Speed running old RPGs

Posted by factnfiction101 on March 28, 2016, 10:27 p.m.

So last month I decided to speedrun old RPGs after watching Youtube speedrun videos. It gave me an excuse to pick them up again and be a lazy. My other half thinks it's in bad taste to speedrun RPGs… She says that because she likes to take too long on every RPG she plays. Anyway… I played Final Fantasy 4, 6, and 7, only those so far. I will try not to give away too many spoilers.

Final Fantasy 4

Final Fantasy 4 fan art of characters

Final Fantasy 4 Odin battle

My first play through time of Final Fantasy 4 was 10 hours 30 minutes, I took my time some. Had fun with it. This was the first time I played through part 4 since 1997, still remembered quite a bit. For me FF4 was my first great RPG that I will always remember with fondness. It and Sim City were my first SNES games. Looking at them in Nintendo Power I knew I had to have them.

2nd play through time was about 4:00, It was tool assisted as they say.

I used level 99 code

start with best weapon codes

press "A" to summon the big whale at any time on the world map

and later on I figured out a better walk through wall code for version 1.1

I used a few glitches too, like weapon duplicate, Village of Myst skip. I haven't figured out how to use the 64 room glitch yet… It took several tries to figure out how to glitch my way through a certain part. With luck I did it.

My party was: Cecil, Cid, Kain, Yang, and Rydia (young)…

Yes, it was very tricky keeping those characters to beat the game. I wanted a warrior/fighter party. :D

3rd play through I beat it in 1:30, heavily cheated, lol. Very much tool assisted…

I used the same codes as mentioned before, but I started with more items.

My party was: Cecil, Kain. Rydia (young), Palom, and Porom.

Magic users was the theme this time.

I hope to make another run without cheats or glitches, I expect my time will be much higher, probably over 12 hours.

Final Fantasy 6

Final Fantasy 6 fan art of characters

Final Fantasy 6 Atma weapon battle

I only played through this til the end one time, but I reseted many many times. I wasted too much time. I got to the ruin world at least 2 different times. The last time I told my other half that I can beat this time, and so I did. I also had other goals too, not just speed…

Least amount of steps

Lowest levels possible

My final time was 5:56

Steps: 17,301

Tool assisted, I used start with weapons/armor codes, but no experience modifier codes, no stat codes, no level codes, nothing else. I didn't walk through walls or use any glitches. Yes, this was a huge headache…

Final levels:

Terra lv11, Edgar lv12, Sabin lv10, Mog lv15, Setzer lv10, Celes lv10

Cyan lv12, Gau lv10, Umaro lv11, Gogo lv13

I didn't get Relm, Shadow, Strago, or Locke, also I didn't get every esper.

My levels were really low, but I think I can beat it if I tried again. So yeah, I faced the final bosses with less than 400hp per character. One note about being on low levels, higher level enemies tend to miss hitting you a lot. I noticed a long time ago that the higher your levels are the more damage + chance of being hit increases.

I'm currently playing Final Fantasy 7 on my PS2, I'm considering buying it for my PS3 also. I don't think I can speedrun this game, it's way too long and enjoyable for me to run through. I'm not saying FF4 & FF6 are not as enjoyable, but they're easier to go through or restart and try again.

Final Fantasy 7

I beat it 3 times… First time was a terrible 20+ hours, but I did a lot and also took my time and spoke to NPCs. It's almost against my religion to speedrun this game. So my last two playthroughs I tried to make it to disc 3 with a level 6 Tifa and fight the strongest bosses in the game with only her.

It didn't go well, lol. It's too hard of a challenge…

Now I'm playing Mother 3 for the GBA, playing it on my PSP. I never got around to playing, until now.


NeutralReiddHotel 8 years, 1 month ago

i read that you were using cheat codes and i already tuned out. check this guy out:

this guy is cool as fuck… but it did take him forever, he's been running for over 5 years… i know it's more than that. if you're serious about speed running i suggest you start practicing without cheatcodes. i know you mentioned you're already going to do this so i'm confirming that for you.

speedrunning RPGs isn't boring. there's this dude called mexiricanbassmonkey that made a pokemon firered speedrun that was almost 3 hours, but i ended up watching it anyway since his commentary was pretty entertaining, and at some times just amazing. but it's definitely going to take some time if that's what you want to do. as he described it, "speedrunning pokemon games is lifedraining," but the end result is a fun 3 hour show that was hosted in AGDQ and got thousands of dollars of donations for Doctors without Borders, which is fucking great.

factnfiction101 8 years, 1 month ago

"i read that you were using cheat codes and i already tuned out."
Some speed runners do what's called TAS runs "Tool Assisted", others use glitches or run the game without using glitches or cheats. The fastest you can go through a game depends on how you play it.

I think my time without codes or glitches for FF4 would be about 10 hours. My time for FF6 without codes or glitches would be around 7 hours. My FF6 run was also not just about time, but steps and low levels as well.

"was hosted in AGDQ and got thousands of dollars of donations for Doctors without Borders"
Yes, I've watched a lot of AGDQ and SDA speed runs. I watched Brossentia run through Final Fantasy 4 in 2:20 using several glitches. I watched his sister and Puwexil beat FF6 in less than 7 hours, using glitches. Really awesome speed runs.

Almost forgot >_< I've seen mexiricanbassmonkey run a another game, but I forgot what it was. EditOh, I've seen him run Pokemon Emerald.