Comparing TAS demos with non-TAS runs is generally unfair, except when an assisted record gets beaten without assistance, or when someone releases a TAS demo which is slower than the non-TAS record :-) So I'll describe my preferences separately for both genres.
My favorite TAS is probably Jongo's 30HR1631, an ultra-fast run through my favorite megawad. Though Heretic's 30MM2707, Entryway's E4UV-232, Akse's P2DQ1153 etc are about equally impressive/optimized. I also was greatly excited with Cameron Prosser's HF24-359, HN22-115, HN22P123. Same for Andy Olivera's later TAS maxes, like ET11-539 or ET12-913. Even though I checked with savestates that Andy's ET12 time could be 9:12 if sneaking past the spider corpse without delay :-)
I have hundreds of favorites among humanly demos, both by old legends (Vile, Anders, AdamH&W, Ocelot, Vince etc) and new heroes (ToD, Okuplok, Kimo, Qaatar, Paska, Rizera, Ancalagon etc). Also worth mentioning is Vile's return in late 2010 (when he became stronger than ever). I can't mention all the top players and top demos, but my personal most favorite is Qaatar's DD16-418 -- just download and enjoy. It's the very demo that motivated me to continue improving my keyboarding skills and strategic knowledge, and to start producing demos which are stronger than my poor old records done before the second half of 2011 :-) Today I don't find that DD16-418 SO hard to beat by more than a few seconds (unlike 11 months ago), but still consider it to be an outstandingly smart, very seriously polished run.
My Doom speed demos, old and new
Last edited by SAV88 on Jan 16 2012 at 13:49