Perfect Dark’s Oldest Record Broken Just Weeks After Goldeneye 007’s
The oldest record in the history of Perfect Dark speedrunning was finally broken by one of the greatest players the game has ever seen.
Almost 16 years later, Perfect Dark’s set a new world record in World War II! level, thus conquering one of the most legendary speedruns ever. The Nintendo 64 is perhaps the most popular console for speedrunners and their art of parsing games, and epics like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time can be completed in minutes. Games such as Super Mario 64, GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark are sacred among the community of fast riders and continue to be widely appreciated even decades after their first glory days.
GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark are the product of the British developer Rare, an iconic outfit known for its work on such different names as Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie and, more recently, Sea of Thieves. After the success of GoldenEye 007 in 1997, the company did not develop a direct sequel, but took the engine and gameplay and created a spiritual successor in the form of Perfect Dark. Launched in 2000, near the end of the N64 life cycle, Perfect Dark took the shootout of GoldenEye 007 and applied it to a science fiction story inspired by Blade Runner, full of conspiracy theories, spies and aliens.
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To this day, both GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark support healthy fast-running communities, which set themselves the task of earning a world time record at each level in various conditions of difficulty. One speedrunner, Carl Jobst, helped the community get mainstream attention through his YouTube channel, which releases documentary-style videos telling stories from the entire speedrunner community. Just two weeks ago, he released a video about a new record at Runway GoldenEye 007 on the “Agent” difficulty level, finally breaking the oldest record in the history of the game. As the oldest GoldenEye 007 record fell, so does the oldest Perfect Dark .
record – War! agent difficulty level. Check out the new SpeedRun entry below:
Perfect Dark’s War! The Agent difficulty level has long been a bit of an initial ritual for beginner speed runners, although only a few have managed to tie up the Jobst run in 25 seconds, first set in 2004. For more than ten years, Jobst’s run was considered 100% perfect. SpeedRun, without the ability to cut enough time to reach 24 seconds. It is worth noting that the world record time in Perfect Dark is calculated in full seconds, so the times 25.1 and 25.9 are considered equal to 25. Only when a new integer is reached does the record really count as a beat.
In Jobs video, he praises speedrunner Ryan Isran for breaking his record. Ryan was only ten years old, when he first entered the speedrunning community back in 2005, he was a controversial figure, while at that time, with many refusing to believe that such elite times were a lot of children, but video evidence eventually silenced them doubt. Isran would become one of the greatest speed runners in Perfect Dark and Goldeneye 007, spending years linking, breaking and setting new world records. March 18, 2020 Isran ended the war! for an agent in 24 seconds, breaking Jobst’s records and confirming his status as one of the greatest ever playing a game.
Speedrunning is more than just a hobby. This requires that the games have the ability to fully understand every nuance of every mechanic in the game, a full understanding of what glitches and omissions of developers can be used to save time, and pure discipline to spend days, weeks, months or even years doing your best, to achieve an absolute perfect run, which will go down in history books. Even 20 years after the release of Perfect Dark, new records continue to be set, and while players are ready to use their skills and imagination to develop new strategies and techniques, new records can continue to be set over the next 20 years and beyond.