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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.89
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.00
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 3603D Realms Entertainment4.00
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Windows 3.xPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.45
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.37
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.93
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.61
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.70
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.07
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.62
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.52
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.04
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.10
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.87
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.97
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.73
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
Lock On: Modern Air Combat2003WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.04
Firestarter2003WindowsHip Games3.19
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.92
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Selected Covers

Quake Nintendo 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Quake
Quake II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Quake II
Redneck Rampage DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Redneck Rampage
Unreal Tournament Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament
Shadow Warrior DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Shadow Warrior

Selected Screenshots

I´m gonna paint that mark on my door as well :)
Screenshot from Quake
Main menu
Screenshot from Quake II
Intro sequence
Screenshot from Redneck Rampage
Main menu
Screenshot from Unreal Tournament
Taste my twin Uzis!
Screenshot from Shadow Warrior