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Speedrunner "Jets" through Fallout: New Vegas

Speedrunner Kungkobra decides to try the almost impossible and speed through the Fallout: New Vegas story.

One Fallout fan named Kungkobra did a speedrun of Fallout: New Vegas earlier this week, clocking in an amazing 20 minutes 47 seconds for the main story. 

While most gamers wait in line with baited breath to get their hands on the newest Bethesda games so they can explore every nook and cranny of the open world and get lost in hours of sidequests and DLC, Sweden native Kungkobra decided to say, "screw all that" and see how long it would take to hammer through the main story. Using various tricks and exploits, he was able to get through the game in just under 21 minutes -- which, according to his Speedrun profile, is 6 minutes longer than it took for them to get through Fallout 3

Kungkobra was able to shave off time by using several diffferent tactics. These included switching the default language to Italian, because some of the voice actors were able to speed through their dialog. But for some of those long-winded, non-skippable characters, Kungkobra used a save quick-load exploit. Also, since combat would do nothing but cost precious seconds, the speedrunner power-leveled The Courier's Charisma and Speech perks to talk himself out of any combat situation. Because he used a female protagonist, he was able to use the Black Widow perk to its fullest extent.

But of course, the most impressive strategy Kungkobra used was the decision to cripple his character's legs at the beginning of the game. Using another quick-load exploit after doing so let the speedrunner move 160% faster than normal, which is impressive just for the impeccable timing needed to achieve this feat. 

What do you think of this speedrun? What other specialized runs of Fallout have you seen? Sound off in the comments!

Published Jan. 6th 2016

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