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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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.


  • 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
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Pokémon Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Showdown2011Browser, Windows...
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.53
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios4.01
Beaver Builder2010WindowsBeaver Interactive...
OpenRA2010Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Pokémon White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.62
Pokémon Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.42
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty2010Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.16
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter2010Windows, Xbox 360Devolver Digital4.39
Heroes of Newerth2010Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC...
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising2010Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAkella4.03
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-SoftClub4.04
League of Legends2009Macintosh, WindowsRiot Games, Inc.3.31
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.54
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd....
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor2009WindowsTHQ Inc.3.52
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II2009Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.89
Pokémon SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.26
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.51
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Selected Covers

OpenRA Linux Front Cover
Front cover for OpenRA
League of Legends Windows Front Cover
Front cover for League of Legends
Heroes of Newerth Linux Front Cover S2 Games release
Front cover for Heroes of Newerth

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu with live action scripted shell map in the background.
Screenshot from OpenRA
Loading Screen
Screenshot from League of Legends
Log-in screen
Screenshot from Heroes of Newerth
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