New GTA: San Andreas trick slashes speedrun from four hours to 25 minutes

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as soon as took nearly 4 hours to speedrun, even within the anything-goes Any% class. But that point’s been slashed all the way down to a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 25 minutes due to a brand new trick found this week. It’s a breezy 40-step factor which incorporates directions like “reset if no cop bike before 7:46,” “Avoid Vending Machines,” and “just get lucky loool.” Speedrunning is nice. You can see the brand new record-setting run beneath.

The rationalization was posted to Reddit by a consumer known as Powdinet final week. “The short story is that starting [side mission] Vigilante during a certain part of the [main] mission Ryder makes the game jump to an arbitrary line of script…depending on a variable that is linked to the time since the game started. With the ability to execute any line of script code, we can warp to any mission we want.”

The mission speedrunners need, clearly, is the final one, in order that they will end it and wrap the sport as rapidly as potential. In order to get the sport to entry the fitting little bit of script, they need to entry the mission Vigilante after which cancel it between 82070ms and 82093ms after starting the sport. They do that by basing it on the in-game time of seven:46pm, however there’s no option to inform if it labored for 20 or so minutes afterwards.

There’s so much that must be carried out – and subsequently that may go unsuitable – throughout that point. Players have to finish sure missions, kill NPCs for money, and get particular haircuts. But don’t fear an excessive amount of concerning the particular steps. Powdinet writes that this isn’t essentially the “optimal” option to pull off the glitch, and it’ll probably be improved “at some point” anyway.

“I’ve been searching for this kind of glitch for over 3 years on and off now,” they write. It’s at the moment solely accessible on the Windows version of the sport.

The earlier world report for the run solely dropped below 4 hours 5 months in the past, at three hours 52 minutes. Powdinet at the moment holds the brand new, 25 minute report, however with the lid so cleanly blown off there’s sure to be a rush of latest makes an attempt, and it’s solely a matter of time earlier than extra refinements are made.

Thanks, Kotaku.