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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter2010Windows, Xbox 360Devolver Digital4.14
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
OpenRA2010Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Pokémon White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.62
Pokémon Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.47
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.02
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty2010Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.15
Heroes of Newerth2010Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC...
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising2010WindowsAkella3.96
Supreme Commander 22010Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.23
Pokémon HeartGold Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.14
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub3.95
League of Legends2009Macintosh, WindowsRiot Games, Inc.3.67
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.54
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd....
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.51
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.76
Pokémon SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Pokémon Platinum Version2008Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.45
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.83
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Super Smash Bros. Brawl2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.11
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm2008Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.94
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Selected Covers

Heroes of Newerth Linux Front Cover S2 Games release
Front cover for Heroes of Newerth
Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Grand Theft Auto IV

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from Beaver Builder
Log-in screen
Screenshot from Heroes of Newerth
Title Screen
Screenshot from Grand Theft Auto IV
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