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Final Fantasy XVI Playtime Revealed: How Many Hours Can You Expect?

Final Fantasy XVI is a game with a very variable amount of hours depending on your playing style.

Final Fantasy XVI Playtime Revealed: How Many Hours Can You Expect?
Álvaro Arbonés

Álvaro Arbonés

After trying the Final Fantasy XVI demo, we already knew we wanted to play it. We also knew it was going to consume many hours of our lives, but how many exactly? The answer to that is: it depends. It depends on our playstyle. It’s not the same if we play aiming to uncover every tiny detail, watching all the cutscenes, reading every detail in the encyclopedia, and completing every side quest, compared to just following the main story. That’s why we’re going to consider the two most common scenarios: if you simply want to experience the game’s story – watching all the cutscenes, reading some texts, and doing a few side quests – or if you want to complete the game 100%. Because depending on your playstyle, the game’s duration will vary significantly.

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How long is Final Fantasy 16 if I focus only on the story?

Beating Final Fantasy XVI focusing exclusively on the main story would take you around 30 hours. This includes watching all the cutscenes, completing some side quests, and reading parts of the in-game encyclopedia entries, as this is a game with a strong emphasis on narrative with a more adult and mature approach than what is usual in the franchise. If you skip all of that, the game can be completed in less than 20 hours.

How long is Final Fantasy 16 if I want to see it all?

If you want to complete the main story, watch all the cutscenes, complete all the side quests, and immerse yourself in every entry of the in-game encyclopedia, Final Fantasy XVI will take you a little over 50 hours. If you also want to collect all the items in the game, not just know everything about the who’s who of Final Fantasy XVI, be prepared to go beyond 75 hours. This doesn’t even include the fact that the game has a New Game+ mode, which adds extra difficulty and various special modes, nor the possibility of fully maximizing our characters or achieving all the game’s achievements. In other words, if you want to do 100% of the game, prepare 150-200 hours of your life to complete Square Enix’s latest masterpiece.

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Álvaro Arbonés

Álvaro Arbonés

Cultural journalist and writer with a special interest in audiovisuals and everything that can be played. I'm not here to talk about my books, but you can always ask me about them if you're curious.

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