Today’s options on how we can play games for free has always been limited for console gamers. We can borrow our friend’s games and... That’s all.
There is currently another option, for a limited time of course. The online company GameFly has been in business for quite some time, offering rental games by sending them through the mail. Years ago, this was a bit absurd considering Blockbuster Rental was down the street from anyone. With competing video game rental storefronts closing around the country, GameFly is taking the advantage. They have decided to offer one month of free video game rentals to anyone who signs up. There are limits but it is quite understandable and very reasonable.
The selection covers all systems including next generation and platforms dating back to 2001. For example, you can still get PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, the original Xbox, and GameCube games.
Next you have a choice of two memberships, even though the first month is free. The cheaper option is renting one title at a time for $15.95 or two at a time for $22.95.
You are billed monthly, so you can cancel your trial offer before payment comes up.
The benefits to at least giving GameFly a chance are pretty worth it, even without the free month. I wait until games are cheap enough to buy for about $20, but once I beat them — I add them to a collection that I probably will never play again that year. For the cost of an older game, I could rent brand new ones and finish them more cheaply than trying to own games that I know I won’t play again.
For the price of a cheap game, you may play multiple titles from different generations to see which ones you like. To top it off, there are no late fees or due dates — so play the games as long as you want.
GameFly has a solid offering, but that doesn’t mean it is for everybody. You are still renting which means you won’t own any of those games. The monthly fee can be pretty hefty if you are not taking advantage of it, because some games are not valued above $20. Lastly, you still have to deal with the postal service, which means the more games you play increases the time you go without a game.
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