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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.51
Company of Heroes 22013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.51
Halo 3: ODST2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.54
Driver1999iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.56
Dissidia: Final Fantasy2008PSPSquare Enix Co., Ltd.3.56
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd.3.61
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.61
Pokémon White Version2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.61
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.62
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.66
Act of Aggression2015WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Halo 32007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.68
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.68
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars2007Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.3.69
Quake II1997Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows, ZeeboActivision, Inc.3.70
Tribes 22001Linux, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.71
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.71
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.72
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Heretic II1998Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.74
Supreme Commander2007Windows, Xbox 360Aspyr Media, Inc.3.74
Hexen II1997Macintosh, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.74
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Age of Empires III2005Macintosh, WindowsMacSoft3.75
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Selected Covers

Company of Heroes 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Company of Heroes 2
Pokémon White Version 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon White Version 2
Supreme Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Commander
Hexen: Beyond Heretic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hexen: Beyond Heretic

Selected Screenshots

Main menu.
Screenshot from Company of Heroes 2
Save screen
Screenshot from Pokémon White Version 2
Main menu
Screenshot from Supreme Commander
Title screen
Screenshot from Hexen: Beyond Heretic
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