Notoriously difficult Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice beaten in under 40 minutes
The 39 minute and 10 second run is a world record, a title the player also holds for Devil May Cry 5
For most gamers, just getting to the end of a game is enough. But speedrunners are a different sort of gamer. They race to finish a game as quickly as possible, using every trick and glitch to get to the end faster than anyone else.
When asked how many times had he tried before getting his latest world record, he said, “I have tried about 50 times before… From planning the traveling routes and exploring all sorts of speedrunning techniques, it took me about 5 days.”
When watching LostFeather’s speedrun, the most mind-blowing part is not how efficient he is as a player (which he is), but how he bent the game to his will by taking advantage of all its glitches.
His knowledge of the game allowed him to avoid unnecessary fights, teleport between two completely different game scenes and trigger boss fights much earlier than they're supposed to happen.
LostFeather told me that he didn't invent it, but he had to master it. “This is a must-learn move for all speedrunners. This skip is really hard.”
He’s not kidding about that last part. He said it took him 15 hours to master this move alone.
This all sounds impressive, but how fast is LostFeather really? Records for the game on Speedrun.com show LostFeather is two minutes faster than the second place Russian gamer Danflesh. LostFeather is already working on widening that gap.
“Judging from what we know so far in terms of routes, the ideal record right now, which is also my personal goal, is around 35 minutes,” he said.
This estimate is just based on what LostFeather knows about the game today. However, the Chinese speedrunner is already looking ahead at opportunities to finish the game even faster.
“With time, gamers are going to discover more about this game,” LostFeather said. “When new techniques that allow us to skip more of the game are discovered later on, I think the game will be beatable in 30 minutes.”
“There are increasingly more speedrun gamers in China now,” LostFeather said. “But it’s still a smaller number than that overseas.”
“But there’s quite a number of people who are watching online,” he added. “It doesn’t matter if you know how to do speedruns yourself. People still know how to appreciate all the techniques that you use to break a game.”