VIDEO: How to beat the Xbox 360 Sonic 2 Guinness World Record

It's almost been a year since I claimed the fastest recorded time on Act 1 of the Xbox 360 version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. So I figured it's time to reveal the secrets and let you have a go at getting your own Guinness World Record. So here, in video form, is exactly what you need to do to if you wanna be a record breaker. You've got dedication already, right?

Just to clarify, the actual world record for the Mega Drive original stands at 20 seconds, but I maintain that the Xbox 360 pad makes that very difficult to achieve. There are also YouTube videos going as low as 19 seconds, although these are clearly running on emulators and are not recognised by Guinness World Records. What this means is that a genuine world record is there for the taking. To make a world record attempt, check out the rules here.

Above: The fastest recorded time on the Xbox 360 version of Sonic 2. Now you know how to do it faster

I set my record at the Golden Joystick Awards last year, and voting for this year's games is happening right now. If you haven't voted yet on the games you want to win a Golden Joystick, I highly recommend you get over there post-haste. A Golden Joystick Award is the most important award in gaming because it's voted for by the people that matter - you. Not journos, not developers, just passionate gamers who want to let the makers of their favourite games know how much their art is appreciated. So go and make sure your favourite games of the past year get the respect and acclaim they deserve by clicking here.

Oh, and if you do beat my Sonic 2 record, let me know in the comments. It's definitely possible. Don't worry, I won't cry too much.

02 Sep, 2010


  • elpurplemonkey - September 4, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    That is very impressive stuff. You make it look so easy.
  • AdonisX82 - September 3, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    Ok, so I tried it a few times, and clearly, I'm rusty. But having observed the videos I recall how i got the 20 seconds. First half is your method, second half is 2nd method (taking the high route) and it makes only a SLIGHT differance, but if at the correct spot on the loop near the end you jump from the top down, you gain just a tiny bit more speed going through the corkscrew. At least that's if memory serves me correctly. I'm unable to put my money where my mouth is at the moment, and I'm not gonna put too much effort into it, but yeah, there ya go...
  • TanookiMan - September 3, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    @philipshaw I can think of a couple explanations. 1) Justin's is on the Xbox 360, so that guy might be using a different console 2) Might be an emulator, which the article points out aren't accepted 3) He probably didn't do it for the Guiness judges, you have to submit to be eligible.
  • philipshaw - September 3, 2010 11:12 a.m.

    The youtube user had a faster run,why does he not have the record
  • AdonisX82 - September 2, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    I made an account SPECIFICALLY to write this message. Had I known one could acquire a Guinness world record for doing this, I would've said somthing YEARS ago. I was doing this level in 20 (I think... if not 20, then 21 for sure) seconds way back when I was 13 or younger. And i did'nt do it either of the ways shown here. In fact, I showed a guy that owned a $hitty little game shop where I grew up (Squamish, B.C, Canada). Oddly enough, he was'nt terribly impressed. I'm gonna fire up my Gamecube tomorrow and try it again. I'll get back to you on that
  • Lionzest7 - September 2, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    it's nice to see a journalist that can play a game above and beyond. Good job. Considering how many games you have to play, and how little time you have to focus likely.
  • n00b - September 2, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    and i thought you were joking
  • thefreakysurgeon - September 2, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    damn you got skillz!!!
  • tareq - September 2, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    Seriously!? what other records does he have?
  • GR_JustinTowell - September 2, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    Yes, I do have another one :) Desert course on Sega Rally on Saturn, fastest time on a 3-lap run ...but only the Guinness adjudicator and my colleagues have seen the in-car racing lines :P
  • MonkeyNinja - September 2, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    I tried. I didn't get anywhere near 21 seconds.....
  • loonyman978 - September 2, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    I wonder if the new Xbox controller will mean you can shave a second or 2 off. You should try again in a year or so Justin
  • Corsair89 - September 2, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    @shenlong4517: He has more than one. Seriously.
  • wastedspace - September 2, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    Don't you have some other record on sega rally Justin?
  • Shenlong4517 - September 2, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    You have a world record...?! I dunno, I think it'd be pretty cool to have a record for the Gamesradar staff. No one beat it!

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