A new world record has been set for a The Last of Us speedrun. Speedrunner Anthony Caliber completed the game on Grounded mode in just under 2 hours and 49 minutes. This is quite a feat for a game that generally takes around 25 hours to complete.
The record-breaking speedrun took place on August 20 and was streamed live on Caliber’s Twitch channel. The run was completed in the game’s Grounded mode, which increases the difficulty by making enemies more difficult to kill and having ammo and crafting materials more scarce and harder to find. It was also completed as a glitchless run, which means that the game was absent of any glitches that would make completing the game easier or harder. It took a total of 2 hours, 48 minutes, and 58 seconds for Caliber to complete the game and break the record.
This record-breaking playthrough surpassed Caliber’s previous attempt in the same game mode which clocked in at 2 hours, 49 minutes, and 6 seconds. It also surpassed the previous record holder by almost two minutes. According to speedrun.com the speedrun record for The Last of Us on Grounded mode was held by British speedrunner ABZ_Games, who completed the game in 2 hours, 50 minutes, and 34 seconds. This also marks the second record that Caliber holds for speeding through the game as speedrun.com has him down as beating the game, at any percentage, in 2 hours, 29 minutes, and 1 second. The “any percentage” category simply means that he was able to get to the end of the game as quickly as possible and by any means necessary including the use of glitches.
Caliber is no stranger to speedrunning through a game. He currently holds records in most of Naughty Dog’s game catalog including The Last of Us: Left Behind, The Last of Us Part 2, and the first three entries in the Uncharted series. His YouTube and Twitch are filled with his runs where he attempts games on their hardest difficulty.
Speedrunning has become quite popular in recent years with players looking to beat records in games like Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Though people are not stopping at just speedrunning through a game. One player recently completed Sekiro in just over four hours while also being blindfolded, effectively making the rest of us look lazy.
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