Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV Achievements

Liberty City Minute

Complete the story missions in less than 30 hours.    

Complete the GTA: IV storyline in under 30 hours. After completing the final mission, you will enter free play mode, where you can complete any side quests or hooker killing that you may have missed. One of the best ways to save time is use taxis to travel on your missions, as you get there instantly, and they don't contribute time to the game clock. Watching cut scenes also contribute to your game time, so if you are running out of time, yet want to know the story, you can watch the story, then reload your last save, start the mission again, and skip the cut scene to save valuable minutes.

You can check your progress:
Start--> Stats--> General--> Playing Time

**Note** This achievement does not unlock until after the credits. Once the game is over, the "You Won!" achievement will unlock, then you after the credits will come "Liberty City Minute."

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Vulger Spartan
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 05:01:50 AM

I just wish I did it in that two week period when the game was released to get
That Key From Rockstar. Man That would have been Cool beyond cool.

Comment #2 by maximusvonmax
Friday, February 18, 2011 @ 04:39:42 PM

Not too tough to do. The best way to cut time is to take cabs to missions and during them.

Comment #3 by DryAdam1st
Saturday, February 19, 2011 @ 08:45:41 AM


Comment #4 by EndgamemagnetiC
Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 03:27:53 PM

I finished this is 14 hours. An i was panicking lol. When I got to the last
mission, I had a look at the time, cause this was the achievement I was going
for, and yeah, only 14 hours. Not too bad.

Comment #5 by k12machinima
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @ 09:03:10 AM

Strange, I managed to get this done last night by watching all the cutscenes, screwing around occasionally, and even doing the smaller side missions, and still managed
to get this on my first run through of the game. :) I just took Taxi's since it was the more logical solution to 30 hours, and reloaded each save if I died. (considering I didn't want to lose 10 thousand dollars at each time I was cheap shot by a cop about 40 percent of the time.

Comment #6 by TimikinZ
Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 02:51:52 PM

I spent alot of time mucking around attacking citizens etc and still completed the game in
21 hours.

Comment #7 by Isaacthegamer
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 08:32:20 PM

I did this in just under 12 hours by skipping all the cutscenes and taking a taxi whenever possible. I also found that you can load your game immediately after it saves to "warp" to your safehouse and remove any wanted level or time it might take to get back.

Comment #8 by LukeSniper
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 04:06:54 PM

First playthrough has about 70 hours in it, and that's a 100% run with every achievement but this one. Just finished my second playthrough of this game; went solely for this achievement. Ended up taking just over 11 hours. Super easy.

Comment #9 by TommyTranemyr
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 06:40:36 PM

If you just stick to the story, this achievement is easy, side missons and other achievements you can do later.

Comment #10 by MegaKingBong
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 01:53:20 PM


Comment #11 by Hawaiian_Supaman
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 07:58:00 PM

16hrs 35mins

Comment #12 by BAdja13
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 08:47:16 AM

The best way to look at this is, there are 87 or 88 missions. Let's say 88. There are 1,800 minuites in 30 hours. This means u have about 20 and a half minuites to do each mission. Some will come under others may go over. Just bear this in mind when your going though.

Comment #13 by xKie
Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 08:53:43 AM

I started this 8 hours down cause i was messing around for the first 8 hours of play, then i started the story and still got it completed in 22 hours, so realisticly took like 14 hours so time wise theres no rush, how ever i used taxi's to get about everywhere as its so much quicker

Comment #14 by XxDesperadoxX
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:03:39 PM

This one might take me a while...

Comment #15 by shadowXassassin
Monday, July 25, 2011 @ 08:32:43 AM

fyi using any type of cheat wont disable the achievement, just dont waste time n you'll get that achievement no sweat

Comment #16 by ownthenoob55
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 09:38:14 PM

how do u hail a taxi cab

Comment #17 by XbAndy360
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 03:28:45 PM

Press LB (then hold Y to enter Cab as passenger)

Comment #18 by D3MISEofSANITY
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 08:58:06 AM

I wish they had it so you could replay certain missions to lower the times of each mission individually...instead of doing the whole game again. Kinda bogus.

Comment #19 by IIR a Z o IIR x
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 01:45:43 PM

My first time i wanted to have the 100% completion.. After all the missions it can still be done. So i'm working on this one now

Comment #20 by batteredbrick
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 01:19:42 PM

Just completed this achievement myself, Very easy to do even when doing half of the side missions.

Comment #21 by JJMann27
Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 02:02:55 AM

This one is very easy when you think about it. I was told by a friend that cut scenes. take up a lot of the time. You should also avoid most side missions. I finished it with four hours to spare...

Comment #22 by samfisher7521
Thursday, October 06, 2011 @ 01:22:00 PM

i just got the achievement and it took me 13:56:41

Comment #23 by Evolution21
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 11:57:56 PM

First time was about 55 hours but was mostly messing around, could do over easily in about 15-20

Comment #24 by TunkTheTank
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 03:33:01 PM

I only did the main story line for my first play through (and like to 3 dates). I watched all the cut scenes, but traveled by cab 90% of the time. I did reload saves after dying, maybe 20 or so times.

I ended just shy under 21 hrs. So maybe reloading wasn't even worth it.

Comment #25 by Balloonhead
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 04:27:29 PM

10 hours 34 minutes 36 seconds.I did only the campaign

Comment #26 by SgtSnyder88
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 08:39:39 PM


20:48:41, 61.25, 0 busts, 9 deaths

Comment #27 by Mattador93
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 10:22:41 PM

I completed the game in a little under 26 hours. That's with doing a good bit of side missions

Comment #28 by SchiZoPHreNiikz
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 07:58:04 PM

This was too easy. c:

Comment #29 by Dogor
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 07:28:13 AM

anyone knows if cheats block this achievement? the game is good, but to complete it twice? neh

Comment #30 by hurrdedurr
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 09:30:30 AM

I rushed through the campaign like crazy and finished with 10 hours :3

Comment #31 by Sigmund666
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 03:10:00 AM

10 to 15 hours MAX. If you want it really easy for the cheevo's, get all the cheevo's that may lock first, so you can use unlimited ammo and armor :P

Comment #32 by Gamma175
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 03:42:28 AM

im at around 74 missions done at 17 hours. will i be able to finish the game in under 30 hours in time?

Comment #33 by David ov ince
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 05:09:47 AM

when i got this i didnt look through the achievements
and all i did was roam around getting the cops chasing me and doing holdouts in single player only after i finished it i thought about getting all the achievements turns out i did it in 30hours and 30mins :(
if only i read through it first

Comment #34 by David ov ince
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 05:11:01 AM

Does this achievement count towards the 100% game completion?
because im stuck at 99.50% and there is nothing to do

Comment #35 by Roxas Darkar
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 02:12:09 PM

Easy to get, if you dont mess around with other stuff and just do mission after mission ^^

Comment #36 by MrGoldenBall
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 05:56:09 AM

Gonna try this cheevo once I have finished the Episodes! :) Had 55 hours playing time after my first play through, mainly due to messing around and blowing up people, shooting innocent civilians and stealing cars! lol. Hopefully I will be able to do it within 17 hours max, although I am thinking I will find Three Leaf Clover tricky again. -_- I loathe the missions where you have to escape from the Police to complete them! -_- Oh well, shoudl be fun! :)

Comment #37 by aaronnewman
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 11:54:16 AM

What happens if you don't complete the game in under 30 hours?

Comment #38 by SomeInspiration
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 12:35:22 AM

Does anyone know what the fastest time is? My first attempt was just over 11 hours but I really would like to get it done in 8 hours or less.

Comment #39 by DarkW12
Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 03:54:34 PM

Just don't do much of the side missions and take cabs everywhere.

Comment #40 by NateMora
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 11:46:24 AM

This one wasn't too hard

Comment #41 by shazza124
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @ 06:03:49 PM

@38 then you have to restart unfortunately :(

Comment #42 by Browknee
Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 01:39:04 AM

does anyone know if the time stops when you pause the game? and also how do you speed up time if your mission is the next day?

Comment #43 by sleezecheeze
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 03:30:09 AM

@42 yes time stops when you pause. To speed up time for appointments and stuff go to sleep (save) in a safehouse, it advances in game time 6 hours. Don't do it if you're less than six hours from the appointment though because you'll miss it and have to reschedule it for the next day.

I'm worried about this one. 22 hours played and only like 66 missions done. Just going to floor the shit out of it but I want to watch the cutscenes for the story.

Comment #44 by Jake0874
Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 06:03:15 PM

I missed this achievement by 26 seconds!!! Ah! And my dumb ass over rode my save file when the game completed so now I woul shave to restart the main story line just for this achievements. Fml.

Comment #45 by Violent Jmann
Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 07:17:34 PM

It seems lengthy especially when you got all over achievements but I bet it will be quicker than I think it will be *in a Niko Bellic voice*

Comment #46 by TripleXC3
Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 08:52:52 AM

There are a total of 88 story missions and so far I've done 54 missions in 5 hours playing time so i definitely think i'm going quite well at the moment hahahha!

Comment #47 by TripleXC3
Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 05:51:48 PM

Forget my other comment, i forgot that there were more missions to story, BUT i have managed to complete it. In my own personal record time of

9 hours, 33 minutes & 26 seconds (PLAYING TIME/IN GAME TIME)

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Game Info
Rockstar North
Rockstar Games


US April 29, 2008
Europe April 29, 2008
Japan October 30, 2008

Resolution: 720p
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround
Players: 1
Online Players : 16
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