God of War Ragnarok has a long history and plenty of beautiful and violent realms to explore, but how long does it last? Here we will tell you exactly how many hours different members of the IGN team have needed in different parts of the world to finish the game, and what they have prioritized in that time.
How long is God of War: Ragnarok?
- Our fastest God of War: Ragnarok player has finished the adventure in 26 1/2 hours.
- Our “slowest” player has spent 60 hours before seeing the credits.
Everyone plays differently, so read on for more details on how each person played, how long it took them to reach the credits, and how much extra time it took to fully explore all the realms.
David Ona, analyst
I spent a little over 30 hours finishing the God of War: Ragnarok story, but I didn’t see everything the game had to offer. In that time I was able to complete the main story and do about five side quests, which are not all that are available. After completing the game, I then spent about 5 hours completing other endgame activities. In general, I had quite a lot of secondary content to complete when I saw the credits.
Ronny Barrier, producer
I have played God of War Ragnarok for about 34 hours. I played pretty intuitively for the first half, only following the side quests and alternate paths when they seemed really interesting. As the narrative drew to a close, I followed the story quite intensely, despite Atreus often telling me to slow down and do some secondary content. If I didn’t have to finish the game for work, it would have taken me about 50 hours, easily, and I still don’t know if I would have finished it at that point. Atreus and Mimir take care of the pace of the game, and they’re good at remembering that there’s a lot to do outside of the main story, but it can be hard to listen when you just NEED ANSWERS.
God of War Ragnarok’s story is fantastic, but some of the secondary content contains the best stories and battles the world has to offer, so don’t be afraid to take your time. The trip will be richer for it.
Jada Griffin, community manager
I have reached 60 hours of play on the “Give me God of War” difficulty level and I have completed 95%. Yes, some optional fights took me more tries than I’d like to admit, especially early on when I was limited by lower-tier gear. A good deal of my time also includes bout restarts to record that perfect no-punch encounter. At other times, I’ve just blocked or dodged to observe and dissect enemy mechanics and practice parrying and dodging those powerful attacks to offer advice to other players.
The biggest culprit for my playing time being so bloated compared to my peers is completing specific objectives. Some objectives or collectibles are not locked by equipment (most are) but by a conversation with a character in a future chapter, and some of them are only available after completing the main story despite appearing in the objective list From the beginning. I spent a lot more time than I should have going back to try to find some random undiscovered target that didn’t exist yet. If I were to start over now, knowing not to go 100% before the credits like I did in the previous God of War, I would have cut my game in half, so consider this a warning.
Josh Du, Senior Social Media Producer
It took me about 42 hours to get through everything in the game before I got to the final story sequence, with a final game time of 44 hours on medium difficulty.
Whenever there is a game with unlockable collectibles and weapons/armor, I make sure I get EVERYTHING before the end of the story. In the case of God of War: Ragnarok, that meant going back through all the realms with newly acquired abilities to check off all the items on the collectibles list. Some of them were fun and exciting, while others not so much (if you prefer to complete the story, I recommend you complete Alfheim). Now you have to collect all the things after the story. I can not wait!
Mitchell Saltzman, productor editorial senior
When the credits rolled on my God of War Ragnarok game, my playtime was around 38 hours. That includes about 20 side quests and a lot of exploration of the nine kingdoms. My playstyle for the first three quarters of the game was to complete as many side quests as I could reasonably do at my level, but once I got to the last quarter I decided to save the rest at the end of the story, and luckily to me, the endgame seems pretty complete. I still have 14 quests in my journal that I haven’t completed, and several challenges that I’m just not well equipped enough to handle yet.
Dale Driver, Head of Video
I blasted through the God of War Ragnarok story in just over 26 hours and made a solid if partially unsuccessful attempt to avoid side quests as I went along. It’s incredibly easy to get distracted in God of War Ragnarok, but after seeing a handful of Metroidvania-esque “you can’t do this until you have this” zones, I made the decision to focus solely on the story and pick up everything else once the game was completed. trip.
I’m glad I did, because the exploration of the nine realms, the story quests, and the endgame content felt like another complete God of War game to me. There’s a lot to see and do, and not all of it is quest related. With all the tools at my disposal, I have spent another 21 hours searching for the precious platinum, which finally appeared at hour 47.