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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.58
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Quiver1997DOSESD Games...
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter2002WindowsGod Games4.02
Serious Sam: The First Encounter2001WindowsGathering3.75
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.80
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.98
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.3.83
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.03
Descent1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.98
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings1999Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsMacSoft4.05
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc....
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.99
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter2010Windows, Xbox 360Devolver Digital4.14
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.4.01
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.54
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.98
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Selected Covers

Descent II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Descent II
Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: X-Wing
Halo 3: ODST Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 3: ODST

Selected Screenshots

Returning from the first Descent game (from the intro, in Asteroid belt)
Screenshot from Descent II
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars: X-Wing
Main Menu
Screenshot from Quiver
Main menu
Screenshot from Halo 3: ODST
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