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Demon's Souls Beaten In Under 1 Hour

Need something to shoot for? Got lots and lots and lots of time on your hands to master the exact correct paths and techniques?

Then try to beat the all-time best speed runs in Demon's Souls. For most mortals, the game will take around 40 hours to beat, and that's probably not counting the time lost to broken controllers and curled up on the floor in a fetal position, begging for some leniency. But the hardest of the hardcore have found a way to take the game down in record time...in less than an hour, in fact. Here's Part 1 of alternal's speed run through Atlus' gem:

His total time? 54 minutes, 54 seconds. You came close, right? Probably 58 minutes or so? ...no? Why are you laughing? Hey, all this guy does is dodge just about everything but the bosses and he obviously knows exactly where to go and when. You can do that, too. Just spend some time doing a bit of research or whatever. Good luck with that.

Tags: demons souls, demons souls speed run, atlus

10/18/2010 9:31:20 PM Ben Dutka

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:46:48 PM
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I need to get this, but there are just too many games on my list for me to add another one right now.

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FxTales
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:47:00 PM
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Well, hey, if you can then why not. One way to make the game last longer, set youself a personal challenge.

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Snaaaake
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:49:25 PM
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I'm ashamed of myself.........

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 9:52:07 PM
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O.........M............G........


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Snaaaake
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:02:11 PM
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This guy rightfully claim his title as the "King of Demon's Souls".

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:14:01 PM
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That's incredible. Good for him. He's so quick he's got us all staring at load screens.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:21:57 PM

Some people get big penises, others get fast reflexes and PS3s.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:20:36 PM

I was gifted with both, but i do feel sorry for those who weren't. I dont feel sorry, but you know how it is.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:45:05 PM

What you doing later on Bandit...?

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spiderboi
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:56:19 AM

LV wants a taste of your "quick reflexes"

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RebelJD
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 3:38:00 AM

LMAO so freakin' true! @Alien & load screens.

Last edited by RebelJD on 10/19/2010 3:38:57 AM

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godsman
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 9:40:35 AM

He reminds me of a football player, fakes right then dodges left.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 3:00:31 PM

@LV.
Idk what your mom's plans are.

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Clamedeus
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:14:17 PM
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Holy crap.

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BTNwarrior
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:14:24 PM
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that is the most impressive feat I have ever heard of in a videogame

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mexgeo86
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:14:34 PM
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Maybe it's time to resume this title; just 4 trophies away from Platinum. But under 1 hour, that's very impressive.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:33:48 PM

Thank goodness that doing an hour-run isn't a trophy, right?

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eLLeJuss
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:19:47 PM
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This isn't really that hard. i think 1 playthrough and you'll be familiar with the place 2nd play through you know most of the enemies and where to go to avoid them. Probably the hardest stage to run is 4-1 where the enemies roll so u can't outrun them. I can beat it in probably 2 hours if i try speed running it then just keep choppin off time till i become better and faster.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:24:08 PM

I don't know about that. You may be able to dodge a few attacks early on but being able to dodge perfect repeatedly over the length of a stage IMO is incredibly difficult.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:50:44 AM

He did it on his first playthrough. It shows he starts a new game in the beginning.

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eLLeJuss
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 1:55:09 AM

U dont really need to dodge all the attacks. if u know where the enemy spawns then u just avoid them/run pass by them. there will be a point when they stop following you. Or you can just cast cloak on yourself and run pass them. Alot of them can be avoided just by running like the casters in the tower of latria. And its so easy to speed run level 5. You can run and avoid anybody there especially 5-2 just go around them. As i said only world 4 is hard to speed run cause u have to fight the rolling dudes.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 8:51:35 AM

eLLeJuss,

Have you ever played Demon's Souls?

JPBooch,

Just because he started a new game here doesn't mean he did this on his first playthrough. That would mean he did this the first time he played the game, which I assure you he didn't.

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SoulController
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:22:26 PM
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On the 2nd playthrough, this is definitely possible. Seeing as you get to keep your previous experience, weapons & magic so its totally possible.

This game has seriously become one of my favorites of the generation. The further into the game, its super addictive. You tube Demon's Souls crack..lol It satisfies my desire for a deep experience & that's hard to come by these days.

& just to be clear, this game really isn't that hard. Its challenging but its not as hard as a lot of peeps are making it out to be. The problem is, during the tutorial & beginning of the game, they don't spoon feed you on farming & spending your souls the right way. The Demons Souls wiki helps tremendously as well fyi...

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:57:04 PM

Actually this is not easier on your 2nd playthrough since the game's difficulty rises by 4 times (biggest difficulty jump of them all).

This is easier on your following playthroughs (3rd, 4th, etc.)

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frostface
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 7:37:38 AM

I agree. 3rd/4th etc play-throughs are much easier with the benefit of being well leveled up. 1hr is a great feat but completely do-able. I'd expect to see more people now that the challenge as been put down, attempting and succeeding at this.
You're not running through the game to unlock other NPCs, you're not trying to grind for rare stones. You're not soul farming or weapon upgrading. It's just running from the start of the level, to the boss at the end of the level. Not taking from some of it's difficulty, but if you play enough and are leveled up enough, this is really not a very hard game.
It has a reputation because it starts out hard but with enough hours pumped into it, you'll know every inch of it, enough that you'll have no problems reaching the end of the level quick.
1hr though, that is really cool!

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Orvisman
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 8:52:53 AM

So, if it so easy, you do this and post a video for us.

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frostface
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 4:53:35 PM

I'm not saying that I can do it. I'm just saying that I can see other people trying to beat this and succeeding. 1hr is phenomenal but all thats being done is running through the levels with the hardest thing being the boss fight at the end of the level.
And yeah, it would be that easy. I gather you're someone who gave up after not getting through the first level. Because anyone who has stuck the game out and cleared it, will tell you that it's not as hard as you've heard!

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frylock25
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:23:13 PM
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he should contact guiness

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FM23
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 2:47:22 AM

LOL at LV. I think I could do it, but that's too much patience and steady consistency. I think if I was able to just block out rushing it and get down to it...it wouldn't be so hard. After you beat the game one time, everything becomes pretty obvious the second play through. The only challenge is actually surviving because you know what to expect. I love this game even though many hate it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:26:34 PM
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This poor man has no life.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:31:10 PM

That's the same narrow minded thought process that would lead someone to believe all girl gamers are ugly fat bitches.


......wait a second.....

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LittleBigMidget
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:36:21 PM

Pfft, its obvious that he had to be alive in order to beat the game in under an hour.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:37:44 PM

haha, maybe he spliced the footage together.

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FM23
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:42:21 PM

Haha...he has enough time to have a life. He beat the game in 1 hr. 23 hrs left in the day.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:45:02 PM

Fm23,

Ya because upon completion of the game he jumped into this sports car and drove down to the beach for his daily orgy with the local high school seniors.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:24:13 PM

Still, it must have taken him ages to get this down pat.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 10:10:53 AM

Ya... this is not a game you just get down-pat first try. lol. The enemies are many and diverse. This guy knows exactly how all the enemies will behave.

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sticklife
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:28:56 PM
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I bet he used an IGN guide.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:29:31 PM

Most impressive. It's one thing to research and remember every short cut and bypass, but to maintain consistently impeccable timing like that for every dodge and maneuver like that is truly something else.

Cool thing is any player can go the uppermost floor of Nexus (Pantheon) to view the phantom statues of the online boards of fastest times, least deaths, most player kills, highest soul rank, etc...

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frostface
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:35:57 AM

@Sticklife: Why do you think he used a guide? If you clear the game once and attempt what he's doing, you'll already know enough to 'run' through the levels. With the exception of Tower of Latria, having to find keys to unlock gates that allow you to proceed through that level, all the other levels are pretty linear and have plenty of short cuts.
I'm not saying that I could beat this guys time, no way, but if you were inclined to try and know were the enemies already are from experience, no need for a guide.

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sticklife
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 8:26:12 PM

Uh, I guess I din't make it clear enough that I was making a joke. A really bad one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:40:20 PM
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How is this guy moving so fast? When I played the game everything was slower than a gay man picking out a scarf.

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:55:13 PM

You probably should have spent a little more time with the game. I think you gave up too easily.

Hilarious joke though.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:58:40 PM

I hate scarfs.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:00:14 PM

No armor, and alternating between running and sprinting will do it. The voices and sounds didn't sound high pitched and they were in synch, which means the video wasn't sped up, and the times are recorded online, so there was no way he could've faked the time or fooled Atlus with spliced video, unless he found a new way to hack into the ps3 and the Demon's Souls servers.

All records are observable in the Pantheon (upper-most floor of the Nexus).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:24:57 PM

Eh, I'm glad I got rid of it or I'd still be on the first level.

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frylock25
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:34:51 PM

do you hate scarfs cuz it takes you so long to pick them out?

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:45:39 PM

LOL...good one frylock.

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FM23
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:40:50 PM
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Level up...play the game on new game+, dodge like him...and I could that too though that isn't fun.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:44:08 PM

Try dueling him, and you might appreciate his/her skill more.

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:00:50 PM

That's my take as well. What's the fun in speed running games?

It's just internet e-peen. This feat would have meant nothing in the 1990s

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:01:19 PM

Or then, again, one would probably just hate him more.

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Highlander
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:18:21 PM
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That's Fast!

Sometimes this kind of thing is a cool challenge for yourself, just to see how good you are.

OK, try this one, Complete Burnout Paradise to 100% (all the offline elements) in under 24 hours). Before Criterion mae the game a bit easier the record (as far as anyone knew) was 17 hours 17 minutes. I've done it in under 24 hours, but it's not easy.

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:28:04 PM

I find "initial equip/stats" more of a challenge than speed runs.

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Shams
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:38:56 PM

Btw, Highlander, on my shopping spree this weekend, i finally picked up a copy of Burnout as per your recommendation.

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Highlander
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1:27:41 AM

@Scarecrow, a friend of mine actually completed Burnout with the first car you get and only used that first car, no others. Somehow he managed to get everything except the car specific events. It's like running through Uncharted with only a .45 to work with.

@Shams, enjoy. Be aware though, there's several updates that will download (unless they've merged them all) which will take a while depending on your connection, and which version of the game you bought.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1:49:15 AM
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Under one hour... HOLY CRAP!!! It took me over four just to get past the first level. That is some kind of unreal. Related: Damn it, I need to get back to Demon's Souls ASAP.
Peace.

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___________
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 2:30:31 AM
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wow, now thats what i call dedication!
i use to love doing things like that, completing games 100% spending months learning them like the back of my hand.
did that for the first 3 crash bandicoot games.
sadly, dont have time for it anymore.
:(

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 3:32:39 AM
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WorldEndsWithMe
"How is this guy moving so fast? When I played the game everything was slower than a gay man picking out a scarf. "

you were probably sporting a load of gay heavy armour?

Anyways, parrying those silver skeletons like that takes some serious cojones and skill

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 5:03:27 AM
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if you watch the video, you see that it isn't even a new game+, it is a completely new play through starting from scratch. Pretty mind boggling

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 5:05:40 AM
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...but on the other hand he's playing as a Royal. Pah, nothing hardcore about that, it is the pussy's choice.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 10:14:59 AM

Dude.... 1 hour. I don't care what class you pick. I went with a magician and it took me like 1-2 hours to beat the first level on my first try.

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AshT
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 6:37:19 AM
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Holy Crap

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tdinc1
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 7:16:54 AM
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sure this person beat it in one hour he was already stacked with weapons..how about a actual NEW game...

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 7:30:26 AM
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tdinc1
Watch the video from the start. It was a NEW game

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Nynja
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 7:52:25 AM
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And my friends tell me that "I" have no life...seriously, that is pretty damn clever and amazing.

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NazzyQ
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 9:44:22 AM
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The hard thing about doing a Demon souls speed run is that the game auto- saves practically every 2 seconds. In other games, where you save manually, you can keep practicing on a particular part of the game, and only save once you've mastered it completely. Hence, making it easier to record a fast playtime.

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SolidFantasy
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:41:29 AM
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That's pretty GD!! impressive!

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JPBooch
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:58:18 AM
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What's most impressive of this is his conservation of time. He actually opens the menu to switch his inventory during mandatory real time cut scenes. I watched the first 25 minutes or so and he has everything down to a science. He dies on purpose after flipping the lever to open the gate so he starts off in the beginning level to fight Phalanx. That short cut on 4 when he jukes the BP Black Skeleton to jump off the cliff is frigging amazing.

The most amazing thing is how he rolls through the arrow machine (jesus cross) on 3. Like it was nothing. On his first try. W...T...F.

This dude probably has done nothing over the past 2 years but play this game. That is for sure.

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:38:13 PM
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yeah, getting the Black Skeleton (one of the hardest foes in the game, hands down) to commit suicide like that was just sweet

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STAY3R
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 2:52:11 PM
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i did it in 2 hours 35, so yeah wid a lil' more effort, itz not impossible

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slimey
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 6:21:01 PM
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Impressive, most Impressive

was it a NEW game or newgame+?

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STAY3R
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 1:37:56 AM

skipped all the cutscenes and it wz a newgame bcuz i lost all my previous saves along with my phat ps3

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RaGeQuiT
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 2:54:14 AM
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holy shite he's good

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slimey
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 5:02:57 AM
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STAY3R
I know how it feels to lose gamesaves on the phat ps3....grim
2 hrs 35 is fecking impressive. I took 69 hours, but was doing my typical ridiculous rpg thing of spending so many ludicrous hours levelling up (I was soul level 85 by the end) that I was so overpowered I could most of the demon bossed in about 10 seconds with magic without taking a hit

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STAY3R
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 8:31:56 AM
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lmao, level 85!!! god, i wz 68 prolly on the ol' ps3

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, October 21, 2010 @ 10:29:34 AM
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So he's a high level and restarted the game? Uhh, cool?

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