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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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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Pokémon Shining Pearl2021Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond2021Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Age of Empires IV2021Windows, Windows AppsMicrosoft Corporation4.29
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl2021Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox SeriesGameMill Entertainment LLC...
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition2020Windows, Windows AppsXbox Game Studios...
Desperados III2020Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Now, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneTHQ Nordic GmbH...
Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection2020WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition2019Windows, Windows AppsXbox Game Studios4.71
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate2018Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Pokémon Ultra Moon2017Nintendo 3DSPokémon Company International, The...
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III2017Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
Pokémon Ultra Sun2017Nintendo 3DSPokémon Company International, The...
Pokémon Moon2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.90
Pokémon Sun2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Devil Daggers2016Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSorath...
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak2016Macintosh, WindowsGearbox Publishing, LLC...
Act of Aggression2015WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Grey Goo2015WindowsGrey Box...
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.60
Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition2014WindowsMicrosoft Studios...
Pokémon Omega Ruby2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.44
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFeral Interactive Ltd....
Wargame: Red Dragon2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
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Selected Covers

Devil Daggers Windows Front Cover first version
Front cover for Devil Daggers
Pokémon Moon Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Moon
Wargame: Red Dragon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wargame: Red Dragon

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Devil Daggers
Main game screen
Screenshot from Wargame: Red Dragon
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Screenshot from Pokémon Ultra Moon
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