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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 orderUser Score
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.70
Firestarter2003WindowsHip Games3.19
Destruction Derby1995Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnActivision, Inc.3.27
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.37
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.43
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.51
Retro City Rampage: DX2012Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.51
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.56
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.56
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.59
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.60
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.67
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.71
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.73
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.78
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
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Selected Covers

NASCAR Racing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for NASCAR Racing
Unreal Tournament 2003 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2003
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 3: ODST
Michael Jordan in Flight DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Michael Jordan in Flight

Selected Screenshots

Menu
Screenshot from NASCAR Racing
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
Main menu
Screenshot from Halo 3: ODST
Title Screen
Screenshot from Michael Jordan in Flight
Title screen
Screenshot from DOOM