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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts2007WindowsTHQ Inc.4.37
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.51
Descent1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.98
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.03
Destruction Derby1995Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnActivision, Inc.3.27
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd....
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.72
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.03
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.60
Duke Nukem1991DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.29
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Firestarter2003WindowsHip Games2.92
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.94
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.83
Grey Goo2015WindowsGrey Box...
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.4.02
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.10
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.65
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.54
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.99
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.02
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.98
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
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Selected Covers

Duke Nukem 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem 3D
DOOM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for DOOM
Heretic II Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Heretic II
Dissidia: Final Fantasy PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Dissidia: Final Fantasy
DOOM II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for DOOM II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem 3D
Title screen
Screenshot from DOOM
Entering Silverspring
Screenshot from Heretic II
Title screen.
Screenshot from Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Game title screen
Screenshot from DOOM II
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