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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.76
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.80
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Tribes: Vengeance2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.90
Tribes 22001Linux, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.12
Super Smash Bros. Brawl2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.09
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.94
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 LLC3.99
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Starsiege: Tribes1998WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.88
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.06
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.01
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter2002WindowsGod Games4.02
Serious Sam: The First Encounter2001WindowsGathering3.75
Serious Sam II2005Windows, Xbox2K Games, Inc.3.39
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter2010Windows, Xbox 360Devolver Digital4.14
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub3.95
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Star Wars: TIE Fighter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Tyrian 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian 2000
Unreal Tournament 2003 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2003

Selected Screenshots

Observing the "trophy horde".
Screenshot from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Title - Star Wars
Screenshot from Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian 2000
Just so you don't die right away, the game won't throw you into battle without you pressing fire.
Screenshot from Unreal Tournament 2003
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