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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 orderPublisherMobyScore
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.00
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.27
Descent II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.4.04
Redneck Rampage1997DOS, MacintoshInterplay Productions, Inc.3.36
Descent1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Kingpin: Life of Crime1999Linux, WindowsInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.34
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc.4.00
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
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.3.94
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.81
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.85
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.45
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.57
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.92
Half-Life 22004Android, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.07
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.66
NASCAR Racing 31999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.10
Aces of the Pacific1992DOSDynamix, Inc.3.91
Aces Over Europe1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.83
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.49
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd.2.86
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Selected Covers

Halo 4 Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo 4
Aces of the Pacific DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Aces of the Pacific
Descent DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Descent
NASCAR Racing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for NASCAR Racing
Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Halo: Reach

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Halo 4
Opening quote
Screenshot from Aces of the Pacific
Main Menu
Screenshot from Descent
Menu
Screenshot from NASCAR Racing
Boot menu screen.
Screenshot from Halo: Reach