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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 orderPublisherUser Score
Serious Sam II2005Windows, Xbox2K Games, Inc.3.43
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment, Inc.4.06
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.85
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.51
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.70
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.82
Pokémon Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios4.08
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance2007WindowsTHQ Inc.3.43
Duke Nukem1991DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.25
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd.4.17
Command & Conquer: Generals2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.83
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.77
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.10
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.11
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.62
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.58
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.93
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.03
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty2010Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.16
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos2002Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.01
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne2003Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.00
StarCraft: Brood War1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.09
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Selected Covers

Driver PlayStation Front Cover also Manual Front
Front cover for Driver
Duke Nukem 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem 3D
Unreal Tournament 2004 Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2004

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Driver
Title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem 3D
Main menu
Screenshot from Unreal Tournament 2004
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