The Best 100% Speedruns
Written by: TameGamer - 12:28 Aug-12-2019

 One genre of video that has been a mainstay for some streaming gamers on YouTube and Twitch are speedruns. For the uninitiated, basically players run through a particular game as quick as they can, trying to break the ‘world record’ (as if Guiness are desperate to have the speedrun of Ratchet & Clank in their annual book). Now, whilst that can be a skill, the real joy is to be found in the 100% speedruns, where players have to go through as quick as they can, but they have to collect and complete everything.

 

Try It Yourself

 

Speedruns can be a big undertaking. Not only will you have to complete a game without dying (because any restarts will massively impact your time), you’ll also have to know the ins-and-outs of a game. There’s no harm in trying it though, just to see how difficult and time-consuming speedruns can be. Some of the more fun experiences can be had with the games you used to play when you were younger, as it’s more likely you’ve completed them before and know a good number of the shortcuts. However, you might want to really challenge yourself and get to grips with one of the newer titles. And you can get your hands on the latest releases for much less thanks to sites like Discount Promo Codes. They have a number of discount vouchers from a whole range of retailers from 365 Games to Argos, so that you can make savings when getting your hands on the latest gaming equipment. So, if you wanted to give speedrunning a go yourself, this handy guide from Snoman Gaming will tell you all you need to know.

But what are the best speedruns to try and emulate? Well…

 

The Simpsons: Hit and Run

 

This quickly became a PS2 classic when it was released worldwide in 2003, so it’s unsuprising that this game has been the subject of many attempts at grabbing the 100% speedrun topspot. At the moment, the record is currently held by streamer LiquidWIFI, who has completed the whole game in just 3 hours, 6 minutes and 54 seconds. In the run he uses multiple techniques, such as collecting the bonus items when they’re in the same location as the story missions take him, and occasionally jumping back to the start screen and reloading the game so he would spawn in a more convenient position.

Super Super Mario Bros

 

Probably the most watched 100% speedrun is surprisingly a Nintendo Wii game. However, it wasn’t something like Wii Sports (sports games are impossible to get 100% in anyway due to their almost infinite permutations), it was something a lot more recognisable: New Super Mario Bros Wii. The game, released in 2009, took gamer ewallertv 3 hours, 34 minutes and 50 seconds to get through all the levels and complete the entire game. I’d imagine you’d have an achy arm after spending all that time pointing the Wii remote at the screen. The video itself has gained over 9.5 million views, showing just how popular watching a speedrun is.

Try A Longplay

 

Not that interested in skipped cutscenes and levels rushed? Well then maybe watching speedruns isn’t for you, and that’s fine. If you do want to get your game-watching fix however, then you might want to look into the world of longplays instead. If you have enough hours in your day though, you might want to look about being a bit more productive. However, if you have a lazy Sunday to kill, you might want to check out this GTA IV longplay, the first part of which clocks in at 15-and-a-half hours long. Good luck.


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