How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time

God of War is undoubtedly one of the biggest gaming franchises with multiple games in the series and a huge fanbase. Kratos has become a household name and one of the biggest PlayStation protagonists of all time. Very few franchises have impacted the gaming industry as much as the God of War series.

The God of War series has 8 games (excluding Betrayal) and here are all of the games in chronological order:

  • God of War: Ascension
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • God of War (2005)
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • God of War II
  • God of War III
  • God of War (2018)
  • God of War: Ragnarok

If you’re aiming to complete just the main campaigns for every God of War game, then it’s going to take you around 105 hours. If you want to do a completionist run of each of the God of War games, then you’ll require around a whopping 190 hours.

We’re going to list the playtimes of all the games in the series below. The playtimes might differ from player to player, but the times listed below should give you a good idea of how big the games are and how long you would take to complete it.

1. God of War: Ascension

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
God of War Ascension

God of War: Ascension might not be the first game in the series that came out but it’s a prequel to the entire series. The game follows Kratos as he’s imprisoned and tortured by the three Furies and how he escapes his imprisonment to confront the Furies.

If you’re aiming to complete the main story of God of War: Ascension, you’ll require around 8 hours. Completing both the main story and the side quests will take you around 9 hours while a completionist run of the game will take you somewhere around 13 hours.

2. God of War: Chains of Olympus

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
God of War: Chains of Olympus

God of War: Chains of Olympus falls second in the series chronologically and it is the prequel to the original God of War game. The game follows Kratos as he is guided by the goddess Athena in order to find the Sun God Helios, as the Dream God Morpheus has caused many gods to slumber in the absence of Helios.

If you’re aiming to complete the main story of God of War: Chains of Olympus, you’ll require around 5 hours. Completing both the main story and side quests will take you 6 hours while a completionist run of the game will take you around 9 hours.

3. God of War (2005)

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
God of War (2005)

God of War (2005) is the first game to be released in the series but falls in the third place chronologically. The story follows Kratos as he follows a path of vengeance in order to kill Ares, the God of War, who tricked Kratos into killing his own wife and daughter.

If you’re aiming to complete the main story of God of War, you’ll require around 9 hours. Completing both the main story and the side content will take you around 10 hours. If you want to do a completionist run of the game, then you’ll require around 13 hours.

4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
God of War Ghost of Sparta

God of War: Ghost of Sparta falls in the fourth place in the chronological timeline of the series but it’s the sixth installment in the series. God of War: Ghost of Sparta sends Kratos on a quest to find and rescue his brother, Deimos.

If you’re aiming to complete the story of God of War: Ghost of Sparta, you’ll require around 6 hours. To finish both the main story and side activities, you’ll require 7 hours while a completionist run of the game will take you around 9 hours.

5. God of War II

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
God of War II

God of War II is the sequel to God of War (2005) and is the second installment in the series. Chronologically, it is the sixth installment in the series. The game follows Kratos as he’s betrayed and killed by Zeus. Saved by the Titan Gaia, he then sets out to kill the sisters of Fate, avert his betrayal and take revenge on Zeus.

If you’re looking to complete the main story of God of War II, you’ll require around 12 hours. Finishing both the main story and the side content will take you around 13 hours while a completionist run of the game will take you around 14 hours.

6. God of War III

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
God of War III

God of War III is the fifth installment in the series and the seventh game in the series chronologically. The game follows Kratos as he battles monsters, gods and Titans to find Pandora in order to unlock Pandora’s Box, defeat Zeus, free Olympus from the reign of the gods and complete his quest for revenge.

If you’re aiming to complete the main story of God of War III, you’ll require around 10 hours. Completing both the main missions and the side content will take you around 11 hours while a completionist run of the game will take you around 17 hours.

7. God of War (2018)

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
Kratos and Atreus – God of War (2018)

God of War (2018) is a sequel to God of War III, it is the eighth installment in the series and falls in the eighth place chronologically. The story follows Kratos as he embarks on a quest with his son Atreus to spread his wife’s ashes from the highest peak in all the Nine Realms. Along their journey, they face all kinds of threats from the Norse world.

If you’re aiming to finish the main story of God of War (2018), then you’ll require around 20-25 hours. Completing both the main missions and the side missions will take you around 30 hours and a completionist run of the game will take you around 50-60 hours.

Read this article to learn more about the game and what you need to do in order to obtain 100% completion.

8. God of War: Ragnarok

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
Kratos Fighting Thor – God of War: Ragnarok

God of War: Ragnarok is the ninth installment in the series and the ninth game chronologically and it concludes the Norse era of God of War. The game follows Kratos and Atreus’ journey as they travel through all the Nine Realms while facing all kinds of gods and monsters in order to stop Ragnarok, the war which is prophesied to bring about the death of all gods.

If you’re aiming to complete the main story of God of War: Ragnarok, you’ll require around 25-30 hours. If you focus on completing both the main story and all the side missions, you’ll require around 39 hours while a completionist run of the game will take you around 50-60 hours.

Read this article to learn more about God of War: Ragnarok and to find out everything you need to do in order to achieve 100% completion of the game.

9. Which is the longest God of War game?

How long does it take to beat the GoW series? Main Story & 100% Completion Time
Atreus and Kratos – God of War: Ragnarok

The longest God of War game is tied between God of War (2018) and God of War: Ragnarok as their 100% completion time ranges from 50 to 60 hours but campaign-wise God of War: Ragnarok is the longest God of War game.

Getting God of War (2018)’s Platinum Trophy / Final Achievement is a bit more tedious than in God of War: Ragnarok, so God of War (2018) might be just a tad bit longer than God of War: Ragnarok when it comes to 100% completion.

10. About God of War Ragnarok

God of War Ragnarok is an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on November 9, 2022, for PS4 and PS5.

Ragnarok is the ninth installment in the God of War series, chronologically, and the sequel to 2018’s God of War. Loosely based on Norse mythology, the game is set in ancient Norway and features series protagonists Kratos and his young son Atreus. The events of the game are expected to initiate Ragnarok – a series of events that, according to Norse lore, bring about the end of days and the death of the Norse gods.

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