It's possible to beat Pillars of Eternity in under 40 minutes

Pillars of Eternity
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Pillars of Eternity, or Bear Friendship Simulator, belongs to a class of RPG designed to eat up your life. You're not meant to rush through it, but speedrunner Jiseed nonetheless has. Exploiting a number of glitches, he's managed to finish the game in a touch under 40 minutes. That's how long I spent on the character creation screen.

While 'spoilers' is stretching it, the run above does 'break the game to shreds', as one vivid Redditor termed it. Our reviewer Andy Kelly called PoE a "deep rich and wonderfully written RPG", so don't go breaking it on your first playthrough.

Cheers, Kotaku.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.