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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.80
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.98
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.03
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.78
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.01
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.38
Descent1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.98
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.03
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc.4.00
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.99
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
1942: The Pacific Air War1994DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.91
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.57
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.62
Super Smash Bros. Brawl2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.08
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.94
Pokémon HeartGold Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Pokémon Black Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.47
Pokémon White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.58
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Selected Covers

Descent II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Descent II
Hexen: Beyond Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Quake III: Arena Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Quake III: Arena
Kingpin: Life of Crime Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Kingpin: Life of Crime
Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo: Reach

Selected Screenshots

Returning from the first Descent game (from the intro, in Asteroid belt)
Screenshot from Descent II
Title screen
Screenshot from Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Part of the introduction sequence
Screenshot from Quake III: Arena
Rooftop gang war
Screenshot from Kingpin: Life of Crime
Boot menu screen.
Screenshot from Halo: Reach