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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment4.02
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.93
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.61
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.70
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.80
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.74
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd.3.81
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.73
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.53
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.06
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.86
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.57
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.04
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.42
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.89
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.27
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.70
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.71
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Selected Covers

Shadow Warrior DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Shadow Warrior
Michael Jordan in Flight DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Michael Jordan in Flight
IndyCar Racing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for IndyCar Racing
Quake II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Quake II

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Shadow Warrior
Title Screen
Screenshot from Michael Jordan in Flight
main menu
Screenshot from IndyCar Racing
Main menu
Screenshot from Quake II