Axiom Verge Developers React to 25 Minute (TAS) Speedrun


Ride along with Axiom Verge's sole creator Tom Happ as he watches and reacts to an incredible Tool-Assissted Speedrun alongside "business guy" Dan Adelman.

Check out more from the TAS author Kilaye here:

A Tool-assisted speedrun is exactly how it sounds. Instead of a human player speedrunning through a game, it's instead a program that's had exact frame-perfect moves inputted into it to give a theoretical perfect speedrun. Most strategies used in a TAS speedrun are not humanly possible as they require insane precision and even rapid-fire button presses that no human could replicate. But while a TAS speedrun isn't humanly possible, the program's author is still required to have deep knowledge of the game's mechanics to program the script in a way to pull off the insane speedrun.

Axiom Verge is a side-scrolling Metroidvania that was created by indie developer Thomas Happ. It was released back in 2015 for PlayStation 4, and eventually made its way to all platforms. In 2019, Thomas Happ revealed that Axiom Verge 2 is on the way with a slated 2020 release date, which was eventually delayed to the first half of 2021.
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  • Benny Flats
    Benny Flats2 godzin temu

    Happ soundin like Ron Swanson

  • sento1982
    sento198213 godzin temu

    Nanoseconds precision?? XD

  • Philosopher Logic
    Philosopher LogicDzień temu

    Wow respect to Tom for being a one man show.

  • Breakbeat X
    Breakbeat XDzień temu

    Axiom Verge is a TON of fun, love this game so much.

  • Juan Solo
    Juan SoloDzień temu

    Am I the only one who is blown away that "business guy" Dan actually speedruns himself? How cool is that and what a great way to connect with your community.

  • Manuel Garcia
    Manuel GarciaDzień temu

    The developers just sound like super cool dudes

  • Jordan
    JordanDzień temu

    Really nice to see a TAS run included in this series, I don't think I'd enjoy it as the norm but it gets people more exposed to speedrunning in general.

  • Nestor Custodio
    Nestor Custodio2 dni temu

    Any other dev: "so this is an *exploit* ..." / "by *tricking* the engine ..." Tom Happ: "here we see the Nova weapon *harnessed* to its maximum potential in a way that only a computer can" This man is next-level in every way.

  • Phantom 1628
    Phantom 16282 dni temu


  • marco pivetta

    marco pivetta

    Dzień temu

    Yea only problem is getting someone fluent enough in english, I think.

  • Sudstah Gaming
    Sudstah Gaming2 dni temu

    When ai gets more developed humans could not compete skynet for real!

  • FrayedLogic
    FrayedLogic2 dni temu

    You gentlemen seem to be under certain misconceptions about TAS runs. Most of them ARE fully human controlled. Think of them as tiny segments, recorded individually, then all of the optimal segments are stitched together by the tas script. Now, there have been tas runs where the inputs are strictly digital (like when it's called for a physically impossible input ie left and right simultaneously), but make no mistake: most of those pixel-perfect, nanosecond timings you're watching are human performed.

  • Brendan Toungate
    Brendan Toungate2 dni temu

    Love this game. So excited for the sequel!

  • theonlycatonice
    theonlycatonice2 dni temu

    *Developer reacts to Axiom Verge speedrun

  • ZedarShadow
    ZedarShadow2 dni temu

    Support Tom and buy this game if you haven't, it's one of the coolest games out there and if you love metroid you'll love this game

  • Dakin Real

    Dakin Real

    9 godzin temu

    It's what Metroid would have been if it was created in 2016

  • Karim Mime
    Karim Mime3 dni temu

    Not a Speedrun if its Tool Assist Superplay, just a calibration for futur Speedrunners!!!!

  • nathnolt
    nathnolt3 dni temu

    Can you do Psychonauts next, I'm sure Tim Schafer would be down for it.

  • D4Real
    D4Real3 dni temu

    I played for probably 20-30 hours in my first play through. I like to explore and try for 100% when I first play a game. Also I get lost

  • Guitarzan
    Guitarzan3 dni temu

    Huge fan of the game! Can't wait for part 2!

  • azlanberesford
    azlanberesford3 dni temu

    The game was definitely longer than 10 hours for me on my first play through. It was most likely what the marketing guy said at about 20 hours. Axiom Verge is one of my favorite games I have ever played

  • azlanberesford


    2 dni temu

    @Cris n Mary Fam excellently said

  • Cris n Mary Fam

    Cris n Mary Fam

    3 dni temu

    This game instantly went down in my book right next to Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger... ect, of my childhood. Not something easily achieved by modern games. I cannot wait for the second.

  • Mama's Sunshine
    Mama's Sunshine3 dni temu

    Props to the creator of this game.🙏🏼 First time I have ever even heard of it. I'm so glad I watched. ☺️

  • Mitsurugi2424
    Mitsurugi24243 dni temu

    Why did it waste the time of saving?

  • Cris n Mary Fam

    Cris n Mary Fam

    3 dni temu

    basically to drop a "checkpoint" to use for check point reload teleport, as explained above.

  • CanadianWolverine


    3 dni temu

    Its explained later, it uses it as a means of teleporting around the map.

  • Jc K
    Jc K3 dni temu

    This is my favorite IGN series. Please keep doing these

  • sonny K
    sonny K3 dni temu

    And the point of a computer speed run is ?

  • Brian Chung

    Brian Chung

    5 godzin temu

    Bc it’s cool to see. You could ask the same about speedrunning as a whole. What’s the point? Hypothetically there is no point. TAS’s are just the theoretical perfect speedrun. A lot of speedrun strats were found through TAS’s.

  • sonny K

    sonny K

    2 dni temu

    @Cris n Mary Fam so hypothetically there is absolutely no point in doing this, what they could've done is posted this hypothetical time on the speedrunning community forum, and then if people wanted they could've compared times. However when I posted about what is the point of this, I was actually getting at the point of posting this video on the devs react, as usual, I enjoy watching the speedruns and also what they're commenting on someone basically playing their game to perfection, but to watch some computer program doing a perfect run is about as interesting as watching paint dry. but everyone to their own.

  • Cris n Mary Fam

    Cris n Mary Fam

    3 dni temu

    to show the hypothetical fastest time possible and compare to our current human speed. They compare times near the end saying its only a few mins off of the current WR human run.

  • Exspes
    Exspes4 dni temu

    Wanted more informations about Axiom Verge 2, but from my point of few, he said it will come out in March (maybe not exactly, but it sounded like March in my opinion xD )

  • azlanberesford


    3 dni temu

    I’m pretty damn excited for the sequel. Axiom Verge is one of the best Metroidvania’s to come out

  • Frony
    Frony4 dni temu

    That guy said "Um" A LOT lol

  • Carl de Même-Gars
    Carl de Même-Gars4 dni temu

    Actually its one developer and not developers.

  • Efreno
    Efreno4 dni temu

    Yo toooooooom love your game man!!!! Cant wait for the sequel!!! Your visions are a masterpiece!!! Btw so i was right about wondering what was up with the character at the end of the credits?trippy stuff

  • Ethan Hayes

    Ethan Hayes

    3 dni temu

    Athetos, the original Trace, arrived on Sudra hundreds or thousands of years before the events of the game, so the Rusalki would be unable to send Trace home without time travel, which is an ability they lack. Instead they put him in a sort of comatose simulation of his old life.

  • gg thx
    gg thx4 dni temu

    The speech impediment guy needs to shut up.

  • Dan Adelman

    Dan Adelman

    Dzień temu

    Sorry, my brain doesn't have enough RAM to watch and speak at the same time.

  • Ghostly One
    Ghostly One4 dni temu

    The bio mechanical stuff, particularly on bosses, reminds me a little of scorn

  • Fezzy
    Fezzy4 dni temu

    Hands down the best series IGN has ever created. The IGN name is probably the lowest of the low when it comes to reviewing games, but this series is a very welcomed addition. Give the guy/girl who thought of this a raise!

  • 簡士哲
    簡士哲5 dni temu

    hglw2 w2way/fk qv?12

  • Mulinda
    Mulinda5 dni temu

    The game is broken.

  • MrMBSonic
    MrMBSonic5 dni temu

    great format, dev reactions to the community are great

  • Will Legrain
    Will Legrain5 dni temu

    We biological machines are outdated

  • matt H.
    matt H.5 dni temu

    It was 95% business guy reacts, tom barely gets a chance to speak. the beginning clip where tom talks about mods being c&d'ed (looking at you Nintendo) is a discussion I was hoping to hear more in depth but that clip in the intro is the whole of it.

  • Thelemorf


    4 dni temu

    Did you actually watch and listen?

  • HurricaneSparky


    4 dni temu

    You could probably ask Tom directly about his thoughts for a blog post; he's decently active on stuff like that.

  • Dr. G&W
    Dr. G&W5 dni temu

    I have a ton of respect for Happ already, any marketing guy that he chooses after a certain disaster must be pretty trustworthy too, really cool choice for this series! Also, the is the calmest, “the game is getting utterly destroyed” reaction lol

  • Onélio Marchi JR

    Onélio Marchi JR

    4 dni temu

    What happened?

  • REzado63
    REzado635 dni temu

    Where is part 2?

  • Style and Steel
    Style and Steel5 dni temu

    You ruined it by making it a TAS run and you knew cause you didn't put that in the thumbnail.

  • Style and Steel

    Style and Steel

    2 dni temu

    @Denny Breeze Why I oughta

  • Denny Breeze

    Denny Breeze

    2 dni temu

    Shut up cry baby

  • Mr.Amazing F2P Gaming
    Mr.Amazing F2P Gaming5 dni temu

    Love how they brought boiz in to make the game better they got a fan in me

  • Saidul M249's
    Saidul M249's5 dni temu

    ""Any School College Student here...

  • cepi ristiawan
    cepi ristiawan5 dni temu

    Axiom? Is it Wall-E sequel?

  • Dippity Dab
    Dippity Dab5 dni temu

    This games been on my list for a while now a speedrun will decide if i get it or not

  • Cris n Mary Fam

    Cris n Mary Fam

    3 dni temu

    @Nee Rock Jung Rana Easily. Not to mention being done but basically one guy, Its an outright masterpiece. Anyone who likes the original Metroids, or even Mega Man/Rockman games, will instantly fall deep in love with this lesser known gem.

  • Nee Rock Jung Rana

    Nee Rock Jung Rana

    4 dni temu

    You should definitely get it it's one of the best metriodvanias of all time in my opinion

  • djGLCKR
    djGLCKR5 dni temu

    inb4 people keep commenting "omg robots!" and didn't read the video description: - A human created the TAS, detailing controller inputs frame-by-frame (that's the "tool-assisted" part of TAS, guess what the S means) and saved it as a script, or as dwangoAC calls it, "the perforated paper for a player piano". - Assuming the TAS has been validated to complete the specified objective, then the script is replayed in real-time in a new run, back to the piano example, "the player piano plays the perforated paper", aka, "this video".

  • John Uferbach

    John Uferbach

    Godzinę temu

    @P2dalow 420 na they show what is possible and find new strategies that might get mastered without at some point... also you can call everything a waste of time, especially gaming... if the people who do them enjoy it, whats there to argue about? :P

  • Nicholasryan17


    3 dni temu

    @P2dalow 420 I don't know if its a waste of time but its boring to watch knowing that its preprogrammed and going to be perfect.

  • P2dalow 420

    P2dalow 420

    3 dni temu

    Which means that they didn't really play it. TAS runs are a waste of time.

  • Neon Havok
    Neon Havok5 dni temu

    yesss love hearin devs POV of their games bein played

  • Sleep Music Lullabyz
    Sleep Music Lullabyz5 dni temu

    *Don't know if someone is reading this, but if you are: You are amazing and beautiful! I believe in you!* ♥️

  • dlweiss
    dlweiss5 dni temu

    While I understand and appreciate the usefulness of TAS runs, I have to admit that they're not particularly interesting or fun to watch in this "Devs React" context. Without the human element, there's not much for the Devs to be excited or impressed by, since they're just watching a program auto-play through another program. I love this series overall, but please don't feature any more TAS runs - unless the computer found an especially surprising and amazing method of speedrunning the game.

  • VGRoulette


    Dzień temu

    the problem is they have seen and reacted to many speedruns already during GDQ and NoReset events so when they were trying to decide which run to use for this episode they wanted something that had stuff they hadn't seen before to try and get a few natural reactions to things they hadn't seen before that was the main reason behind the reason they used TAS run rather then normal speedrun. The TAS also really shows how clean the movement in the game can be once someone perfects the timing for all the chain teleport swapping among other things the TAS is only 5 minutes faster then WR and most of that was cause of the cleaner movement then anything else.

  • D4Real


    3 dni temu

    i agree. I like to see an actual human impress the devs by tearing their games apart in a single run

  • Somdude Willson

    Somdude Willson

    5 dni temu

    TAS runs aren't done by a computer. They are done by a human playing the game in slow-motion & w/unlimited save states.

  • spellofvishanti


    5 dni temu

    Computers don't find things in TAS runs right? Like a human being put this run together and the program is just playing back what the human told it to do.

  • Ben Lamoreux
    Ben Lamoreux5 dni temu

    Wait... there's a glitch that involves putting you somewhere "Without place" ....please tell me it's called the Athetos Glitch

  • RareBeeph


    5 dni temu

    that's way more clever, it's actually just called Void Warp :P

  • The Protagonist
    The Protagonist5 dni temu

    I think it’s nice how much the marketing guy knows about the game.

  • Horacio Visconti

    Horacio Visconti

    Dzień temu

    @Dan Adelman "Business Guy", you are actually more than just that. Awesome commentator as well

  • Dan Adelman

    Dan Adelman

    2 dni temu

    It me!

  • Mama's Sunshine

    Mama's Sunshine

    3 dni temu

    @The Protagonist What about what I said was not correct? To market a game well, you need to know the game. Fact. Regardless of your justification.

  • The Protagonist

    The Protagonist

    3 dni temu

    @Mama's Sunshine The marketing department only need to know the basics of a game to market it, this man here knows things at a development and design level of how the game operates as if helped develop it and that’s not the norm for the marketing department of a game studio.

  • NonsensicalVids


    3 dni temu

    @Mama's Sunshine tell that to a lot of companies lol

  • Zoe Elsenova
    Zoe Elsenova5 dni temu

    Ha ha, neat

  • CoCoComa
    CoCoComa5 dni temu

    Axiom Verge 2 is a day one purchase for me

  • Dr. G&W

    Dr. G&W

    5 dni temu

    Same the moment I picked it up it was the only game I played until I completed it to satisfaction. Vita is really convenient for that

  • gildarmesh
    gildarmesh5 dni temu

    that save point warp reminds me of hollow knight

  • gildarmesh


    5 dni temu

    there it is called bench storage though

  • 335449286
    3354492865 dni temu

    gonna be honest I love the series but not that much of a fan of watching a comp do speedruns

  • DeadPixel


    5 dni temu

    @Somdude Willson I guess my counter to that is just that it's so much more impressive to see someone playing in real time and pulling off all the tricks(of course the ones that are humanly possible), than it is to see a scripted run. With a TAS, the conclusion that the run will be as fast as possible is already forgone, it's just a matter of how much time is put into making it.

  • Somdude Willson

    Somdude Willson

    5 dni temu

    This is a human doing the speedrun. They just did it while the game ran in slow motion, and with access to save states.

  • The Immortal Kahn HD
    The Immortal Kahn HD5 dni temu

    Man dont use tas thats lame. Its fun to see a guy on other side getting excited cuz he broke his previous times. Tas takes fun out of this. We know a computer can do it. Its the human element/ chance of messing up but STILL making it that makes these exciting.

  • Ricardo Buck

    Ricardo Buck

    3 dni temu

    @The Immortal Kahn HD Then that's a purely subjective opinion. TAS runs show what are theoretically possible inputs and movement but impossible by human standard, and there's an audience for that. We know a computer can do it better, and this video shows how it can be done. And many people are interested. That's the point.

  • The Immortal Kahn HD

    The Immortal Kahn HD

    4 dni temu

    All ofnthe arguments listed above STILL prove my point. No tas! " Well aktually a human programed it" but even dev said no human can physically do it. Ive seen tas runs. Its more fun to see a physical humam sitting there sweating it outnover the times and seeing what skills they mastered to shave off 2, seconds. We know a computer can do it better lol

  • A. M.

    A. M.

    4 dni temu

    @RareBeeph Let’s call it a “replay of human inputs.”

  • RareBeeph


    5 dni temu

    @Somdude Willson well, rather, designed by a human

  • Somdude Willson

    Somdude Willson

    5 dni temu

    TAS runs *are* done by a human.

  • A Thomas
    A Thomas5 dni temu

    Ok ok we get it computers are better than people sheesh

  • dazeeed
    dazeeed5 dni temu

    outlast dev reacts when?

  • LegoJarJarBinks


    2 dni temu

    @dazeeed just type in "outlast devs reaction" in the youtube search bar... Like my dude you can easily use the internet to look things up on your own. I hope you have a great day.

  • dazeeed


    2 dni temu

    @LegoJarJarBinks where can i find it

  • LegoJarJarBinks


    4 dni temu

    They already did that dude. Zero offense

  • Bootylicker 9000
    Bootylicker 90005 dni temu

    metroid on lsd?

  • Cris n Mary Fam

    Cris n Mary Fam

    3 dni temu

    Basically. And its a damn amazing game.

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    5 dni temu

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  • Bruno Lima Barretto
    Bruno Lima Barretto5 dni temu

    It's funnier when it's a human playing... -_-

  • Somdude Willson

    Somdude Willson

    5 dni temu

    This *is* a human playing. They just did it while the game ran in slow motion, and with access to save states.

  • Sieger Overdijk
    Sieger Overdijk5 dni temu

    Im so excited for Axiom verge 2, Axiom verge 1 was my first metroidvania and got me into it :D

  • R V

    R V

    5 dni temu

    To date it’s my favorite experience I’ve had playing the Switch.

  • Demolizer TNT
    Demolizer TNT5 dni temu

    Randomizer mode - oh, I saw that on my account

  • starman69
    starman695 dni temu

    More robot speed runs please.

  • Somdude Willson

    Somdude Willson

    5 dni temu

    @The Immortal Kahn HD This *is* a human speedrun. TAS means tool - *assisted* , as in tool-assisted speedrunner.

  • The Immortal Kahn HD

    The Immortal Kahn HD

    5 dni temu

    No way. More humans. More fun. We know a computer can do it.

  • MarcisAwesome04 Gaming
    MarcisAwesome04 Gaming5 dni temu


    OBLITERA GAMES5 dni temu

    Awesome game!!! 🤘💀🤘

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    ツEmily Grant ꜱᴇx**ᴄʜᴀᴛ

    5 dni temu

    Of course you do! I have that effect on people!

  • Video Game Beater
    Video Game Beater5 dni temu

    Axom verge's soundtrack is just awesome.

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    Jenna V!rG!N- S3X : TAP H3R3

    5 dni temu

    Next time, bring more cookies.

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    Millie Cauich See my Channel

    5 dni temu

    In high school, I bet you were voted “most likely to keep being awesome.”

  • TJ Tension
    TJ Tension5 dni temu

    I've never been this early to anything IGN and ion know if I should be proud or disappointed with myself 💯

  • Lanselot


    5 dni temu

    proud. devs react has a veto position

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    world Finder

    5 dni temu


  • Charlie McIntire
    Charlie McIntire6 dni temu

    Hi IGN

  • william webb
    william webb6 dni temu

    Why does the title say "Developers" react to blah blah? This was made entirely by one man.

  • Blacksun388


    4 dni temu

    They point out in the description this game was developed by just Tom Happ and Dan Adelmann is the "Business Guy" usually there is multiple developers watching which is why they named the show "Devs React"

  • Mukund Bhardwaj

    Mukund Bhardwaj

    6 dni temu

    @Mark _Medina_IGN No, they definitely did change it to Developer React for Getting Over it. So maybe they just forgot or maybe they had no plans of making it into a series back then.

  • Mark _Medina_IGN

    Mark _Medina_IGN

    6 dni temu

    Because “Developers React” and “Devs React” is the name of the show, so it’s just always going to be that. Next week literally has one guy on it and he’s the sole creator of the game. Still gonna be called Developers React. Shouldnt be that big of a deal though.

  • Arturo Rincon

    Arturo Rincon

    6 dni temu

    u ain’t wronggggg haha and such a fine job as well.

  • The Liamster
    The Liamster6 dni temu

    At least it’s not 6 seconds this time