Speedrunning. A time-honored tradition of completing a game in absurd times by gamers to show their mastery of the craft of gaming.
Every year, some of the best speedrunners gather to do a huge speedrunning event for charity in Games Done Quick.
To get you into the spirit of speedrunning, we’ve compiled some of the best speedruns for newbies and veterans alike to enjoy from GDQ and Twitch streamers.
The list of the top 5 speedruns
Borderlands 2 Speed Run (AGDQ 2014) by ProfessorBroman, Teawrex, Ubergoose, Imsty
For the uninitiated, speedrunning might not seem all that fun to watch unless you’re into the game.
This speedrun of Borderlands 2 at AGDQ 2014 shows how speedrunning can be both fun and thrilling to watch for an audience.
The guys made it a fun experience by sharing information on the game while still interacting with the crowd while still keeping the speedrun thrilling to watch.
Megaman X (Twitch) by Calebhart
One of the more popular games to attempt speedruns on are the Megaman/Rockman series by Capcom.
It takes a certain set of skill and dedication to be able to pull off a perfect speedrun of Megaman X but Calebhart manages to do that over on a Twitch Livestream.
While many continues to attempt the Megaman X speedrun, the world record is still held by Calebhart in this amazing speed run on Twitch.
Super Ghouls n Ghosts (SGDQ 2014) by PJ
Most of the speedruns tend to be a serious affair with speedrunners doing their utmost best to get the best time possible.
But sometimes, speedrunning can still be entertaining when it goes off the rails.
A mainstay at GDQ, PJ often does entertaining speedruns and this Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts speedrun is a perfect showcase of how great commentary can greatly elevate a speedrun.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Twitch) by Torje
One of the biggest games in the speedrunning community is Ocarina of Time. The game is widely used to showcase the techniques that speedrunners often use in order to get the best time possible.
From taking advantage of in-game mechanics to using game-breaking glitches, Torje’s speedrun of Ocarina of Time is one of the best examples of a veteran speedrunner crushing through a game.
Jak and Daxter (SGDQ 2016) by Bonesaw577
When you’ve got a runner that’s as entertaining as Bonesaw577 and a commentator that can add a little levity, it shows how speedrunning can be fun for audiences.
Bonesaw577’s speedrun of Jak and Daxter is a prime example of a run that’s just fun to watch and is often regarded as one of the best runs in GDQ’s history.
Speedrunning might seem a bit daunting at first glance but more often than, it’s just a fun way for gamers and runners to explore every nook and cranny of a beloved game.
What do you think about our list of video game speedruns? Let us know some of your favorites below!