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Old 01-10-23, 13:22   #1
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Default Suggestions on TR2-5 speedruns

https://youtu.be/IgtjGANQ0QY
Currently, it's all about glitchless speedrun.

TR2, Ice Palace. Shooting of the last bell.
It can be hit without being directly visible.
Discovered by another Chinese player. The literal meaning of his usual ID is "I love billiards JH".
Can be used in glitchless run.

TR3, RX-Tech Mines. Secret 1-2.
This is the famous shortcut we always talked about in the old days. It's just no one did a secret glitchless speedrun at that time. To use the shortcut, we need to go to the middle level first, open the gate to the secret, then go to the lower level.
Discovered by rr_carroll. (I can find the link if it's needed.)

TR4, Valley Of The Kings. Fight at the beginning.



There're 7 enemies, divided into 2 groups: Group A (A1-A4) and Group B (B1-B3). Initially, A1 and B1 are triggered. The death of an enemy will trigger the next one in the same group. B3 holds the key, so the fastest way is to kill B1, B2 and B3.
Can be used in glitchless run.

TR4, Guardian Of Semerkhet. Timed run.
The best way to deal with such descending doors is to roll. We only need to pull the lever 4 times if we roll.
Can be used in glitchless run.

TR4, Guardian Of Semerkhet. Secret 2.
Discovered by rr_carroll in 2009.08.17.
Can be used in secret glitchless run.

TR4, Catacombs. Spirits.
The spirits can be scared away by shooting at them. It's a bit random. All are only suggestions, especially this.
Can be used in glitchless run.

TR4, City Of The Dead. Shortcut.
We only need to go through the underwater part once. Trigger the two spirits in the first go.
Can be used in glitchless run.
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Old 13-10-23, 10:15   #2
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TR4, Citadel Gate, Shortcut.
https://youtu.be/TNlTilqLbq8
Can be used in secret glitchless run.
I found this when I prepare for a survey of No-Scratch play. This is a shortcut that skips the coffin puzzle, where we will encounter the locusts twice. But I think this is also useful in a secret glitchless speedrun.
BTW: Both cut scenes in this area can be skipped by the Look button.
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Old 04-07-24, 15:40   #3
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TR4, KV5
Current glitched way: Embed Lara into the wall at the beginning of the level.
Current glitchless way: Drive the jeep normally.
I measure the time of these 2 approaches. It seems the glitchless approach is much faster. The details are as follows.
Glitched run by Footi: 1:28.200
Glitched TAS run by Woops: 1:21.612
Glitchless run by Footi: 1:15.233
So I think all runs should use the glitchless way.

TR4, Great Hypostyle Hall
I was inspired by the TAS run by Woops. The beginning part can be done this way:
https://youtu.be/Z8lvko7y5BU
It's very difficult, so I think it's only viable in TAS runs. The video is a bit misleading: It seems there is only one turn during the jump, but no, there are 2 turns. Hold Left when sliding down the slope. After pressing Jump, immediately release Left. That's the first turn, which is almost unnoticeable. So, it requires 3 things to be accurate:
  1. The time to press Jump.
  2. The time to release Left immediately after pressing Jump.
  3. The time to hold Left again.
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