People have beaten Dark Souls with guitar hero controllers (opens in new tab) and with Dance Dance Revolution (opens in new tab) mats. Hell, even Twitch (opens in new tab) has beaten Dark Souls. But I was surprised to find out that, earlier today, speedrunner NaxHPL set the world record for getting every achievement in just under four hours. Here's the video.
Unlike a normal speedrun, where your objective is just to get to the end as quickly as possible, NaxHPL has to make time to complete every achievement in the game. If you take a look at this Steam page (opens in new tab), you'll see that means going off the beaten path to do things like farm the best weapon of each elemental type, join every covenant, and even acquire every spell and miracle. It's not surprising then that a huge chunk of this run is devoted to speed farming materials, which is unconventional (and also relies somewhat on random chance). Fortunately, NaxHPL is allowed to make use of skips and glitches.
The previous world record for this category was 4:02:01, but NaxHPL managed to shave a few minutes off for a time of 3:57:29. Simple_one on Reddit sums up my thoughts on this perfectly: "What the fuck I literally got the Dark Soul achievement [the final achievement you get for unlocking all others] yesterday and that shit took a dedicated four months."
For more speedrunning goodness, be sure to check out our picks for the best runs from this year's Summer Games Done Quick.