Not too long ago, Netflix announced plans to rent video games, but it seems the idea was premature. The company recently scrapped those plans, which were part of its ill-advised Quickster service, also dropped.
Since Netflix streams movies and TV to every console, the possibility of streaming games was enough to make current Netflix subscribers salivate. Now that Netflix is no longer a gaming option, we decided to break down the three major players in video game rentals to help you find your best option.
Since 2002, GameFly has been the leader in video game rentals by mail. The service now offers more than 8,000 console games with no late fees and multi-game plans for hardcore gamers. A GameFly subscription now includes digital delivery for many PC games.
Price: Starts at $15.95/month
Best Match: Serious gamers looking for a huge selection and the latest titles fast
Blockbuster Total Access
Blockbuster's mail rental service includes games, plus DVDs and Blu-rays at no extra charge. Blockbuster Total Access lacks the broad selection offered by GameFly, and according to some reports, new releases can be blocked for several months; but subscribers can get instant gratification by exchanging their games at select Blockbuster stores instead of mailing them back.
Price: Starts at $9.99/month
Best Match: Movie fans who also play video games
Redbox has nearly 30,000 kiosks around the United States, so chances are excellent there's one within minutes of your house. Although their selection is by far the most limited, Redbox's price is the lowest among the major players.
Best Match: Casual gamers who don't play enough games to benefit from a subscription
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