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Skyrim Beaten In Just Over 2 Hours

Will you be as quick?

Skyrim QA Tester, Sam Bernstein, has managed to complete Skyrim’s main quest line in 2 hours 16 minutes and 10 seconds.

The Speedrun Competition is a bit of a tradition over at Bethesda, where a member of the QA team goes up against a member of the development team. The rules state that the competitors are not allowed to use any cheats, but the competitors could choose any path they wished to complete the main story quest.

The final times of the speedrun then were:

Sam Bernstein – 2 Hours 16 Minutes 10 Seconds

Jeff Browne      – 2 Hours 16 Minutes 30 Seconds

Just a 20 second gap seperated the two, with both choosing different paths. Now, don’t expect that you’ll be able to do the same as these guys have spent the last couple of years on Skyrim and so know it very well. I’ll probably be spending my first 2 hours trying to climb a mountain.

Source: Bethesda

30 Comments
  1. Nauraph
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Anyone have a clue how fast the speedruns were for Oblivion?

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:17.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      I have heard the quickest one is 7 minutes due to the paintbrush trick

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:18.
      • Nauraph
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        I never heard about the paintbrush trick. =P

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:21.
    • Nauraph
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Nevermind, the source states the following:
      “Update: Folks are asking how the Skyrim speedrun stacks up to previous competitions.The Skyrim speedrun took just over an hour more than both Oblivion and Fallout 3.”

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:21.
      • Jakster123x
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        Yeah, IGN said that they were just over an hour.

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:43.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        :O
        How is it possible to do Oblivion in an hour?!!
        That’s scary!

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:43.
      • TheDeathAvenger
        Member
        Since: Forever

        No, not an hour, an hour more (i.e., an extra hour).

        Comment posted on 15/10/2011 at 17:29.
      • Hoopiness
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        Yep, but seeing as Skyrim took just over an hour more than Oblivion/F3 at 2hrs16, that means those two were done in around an hour.

        Comment posted on 15/10/2011 at 19:15.
      • rht992
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        i read that and my jaw dropped. same fro fallout. i don’t know if its even possible to get to the places you need to that fast

        Comment posted on 16/10/2011 at 00:36.
  2. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    I would be annoyed to lose by 20 seconds – nice idea/competition though!

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:18.
    • Peco
      Member
      Since: Oct 2010

      I can hardly believe it, a game this big and the difference was so small. Mental.

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 14:13.
  3. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Wow, what amazes me even more is the fact that the difference between the two times is so small. I’d love to see a video comparison of the two speed runs.

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:18.
    • kjkg
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      Yeh that was the more surprising thing. The times weren’t. Oblivion can be done in an hour without glitches I’m sure.

      Must suck to be that close though!!

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:26.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    :O I’ll probably be getting my arse handed to me by a dragon for the first two hours and then spend the next 10 hours exploring. I hope the main quest is longer then oblivion and doesn’t mainly consist of go here, fetch item/person return as it seemed to be in Oblivion but it’s been a while since i have played the Main quest.

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:25.
  5. moshi
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I will be spend more time than that creating my character.

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:27.
    • jikomanzoku
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      lol, you and me both mate :D

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:42.
      • Broonba
        Member
        Since: Mar 2009

        Me three :D

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 15:50.
    • kjkg
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      Ha, good point. What you choosing for your first character? Khajiit all the way for me. Played Oblivion through three times, every time a Khajiit.

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:44.
      • moshi
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Going to take me a week and the official guide to Um and Ar over that game deciding choice, actually I may start thinking about it now.

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 14:58.
  6. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    This hasn’t worried me in the slightest, just makes me want to play it even more infact.

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:28.
  7. shields_t
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Maybe flying through it at a million miles an hour will be the only way to get through it before it crashes.

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 12:29.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Let’s hope the engine is much more stable this time hey?

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 13:04.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        It surely can’t be less!

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 13:07.
    • plutoniumdragon
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      This raises a good point – Oblivion and Fallout3 only crashed for me with 30+ hours on the game save.
      Do developers and game testers play the way (most of us I assume) play or is it mainly just speed run game testing?

      Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 13:06.
      • shields_t
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        That is a fair point, I can’t say I recall when Oblivion or Fallout 3 first crashed for me, but you would hope the QA department of a software house producing big sprawling RPGs would plough some hours into them to thoroughly test the user experience. Maybe more inexcusable is that after the plethora of compaints, there was never any effort to patch out the crashing issues.

        Despite the potential problems though, I’m certain I’ll be getting it. What a hypocrite I am.

        Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 13:33.
      • bacon_nuts
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Fallout 3 crashed a million times for me from the start, Oblivion didn’t crash once that I remember. I’ve heard others saying Fallout 3 was stable for them, It seems to be random luck of the draw really..

        Comment posted on 15/10/2011 at 16:41.
  8. stonyk
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    2 hours! And they charge RRP £50 for this !?!?!
    Ha ha just winding you all up.
    I have never been more excited for a game before this….however Arkham City is starting to catch up…..

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 13:24.
  9. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Wow that’s fast. If I get it I will never complete it that fast or anywhere near that time. With Demon Souls the first playtrhough took me roughly 37hours and fastest speed run on that is 51mins.

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 15:14.
  10. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    How can you complete a game soo fast?!?!?

    Comment posted on 14/10/2011 at 15:24.
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