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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault2005WindowsTHQ Inc.3.80
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm2008Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.94
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011WindowsTHQ Inc....
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising2010WindowsAkella3.96
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.76
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade2006WindowsTHQ Inc.3.94
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War2004WindowsTHQ Inc.3.95
Wargame: Red Dragon - The Millionth Mile2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Wargame: Red Dragon - Second Korean War2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Wargame: Red Dragon - Norse Dragons2015Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Wargame: Red Dragon2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne2003Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.00
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos2002Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.01
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 Corporation4.13
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance2007WindowsTHQ Inc.3.43
Supreme Commander 22010Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.23
Supreme Commander2007Windows, Xbox 360Aspyr Media, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Tribes: Vengeance Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tribes: Vengeance
Team Fortress 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Team Fortress 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Tribes: Vengeance
Main Menu
Screenshot from Team Fortress 2
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