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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 descending orderPublisherUser Score
Pokémon Showdown2011Browser, Windows...
Wargame: Red Dragon - Norse Dragons2015Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
OpenRA2010Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Stunt Island1992DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.90
Retro City Rampage: DX2012DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.48
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.13
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.10
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
Lock On: Modern Air Combat2003WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.04
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
Supreme Commander2007Windows, Xbox 360Aspyr Media, Inc.3.77
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm2008Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.94
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.51
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts2007WindowsTHQ Inc.4.37
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade2006WindowsTHQ Inc.3.94
Company of Heroes2006WindowsTHQ Inc.3.94
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising2010WindowsAkella3.96
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011WindowsTHQ Inc....
Supreme Commander 22010Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.23
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd....
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
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Selected Covers

OpenRA Linux Front Cover
Front cover for OpenRA
Pacific Fighters Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pacific Fighters

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu with live action scripted shell map in the background.
Screenshot from OpenRA
Title screen
Screenshot from Pacific Fighters
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