Some speed runs are impressive, some are kind of depressing, and some are a little bit of both.
For most people, an hour spent playing From Software’s devilishly hard game, Demon’s Souls breaks down into about twenty minutes of fighting, another ten of exploring, and a solid half hour running back to their corpse. But for one Japanese gamer, an hour of play is enough time to start the game, finish it, and still have enough time to make a sandwich.
The player, known by his YouTube ID of alternalw, blasted through the game in 54 minutes and 54 seconds. He also recorded his entire run and put it online for all to see. It’s a little disheartening to watch him get further in the game in eight minutes that I was able to in a dozen hours, but it’s fascinating to see all the little tricks he uses to shave seconds off his time. If you haven’t finished the game you might want to come back to this later, as the videos are essentially one long spoiler, but if you’ve put the time in, as alternalw clearly has, it’s worth a watch.