Without a doubt, there are lots of fans out there who are taking their time playing through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in order to enjoy all of its wonderful intricacies, such as its fantastic tribute to Satoru Iwata, for example. Naturally, though, there are other folks who enjoy their video games in a much different way, with players like the Twitch streamer Venick attempting to speedrun through the entirety of Nintendo’s open world action-adventure title in order to attain the world record for the fastest playthrough. Of course, sometimes technical issues get in the way, for in Venick’s case, he lost an entire run near its end due to the game freezing.
As seen in the Twitch clip directly below, Venick was on track to beating speedrunner Orcastraw’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s world record time of 51 minutes and 18 seconds, but lost the run when the game froze during the final boss section. Understandably, he was upset, so for those with sensitive ears, it’s important to note that he uses some foul language to express his anger. However, as found in the second video below, Venick achieves what he set out to accomplish and hit the world record speedrun for Breath of the Wild at 50 minutes and 17 seconds.
While Venick’s feat is impressive, some fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild who have yet to even figure out how to get the Master Sword may be wondering how fresh this phenomenon is with the game. As it happens, a full week hadn’t even passed after the title’s official launch on March 3 before players started burning a blazing trail to the final boss battle. In fact, one of the first speedrunners set a solid pace by beating the game in just under an hour.
For those unaware, speedrunning is nothing new, but it has become a much more widespread activity among those in the livestreaming community, as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is far from the first title to have players attempting to finish the game in a ridiculously quick manner. For instance, one of the faster speedruns happened in Arkane Studios’ recently released Dishonored 2, which was beat in 32 minutes.
Taking all of this into consideration, it’s safe to say that most fans won’t have the time or patience required to hone their abilities to beat titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the fastest world record speedrun. Thankfully, though, we have players like Venick, who not only manages to finish games in a blazing fast manner, but also broadcasts the feat online for our enjoyment.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.