God of War Ragnarök is the latest entry in the expansive and highly popular God of War series. Being hailed in reviews as a triumph even before the game’s official launch, God of War Ragnarök has been one of the most anticipated games of the entire year. The protagonist, Kratos, who already has a long, impactful story behind him, is an iconic character, and players have wanted to see the continuation of his relationship with his son, Atreus, ever since the previous game launched in 2018.
As with all games, particularly the ones that attract large audiences as God of War games tend to, many players will be wondering how much time they will need to devote to the new experience. From just rushing through to see the ending to discovering every collectible and side-quest, here are the estimates of how long it will take the average player to beat and complete God of War Ragnarök.
How Long It Takes to Beat God of War Ragnarök
Due to the fact that there will be so much buzz around God of War Ragnarök for the first few weeks, there may be many players who want to hurry and finish the game’s main story as fast as possible in order to avoid spoilers. For players who wish to speed through the game in this manner, choosing the “Story,” “Grace,” or “Balance” difficulties will typically cause the game to take between 25 and 30 hours to see the story’s ending, while “No Mercy” and “God of War” difficulties may add several hours to this run length, depending on the individual player’s skill.
However, players may want to occasionally step off of the beaten path in order to collect just enough resources to improve their equipment and not be overwhelmed in later battles. Doing so will typically add another four or five hours on top of that.
How Long It Takes to Complete God of War Ragnarök
The predecessor to God of War Ragnarök, 2018’s God of War, was notable for having a lot of extra content and challenges, such as the Valkyries and the Muspelheim Gauntlet, and God of War Ragnarök does not disappoint in that regard. In addition to having several new features and weapon abilities, each of the nine realms of the world tree Yggdrasil can be visited, including return trips to the infamous Niflheim and Muspelheim areas, and each realm has its own list of collectibles, Favors, and Labors.
Furthermore, there is an all-new group of super powerful optional bosses, much like the Valkyries from God of War, called Berserker Souls, which are said to be so difficult, that players should wait to even attempt to fight them until they have completed everything else. Put everything together, and players are looking at roughly 60 hours of gameplay to reach full completion, or potentially even longer on higher difficulties.