Halo speed run record smashed

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Canadian gamer Andrew "goatrope" Halabourda has blasted his way into the record books, by completing the original Halo, on Legendary difficulty, in just 1:38:57

Release Date: 06/05/2014

Canadian gamer Andrew "goatrope" Halabourda has blasted his way into the record books, by completing the original Halo, on Legendary difficulty, in just 1:38:57. That's 2 minutes and 18 seconds faster than the previous world record, also set by Halabourda.

What makes Halabourda's run significant isn't just that he did it so fast, or on the game's toughest difficulty, but that he did it in a single run, streamed live online. There are faster times for the game, but those are either completed on Easy difficulty or performed in segments and then stitched together for the best time. Halabourda's single playthrough is by far the most impressive, especially when you consider that his time for Legendary completion is within twenty minutes of the record for Easy completion.

Halabourda's secret is obsessive research into the points where Master Chief has to fight in order to proceed, and the times when dodging and running away gets you through an encounter quicker. Probably not a strategy the UNSC Spartans would approve of, but it's the best approach to a speed run.

Microsoft is still tight lipped on what 2014 holds in store for Halo fans. A next gen Halo was teased at E3 last year, but Microsoft later revealed that while the game in question wasn't Halo 5, it was an entry in the core Halo canon and not a spin-off. Persistent rumours that Halo 2 would get the Anniversary remake treatment this year, as Halo: Combat Evolved did for its 10th birthday in 2011, have been neither denied nor confirmed. "Other than confirming that your Halo journey on Xbox One begins in 2014, we have made no announcements related to specific titles" is all that Microsoft will say on the matter, the cheeky teases.

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