Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Glitch Helps Set Mega Man X Speedrun World Record


Popular speedrunner Hetfield set a new world record for Mega Man X, besting the classic platformer in 35:54. The successful 100% run is due largely in part to a new glitch dubbed the "Magic Carpet." Demonstrated in the video above, this exploit makes traversing Storm Eagle's stage a breeze.

The trick is accomplished by using Boomerang Cutter to grab the Heart Tank and quickly leaping backwards to the spawn point for the moving platforms. If done correctly, the game will mistaken the platform as your returning Boomerang Cutter. You'll now have a platform following you around, and you can wall jump off of it to blaze through the stage. The thing even saves you a great deal of time collecting the Sub-Tank and Helmet Upgrade, too. Simply fall down, hop back on and fly away. It's insane.

You can check out Hetfield's record breaking run in action here. Challengers, good luck!

13 comments:

  1. Meh. TAS speedrunners and the like are a joke. Just play the damn game, you pathetic cheats.

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    1. this wasn't tool assisted.

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    2. "and the like", genius. This is in the same vein. It's like using the pause/unpause glitch in MM1. In the end, you're nothing but a damn cheat.

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    3. You do realize glitches are in-game, right? TOOLS aren't a part of the game itself, they're from the outside. He's using the game and everything it provides to get through it. It's self contained.

      Speedrunning is to see how fast you can beat the game. Period. He didn't use invulnarability codes or whatever. He got to the end faster. That's it.

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    4. Semantics. You can dress up a cheating turd however you want, it's still a cheating turd. This clearly wasn't an intended way to play through the stage, nor is it very difficult. Hetfield holds the record for pathetically scrub laming through MMX1 the quickest, nothing more. If you and other skill-less weaklings want to call it "speedrunning", fine, whatever.

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    5. This comment makes me sick. This run was not tool assisted and the glitch is in the game.
      A part of speedrunning is to abuse glitches and use them on your advantage

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    6. And what exactly is the intended way to play exactly? Provide a break down for us would you?

      If its to never use glitches ever, then you better be careful when you play Mega Man X. You better not run down a slope then jump, because you gain height and momentum you shouldn't gain. Better not dash and fire the buster against bosses, because of a glitch that causes you to do extra damage.

      Wouldn't want you to accidentally "cheat" now would we.

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    7. His only "cheating" is knowledge. He's doing nothing you or I couldn't do on our own copies of the game with just the game and the console.

      Intended way, what a load of garbage. How about him grabbing the heart tank in kwangers stage? He didn't use a glitch, and yet it isn't the way the developers intended you to get it. Is that "cheating"?

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    8. uh... the thing with dashing causing a non-charged shot to do +1 more damage is intended (if anything is a glitch, its the fact that only the first shot does it, but that is probably intended as well). It does it in every X game on the snes AND in megaman Zero games. I cannot remember right this second if it works in the psx X games, aside from x1-3 on the re-releases.

      Also, keep in mind, you're arguing with a guy who used the term scrub against someone who is not a scrub. He seems to forget that scrubs are the ones that whine when someone uses the game rules to their advantage, like throwing a blocking character in a fighting game, or using fireballs to force someone into the air. This guy is probably just jealous because he can't do it himself. I'd love to see him do a speed run.

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  2. It's a troll, just ignore it. The logic is easily demolished when you consider that setting a speed run record is far more difficult than playing "legit."

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  3. "this exploit makes traversing Storm Eagle's stage a breeze." Doesn't look like a breeze to me. Faster, yes. Simple, no.

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  4. Wow, super cool glitch! I wish there wasn't this hateful divide in speedrunning regarding glitches though. I see why some like non-glitched runs, as I like watching them myself every now and then too. Especially when a game has a glitch like SMW that creates such a HUGE gap in times, but still. Not liking glitched runs is fine, but speedrunning is all for fun, no need for hatred towards either side. Anyway, cool stuff.

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  5. Maybe instead of using the term 'glitch' we might use 'strat' which makes it sound less cheaty.

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