Fallout 3 Finished in Less Than 24 Minutes for New World Record

That hardly seems like enough time to admire Liam Neeson's voice acting.

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As an open-world Bethesda game, Fallout 3 is one of those games that provides you with a huge number of options in terms of how to play it. As it turns out, one of those options is to blow through the whole thing in about the same amount of time as it takes to watch an episode of South Park or cook a piece of chicken.

As the above video (via Kotaku) demonstrates, speedrunner BubblesDelFuego managed to complete a run of Fallout 3 in just 23 minutes and 55 seconds. As an "any percentage" run, the only real objective is to make it to the game's ending in as little time as possible. 23:55 is reportedly a world record for Fallout 3.

If you watch the full video (it won't take long!), you'll notice some unusual techniques for getting through the game so quickly. As detailed in this FAQ on Fallout 3 speedruns, these include pushing NPC characters along so that they reach their destinations faster and skipping dialogue by using quick saves and quick loads.

In other words, the run you see above will likely look a great deal different from how the game ordinarily plays. Perhaps most notably, at least in my mind, is how effective running in a mostly straight line can be--it sure does make those well-equipped Enclave soldiers look like a bunch of doofuses.

You can keep track of the top times for Fallout 3 speedruns in this document. You likely won't see BubblesDelFuego setting many new times, as the description of this world record video reads, "Pretty solid, I won't try to improve unless something big is found, or if the record is taken by some good competition."

For more mind-blowing speedruns, check out Dark Souls II being completed in 20 minutes or the original Super Mario Bros. being tackled in less than five. Let us now if you've ever attempted one before in your gaming career in the comments below.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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Discussion

242 comments
yoda101280
yoda101280

I'd like to see a next gen fallout, never cared much for their graphics but love the games.

MN121MN
MN121MN

Wow, Autumn's a tough bastard

death4us2
death4us2

This person just proved how bad Bethesda programmed the game if he was able to find that many glitches to be able to exploit the game that badly. Also glitches are not part of normal game play and have always been called cheats. If anyone don't believe me go to the many game cheat sites and see that lots of their cheats are glitches. I myself have used glitches in games at times but never online or for any competition because I believe I can beat anyone in a fair game. lol

Fia1
Fia1

everytime i see someone saying why "rush this game" i want to break my fingers... the guys who do speedruns have played that specific game casually for hours and hours and hours and probably love the game more than most people that play them, they dont just go turn on a cheat code the first time and complete it at a ridiculous time, those are glitches "part of the game" not game shark codes

gplayer5
gplayer5

I'm not sure if this should count considering he's using glitches. Someone could just use a hack or a trainer to finish the game even faster. Then would that be considered the new world record?

Zoberk
Zoberk

Is this supposed to be fun?

Holdemnutz
Holdemnutz

Supporting stuff like this, multiboxing and other nonsense is what ruins gaming, especially on PC. It may not seem like this has anything to do with MB or other exploiting but it does in a way because people support it like on Twitch, sending people money because they are exploiting games is destupido.


 I may have went into a circle of nonsense but there is sense here if you think about it...

grenadehh
grenadehh

Going to call bullshit. Especially considering he skipped half the storyline - not to mention never went to tranquility lane.

hemoleech
hemoleech

Not too hard to finish the game under an hour, you just follow/find your character's dad. You wouldn't know exactly where he is if you hadn't played through the game properly first though. Personally I like to do everything possible before finishing a game.

GeorgeLelik
GeorgeLelik

I don't think it's valid to make a view of the game based on speed-runs' length. ~24 minutes do not encapsulate the game - this should be obvious at once since those setting the records spend hours and hours to find bugs to exploit and refine their runs; neither should anybody think speed runs to be a retarded form of gameplay; on the contrary, the capacity to play a game in such a way speaks volumes of how interactive video games are, unlike any other medium, in fact.

Wraith3
Wraith3

Like I said on PC Gamer, this is like getting to have sex with Kate Upton and then finishing in 5 secs. Really stupid to speed run Fallout 3.

hy6e
hy6e

Never come across speedruns before, so am I missing something? Weren't there like 14 missions in Fallout 3? He doesn't complete them. Honestly not on a wind up, just don't understand...

PCsama
PCsama

and he won the title "Pain Ignorant"

xbabyrabiesx
xbabyrabiesx

you know there is nothing to report about anything good game related when they resort to posting stuff like this... you rushed through a game..good job i am out of cookies...

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

i must say, people who say that speed runners have invested more time then m. iv probably invested more time then 3 speed runners have altogether. 

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

That is just...wrong!  I have spent 300+ hours on a single game of Fallout 3.  All the cool stuff you missed, all the mods that you can add to make the game even better.  This has got to go into the dictionary as some form of blasphemy.


~grin~

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

But the guy skipped the first half of the main questline! 

maitkarro
maitkarro

Fuck this crap, he uses glitches again. Going through walls -.-

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

This just reminds me to be sad there was no news at E3 about the next Fallout.

:(

mr_e_foxes
mr_e_foxes

The funniest part is the DarkSouls II run they linked isn't current. The any% run is even more broken now. Also, Outlast has a cool any% that turns the game to ~10min long.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

why ? the best thing about rpg games is their longevity, being able to experience the world, you can not do this in 24 minutes. 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Best thing about Fallout (aside from the speed runs)



THE GROOVATRON

spike6958
spike6958

Meh, IMO If you have to use glitches to get it done, it shouldn't count.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Yea...kick ass


(spoken like a true Raider)

skipper847
skipper847

I spent more time restarting it as didn't now which skill points where best. :P

couly
couly

I spent the same amount of time fiddling with graphics options.

nurnberg
nurnberg

In before people whine that "games are too short".

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

"Perhaps most notably, at least in my mind, is how effective running in a mostly straight line can be--it sure does make those well-equipped Enclave soldiers look like a bunch of doofuses." 

This.

surferosh
surferosh

seriously... what is the point then ?


lpool8
lpool8

it takes 25 minutes to load though

faizanhd
faizanhd

In case you don't know, most speedrunners speedrun the game AFTER they have dedicated a large amount of time from their lives to it.

He has probably played no less than 300 hours of the game looking into every nook and cranny.

Something a so-called "fan" like you probably has never done.

Speedruns are a show of skill and way to push the game to its limits.

In any case, who the hell are you to say how a person should enjoy the game ?

There is no "right way" to play a bethesda RPG.

steviegthekop
steviegthekop

I must've put in over 100 hours on fallout 3 PC and never really encountered any of those glitches. But the fact they are there and can be exploited to produce this masterpiece is wonderful!

jaroondee
jaroondee

@Fia1 I was JUST about to be "that guy" and ask about the desire to rush games. Thanks for the insight.

EuroLaser
EuroLaser

@gplayer5 No. You can't use third party programs or edits. The glitches used are part of the core game.

koyettsu
koyettsu

@gplayer5 That is my feeling as well, I realize people out there use them all the time but that isn't really completing the game that is cheating through the game.  

darkentity
darkentity

@grenadehh What exactly are you calling bullshit on? So what he didn't go to tranquility lane. Did he finish the game?

Arkhalipso
Arkhalipso

@Karmazyn I'm pretty sure that people who do speedruns experience the games far more than any of us before attempting to do this. It's not his first time, you know.

TNCN241
TNCN241

@spike6958 There are categories for some games that do glitchless. However, a lot of people feel that glitches make the games and runs more interesting and entertaining, so they're the more common categories. Also common is when a glitch ruins a game too badly, a category might arise that bans it to make the run more interesting (for example, the Link to the Past and Earthbound fastest runs are only a few minutes each, so people usually play the longer categories that ban the glitches used to attain such fast times).


Also, in almost every case, glitches cause the run to actually be harder -- for example, the Mario 1 run uses a walljump glitch to save time. It's a bug where if you jump at an exact pixel while on a wall, you can get an effective double jump. It's only used once in the run but it's very important, and very hard to pull off considering it's "pixel perfect" and the game updates at 60 times a second (i.e., you have about a 17 *millisecond* window to pull it off).

pongley
pongley

@spike6958 Agreed. I could probably complete the game in 10 minutes if I just teleported everywhere.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@faizanhd I've spent easily over 500 hours on Fallout 3 across PS3, PC, and 360 and never bothered with a speed run because it doesn't prove anything.

surferosh
surferosh

@roman4545 @surferosh


my point was about why would you finish a game as huge as Fallout in such a short space of time.. it is meant to be savoured not rushed through..

of course, i am not discrediting the player's accomplishment, and full kudos to him !

roman4545
roman4545

@surferosh its the Guiness man... anyone who has the balls would take anything to make it in the book or show of Guiness World Record history. 


Wasnt there someone in Guiness World Record for completing Halo on Legendary level in a short period of time ? Yeah... well why not Fallout 3 ? 


For sure that guy completing Fallout 3 obviously played the game before or getting to know the walkthrough several times before doing 24 mins and blablabla....


So weird... why you guys never think of this concept before commenting "whats the point" or "why" ? I mean it so obvious guy + Guiness = trying to beat or set a new record. Really basic stuff here....