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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the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

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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.87
Retro City Rampage2012PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.46
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.87
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd.2.86
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.50
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.49
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.80
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.14
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.57
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.08
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.86
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.88
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
Firestarter2003WindowsHip Games3.19
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.4.10
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.87
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
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Selected Covers

Team Fortress 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Team Fortress 2
Firestarter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Firestarter
Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo: Reach
Unreal Tournament 2003 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2003
Halo 4 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 4

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Team Fortress 2
The title screen.
Screenshot from Firestarter
Boot menu screen.
Screenshot from Halo: Reach
Just so you don't die right away, the game won't throw you into battle without you pressing fire.
Screenshot from Unreal Tournament 2003
Title screen
Screenshot from Halo 4