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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.79
Stunt Island1992DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Aces Over Europe1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.83
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.86
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd.3.86
Halo: Reach2010Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.87
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.87
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.87
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.89
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.89
Aces of the Pacific1992DOSDynamix, Inc.3.91
F-Zero GX2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.92
Descent1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.93
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.93
Myth: The Fallen Lords1997Macintosh, WindowsBungie Software Products Corporation3.94
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.94
1942: The Pacific Air War1994DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.97
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
Duke Nukem 3D1996Android, BlackBerry, DOS, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 3603D Realms Entertainment4.00
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc.4.00
Quake1996Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, SEGA Saturn, Windows, Windows Mobile, Zeeboid Software, Inc.4.00
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.02
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Selected Covers

Gunship 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gunship 2000
Duke Nukem 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Duke Nukem 3D
Tyrian 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian 2000
Stunts DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stunts
Unreal Tournament Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament

Selected Screenshots

MicroProse company logo (MCGA/VGA)
Screenshot from Gunship 2000
Title screen
Screenshot from Duke Nukem 3D
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian 2000
4D Sports Driving v1.1 title screen
Screenshot from Stunts
Main menu
Screenshot from Unreal Tournament