The Definitive Review for Skeptics
We took an opportunity to get a free trial and several months of gaming to bring you a brutally honest and sincere review about GameFly, the popular video game and movie rental and now streaming service.
There are a couple ways to break this down so let’s get right into it…
Playing all the games you always wanted to play but never got around to it.
This is easily one of the best reasons to grab a GameFly subscription. Let’s say you wanted to go back and play all of the older God of War games or the original Bioshock.
All you need to do is add these to your queue and you should have no problem receiving them in a timely manner, with a lot of time to play them.
As long as you return the game in a timely manner, you can get some real value out of the plan.
You can also bump your subscription up to the 2 or 3 game plan for a few dollars more which allows you to add several of these games to your queue which can really be a great experience.
Blockbuster Games Available on Release Date
One worry we had going into this subscription was that it might be difficult to get those big-time titles like Call of Duty or Madden as they are released each year or every other year.
Thankfully, they almost always had “available” status in our area and GameFly was able to fulfill the request just about every time.
This can be great if you are looking to try a game out for awhile before you make the decision to actually buy it.
I know for a fact that some Madden games have been disappointing, or did not feel at all like an upgrade over the previous year.
Instead of paying $59.99 to essentially give it a trial run, you can add it to your queue and play it for a week or so to see if it’s even worth it.
If not just send it back and grab the next title on your list.
Convenience and $ Saved
Let’s be honest. Not everyone has the time to be running around to the store to grab the next big game when it is released.
With GameFly, all you need to do is keep a game in your queue in your preferred game slot and it will automatically be shipped to you when available.
For some people, this arrangement just works better. For others, it may not matter as much but the point is that it’s basically set and forget.
If you find yourself buying games and beating them quickly, well, it can really add up in expenses.
On the flip side, if you are a little bitch and Dark Souls 3 kicked your ass six ways to Sunday…
RETURN THE GAME
When using GameFly, if you happen to beat a game in two days it won’t feel like you potentially “wasted” money on it. Just send it back and get on to the next title in your queue.
How Much Is GameFly a Month?
When you sign up for GameFly, you can play as many games as you want for $22.95 per month for two games at once or $15.95 per month for one game.
Shipping Times – How Long Does GameFly Take to Ship?
Sometimes for whatever reason, some games would just take longer to ship. We believe this likely has something to do with your location in the country. If you happen to be very close to a distribution center, then you are far more likely to get your titles more quickly.
Occasionally after sending a game back, it would take seemingly longer than normal for them to acknowledge that the game was returned before shipping out the next game.
For example, using postal tracking they should be able to immediately identify that a title was returned which would trigger the sending of the next game in the queue.
In some cases this was not the case and we learned that you just have to deal with it.
Getting your second/third preference before your first.
Sometimes we would have a game in our queue that was rated as “Medium” availability, while the second game in our queue was rated as “High” availability.
For whatever reason, the “High” availability game came first even though it was our second preference. This made us wonder about the true nature of the availability rating, but it wasn’t that big of a deal.
When you get excited about playing a certain title but your second pick comes first, it’s slightly disappointing, but I guess it’s all in our heads!
It’s like being asked to the prom by your second choice, even though your first choice gave you a strong “maybe.”
Lack of Niche Titles
If you are looking for some Japanese games or other titles that are far more niche or more difficult to get, you will find that sometimes it is flat out impossible to receive it.
The title will be rated as “low” availability and it will simply never come.
On one hand we understand, as something rare is something rare.
But if GameFly wants to compete in this industry and appeal to hardcore gamers, they will definitely want to try and improve their ability to get those random niche games that many of us hardcore gamers are dying to play, or simply just want to try instead of making the full purchase.
It really depends on what kind of gamer you are.
If you are looking to save money, try games, and play on a more casual basis, then without question you should pick up GameFly.
If you are a hardcore gamer that likes to play rare niche titles or Japanese games that can be harder to find or might be expensive to ship, you might find that GameFly is not your best choice.
So here’s the deal…
Using the banner below, you can get a 30 Day Free Trial.
All you have to do is try it out for yourself and see if you like it.
If you love it, great.
If you don’t, just cancel before your 30 day GameFly trial is expired.
The only way to really know is to go for direct experience. We say go ahead and check it out since it’s at no cost to you up front.
If you like it, then you discovered something that fulfills a need. If you don’t, you don’t, and now you know for sure.
Gamers who love to go back in time and play those great games they never got to experience will find GameFly to be very worth it for the price and the convenience factor.