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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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.


  • 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
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon Omega Ruby2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.50
Pokémon: White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Pokémon: Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.88
Retro City Rampage: DX2012DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.46
Pokémon Showdown2011Browser4.40
Pokémon: White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.58
Pokémon: Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.47
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.91
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.57
Pokémon: SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Pokémon: HeartGold Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd.3.93
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.82
Super Smash Bros. Brawl2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.08
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
Pokémon: Platinum Version2008Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.34
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.14
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.62
Pokémon Diamond Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.08
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.86
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
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Selected Covers

Pokémon: White Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon: White Version
Halo 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 3
Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Diamond Version

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon: White Version
Title screen
Screenshot from Halo 3
Title screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Diamond Version