Summer Games Done Quick 2015: Day 2 Highlights and Day 3 Runs to Watch

A full week of amazing speed runs continued on Monday, as Summer Games Done Quick 2015 explored more of the best games across the annals of gaming history. Shacknews recaps the second day of the event, while offering a handful of runs to keep an eye out for later today.

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If you missed them, be sure to check out highlights from Day 1 of Summer Games Done Quick 2015.


Summer Games Done Quick 2015 continued throughout Monday, all the way into Tuesday and beyond, continuing to speed run through many of the best (and most interesting) games across the medium. As will be the case for the full week, the people at Games Done Quick are raising money for Doctors Without Borders. Shacknews is looking back at the best highlights across the week and here are the best runs from Monday.

Day 2 Highlights

The 'Ghosts 'N Goblins' Block (Multiple Platforms)

Old-school gamers will remember the Ghosts 'N Goblins series as some of the most difficult games ever made. Shacknews even looked back fondly at these games not too long ago. These games can be tough to speed run, because of their immense difficulty, as well as the unpredictable movement patterns of foes like the Red Arremer, but error72 and Aquas both attempt to run through the first two games of the series.

Even more interesting was an homage of sorts called Maldita Castilla, which pcull44444 and Mr_Weables raced through later in the day. This game featured many of the hallmarks of the series, such as the platforming, the variety of monsters, and the different weaponry. That run is available below, made even better by the two runners bantering with one another throughout the session. The game is also available for free from developer Locomalito's website.

The Tetris Grand Master Block (Arcade)

Simply some of the most intense Tetris ever played. Those not familiar with Grand Master Tetris may not recognize the differences from more standard console versions of the game. It's mostly known for being a more unforgiving interpretation of the game that goes at near-blinding speed. This particular block also features masters going at it in Versus mode, which features some incredible power-ups not seen in any other version of the game.

Words don't do these runs justice, so check them out below.


Day 3 Runs to Watch

'Mega Man X' Block (Multiple Platforms) - 4:56PM PT

The Mega Man X series of game retained much of the difficulty of the original series, while introducing new ideas like character upgrades and even some open-exploration elements across the game's stages. There's plenty to see, but Mega Man X8 and Mega Man X2 are all about the race, with speed runners getting together for a massive sprint to the finish. The major challenge comes later, as Crak_Atak takes on Mega Man X3 with only the X-Buster at his disposal.

'Castlevania' Block (Multiple Platforms) - 8:51PM PT

Castlevania has had a mixed history after its tremendous NES run, with certain games being held in higher esteem than others. This block of Castlevania games will go through some of the more acclaimed efforts, starting with a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night race. The focus then shifts to the later handheld efforts, with Aria of Sorrow, Dawn of Sorror, and Portrait of Ruin. Those that are unfamiliar with the latter era of 2D Castlevania games may be interested in catching this block of games.

Ori and the Blind Forest (PC) - 11:16PM PT

Ori and the Blind Forest is currently among the games in the running for Game of the Year. One of the many reasons for that is its 2D design that makes it ideal for speed runs. Vulajin will make the valiant attempt to get through this deceptively-difficult platformer, attempting to navigate some of the more difficult sequences. Will the escape sequence near the middle of the game be enough to throw this run out? Find out during Tuesday evening's final run.

Summer Games Done Quick will air all week on Twitch. To donate, be sure to visit the Games Done Quick website.

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From The Chatty
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    July 28, 2015 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Summer Games Done Quick 2015: Day 2 Highlights and Day 3 Runs to Watch

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      July 28, 2015 6:45 AM

      Now: StarTropics
      Next: Rygar
      Then: Monster Party
      Soon: Metal Storm

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      July 28, 2015 7:25 AM

      Now: Rygar
      Next: Monster Party
      Then: Metal Storm
      Soon: Star Wars (NES)

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      July 28, 2015 7:40 AM

      Now: Monster Party
      Next: Metal Storm
      Then: Star Wars (NES)
      Soon: Wizards & Warriors (race)

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      July 28, 2015 7:45 AM

      I was hoping that this might be about Summer Games
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0-LGPj2CLQ

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      July 28, 2015 8:03 AM

      Now: Metal Storm (2nd loop)
      Next: Star Wars (NES)
      Then: Wizards & Warriors (race)
      Soon: Metal Gear (MSX)

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      July 28, 2015 8:30 AM

      Now: Star Wars (NES)
      Next: Wizards & Warriors (race)
      Then: Metal Gear (MSX)
      Soon: Rayman

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      July 28, 2015 8:53 AM

      Now: Wizards & Warriors (race)
      Next: Metal Gear (MSX)
      Then: Rayman
      Soon: Metroid Prime Hunters

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      July 28, 2015 9:17 AM

      Holy wow. wizards and warriors. Last minute come back.

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      July 28, 2015 9:20 AM

      It's so unfortunate that this is timed during TI5. Normally I like to watch these events.

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      July 28, 2015 9:25 AM

      Now: Metal Gear (MSX)
      Next: Rayman
      Then: Metroid Prime Hunters
      Soon: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

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      July 28, 2015 10:03 AM

      Now: Rayman
      Next: Metroid Prime Hunters
      Then: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
      Soon: Mega Man X8

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      July 28, 2015 11:38 AM

      Now: Metroid Prime Hunters
      Next: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
      Then: Mega Man X8 (Race)
      Soon: Mega Man X2 (Race)

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        July 28, 2015 12:33 PM

        You may as well scratch off the rest of your day, because Prime, MMX, Castlevania, and Ori will all run you past midnight.

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      July 28, 2015 12:33 PM

      Man missing a lot of good games during the day. Can't wait for some VODs.

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      July 28, 2015 1:25 PM

      Now: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
      Next: Mega Man X8 (Race)
      Then: Mega Man X2 (Race)
      Soon: BONUS! Mega Man X3 low% buster only

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        July 28, 2015 2:34 PM

        mega man x8? damn, the last one I played was x4 =\

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          July 28, 2015 2:40 PM

          well everything after x4 sucked so you arent missing much

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      July 28, 2015 3:22 PM

      Lovely Planet run from earlier this morning, the game is currently $1.19 on Steam.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ThXFUAWkV4

      The game is basically a speed running FPS with 100 short levels where you have to kill all the baddies, don't kill the goodies, destroy the apples before they hit the ground, and avoid the spikes and bombs. You get bonus for beating a par time, and for not missing any shots.

      Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/298600/

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      July 28, 2015 3:30 PM

      Man keep forgeting about this, can you watch old runs now or do you have to wait until its over?

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      July 28, 2015 4:06 PM

      Now: Mega Man X8 (Race)
      Next: Mega Man X2 (Race)
      Then: Mega Man X3 low% buster only
      Soon: Mega Man X4

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      July 28, 2015 4:22 PM

      So this is the first time I've ever seen Mega Man X8 and...this is really the visual style they went with, eh? Eesh.

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      July 28, 2015 5:30 PM

      Now: Mega Man X2 (4 Player Race)
      Next: Mega Man X3 low% buster only
      Then: Mega Man X4
      Soon: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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        July 28, 2015 5:52 PM

        This looks like it is going to be EPIC!

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      July 28, 2015 6:31 PM

      Now: Mega Man X3 low% buster only
      Next: Mega Man X4
      Then: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
      Soon: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

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      July 28, 2015 7:12 PM

      Now: Mega Man X4 100%
      Next: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
      Then: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
      Soon: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

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      July 28, 2015 8:07 PM

      Castlevania Block:
      Now: Symphony of the Night
      Next: Aria of Sorrow
      Then: Dawn of Sorrow
      Soon: Portrait of Ruin glitched run

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        July 28, 2015 8:11 PM

        Thanks for reminding me!

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        July 28, 2015 8:14 PM

        This should be a SOTN All Bosses Race.

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        July 28, 2015 8:27 PM

        8 minutes in, and this is seconds apart!

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        July 28, 2015 8:42 PM

        21 minutes in, entering 2nd castle, about 20 seconds separating the runners!

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        July 28, 2015 8:56 PM

        Nice, they finished about 45 seconds apart. Romscout was leading from about 1/3 of the way in, and took a slightly shorter, but tougher path near the end.

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      July 28, 2015 8:59 PM

      Now: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
      Next: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
      Then: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin glitched run
      Soon: Ori and the Blind Forest

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        July 28, 2015 9:00 PM

        Cool! Really want to see what an Ori speed run looks like, and if they'll make it through without dying!

        I love seeing newer games wrecked.

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          July 28, 2015 9:06 PM

          Yeah. I heard someone mention The Talos Principle, but I don't see it on the schedule. Maybe it is a bonus game. It is a 1st person puzzle game, somewhat like portal. I took 24 hours to beat it, but have since seen a video where someone beats it in 30 minutes by boosting onto wall and thereby bypassing most of the puzzles. I think like only 6 of the puzzles were completed the intended way. I'd like to see that done in the marathon.

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      July 28, 2015 9:23 PM

      Now: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
      Next: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin glitched run
      Then: Ori and the Blind Forest
      Soon: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

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      July 28, 2015 10:18 PM

      Now: Portrait of Ruin glitched run
      Next: Ori and the Blind Forest
      Then: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
      Soon: Mighty Switch Force! 2

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      July 28, 2015 10:41 PM

      Now: Ori and the Blind Forest
      Next: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
      Then: Mighty Switch Force! 2
      Soon: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

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        July 28, 2015 10:47 PM

        For Ori and the Blind Forest, they have a level designer and another Dev on the phone!

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          July 28, 2015 10:48 PM

          Yeah, this should be great!

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            July 28, 2015 10:54 PM

            Major Strats!

            He accidentally quit the game when he was a little under four minutes in.

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        July 28, 2015 10:47 PM

        Here we go! They have some Ori devs on the line, too.

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        July 28, 2015 11:17 PM

        He's made some mistakes and died more than a few times, but this is still super impressive for a game that's only 4+ months old.

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          July 29, 2015 12:38 AM

          It was great. He died more because of the low life incentive. Either way I really enjoyed the run.