Fallout 3 may still be over a month away from gracing store shelves, but that hasn’t stopped Bethesda from setting the first speedrun record for the game.
Apparently a bit of a tradition when a game nears completion, the internal speedrun contest was cleaned up by Bethesda QA tester Sam ‘I Am’ Bernstein, and his prize – a pie of his choosing. A prize well earned.
But for those concerned that this spells the end to fantasies of exploring vast, empty, compelling wasteland – put those fears to rest.
I’ve been the QA Speedrun guy for the past 2 and a half months or so. So if you take into account I played the entire Main Quest about 3 times a week, plus a plethora of times before I became the Speedrunner, I can confidently say I’ve played all of Main Quest somewhere around 50 times if not more. After that many playthroughs, you tend to find more and more shortcuts and different strategies that work to your advantage for what you need to do.
So in that context 75 minutes is a pretty long time. I can’t think of any other game that would take much longer to complete, you know, after playing it start to finish 50 or more times.