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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.06
StarCraft: Brood War1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.09
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.55
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.94
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter2009Windows, Xbox 3601C-SoftClub4.04
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.08
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn3D Realms Entertainment, Inc.4.06
Stunt Island1992DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 32008Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.51
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth2004WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.82
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.69
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath2008Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.76
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Superbike 20002000PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight2010WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.82
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II2006Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.77
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II - The Rise of the Witch-King2006WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.03
Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero:Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.4.17
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Quiver1997DOSESD Games...
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.53
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II2009Linux, Macintosh, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.89
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Selected Covers

Duke Nukem 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem 3D
Myth: The Fallen Lords Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Myth: The Fallen Lords

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem 3D
Network play
Screenshot from Myth: The Fallen Lords
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