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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 orderUser Score
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Quiver1997DOSESD Games...
Superbike 20002000PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Heroes of Newerth2010Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC...
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
FireStarter2003WindowsHip Games2.92
Duke Nukem1991DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.25
Destruction Derby1995Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnActivision, Inc.3.27
Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces2015WindowsSEGA Games Co., Ltd....
Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms2015WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.38
Serious Sam II2005Windows, Xbox2K Games, Inc.3.39
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance2007WindowsTHQ Inc.3.43
Eradicator1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAccolade, Inc.3.45
OpenRA2010Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Pokémon Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.47
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.47
Retro City Rampage: DX2012DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.48
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.51
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.51
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Selected Covers

Superbike 2000 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Superbike 2000
FireStarter Windows Front Cover
Front cover for FireStarter

Selected Screenshots

This is the game's main menu. It's displayed immediately after a screen full of licensing information. This is from a single race demo so some items are greyed out
Screenshot from Superbike 2000
The title screen.
Screenshot from FireStarter
Rooftop gang war
Screenshot from Kingpin: Life of Crime
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