Thinking of trying it, any thoughts?
I'm pretty happy with it. I've been a member for over 2 years. It is definitely no netflix...you will have games that you wait for and shipping times can be pretty slow. I save a large chunk of money, though, with the # of games I like to play. Their used game selection and deals are great, too. Once every six months, I have $10 worth of coupons and end up buying games like Left 4 Dead 2 for $8, Far Cry 2 for $3.50, Boom Blox for $11, etc. I recommend it.
Tried it for 2 months. Lamest thing I've ever done. Most of the time my mindset was, "Why rent this game, might as well buy it because I'll be playing the multiplayer for an extended amount of time." In a world with only single-player games, it would be excellent.
Blog I wrote that covers a lot of bases when considering GameFly:
" I have some occasional problems with it taking FOREVER to ship me some games and they are constantly "low" on all new releases but in the long run, it saves me A LOT of money. "I deal with that occasionally, but one time they sent me a demo disc of a game instead of the game
" I'm pretty happy with it. I've been a member for over 2 years. It is definitely no netflix...you will have games that you wait for and shipping times can be pretty slow. I save a large chunk of money, though, with the # of games I like to play. Their used game selection and deals are great, too. Once every six months, I have $10 worth of coupons and end up buying games like Left 4 Dead 2 for $8, Far Cry 2 for $3.50, Boom Blox for $11, etc. I recommend it. "Agree with all of that, but also remember that it's not great if you have to play the brand-new games on day one. Availability on those will be extremely low until at least a month later. Great for exploring back catalogs and not being the freshest gamer on the block.
The first game I rented from them, Mirror's Edge, took three weeks to arrive. I was worried that it got lost, so I filed a complaint or whatever, and two days later both copies showed up. Apparently the first one was sent from Texas and the second from Pennsylvania. I'm in New England, I thought they would have gotten it right the first time, so I didn't send the first one back and got a free game!
I then used Gamefly for the next two months, it was good, and received all games within three to five days. I'd recommend it.
Never, I mean never have a lot of mediocre games on your list. Because even if you have 30 games on your list and the first one says high availability, and then a shitty game at 28 says available now, they will send you the one that is available now clear from 28. The way they handle the game priorities is completely messed up.
When they first expanded to 2 shipping centers I loved it. You would actually get a new release pretty soon after the release. Not immediately but soon enough. However, I canceled because I would never get any new game for at least a couple of months after release and then I rejoined after Christmas and was a member for 2 months and couldn't get a single game in January or February from the Christmas season and canceled it again. It is great for buying with the rewards and is OK as a rental if you don't want new releases but I have better luck and value renting games from my local Family Video store.
I find Goozex to be a good compromise, but could be more expensive depending on your style. I like it because I can keep a game for a while and not feel like I'm wasting money. Also, if you run short on cash you can just stop consuming, which is less hassle than canceling your Gamefly account. Also, if you run out of money but have a bunch of points in your account, you can keep getting games without it actually costing you anything - that's what I'm doing now while I'm short on cash.
i used gamefly years ago and it was utter shit, about 2 years ago i switched to a company called gamemine.com and they have been exceptional. 20 bucks a month for 2 games out, after a certain amount of time you can get the speed upgrade, where you tell them your shipping a game back and they start shipping the new one immediately to reduce transit times. check them out if you dont have much luck with gamefly
It's been pretty good for me, huge money-saver. I played through, and saw everything I wanted to see, in Splinter Cell: Conviction before I had to send it back. That saved more than 45 bucks if you figure that I rented more than just that game that month. Don't plan on getting a new release unless you had an open slot and it has been your queue for a while before it came out, though.
gamefly now has 4 shipping centers, and since I live in austin (one of the shipping center location), the shipping takes about a day for the game to arrive at my door step. It's a great way to experience games since I'm utterly uninterested in buying games all the time. I say try it for a few months and watch your achievement score sky rocket.
If it weren't for gamefly, I wouldn't have realized that Assassin's Creed is awesome, and would have probably still thought that Little Big Planet is the greatest game concept ever, thank you, GameFly.
Then again, I only played it by myself and with some random strangers online, maybe it'll be more entertaining if I play it together with friends.
Gamefly is good if you can play through games fairly quickly and remember to send them back. Its best to have the two disk deal so you can play one while the other is in the mail. Also, don't expect to get popular games right away. Its good if you play a large volume of games but dont have too much money.
i'm not the creative type so I didn't fuss much with the level editor but there were some pretty good ones. i had a hard time sifting through the "get these trophy" levels or the "check out my stickers" levels in order to get to the good ones.
" screw gamefly the shipping takes forever and they never shiped any game that i want. you could easily go a full month without getting a single game from them. why pay for that? "That simply isn't true though. You may have to wait a few weeks for BRAND new games you just put in your queue to become available, but if it's older then 6 months generally you can get it. Good way to go is get the 2 discs one, usually 1 is a game where I plan on playing for a 2-4 weeks and the other is a short single player game. With 2 games it's also easier to get the new games, just add it to your queue months before it comes out and send 1 of the 2 back so you have the opening as soon as it become available. You even had to wait for new movies with Netflix, not sure if you still do.