Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was only released on Oct. 27, but a speedrunner has already posted a completion time of a shade under 80 minutes for the controversial game.
Wolfenstein II does not have a multiplayer option, so the focus is solely on the first-person shooter's campaign mode. Here's how the speedrunner was able to finish the game in such a short amount of time.
Wolfenstein II Speedrunner Beats The Game In 80 Minutes
DraQu, a speedrunner from Finland, was able to finish Wolfenstein II at a time of 1:19:16, which is just a shade below 80 minutes, including some of the title's cut scenes that players are not allowed to skip.
In the video that chronicled DraQu's achievement, he can be seen flying through corridors to complete objectives while almost paying no mind to the enemies that he kills along the way.
As Kotaku's Ethan Gach noted, two of the biggest time savers in DraQu's record speedrun can be seen at the 15:25 and 23:25 mark when he cut though the level geometry of the game through swimming sections. DraQu also made use of armored stilts to evade encounters with enemies and other obstacles.
The speedrunning video of DraQu, of course, contains spoilers to the insane plot of Wolfenstein II. Players who would like to keep the sense of surprise for the game's story should beat the game by themselves first before taking a look at how DraQu finished Wolfenstein II at record speed.
DraQu also currently holds the Wolfenstein: The New Order speedrunning record at 1:31:16. The record for Wolfenstein II will likely be broken over the coming days and weeks as more players try their hand at finishing the game at the fastest time. It is interesting to see, however, that the sequel is a bit shorter than its predecessor.
The Controversy Of 'Wolfenstein II'
The story mode of Wolfenstein II was in the news long before DraQu's speedrunning success, due to the controversy of the game's themes.
Alt-right gamers were outraged over the anti-Nazi stance of Wolfenstein II, which even had a slogan of "Make America Nazi-Free Again" as part of its marketing initiatives. This was taken a step further with an advertisement released by publisher Bethesda before the game came out, which opened with a Nazi soldier getting punched in the face.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will also launch on the Nintendo Switch sometime next year.