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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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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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Desperados III2020Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneH2 Interactive Co., Ltd....
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Pokémon Ultra Moon2017Nintendo 3DSThe Pokémon Company International...
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Pokémon Sun2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Devil Daggers2016Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSorath...
Pokémon Moon2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Act of Aggression2015WindowsFocus Home Interactive SAS...
Grey Goo2015WindowsGrey Box...
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.59
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....
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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition2014Windows, Windows AppsMicrosoft Studios...
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U2014Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.46
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Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.10
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm2013Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.45
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Selected Covers

Wargame: Red Dragon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wargame: Red Dragon

Selected Screenshots

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