Portal 2 speedruns

Posted: June 12, 2011 in PC
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Portal 2. The sequel of one of the best inventions from Valve. One of the games that made most of people get The Orange Box (just for Portal… I’m one). A game so popular that Valve decided to give it for free on Steam when Portal 2 was officially announced (I got it… Again).

What makes Portal 2 so awesome? Apart from a very nice storyline, the CoOp mode (which I honestly don’t enjoy), and the ability to “think with portals” with a friend. Also, it has one of the most twisted and psychedelic techno soundtracks I’ve heard before (just a note guys, you can download the first of three OST discs for FREE on the Portal 2 website).

The game offers something around 3 hours of lineal gameplay (yes, it’s hella short, but it’s AWESOME), compared with the short 1 hour of the original one, filled with action, puzzles, comedy, sarcasm, betrayals and personality cores.

Sadly, the game lacks the Time Trial function you had on the original Portal, or the chance to play the game with advanced test chambers, apart from the CoOp challenges. Somewhat sad for some of the Portal fans out there.

So, how to do a speed run if there’s no tool for it? DIY!

I’ve finished the game like 4 times already: 2 of them were normal runs, including my (incomplete) walkthrough, and 2 of them were speed runs. My original time was something around 2 hours (with some errors on both gameplay and using my timer).

Gameplay errors are common (unless you’re a PRO gamer), not even counting perfect timing when taking the time from start to end (time delta ~0.600sec, sometimes as HUGE as 3 seconds). Also, there were some doubts about where to start or stop the stopwatch, like certain cutscenes, elevators, etc.

I decided to do a personal speedrun (not really aiming for world record right now), with some errors here and there, and decided to add some cutscenes to the total time. Here are the results:

NOTE: I started the speedrun right after you cross the portal on the Old Aperture relaxation chamber (not the floating houseblock (the stasis chamber), but where you start on Portal 1).

After that, speedrun time starts when I start moving outside the elevator, and stopped when the elevator doors were closed and right before you start to move to the next floor, or right when you cross a door followed by a loading screen. Cutscene time was added or removed where indicated.

Time is indicated as HH:MM:SS.S”. The time inside the brackets is the continuous time from start to end. WARNING: (somewhat) SPOILER ALERT

CHAPTER 1:

  • 19.8″ (19.8″)
  • 34.4″ (54.2″)
  • 54.3″ (1:48.5″)
  • 1:00.0″ (2:48.5″)
  • 49.3″ (3:37.8″)
  • 1:02.6″ (4:40.4″)
  • 1:47.3″ (6:27.7″) Including cutscenes
  • 3:03.1″ (9:30.8″) Including cutscenes
  • 1:08.8″ (10:39.6″) Without falling cutscene

CHAPTER 2

  • 33.3″ (11:12.9″)
  • 37.6″ (11:50.5″)
  • 29.4″ (12:19.9″)
  • 53.2″ (13:13.1″)
  • 58.8″ (14:11.9″)
  • 58.3″ (15:10.2″)
  • 1:31.8″ (16:42.0″)
  • 32.9″ (17:14.9″)

CHAPTER 3:

  • 1:59.6″ (19:14.5″) Including Wheatley chat cutscenes (during aerial faith plate jumps)
  • 1:39.6″ (20:54.1″)
  • 1:04.7″ (21:58.8″)
  • 1:51.8″ (23:50.6″) Including door cutscene
  • 56.8″ (24:47.4″)
  • 43.0″ (25:30.4″)
  • 42.6″ (26:13.0″)
  • 56.2″ (27:09.2″)
  • 43.6″ (27:52.8″)
CHAPTER 4
  • 1:32.0″ (29:24.8″) Without elevator cutscene
  • 2:07.9″ (31:32.7″)
  • 28.4″ (32:01.1″)
  • 1:13.4″ (33:14.5″)
  • 1:13.9″ (34:28.4″)
CHAPTER 5:
  • 1:30.7″ (36:59.1″)
  • 3:12.2″ (40:11.3″)
  • 1:20.5″ (41:31.8″)
  •  ———- (Wheatley cutscene before GLaDOS showdown)
  • 3:37.5″ (45:09.3″) Including GLaDOS’ “kill attempt” scene. Not including elevator scene (Stopwatch stopped when I got inside the escape pod)
CHAPTER 6
  •  ———– (POTaDOS & Chell fall down cutscene)
  • 2:27.2″ (47:36.5″)
  • 3:33.2″ (51:09.7″)
  • 2:10.6″ (53:20.3″)
  • 1:32.4″ (54:52.7″)
  • 1:22.0″ (57:14.7″)
  • 2:02.9″ (59:17.6″) Including POTaDOS speech right before stabbing it with the portal device
CHAPTER 7:
  • 3:11.2″ (1:02:28.8″)
  • 1:28.0″ (1:03:56.8″)
  • 4:45.0″ (1:08:41.8″)
  • 4:28.5″ (1:13:10.3″) Including lift cutscene
CHAPTER 8:
  • 2:40.1″ (1:15:50.4″) Including cutscene
  • 49.4″ (1:16:39.8″)
  • 57.5″ (1:17:37.3″)
  • 2:27.8″ (1:20:05.1″)
  • 1:05.9″ (1:21:11.0″)
  • 49.3″ (1:22:00.3″)
  • 1:26.5″ (1:23:26.8″)
  • 1:54.6″ (1:25:21.4″)
  • 2:07.6″ (1:27:29.0″)
  • 3:19.0″ (1:30:48.0″)
CHAPTER 9:
  • 1:39.6″ (1:32:27.6″)
  • 2:24.7″ (1:34:52.3″) Including cutscene
  • 2:02.9″ (1:36:55.2″)
  • 5:05.1″ (1:42:00.3″) Timer stopped right when you shoot the portal to the moon.

There’s still room for improvement, true, but I’m still thinking how to improve the time measurements

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