Watch a Divinity: Original Sin 2 speedrunner beat the game in 38 minutes

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a big, beefy game. It's also one that you can, if you are so inclined, play from start to finish in not much more than a half-hour. And if you don't believe me (which would be an entirely reasonable position to take), then watch this video of a guy named Onin actually making it happen. 

This is probably the worst possible way to play an RPG but it's also very typical for speedrunning, as Onin takes advantages of exploits and his obvious familiarity with the game to get through it very quickly. At around the six-minute mark, for instance, he goes after a group of large crocodiles, but only attacks the one that's carrying a particular pair of gloves he needs. He uses invisibility and manages his action points so he can kill and loot the required croc in a single turn, after which he plays dead to end the combat sequence (he's playing as Fane) and then uses the waypoint system to zap back to Fort Joy.   

It's a terrible way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Rivellon, but if you're looking to check games off of your "must play" list, this is how you get it done. But as fast as this time is, Onin may be able to cut it even further: The run shaves more than ten minutes off the 48:25 mark he set last week

For those of you who haven't sunk quite as much time into Original 2 as Onin obviously has, we've got a Beginner's Guide here to help you get started, and a rundown of the best mods currently available—including one that expands the maximum party size, so you don't have to miss out on any NPC personal quests. 

Thanks, Eurogamer.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.