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Watch This Sonic the Hedgehog Speedrun That’s Simply Amazing

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Watch This Sonic the Hedgehog Speedrun That’s Simply Amazing

Almost synonymous with Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog basically defined a generation of gamers and spawned a dizzying number of sequels. Much like Super Mario, you’d struggle to find many people nowadays that aren’t familiar with the titular blue mascot. For some gamers, the agility of Sonic isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush. They’ve taken to see just how quickly they can command the speedy hedgehog to complete the game. We’re going to take a look at an impressive Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun, its highlights, and how it stacks up. However, first, let’s cover exactly what speedruns are all about.

What is a Speedrun?

As the name suggests, speedruns are playthroughs of a game with the goal of completing it as quickly as possible. To do this is no casual task — you can assume the player must be very familiar with the game as a whole as well as its intricate quirks. Not only this, excellent reflexes and coordination are often required to execute even the most well-practiced commands perfectly.

Much experience in all aspects of the game is crucial. Every bit of time saved counts towards the final score. It’s expected for gamers to replay sections of the game many times. They also often have target times to hit for each section as a guide. There are many tools a gamer can use, but whether they make use of these largely depends on their goals and the type of speedrun they’re attempting. We’ll briefly cover the most common approaches to speedruns next.

The Types of Speedruns

There’s a lot of jargon involved within the world of speedruns, mostly relating to the restrictions on each type of run. These give a way to fairly judge and compare speedruns while introducing fun challenges for gamers to reckon with. The most recognized speedrun types are the any%, low%, 100% and glitchless types. Most Sonic the Hedgehog speedruns tend to be of the any% type, but an overview of each kind is given below.

Most Sonic the Hedgehog speedruns are the Any% type, which allows any tactics to complete the run.

Any%

As you might guess, this type of run permits the use of any tactics to complete the run, including glitch exploitation or even tricks like skipping cutscenes, which often add to your runtime. Although this may seem a relatively easy task at first, you’d be mistaken. Since virtually every other any% speedrunner will be making use of these to shorten their time, you must be fully aware of the game’s glitches and bugs if you want to maintain a competitive advantage.

Low%

This type also allows for glitches, but the main goal of a low% run is to finish the game with their completion as low as possible. Things that contribute to completion can include side quests, optional upgrades and character recruitment. While this may seem like it makes for a simpler process, oftentimes these optional elements make completion much easier, so this adds a level of difficulty to an already challenging concept. An in-depth knowledge of the game’s mechanics is vital here since you’re starting off at a disadvantage. To add to this, accidentally completing any optional part of the game counts as disqualification, so many hours of practice are required for a successful low% run.

100%

100% runs can be seen as the opposite of low% runs. The objective here is to miss nothing out on your playthrough. Everything optional must be obtained or completed in the shortest time possible. Where low% runners must have great knowledge of the game’s glitches, 100% runners must be complete experts on their chosen title. To obtain a competitive score, knowing how to obtain everything while reducing the need to backtrack is critical. As such, 100% runs are often seen as more difficult than any% runs and definitely aren’t for the fainthearted.

Glitchless

Lastly, the glitchless run dictates that no glitches can be exploited at any point. The player must ignore these, and play the title just as the developers designed it to be played. Naturally, this often leads to a lengthier run, but a glitchless run could still potentially be shorter than a 100% run. This really depends on the number and nature of the game’s glitches, as well as the breadth of its optional add-ons.

Sonic the Hedgehog Speedrun

Now, it’s time to dive into the Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun completed by the YouTube creator known as “Tee-N-Tee.” There are many factors that make this a spectacular run, but we’ve focused on the main highlights below.

Highlights

  • This is a single-segment (SS) run, meaning no pausing, saving or loading was utilized
  • The run was non-TAS (non-tool-assisted), so emulators weren’t used to perfect player inputs or manipulate the frame rate
  • The game is notorious for being an extremely difficult title to speedrun 
  • Glitches are exploited at 4:00, 4:50, and 14:12 to run through faster

Watch Tee-N-Tee’s amazing Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun in the video below!

Pauseless Run

While this was by no means a perfect run, it’s still a very impressive accomplishment for various reasons. Firstly, there was no pausing involved, which adds another dimension of pressure to any playthrough. Secondly, no emulator tools were used, so all inputs were completely down to the player’s skill with no outside help. Glitches were exploited, however, as this wasn’t a glitchless run. This does lead to some humorous visuals at certain timestamps, such as Sonic’s avatar disappearing from the screen. Although certain executions were less than perfect, such as the blocks in the Green Hill Zone causing a delay, the overall time is arguably made all the more impressive because of this. Lastly, the game itself is renowned for being exceptionally hard to complete quickly, as the speedy maneuvers past tricky obstacles are anything but easy to pull off. 

The runs also need to be completed while collecting almost none of the golden rings, which act as Sonic’s lifeline. All in all, extreme precision is key, and, although the gamer would’ve liked to obtain time score under 13 minutes, this is still a great example of a pauseless run. According to the speedrun.com site, this score would place 16th of all runs. It’s worth noting that the player in question has since beaten their personal score, however, and currently places 10th in the overall leaderboards. This is quite the achievement of a well-versed Sonic player.

History of Sonic the Hedgehog

The origins of Sonic begin in the early 1990s in the 16-bit era of game consoles. This is when the competition between Nintendo and Sega was at an all-time high. To this date, Sega hadn’t invested much in creating a long-term marketing strategy around a mascot, but with the extreme popularity of Nintendo’s Mario, they decided to change their tactics. Many ideas were thrown around, but the speedy hedgehog was eventually settled on after the original concept was received well by a random survey of people. The iconic blue of Sonic is intentionally reminiscent of Sega’s logo, as they sought to cement their mascot to rival Nintendo’s. Soon after, the first Sonic title was released in a package deal with the Genesis console, and its success was soon established. It wouldn’t take long for the Sonic the Hedgehog speedruns to kick off.

History of Speedruns

Ever since the beginning of video games, players have been looking for different ways to enjoy their favorite titles. To this end, speedrunning was thought up fairly early on. Absurd to some, and impressive to others (or even absurdly impressive), speedruns offer unique challenges for gamers. There’s also a lot of community spirit within the speedrunning world, whether you’re a casual or competitive gamer.

While speedruns have been around for a long time, they really took off once gamers had the ability to record. After all, having proof of your impressive achievement is a big motivator for doing a speedrun in the first place. Drag Race, released in 1977, was arguably the first game entirely centered around a speedy playthrough. However, it wasn’t until the release of Doom in 1993 that players could actually record their efforts. This helped kick off the creation of the speedrunning community, which would grow exponentially with the support of the internet.

Today, developments like emulators and streaming have catapulted the accessibility and shareability of speedruns. This once obscure part of video game culture is now something that most gamers are familiar with.

Wrapping Up

This is not the only Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun out there. But not many of them are accomplished without pausing the game. As far as these kinds of run go, this is an impressive example. With a history almost as long as speedruns themselves, the fast-paced hedgehog delivers some extremely difficult challenges for the most skilled gamers to take on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a speedrun?

A speedrun is where a gamer plays a video game with the objective of completing the game within the shortest time possible. Additional restrictions can be implemented for a harder challenge, such as having to complete all optional sidequests or completing as little as possible, or not being able to pause or save the game.

What are the different types of speedruns?

The most common types of speedruns are any%, 100%, low% and glitchless runs. These can also be single-segmented or segmented, and either tool-assisted or non-tool-assisted.

How do Sonic the Hedgehog speedruns work?

Usually, they involve completing levels or the entire game within a certain time limit. This can be done by exploiting glitches to travel through levels faster, if you’re not doing a glitchless run. There aren’t many optional elements to the game, so the speedruns are generally done as an any% type of run.

What are the easiest speedruns to get started with?

Often, the easiest title to speedrun will be one you love to play, since you’ll have to become extremely familiar with its mechanics and it’s very likely you’ll end up frustrated with it after a lot of practice. With that said, some classic and relatively short titles tend to easier for beginners, such as Super Metroid or Ducktales.

What are some tips to complete a Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun?

You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the entire game, as well as watch a lot of example speedruns online on YouTube or Twitch. The speedrun website is also a great resource for getting advice about speedruns in general and this particular game.

Who holds the record for the fastest Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun?

Currently, the gamer known as “eandis” holds the number 1 spot for the fastest Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun, coming in at an amazing 8 minutes 36 seconds.

Can you speedrun through any game?

Generally, most games that can be completed can be done through a speedrun. However, games that rely on a timer to advance through the game or don’t have a clear ending are difficult to speedrun. This can be accomplished in a way, however, by creating your own goals and restrictions to play by, such as completing an objective within a certain time limit.

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