Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Not fully convinced of the tenacity of speedrun pros? Check out this one-shot playthrough of the Xbox Live Arcade version of the Castlevania series' most beloved entry, Symphony of the Night, which clocks in at less than half an hour.

Normally a lengthy, Metroid-like adventure, player Andrew Schroeder spends most of the video dashing backwards instead of walking, simply because it's slightly faster than walking – but he uses other exploits and a whole lot of skill to breeze through the castle and emerge with a time that should be damn near impossible to beat.