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How Long Does It Take To Watch All Of The God Of War Ragnarok Cutscenes?

It's hard to believe that the sequel to Sony Santa Monica's 2018 "God of War" is finally in the hands of players. After a four-year wait, Kratos and his son Atreus are back to finish off their journeys through Norse lands in "God of War: Ragnarok." Reactions to the game have all said the same thing regarding the sequel's improvements over almost everything established by its predecessor. Not the least of which is a host of accessibility options, such as mid-boss checkpoints, customizable controls, and a high contrast mode that should make completing the game much easier for more players.

How long it takes players to beat "God of War: Ragnarok" may vary based on reports detailing the experience as lasting anywhere from 30 to over 40 hours, but with the title being such a narratively-driven game, how much of that playtime is actual playtime and how much of it is watching the game's cutscenes? 

Cutscenes make up nearly 3.5 hours of the runtime in God of War: Ragnarok

Thanks to Insider Gaming, we have a pretty good idea of what fans can expect in terms of the total amount of time one can expect to be watching cutscenes in "God of War: Ragnarok." If one were to focus solely on the game's main story without venturing into any of its side content, the average amount of playtime seems to be 20 hours. Of this 20 hours spent on the main questline, roughly 3.5 hours of cutscenes will take place.

That means cutscenes account for nearly 18% of the game's story, and, for some that could be too much or too little. If one feels that this takes away from valuable playing time, it's worth remembering that the game is packed with side quests, combat challenges, and collectibles to largely bolster gameplay. According to the website HowLongToBeat, a completionist playthrough of the game can take 53.5 hours. 

Of course, if one happens to be a fan that wants to squeeze out as much enjoyment as possible from the game's story and cutscenes, an additional hour of cinematics is scattered throughout the game's optional content. Not to mention that a large portion of the dialogue in both 2018's "God of War" and "God of War: Ragnarok" is delivered as players travel through the nine realms with Kratos and Atreus. So, whether one is keen on watching cutscenes or not, taking time to explore content outside of the main questline seems to be a great way to get plenty more time out of the game.