July 01, 2014

Speedrunner beats the Fallout 3 game in less than 24 minutes

Beating Fallout 3 in 24 hours is impressive enough, but 24 minutes? And in all honesty, this world-record speedrun through the game doesn't look like a whole lot of fun. But it is almost unbelievably quick, thanks in part to gameplay tricks that take advantage of oddities in the Gamebryo engine. "Load clipping," for instance, lets players pass through solid objects, while the skillful use of quicksaves and quickloads allows sections of dialog to be skipped. The character build emphasizes endurance and intelligence to maximize survivability while running through enemy fire and irradiated water, and of course the player obviously has a pretty good degree of familiarity with the game as well.

Speedrunner BubblesDelFuego demonstrated over the weekend, it can be wrapped up a little more quickly than the last time. The mark of 23:55 is the first recorded Fallout 3 speedrun under 24 minutes and bests the previous record, which DelFuego set himself earlier this month, by 25 seconds. And while it's never safe to predict such things, I'm going to go ahead and say that I expect it will stand for quite awhile—DelFuego wrote on YouTube that he won't try to improve on it "unless something big is found, or if the record is taken by some good competition."

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See also: Fallout: Diaspora - a fan movie series project by VTi.

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