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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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 orderUser Score
Company of Heroes 22013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.51
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.53
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.54
Powerslave1996DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnPlaymates Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.55
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.58
Driver1998iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.62
Pokémon White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.62
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.62
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.63
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.66
Tribes 22001Linux, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
League of Legends2009Macintosh, WindowsRiot Games, Inc.3.67
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.68
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.72
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Age of Empires III2005Macintosh, WindowsMacSoft3.74
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Serious Sam: The First Encounter2001WindowsGathering3.76
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.77
Supreme Commander2007Windows, Xbox 360Aspyr Media, Inc.3.77
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

Tribes 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tribes 2
Unreal Tournament 2003 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2003
Pokémon Pearl Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Pearl Version
Driver PlayStation Front Cover also Manual Front
Front cover for Driver
Wings of Glory DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wings of Glory

Selected Screenshots

Intro movie
Screenshot from Tribes 2
Just so you don't die right away, the game won't throw you into battle without you pressing fire.
Screenshot from Unreal Tournament 2003
Title screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Pearl Version
Main menu
Screenshot from Driver
Title screen
Screenshot from Wings of Glory
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