Speedrunners are besting Resident Evil 7 in under two hours

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Resident Evil 7

I only just got my hands on Resident Evil 7 (I started playing it on Wednesday actually), and I must say, I’m freaking loving it! The Bakers are one bastard of a family – they’ve pestered me more times than I care to count. Despite that, creeping around and confronting them has proven to be a damn satisfying experience for sure.

It’s also been somewhat of a time consuming affair. I’m not exactly sprinting through the mansion, you know? In fact, I’m around five hours or so into the game, and I’m not quite sure if the end is in sight or not. From what I’ve read though, the average playthrough on standard difficulty takes around nine to twelve hours, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m around halfway.

Imagine my shock this morning when I found out that speedrunners were dashing through the Resident Evil and all its enemies in less than two hours (via PC Gamer). It’s something I can’t quite get my head around! Here’s the best run on NG+ if you’d like to check it out.

Sidenote: the best run on a standard new game sits at 2h 22m

The more I think about it, the more it all starts to make sense to be honest. Strip away all obstacles, skip enemies, figure out the best way to beat bosses, and suddenly, Resident Evil games aren’t actually that long. Hell, when I was a kid, I was sprinting through Resident Evil 3: Nemesis in a little over an hour. As a matter of interest, the speedrun record for that particular game sits at an unbelievable 44 minutes!

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With that in mind, a two hour speedrun for Resident Evil 7 is actually still kind of long. Expect that number to come down over the next few months and years though as people figure out the most effective way to overcome (or exploit through) the Bakers and the horrors within their mansion.

Last Updated: January 27, 2017

Matthew Figueira

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  • MonsterCheddar

    What type of sissie plays a game on standard/regular??????

    • PurplePariah

      Speedrunners do. Not because they’re “sissie”, but because it’s faster. Obviously.

      • MonsterCheddar

        And the point of that would be?

        • PurplePariah

          To be fast and not sissie.

          Obviously.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Yes, I get that. But why would you want to rush through a game?

          • PurplePariah

            There’s a common misconception that speedrunners don’t actually play the game normally first. They do. They like the game enough to see how fast they can finish it. It’s a challenge for them, once the game is complete normally. It’s a way to keep playing something you love, while adding on extra challenge.

            It’s like doing a 1 life character in Borderlands, or like using only thrown weapons in expert mode in Terraria. It’s just self-imposed challenges because you like something.

            And speedrunning is hard as balls. Way, way harder than playing a game on a “hard” difficulty setting. Frame perfect tricks, leaps of faith, perfect timing, execution, good rng. All required in speedrunning.

  • Admiral Chief

    I wonder what Llew things about Res7

    • Hammersteyn

      *thinks
      You’re slipping boy

      • Admiral Chief

        I blame lack of sleep

        FFFFFFF dog vomiting on my daughter’s bed at 01h30 in the morning

        /tableflip

        • Hammersteyn

          Shame man, luckily it’s weekend

          • Admiral Chief

            Can you guess who is in the dog-box?

            That dog is on Admiral avoidance level 10 at the moment.

            Vomit ON the bed, WHY?????

          • Hammersteyn

            They do this. I always keep my bedroom door closed because the dog always pisses on my bed. I’m gonna start peeing on his bed, see how he likes it

      • Admiral Chief
  • Hammersteyn

    I need this!

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