Speedrunners never cease to amaze me.
While you and I are both still trying to figure out some of the early mind-bending puzzles in Jonathan Blow’s latest title, The Witness, Youtuber Azorae has already spedran the whole game in less than 26 minutes– 25 minutes and 53 second to be exact. Yes, that’s fairly quick. Of course, he has done so after committing a lot of these solutions to memory, but even that’s impressive, since this adventure launched last week. Take a gander at the clip above to see the master at work. Obviously, there are major spoilers in the clip, so proceed with extreme caution.
He’s playing the PC version, which is a good idea when you consider that the mouse is the superior input option to complete these line puzzles swiftly. Also, keep in mind that since he’s trying to complete this as quickly as possible, he’s taking what’s currently the path of least resistance. Azorae does mention there’s probably a quicker route, so don’t be surprised if his time is beaten soon.
That said, this is rad, and definitely deserves recognition. Jonathan Blow agrees.
Don’t be intimidated by the seemingly never-ending brain-teasers included in this game. You should at least do yourself the favor of trying it out. It’s certainly not an easy venture, but man, it’s satisfying once you get into the groove of things. The mystery surrounding the world you’re introduced to also provides a compelling narrative– It also helps that everything in this title is absolutely gorgeous to look at. I have yet to complete this gem myself, but I intend to slowly make my way through the adventure one solution at a time.
Have you guys played The Witness? How are you liking it so far? Has it proven to be too challenging? Have you completed it? What secrets have you uncovered so far? Let us know in the comments below!
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