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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc.4.00
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.90
IndyCar Racing II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.90
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment4.05
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.04
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.43
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.03
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.08
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.03
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.67
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.37
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.05
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.59
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.25
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
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Selected Covers

Myth: The Fallen Lords Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myth: The Fallen Lords
Strife DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Strife
IL-2 Sturmovik Windows Front Cover
Front cover for IL-2 Sturmovik
Blood DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Blood

Selected Screenshots

Network play
Screenshot from Myth: The Fallen Lords
Title Screen
Screenshot from Strife
Main menu
Screenshot from IL-2 Sturmovik
Title screen. 320x200 is the game's default resolution
Screenshot from Blood
Main menu
Screenshot from Driver