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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd.2.86
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.36
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.45
Retro City Rampage2012PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.46
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.48
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.49
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.52
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.57
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.62
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.62
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.62
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.66
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.66
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.70
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.73
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.74
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.77
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.81
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Selected Covers

Retro City Rampage Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Retro City Rampage
Redneck Rampage DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Redneck Rampage
Red Baron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Red Baron
Halo 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 3
Hexen: Beyond Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hexen: Beyond Heretic

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Retro City Rampage
Intro sequence
Screenshot from Redneck Rampage
Title
Screenshot from Red Baron
Title screen
Screenshot from Halo 3
Title screen
Screenshot from Hexen: Beyond Heretic