Well, “ever” might be an overstatement. This weekend I spent my time watching speedruns on Youtube and Twitch! Speedrunning, for those of you who aren’t familiar, is basically its name. Gamers choose a game to play and try to finish it as fast as they can. Kind of like how there are world records for how fast you can beat a Rubik’s Cube (a new world record for the Rubik’s Cube was broken, by the way, and it’s 4.96 seconds). The thing is, speedrunners don’t really get much attention in the gaming world! It kind of makes you wonder, well, why do they do it then?
Honestly, maybe it’s just because it’s fun to set a challenge for yourself and try to beat it. Or maybe there’s a world record that you’re trying to beat. Either way, speedruns are exhilarating, stressful, and awesome to watch. So without further ado, here are five of the best!
#1 Borderlands 2 AGDQ 2014
Borderlands 2 is an open-world fps game that was released in 2012. You can play a campaign as a “Vault Hunter”, which is a cool word for a treasure finder. This is a Borderlands 2 speedrun done by a team of four players. It was finished in just over 2 and a 1/2 hours, which is pretty crazy if you think about it. I know some people who’ve started Borderlands and never ever finished it. And I mean, sometimes just getting homework done can take 3 hours.
#2 Super Metroid
So this game is actually a little bit older and was released in 1994 by Nintendo. It’s a 2D side-scrolling game, kind of similar to Mario. In Super Metroid you play as Samus Aran, who is looking for something called a Metroid which was stolen by a Space Pirate. This run was completed in 42 minutes, which is awe-inspiring because it is actually amazingly difficult–most vintage games are!
#3 Jak and Daxter Bonesaw 577 Run
So this speedrun was done by the user Bonesaw577. He completed the game in just 2 hours and 11 minutes even though he was insanely sleep deprived (in fact, almost everyone was), which makes watching this speedrun hilarious because everyone is getting increasingly worked up as the game goes on. Jak and Daxter was one of the first games available for the PS2 and are basically story-based platformers that include a combination of racing, puzzles, and action.
#4 Super Mario Bros Speed Run by Darbian
This speedrun has garnered over 3 million views on Youtube, which makes sense considering it went viral on Facebook a while ago. Guys, I’ll admit it–I’ve never even gotten to the swimming part of the game. And getting as far as world 2 required a ton of effort on my part, and countless of deaths, so I was pretty amazed when watching this! If you prefer to watch fast speedruns that won’t suck up the majority of your afternoon, then watch this one! It’s so interesting to watch this speedrun, especially because his heart rate doubles to 160 BPM during the game. Apparently he’s been trying to beat the world record for a really long time so he got more and more excited.
#5 Animorphs by Keizaron
So a lot of 90s kids are familiar with Animorphs as this really weird series of books that involved teenagers turning into animals and battling a bunch of aliens, but did you know that there was a video game that came out for the book series? Yeahhhh. Anyways, this is widely hailed as one of the funniest speedruns ever because literally everything that could’ve gone wrong in the game, did go wrong. The game is similar to Pokemon, where you have to battle a bunch of monsters in order to gain their DNA. Okay, so that didn’t happen in Pokemon, but it happened here.
Okay, so those are five of the best speedruns I’ve watched so far. Are there any that I missed on this list? You could look at the videos uploaded by Games Done Quick if you happened to enjoy watching these speedruns. I honestly recommend them if you love getting your heart racing but get really frustrated when you lose in games! I personally don’t think I could ever do speedruns because I’d probably freak out really badly whenever I lose (which, sadly, is something I often do).