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    Anyone ever try doing speed runs?

    I was recently looking over record-holders for some games and the time they get for a lot of them is nuts. I can't imagine being that good at a game to actually hold a record for beating the quickest.

    Anyone here ever try to do a speed run for fun or competitively?

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    I was often worldwide third place in some Perfect Dark (Xbox 360) missions, beaten by two Japanese guys because reasons.

    Speedran a Sonic Adventure level many years back. Fortunately it keeps your time when you make use of checkpoints. I don't know how anyone could do this in one run uninterrupted.



    I haven't done anything like speedrunning for a long time. While I always avoid playing games on easy, I just play games to unwind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I was often worldwide third place in some Perfect Dark (Xbox 360) missions, beaten by two Japanese guys because reasons.

    Speedran a Sonic Adventure level many years back. Fortunately it keeps your time when you make use of checkpoints. I don't know how anyone could do this in one run uninterrupted.



    I haven't done anything like speedrunning for a long time. While I always avoid playing games on easy, I just play games to unwind.
    This sounds like me. Like you I never did many speed runs, but I was obsessed with City Escape on Sonic Adventure 2 for a long time. Perfect Dark is an awesome game, though frankly I'm more partial to the original N64 version than the 360 remake because they messed some things up in transition. If you're a fan of PD though, definitely check out Timesplitters. It's very much a spiritual sequel to 007/PD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarDood64 View Post
    Perfect Dark is an awesome game, though frankly I'm more partial to the original N64 version than the 360 remake because they messed some things up in transition. If you're a fan of PD though, definitely check out Timesplitters. It's very much a spiritual sequel to 007/PD.
    It's been so long since I last played the Nintendo 64 original Perfect Dark. I could imagine there are plenty of inconsistencies but overall I liked the port. It's a shame they never managed to release their GoldenEye port, but I hope that one day I'll see Perfect Dark on Steam. With how Microsoft is becoming more open with PC gaming I believe it's very possible that we'll start seeing Rare game ports.

    As for TimeSplitters, I love the first two games. I noticed your thread about the franchise but never got round to replying to it. Something I'll certainly do soon. Free Radical was a good company. I've always wanted to meet the original Rareware team. They gave away a bunch of tech to my ol' university as they were quite local.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    It's been so long since I last played the Nintendo 64 original Perfect Dark. I could imagine there are plenty of inconsistencies but overall I liked the port. It's a shame they never managed to release their GoldenEye port, but I hope that one day I'll see Perfect Dark on Steam. With how Microsoft is becoming more open with PC gaming I believe it's very possible that we'll start seeing Rare game ports.

    As for TimeSplitters, I love the first two games. I noticed your thread about the franchise but never got round to replying to it. Something I'll certainly do soon. Free Radical was a good company. I've always wanted to meet the original Rareware team. They gave away a bunch of tech to my ol' university as they were quite local.
    It definitely wasn't a bad port by any means, however my biggest gripe was that they messed up some of the finer details -- for example, how in the original game every character model had its own unique set of hands, while the 360 port lazily reused hands for different models; a minor issue to be certain, but still. Something about the fuzzy n64 graphics captivate me, too.

    I think it's really cool how many UK folk like yourself know and love Free Radical. Over here in the USA, their games were largely unknown, but it seems like they were pretty big in your country (understandably, given that they were based out of the UK). I had the privilege of growing up playing Timesplitters 2 thanks to a friend renting it from Blockbuster a few times, and I would easily place 2/3 among my top 10 games of all time. I've heard that they're planning on making another, but who knows how that will go.

    On a side note, it would be super cool to get an XLink Kai TS2 game going. It's probably a pipe dream given the hassle involved in setting it up, but if you or any other forum goers are interested in acquiring a PS2 + ethernet adapter + copy of the game, it would make for an awesome one of those weekend get-togethers that you host.

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