being reduced to the point where it looks like GTA V is just going to be a video game, they feel sad, but don't know exactly why, so, when any opportunity arises to complain, they will take it with both hands.

 

See this and this for better explanations.

Excellent article(s). This needs to be required reading for all the childr...ahem...adults in this forum. Daily. Twice daily, if need be.

 

No matter what people will complain. I miss circa 1992 where a game would come out and nobody knew pretty much anything about it. We played it, we were pleasantly surprised and games were touted as good by word-of-mouth (mostly).

 

The present era, with everything that is good has annoying features of hype/overhype/false and bloated expectations/divided fanbases/etc.

 

Just shut up and enjoy the game.

 

Signed,

An old-school cranky gamer.

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Missions take me like 4 times longer than most so 25 hours is like 100 to me cos i am slow and fail missions a lot lol. icon14.gif

So it's not just me then! smile.gif

 

Adriaan, thanks for the clarification.

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Still, not sure why some people complained about the 25 hour speculated number.

Some people feel sad because reality is starting to creep into their dreams about what V will be. Up until now, anything was possible, but now that possibilities are being reduced to the point where it looks like GTA V is just going to be a video game, they feel sad, but don't know exactly why, so, when any opportunity arises to complain, they will take it with both hands.

 

See this and this for better explanations.

Excellent article(s). This needs to be required reading for all the childr...ahem...adults in this forum. Daily. Twice daily, if need be.

 

No matter what people will complain. I miss circa 1992 where a game would come out and nobody knew pretty much anything about it. We played it, we were pleasantly surprised and games were touted as good by word-of-mouth (mostly).

 

The present era, with everything that is good has annoying features of hype/overhype/false and bloated expectations/divided fanbases/etc.

 

Just shut up and enjoy the game.

 

Signed,

An old-school cranky gamer.

The children on this site are suffering from that inevitable Christmas morning anti-climax. Most of them will eventually discover that their parents have actually given them some pretty good gifts.

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Thanks! I knew it....GTA V will take more than 200 hours or even more to find everything..... It´s a huge map....Even if i finish the game on 6 hours i´m still happy!

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Still... RDR lasting was good, but this is the "largest game Rockstar has ever made" confused.gif

 

I hope the storyline is much longer than that.

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I'd be okay with 25 hours, since halo 4 took maybe 7 hours on normal. that's with dicking around trying to get warthogs and stuff into places they shouldn't be able to go, and dieing during many of those attempts. don't forget the quicktime event bossfight. yeah.

 

also not counting almost every other AAA title that takes 6-10 hours to complete the story, 25 hours is a LOT.

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