#1 Posted by theredcoat24 (218 posts) -

Thinking of trying it, any thoughts?

#2 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

I just tried the free trial and it's fine.  Only thing that would worry me is if they send you a copy that is scratched the hell up.  I'm sure they clean and repair the discs but you never know.

#3 Posted by Milkman (17035 posts) -

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.

#4 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

I have it, and I think it's pretty awesome. I know the post office near my house takes part in the system where once they scan it in, GameFly immediately knows and sends out my next game, which is great.

#5 Posted by RobotHamster (4175 posts) -

I'm thinking of trying it too, I'm just waiting for there to be enough people who say they like it so I can try it.

#6 Posted by TurboMan (7605 posts) -

Saves you lots of money if you are constantly interested in new games.

#7 Posted by russdog (52 posts) -

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.

#8 Posted by ztiworoh (731 posts) -

I posted a similar topic about a month ago and decided to go for the trial. My one complaint is that getting new releases is very difficult, but for having access to the types of games that are fun for a rental, it's a decent deal.

#9 Posted by Landon (4152 posts) -

If your getting your games in at least a week, then its a blast.

#10 Posted by Brockly46 (645 posts) -

Ive had it a few months and its pretty good to atleast try out those games you know you wouldnt want to actually buy.

#11 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

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.

#12 Posted by adoggz (2070 posts) -

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?

#13 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@adoggz: Off topic but I love Yer Avatar Doggz!!!
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#15 Posted by ozzdog12 (862 posts) -
@Milkman said:
" 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
#16 Posted by Light_Geiger (54 posts) -

had it since 2005 so I'm pretty happy with it. hell, if you like a game and rent it on launch day it ships to you brand new and you can keep it for 43-45 dollars. a new game for 20-25 bucks off is pretty cool

#17 Posted by Jason_E_Sigler (123 posts) -
@russdog said:
" 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.
#18 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1226 posts) -

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. 

#19 Posted by RecSpec (3853 posts) -

They have added more shipping centers, so it SHOULD be faster since last year or so.
 
I like to rent games when they come out, then buy them. So I basically get a unplayed game for about 45 bucks (25 percent off)

#20 Posted by ArchScabby (5809 posts) -

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.

#21 Posted by odintal (1095 posts) -
@TheCreamFilling:  congrats on stealing. 
#22 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

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.

#23 Posted by damnboyadvance (4061 posts) -

I've heard the shipping is unreliable, as it can get lost in the mail easily. Other than that, I don't think I really have any other complaints.

#24 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1226 posts) -
@odintal: Hey, it was either keep it and they would be none the wiser, or return it and become a liar after reporting it lost in the mail.  
#25 Posted by nobull6 (238 posts) -

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.

#26 Posted by evildeadron (830 posts) -

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 
#27 Posted by Sanryd (1362 posts) -

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.

#28 Posted by odintal (1095 posts) -

i love gamefly but there are 2 words of caution i express to new users.
 
1. don't expect to get new games at release.
2. sign up for the 2 game plan. you get 2, play one send it back and play the other till the new one comes.

#29 Posted by adoggz (2070 posts) -
@Kyreo: thx, yours is pretty ballin too.
#30 Posted by CitizenKane (10507 posts) -

I have had it since the beginning of the year.  I wish I had started it sooner.
 
Go with odintal's plan of getting the 2-game membership.  It's the way to go.  Too bad I had to go back to the 1-game plan to save money.  :(

#31 Edited by UncleBenny (450 posts) -

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.

#32 Posted by odintal (1095 posts) -
@UncleBenny:  LBP is a great concept. It's the execution that leaves something to be desired.
#33 Posted by theads8t (5 posts) -
@theredcoat24: 

Some of those guys that used to work for Gamecrazy did this... 
www.bigfacegames.com
and i'm sorry I bought something (GOW 3, price was too good to pass up) the day they opened up, I just got it today...awesome!    
#34 Posted by TotalEklypse (1000 posts) -

been on it for like 2 years.  issues at times gettin games u want but u gota know how to exploit their system to get what u want. now i am first to get all new releases i want lol. its good though u save lottsa moola

#35 Posted by kishan6 (1914 posts) -

y not try it 

#36 Posted by RecSpec (3853 posts) -

Funny, I get new releases all the time.
 
You have to keep your queue empty, but it's pretty foolproof.
 
You can buy new games for about 45 bucks this way.

#37 Posted by UncleBenny (450 posts) -
@odintal: I don't know, I thought LBP was a great concept initially. However, after I played it, I couldn't pin point what they did wrong on the execution of their plan. I just couldn't help but think that maybe it's not about the execution, maybe the whole concept is flawed.
 
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.
#38 Posted by Cloneslayer (1636 posts) -

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.

#39 Posted by odintal (1095 posts) -
@UncleBenny:  the biggest problem I had was that the platforming controls didn't feel right. the way the sack boys had this strange weight to them as if they were 75% full of water. 
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.
#40 Posted by H4xlike (39 posts) -
@adoggz said:
" 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. 
#41 Posted by BonOrbitz (2217 posts) -

I've never used Gamefly, but I've heard horror stories about their shipping. I noticed that Blockbuster.com has games now, so you can rent 'em along with movies.

#42 Posted by essd0g (59 posts) -

I've heard if you live near one of the distribution centers you can expect better delivery speed. So can anyone living in the Los Angeles area attest to the speed at which games are delivered to them?

#43 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7099 posts) -

I really enjoy Gamefly. Only issue I've had was a PS3 copy of Black Ops that was scratched to the point of being unplayable.