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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 descending orderUser Score
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.50
Pokémon Showdown2011Browser, Windows...
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Pokémon: Platinum Version2008Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Pokémon: Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.25
Pokémon: SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter2010Windows, Xbox 360Devolver Digital4.14
Pokémon: HeartGold Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.14
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.12
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.10
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.09
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.08
Pokémon Diamond Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.08
Super Smash Bros. Brawl2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.08
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.06
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.06
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment4.05
Lock On: Modern Air Combat2003WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.04
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.03
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.03
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Selected Covers

Quake Nintendo 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Quake
StarCraft Windows Front Cover
Front cover for StarCraft
Blood DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Blood
Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Diamond Version
Duke Nukem 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem 3D

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Quake
Title screen
Screenshot from StarCraft
Title screen. 320x200 is the game's default resolution
Screenshot from Blood
Title screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Diamond Version
Title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem 3D
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