Lifeline (PS2) – The Speedrun (3:01:29)

As I was playing Lifeline blind, someone jokingly suggested that I speed run it. Unfortunately for me, I thought, “Well, why not? The game has some weird quirks that could make for a strange speed run.

From what I can tell, this is the only speed run of Lifeline out there. The game makes sane people give up in screaming frustration before they’re halfway through. The few comments about possibly speed running it that I found all seem to end with the person actually playing the game and fleeing in completely reasonable terror. However, that means that this run is the world record for completing Lifeline with a time of 3:01:29 from pressing “New Game” to the moment the final cut scene appears.

Please note, if you want this world record, take it. That’s not a taunt. If I’m going to hold a world record I want it to be for something cool like largest drier lint collection or most simultaneous jelly beans in mouth. Frankly, having the world record for Lifeline is embarrassing.

Just be warned if you want to speed run this game: that way lies madness. It’s a three hour speed run where even the best time possible in the game is going to be around two hours and forty-five minutes. The lack of control is frustrating on its own but the time sinks that will destroy your run are an hour and a half into it.

This run is pretty far from optimized. There’s a hilarious failure at what is the most frustrating part of the game and the part that has the greatest time loss when you screw up. I ended the game with excess health which is another twenty to thirty seconds I could have saved. Not to mention the problems with the randomness of the combat and voice recognition which is always tossing the dice when you play Lifeline. The randomness went against me a lot.

I don’t plan on improving my own time further. Playing Lifeline is a cry for help and speed running it probably counts as a suicide attempt.


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  • Wtf are you a masochist or something?

    Ninja Baiano July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • 6 years later they should do a remake leave the voice recognition the same just hd

    Supreme Great July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • Speed Run, 3 hours.

    The Hopeless Pragmatic July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • Call Me Kevin brought me to this video. Interesting game concept, but typical early 2000's implementation. You have a great deal of patience. Well done.

    BoffinBrain July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • I heard that the secret of this game was to give the voice commands with a thick Japanese accent, since that's how they calibrated the voice recognition.

    Business Professional July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • Resident Evil + The Sims, played with mic.

    Channel07 July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • Real Good Job Man….
    Lifeline was really good for Voice Interactive-based game

    Elvin Ferdian July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • The enemy has been founded

    Shaquan Tucker July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • Hero

    vvvortic's cousin July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • Honestly, this was one of the most interesting speedruns I've ever seen. I especially enjoyed your commentary and how you explained various tips and tactics despite all of the commands you had to issue to actually do the run. You have a great voice, and the muffled microphone actually sounds quite nice, I think. Gives off a sort of charm from the video's old age. In my opinion, this run was criminally underrated. Loved your original playthrough. I wish more people would stumble upon your Lifeline videos like I did a few years back.

    Michael Cosgrove July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • She just doesn't listen. =P

    Fist of the World King July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • In space, no one can hear you give voice commands

    Algirdas Šalomskas July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • 1:04, "mouth" "stomach" "mount" "stomach" "mouth" "stomach" …..

    優さん July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • i am SO sorry you did this to yourself

    Wulfy Wulf July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • You should run this at one of the Games Done Quick fests. Totally marathon-safe.

    Nana July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • My god man. You couldn't pay me to do this. I applaud you.

    GameBoiz July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • I'm surprised somebody even considered a speedrun for this game. It already looks frustrating taking your time LOL

    bluAsterisk July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • You sir are a legend for speed running this game @RndStranger 

    Clark Kent July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • A flamethrower!!? What the fuck is a flamethrower doing on a cruise ship!!?

    Caster Tamamo-no-Mae July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply
  • hey rndstranger what did u think of lifeline's story and if they were to make a 2nd game what wouldu do to make the game better?

    satmtcak July 15, 2020 3:52 am Reply

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