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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.51
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.94
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Duke Nukem1991DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.25
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.4.02
Stunt Island1992DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.08
Aces of the Pacific1992DOSDynamix, Inc.3.95
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.59
Aces Over Europe1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.87
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.72
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.03
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.97
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd....
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.81
1942: The Pacific Air War1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.63
Destruction Derby1995Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnActivision, Inc.3.27
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.83
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Selected Covers

DOOM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for DOOM
Duke Nukem DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem
Hexen: Beyond Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Heretic
Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: X-Wing

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from DOOM
title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem
Title screen
Screenshot from Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Title screen
Screenshot from Heretic
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars: X-Wing
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