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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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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Devil Daggers2016Macintosh, WindowsSorath...
Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces2015WindowsSEGA Games Co., Ltd....
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc....
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Act of Aggression2015WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms2015WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Grey Goo2015WindowsGrey Box...
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Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
Wargame: Red Dragon2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Wargame: Red Dragon - Second Korean War2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault2014WindowsSEGA Europe Ltd....
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.50
Age of Empires II: HD Edition2013WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm2013Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.46
Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten2013WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Company of Heroes 22013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.51
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.99
Retro City Rampage: DX2012DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.48
Pokémon Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Showdown2011Browser, Windows...
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Selected Covers

Act of Aggression Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Act of Aggression
Grey Goo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Grey Goo
Halo 4 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 4

Selected Screenshots

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