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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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
Destruction Derby1995Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnActivision, Inc.3.27
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.83
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
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment4.05
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.89
IndyCar Racing II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.90
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.03
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.01
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.67
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.38
Blood1997DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.4.09
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.06
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.59
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.80
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.25
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
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Selected Covers

NASCAR Racing 3 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for NASCAR Racing 3
Duke Nukem 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem 3D
Heretic II Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Heretic II
Destruction Derby DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Destruction Derby

Selected Screenshots

NASCAR Racing 3 title screen
Screenshot from NASCAR Racing 3
Title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem 3D
Entering Silverspring
Screenshot from Heretic II
Title
Screenshot from Destruction Derby