Doom Eternal’s speedrun record beats the game in under 19 minutes

Doom Eternal has a new speedrun world record, proving the entire game can be beaten in under 19 minutes – and we’re not nearly as good at shooters as we thought.

Therealpaisanoa Doom Eternal player who was on a quest after running under 19 minutes last week, finally achieved an astonishing run of 18 minutes and 56 seconds in the any% category, surpassing the previous official record – as shown on Speedrun – almost a full minute. Any& is Doom Eternal’s fastest classification, as it allows for a series of sequence and game-breaking issues, and encourages players to avoid combat in favor of running, jumping, and speeding through the assignments. Therealpaisano’s previous personal best of a heartbreaking 19 minutes and an eighth of a second was released on June 24 – with their latest run they become the first player to officially finish Eternal in less time to watch an episode of Friends.

Destroying – or should we say, killing – Doom Eternal like this involves mastering a few major issues. In some of the forced combat sections, if you stand in certain sections of the arena, mobs that would normally spawn are blocked by your character model, and their AI panics, and they die in place – look how this cacodemon gives up lifefalls from the roof where it was supposed to lay and rolls sadly on the ground like a big, fleshy grass.

Another trick is to collect upgrades and attachments, then quit and reload your save. This will take you back to your previous level checkpoint, but you’ll keep the gear you’ve collected, meaning that even though you’re now physically further into the game, you can use things like Sticky Bombs to fix level geometry and save overall time.

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The main strategy, however, is “blocked boost”, where you deliberately jam the Doomslayer between ledges or inescapable corners, enter the weapon wheel to slow down time, and essentially spam the jump button so that when you leave the weapon selector, all of your jump inputs fire immediately, launching you through level caps and allowing you to jump entire sections. Therealpaisano succeeds on several occasions – perfect glued boosts are one of the keys to this world record. But you can see a good example right at the start, when they lodge in one of the walls of hell on earth and use it to propel themselves straight into the Fortress of Doom.

If you fancy more speedrunning action, Summer Games Done Quick is hosting its biannual livestream this week, featuring series from Mass Effect, Shadow of the Colossus and Perfect Dark. Already available to look at.