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How long is The Last of Us 2? Here's how many hours and chapters it takes to beat

The Last of Us 2 game length
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You're probably wondering... how long is The Last of Us Part 2, exactly? In cold heard terms, how many chapters How many hours? How does it stack up to the original game by comparison and what is The Last of Us Part 2 game length from start to finish? 

The answer isn't as easy to define as you might think, however, as your time spent wandering infected The Last of Us 2's America can vary wildly, depending on the difficulty setting you've chosen, the amount you're willing to explore its open-ended levels, and how you approach combat. 

How long is The Last of Us Part 2?

The Last of Us 2 length

(Image credit: Naughty Dog)

Approximately The Last of Us Part 2's campaign length is about 20 to 30 hours, made of 11 distinct chapters. 

To give you a rough benchmark, I played on Medium difficulty, found about 80% of The Last of Us Part 2's collectables, and stealthed my way through most of the game's combat encounters, and my final save came in at the 22 hour mark. By comparison, our Guides Editor Leon Hurley beat the game in just over 32 hours, having explored every nook and cranny of Naughty Dog's levels, including backtracking to make sure he hadn't missed anything.

The campaign is also there to be replayed, with a Last of Us Part 2 New Game Plus mode, customisable difficulty settings including Permadeath and Grounded Mode, and bonus features such as The Last of Part 2 Cheat Codes. There's also reams of supplementary content to enjoy in the Extras section of the game, which contains never-before-seen concept art and highly detailed model viewer which reveals more about some of the allies and enemies you'll encounter in the campaign. 

All told, you could easily soak up 50+ hours of your free time in The Last Of Us Part 2 if you're particularly fond of its excellent campaign. There may be no Factions multiplayer mode included this time around, then, but the value for money of Naughty Dog's sequel is still excellent. 

For more, check out the biggest new games of 2020 on the way, or watch our video review of the game below. 

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Alex Avard

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