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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Retro City Rampage: DX2012Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.51
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.90
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.87
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd.3.93
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.50
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.82
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.60
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.15
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.86
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.09
Firestarter2003WindowsHip Games3.19
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.90
Lock On: Modern Air Combat2003WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.04
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.73
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.25
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
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Selected Covers

Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 3: ODST
Tyrian 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian 2000
Quake III: Arena Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Quake III: Arena
F-Zero GX GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for F-Zero GX

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Halo 3: ODST
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian 2000
Part of the introduction sequence
Screenshot from Quake III: Arena
Title Screen
Screenshot from F-Zero GX