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!
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.