How Long Is Horizon Forbidden West?

How Long Does It Take To Beat Horizon Forbidden West?

That’s a good question, and the answer is: it depends. In our review run, it took us 50 hours to beat Horizon Forbidden West. But that’s not to say that’s all the content in the game. Let’s get into it a little more.


Early on, we progressed through Forbidden West at a rate of about 1% completion per hour played. That would have continued more or less if we didn’t need to, y’know, finish the game to review it. We got pretty side tracked. There are Tall Necks to climb, tribal disputes to settle, and of courses countless machines to kill. We finished the game at the exact level recommended for the final mission (level 38) and estimate a full 100% clear of Forbidden West will likely take upwards of 80-100 hours going in blind.

If on the other hand you’re looking to mainline the game, you’re probably looking at 25 or 30 hours to beat Horizon Forbidden West. That would prove challenging though, as Aloy would be massively underleveled in the later missions without doing some side content. There are a few¬†tough fights later in the game, and unless you’re a superstar you might have some trouble.

So, on average, beating Forbidden West at the appropriate or recommended levels will take 40 or 50 hours. Along the way, you’ll encounter 17 main story missions. That’s a few less than in Horizon Zero Dawn, but they’re meaty, and a heck of a lot of fun.

Are you a completionist, or a speed runner? Perhaps somewhere in between? Let us know on Twitter and in the comments below how you like to play open world games!