The world of Elden Ring is vast, full of dangers and even more fascinating discoveries. You’re welcome to take your time. You could say!
But while players all over the world calmly dive into one of the best open worlds of recent years (and we GameStar editors are still biting our teeth on some of the counting bosses), one player finished Elden Ring in just over half an hour .
Don’t you think? Then check out the video of Distortion2 recording his live speedrun here:
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How did he do it? Of course, Distortion2 avoids as much enemy contact as possible for his speed run and uses all kinds of daring shortcuts, so few fights can be seen in his video. In order to cover as much distance as possible, he is mostly on his mount – and dares a few extremely breakneck maneuvers with it, such as jumping over the cliff from minute 5 in the clip above.
Who is this player? The American behind the pseudonym Distortion2 is considered a luminary in the field and holds records in Dark Souls 2, Resident Evil Village and many other games. Shooters are also very popular with him: he finished Doom in just 24 minutes in 2020, Deathloop in 20 minutes.
Which rules actually apply? It is important to note that this is a so-called Any% Speedrun: It is not relevant what percentage of the actual game is visited or completed, only reaching the end sequence is important. So Distortion2 was able to skip entire areas and exploit all available tricks.
Is that a record? So far it is believed that no one has managed to beat Elden Ring faster. how Kotaku reports, the video is therefore considered the current world record. However, we recently reported on a player who was able to complete Elden Ring in a whopping two hours – and without dying once!
One open world, many approaches
Like many other game series with a high level of difficulty, the Fromsoftware titles in particular are known for their speed runner and record hunter scenes. A streamer recently defeated one of the nastiest bosses in Elden Ring with a homemade controller made of eleven bananas.
On the other end of the spectrum, many players are looking for an even more relaxed way to experience Elden Ring and install mods that allow for peaceful exploration.
GameStar editor Géraldine has, as she says, “often felt like a complete idiot” in the open world of Elden Ring. But behind her initial anger lurked one of the best gaming experiences she’s had in a long time. She therefore hopes that future open worlds will learn an important lesson.