User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.93
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.70
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.71
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.72
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.57
IndyCar Racing II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.90
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.27
Lock On: Modern Air Combat2003WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.04
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.70
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.47
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.10
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.42
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.01
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.61
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.87
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.36
Retro City Rampage: DX2012PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Vblank Entertainment Inc.3.46
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.74
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Selected Covers

NASCAR Racing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for NASCAR Racing
Quake Nintendo 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Quake
Links 386 Pro DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Links 386 Pro
Hexen: Beyond Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hexen: Beyond Heretic

Selected Screenshots

Menu
Screenshot from NASCAR Racing
I´m gonna paint that mark on my door as well :)
Screenshot from Quake
Harbour Town splash screen
Screenshot from Links 386 Pro
Title screen
Screenshot from Hexen: Beyond Heretic