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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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.3.39
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.81
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.67
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.83
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance2007WindowsTHQ Inc.3.43
Pokémon: Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.92
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.76
Duke Nukem1991DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.29
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd....
Command & Conquer: Generals2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.83
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.76
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.09
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.60
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.01
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.59
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.03
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos2002Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.01
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.06
StarCraft: Brood War1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.08
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Selected Covers

Unreal Tournament 2003 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2003
Quake II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Quake II

Selected Screenshots

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
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