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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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.


  • 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
Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms2015WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Wargame: Red Dragon - Norse Dragons2015Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Wargame: Red Dragon - Second Korean War2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Wargame: Red Dragon2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten2013WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Wargame: Red Dragon - The Millionth Mile2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Act of Aggression2015WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Grey Goo2015WindowsGrey Box...
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.50
Age of Empires II: HD Edition2013WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm2013Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.46
Pokémon Showdown2011Browser, Windows...
Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault2014WindowsSEGA Europe Ltd....
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts2007WindowsTHQ Inc.4.37
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
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs2006Macintosh, WindowsMacSoft4.24
Supreme Commander 22010Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.23
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc....
Pokémon: SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero:Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.17
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
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Selected Covers

Grey Goo Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Grey Goo
Pokémon X Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon X
Wargame: Red Dragon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wargame: Red Dragon

Selected Screenshots

Main game screen
Screenshot from Wargame: Red Dragon
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