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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Pokémon Diamond Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.08
Serious Sam II2005Windows, Xbox2K Games, Inc.3.39
Pokémon Emerald Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.90
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.10
Tribes: Vengeance2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.90
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Pacific Fighters2004WindowsUbisoft, Inc.3.48
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.94
Lock On: Modern Air Combat2003WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.04
Firestarter2003WindowsHip Games3.19
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles2003WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.16
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.76
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter2002WindowsGod Games4.02
Serious Sam: The First Encounter2001WindowsGathering3.75
Tribes 22001Linux, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
IL-2 Sturmovik2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software4.02
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.25
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
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.3.80
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
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Selected Covers

Heretic II Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Heretic II
Pokémon Emerald Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Emerald Version
Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Diamond Version

Selected Screenshots

Entering Silverspring
Screenshot from Heretic II
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Emerald Version
Title screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Diamond Version
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