Horizon Forbidden West is a giant open-world experience. Like its predecessor, the game features a range of main story missions that conclude the main plot and side missions that expand the story through interesting interactions with tribes and other NPCs. The emphasis on explorations has never been stronger in the series and Forbidden West includes dozens of things to see and do. So just how long is Horizon Forbidden West?
If you want to simply power through the main story in the game, you are looking at roughly 30 to 40 hours of game time. It is kind of hard to go from one story mission to the next simply because these missions are tougher due to the level gain throughout the game. However, if you’re a completionist, expect to spend over 80 hours exploring the Forbidden West, maxing out your gear through hunts and rare material grinds and keeping busy with all the side quests on offer.
There are also a lot of side missions to do in Horizon Forbidden West that helps mix up the gameplay. Aloy can take on combat challenges around the world and fight deadly machines to rack up point and unlock rewards. She can also participate in her own Horizon Forbidden West Kart racing and sprint across the land racing against other tribe members all mounted on chargers.
Not to mention the Clouldrons that are completely optional too. These unlock new machines you can hack and control during the game. You don’t have to visit and explore these but if you want to 100% the game, you will need to. I finished the Horizon Forbidden West main story in 55 hours and only had around 52% game completion. The rest accounts for the game’s side objectives, challenges, item collecting and more.
So if you’re planning on clocking Horizon Forbidden West in one sitting then think again. The main story alone will take you at least 30 hours to experience.