Of the many goals found in video games, the main goal for most gamers is to find their way to the end. While the amount of time it takes to complete a game depends on a number of factors, most players are familiar with the feeling of accomplishment once they’ve completed a particular title. However, some players take game completion to the next level by performing speed runs. Recently a player managed to keep running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in lighting fast time.
Intended as a launch title for Nintendo’s popular hybrid console called the Switch, Breath of the Wild was released in March 2017. The game was introduced Zelda fans to a new open world where players can largely explore and progress at their own pace. In addition, this open-ended format has encouraged many speedrunners to try and complete the game as quickly as possible. Recently, a gamer completed Link’s adventure faster than ever before.
On May 15, a speedrunner known as Player 5 achieved the seemingly impossible by beating Breath of the Wild in just 24 minutes and 15 seconds, 34 seconds faster than the previous best time. This is the world record for the Any% category of speedrun for the game. It’s worth noting that the Any% speedrun only requires the player to reach the end of the game without having to complete any other side objectives. Impressively, this means Player5 has the fastest times across four speedrunning categories in Breath of the Wild: All main missions (2 hours, 21 minutes, 59 seconds), all dungeons (1 hour, 31 minutes, 49 seconds), a “harmless” run (28 minutes, 16 seconds), and now Any% (24 minutes, 15 seconds ).
For those who want to see how Player5 managed the world record performance, the gamer has posted the entire speedrun on YouTube. In the video, they sped through the open world, largely due to exploiting some in-game glitches. However, these malfunctions are Breath of the Wild are essential to complete the Any% speedrun in a world record time.
In addition to using glitches, Player5 revealed a trick they used to shave a few precious seconds of their time Breath of the Wild† According to the speedrunner, they changed the in-game dialogue to French. Interestingly enough, they claimed that this saved them about 4 seconds during the run. While this may not seem like much, the difference between hitting a world record time and falling short in a speed run is often just a few seconds.
This impressive achievement from Player5 comes as Zelda fans eagerly await more news about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2† Although the game was delayed until 2023, Nintendo could show some gameplay sometime in the summer. In the meantime, speedrunners will likely continue for even faster times in the 2017 game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available on Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
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