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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Pokémon: White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Serious Sam: The First Encounter2001WindowsGathering3.75
Unreal Tournament 20032002Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInfogrames, Inc.3.76
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.77
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.79
Unreal Tournament1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.80
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd....
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.81
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Stunt Island1992DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.83
Grand Theft Auto IV2008PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Rockstar Games, Inc.3.83
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Aces Over Europe1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.87
Unreal Tournament 20042004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsAtari, Inc.3.87
Starsiege: Tribes1998WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.88
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.89
Quake III: Arena1999Dreamcast, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.90
IndyCar Racing II1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.90
Tribes: Vengeance2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.90
Pokémon Emerald Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.90
Halo 42012Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.92
Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Limited Collector’s Edition)2009PSPSquare Enix, Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Pokémon Emerald Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Emerald Version
Pokémon Pearl Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Pearl Version
Red Baron DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Red Baron
Hexen: Beyond Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Unreal Tournament 2003 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Unreal Tournament 2003

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Emerald Version
Title screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Pearl Version
Title
Screenshot from Red Baron
Title screen
Screenshot from Hexen: Beyond Heretic
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
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