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While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter2002WindowsGod Games4.11
Shadow Warrior1997DOS, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.08
StarCraft1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.06
StarCraft: Brood War1998Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.08
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm2013Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.46
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.60
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty2010Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.4.16
Starsiege: Tribes1998WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.88
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance1999WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.01
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.88
Stunt Island1992DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.94
Superbike 20002000PlayStation, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.84
Super Smash Bros. Brawl2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.12
Supreme Commander2007Windows, Xbox 360Aspyr Media, Inc.3.74
Supreme Commander 22010Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Square Enix, Inc.4.23
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance2007WindowsTHQ Inc.3.43
Team Fortress 22007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.08
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.51
Tribes 22001Linux, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Tribes: Vengeance2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.84
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.02
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.94
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Selected Covers

Supreme Commander Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Commander
Tyrian DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian
Supreme Commander 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Supreme Commander 2

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Supreme Commander
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian
Main Menu
Screenshot from Supreme Commander 2
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