I searched around a bit to see if there was a thread about this before, but came up with nothing.
I've been thinking about getting a Gamefly subscription since it sounds like a pretty good way for me to save money on gaming while still getting to play a lot of stuff. My concerns are mostly about new releases, especially big stuff like CoD:BLOPS or Reach. Do they usually get enough copies to meet demand? How soon after release do copies arrive?
I'm also curious to see how discounted the keep price is, and how rapidly that ends up falling, or if there are just any overall bad experiences with the service.
So, Gamefly subscribers, tell me why I should or shouldn't sign up.
I had to wait about 3 days for Mafia II, and I live in the same city as a distribution center
If that's the case I don't mind deleting shit off the queue to make sure that it ships out faster, I'm mostly concerned with quantity. Is there a case where a super popular new release (like Reach) "sells" out?
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you looking to buy new releases from gamefly, or rent? If you're looking to buy, then gamefly is definitely NOT what you're looking for. They often don't even sell the new releases until weeks or months after the game has come out.
As for renting, they often don't purchase enough copies to meet the demand, probably because they don't think they can sell all the copies later. So if you mean that they run out of copies to rent when you say "sells out", then yes, this happens all the time with the newer releases.
Generally I find it hard to imagine a gamer who can afford a ~$25 - 35 per month subscription but can't afford to buy the games they want. If you have no videogame purchasing budget and very few videogames you could, for instance, buy a system and only use Gamefly for 2 or so years and probably come out alright.
Its not a great way to supplement a normal game selection, so I'd recommend against Gamefly for most gamers. If you have a semi-limited budget and the idea of buying an XBox or PS3 and then only using Gamefly (or buying $10 games) for the system's lifespan is appealing, you can probably get a pretty wide variety of games played for a comparatively small amount of money.
With that said, if getting new releases is your primary concern, Gamefly might not be for you. It's better-suited to people with a large backlog of games they never got around to buying or renting.
1) Keeping a game and not finishing it in a timely manner
2) Buying new games anyway because I got impatient
The service is just slow enough and runs out just often enough so you can barely complain about it but ultimately not be anywhere near "netflix level" satisfied.
Overall, I'd say I've been very satisfied with them, and the next time a bunch of releases I'm interested in are on the horizon I'll just start my subscription back up again - just know that if you cancel after you've racked up some of the rewards for long-term subscription (discounts for buying and keeping games, the occasional coupon, etc.), you'll have to start re-accruing them all over again.
It is good enough to save yourself money on new releases. Just keep what you want next on the queue and a separate list somewhere else of games you want to rent.
New releases can be a bit iffy I've found, I still haven't been able to get RDR.
I've been a member for 3 years straight now and I love it to death. I get the new releases and the games I missed. It's saved me COUNTLESS amounts of dollars. Seriously instead of spending $60 a month to buy a game that I'll probably play once or twice, I pay $16 to get about 3 games a month (depending on how fast I beat the game) and if I decide to keep them they are discounted heavily.
Heh, holding onto Bad Company 2 for half a year: Not so smooth.
(But I also had the sickness in which I would buy a game even if I knew little to nothing about it. Needless to say I bought a lot of stupid games.)
Every once in a while they'll lower the price on a few games that didn't rent as well as they'd have liked or have been out for a while to clear out some stock and the prices are usually really good (they're offloading copies of Final Fantasy XIII for $20 on the website right now, for example). That, and the case and manual are always in perfect shape, since it is only the disc that is mailed out. I've never gotten a disc that was in bad shape from them.
edit: God of War III is currently selling for $22 on their site as well.
If I want to guarantee a new release, I keep a separate list in a .txt file and queue only the game I want.
I also like that I can play games I enjoy, but won't replay and keep them off my shelves. Of course, the occasional purchasing miscalculation is where using Goozex comes in.
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I do this quite often and I can not recall a major game that I didn't get shipped out to me on the release date if I had a rental slot free.
Gamefly is pretty good but last time I had to contact customer service, several years ago, it was a practical impossibility. I've made my peace with that fact but feel it is something you should be aware of.
I used to pirate games (Xbox1 era), download hundreds and then only play about 5 minutes of each. However when purchasing a game I seem to want to get my moneys worth and put far more time in.
I tried renting and it felt the same to me as when I pirated games, all these games, so little time. I'd put a day or so in to a game and then send it back to see what I'd get next.
Nowadays I tend to buy new and get much more enjoyment out of my purchase.
But this is my mind set, if you have a big list of games, and aren't too bothered about what order you want to play them in then it's a great idea. Most here in the UK will rent you blurays too, which is a bonus.
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This is partially true.
If you want a new game, make sure it's the only thing on your queue on the day it comes out and they'll send it to you first-day. However, if you miss the first day you're gonna be waiting a few weeks, probably.
Is Gamefly worth it? I'd say absolutely. It's saved me hundreds of dollars. Probably more like thousands at this point. I almost never buy a game anymore, I just Gamefly it. You've just gotta learn how to game their queue system.
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This is a really stupid statement. I can afford a $25 subscription just as well as I can afford a $60 purchase, but why would I not want to save my money? It's really simple: Either I can spend $25 per month and can get 3 games (as an example), or I can spend $180 on those same three games. It has nothing to do with affording it, as I can afford $180, but that $180 would be much better spent in my savings account.
Edit: Also, what sheep said
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GameFly is a service that I find very very useful.
Many games aren't worth 60$. I got tired of spending 60$ on a game, beating it within a few days, and then selling it on eBay for a loss of 20$. Even worse when I didn't like the game.
I have rented 80 games through them in the 2.5 years I've been a member. That's a shitload of money that could have been spent on purchasing, as most of them have been new (i.e., been released a month or less when I rented them).
Just recently, I got the following games on release (well, 2 days after release):
Lego Harry Potter
Red Dead Redemption
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (which I then kept for $30 and they sent me the VIP code you get when buying new copies)
If you'd had asked me 50% of the way into Mafia II whether or not I thought it would be worth 60$ I probably would have told you yes.
But then I beat it and it's pretty much an awful game due to the final two or three missions.
I would have regretted it had I bought Mafia II.
I also play a bigger variety of games than I used to because there's little consequence to trying out new games. Don't like it? Ship it back and get another.
Also within the last year the shipping times have gotten better. I'm in New Orleans and my shipping center is in Austin. I think I get games two days after I get the shipment email.
New releases can be tricky. Like mentioned, if you manage your queue carefully, it's generally pretty good. I think I've always gotten those games where I did. If something sneaks up on you or you don't get it right at release, if it's popular you may be waiting 2 or 3 weeks, so keep that in mind. I don't mind it too much as there's always something else I want to play. I've never used Netflix, so I can't comment on it, but I love Gamefly and have no plans to cancel anytime soon.
Edit: Just checked and I hit my 3 years on 8/24
Steam Support is the worst. Seriously, the worst
For instance, I'm on the one game at a time plan, and I've had Sonic Chronicles on the top of my queue for a year now. It's never been less than "now available." Yet they've sent me SEVEN other games instead of that one. Baffling.
Granted I don't know why they don't send you the first item if it is available...
And I play all the damn time. You just have to get used to not getting new releases right away.
For example I shipped back two games last week, Tuesday this week they shipped me NHL11. The next game in my queue is Reach and everything after that is shit that comes out afterwards (Dead Rising 2, Vanquish, etc).
The prices on new releases are ridiculous too, for example I know Reach will be at the39.99 "Keep It" price next week the day it ships to me. Since I'm the first person renting it its basically a brand new game for 20 bucks off. They also send you all the codes and shit that comes with a brand new game since noone has touched the box. I bought Bad Company 2 months after it came out from them for like 30 bucks and got all the Premium DLC shit that comes with a new copy.
Steam Support is the worst. Seriously, the worst
Then it's probably not available. I notice weird things like that from time to time as well. Like I almost bought SEGA All Stars Racing, and one day it would be available for purchase and then after that it wasn't.
Also, whoever has the game on their queue longer gets the game first. They have told me this first hand.
This is my GameFly queue from a few weeks ago.
I've added about 10 games to it since then.
Example: If I have a Gamefly subscription, I can download a game straight to my Xbox' HDD, but only download another one if I delete the first. Something crazy like that. Then... well... that would be the best thing ever.
As it is right now, I just don't have the gaming hours to really make enough use of a service like Gamefly to justify the cost. I'm considering cancelling my Netflix just because I don't use it nearly as often as I thought I would, but the streaming to my 360 is just so damned convenient.
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