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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 descending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.86
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.73
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.97
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.13
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.88
Stunt Island1992DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.89
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.04
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.93
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc.4.00
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd.3.86
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.74
Retro City Rampage2012PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.46
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.36
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.87
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.61
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.00
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.46
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Selected Covers

Redneck Rampage DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Redneck Rampage
Wings of Glory DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wings of Glory
Star Wars: TIE Fighter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Powerslave PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Powerslave

Selected Screenshots

Intro sequence
Screenshot from Redneck Rampage
Title screen
Screenshot from Wings of Glory
Title - Star Wars
Screenshot from Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Lobotomy Software Inc
Screenshot from Powerslave