Gameplay feature: Recordable replays

Group Description

Games in which the player can record gameplay actions (by saving to a file) and later view them (non-interactively). Often done in replay editor mode, which enables changing camera views, playback control etc. Other games require to be run with command-line switches to allow recording/playback.

Replays are sometimes called demos, confusingly (as this term has many other meanings).

History of use

While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's gameplay (without a camera).

Such recordings can be used to document speedruns, as any user with the same version of the game can play it back. New game version may cause things to play out-of-sync (or fail to play at all, usually the case with older versions). Synchronization errors may also occur in the case of recording multiplayer events.

Saved replays (also gameplay recorded via video capture) are used to create machinima (usually after being edited using other software). Similar technique may be applied (coupled with scripting) to produce game-engine based cutscenes.

Limitations

  • Games which only offer short non-recordable after-action instant replays (usually sport/racing games) do not qualify.
  • Games which allow the player to chase a ghost of oneself (usually racing games) do not qualify.
  • While some recorded replays allow the player to re-enter the action, replay recordings should not be confused with savegames.
  • Not to be confused with so-called demo mode (attract mode), when computer plays the game by itself (AI vs. AI).

See also:


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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
1942: The Pacific Air War1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
Aces of the Pacific1992DOSDynamix, Inc.3.95
Aces Over Europe1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.87
Act of Aggression2015WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Age of Empires II: HD Edition2013WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms2015WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten2013WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Age of Empires III2005Macintosh, WindowsMacSoft3.72
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties2007Macintosh, WindowsMacSoft4.14
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs2006Macintosh, WindowsMacSoft4.21
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.10
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
Command & Conquer: Generals2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.83
Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero:Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.17
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Company of Heroes2006WindowsTHQ Inc.3.94
Company of Heroes 22013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.51
Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault2014WindowsSEGA Europe Ltd....
Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces2015WindowsSEGA Games Co., Ltd....
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Aces Over Europe DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Aces Over Europe
Aces of the Pacific DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Aces of the Pacific

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Aces Over Europe
Opening quote
Screenshot from Aces of the Pacific
Title
Screenshot from Beaver Builder
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