The market for online video game rentals has increased over the past few years. In the US our options are limited to around 10 companies altogether. Out of those 10 companies there are only three that are worth mentioning and at least one that I would even recommend.
The top dog in this market is hands down, Gamefly. Since 2002 Gamefly has been increasing in sales and continues to satisfy gamers all across the country. Offering more then 5000 titles to choose from, this giant sits on the rental throne. Gamefly offers a 10 day free trail, a variety of plans, free MP3 downloads, a rewards program, free shipping and top notch customer service. Not only can you rent games but Gamefly has a used game store where you can purchase games. If you rent a game and its' available to purchase just hit the buy button on your queue and Gamefly will ship you out the case and manual, for free.
Gottaplay is next on the gaming rental list and I have to be honest, I'm not impressed. At first glance this company sounds great. IT offers a 10 day free trial and a low price on subscription plans. Gamefly's one game at a time plan starts at $15.95, Gottaplay starts at $12.95. Gottaplay claims to offer over 4000 titles, but I'm not sure if that's accurate. I decided to check out their games and the selection was horrible. I headed straight for the Playstation 2 section and was disappointed with the titles they offered. Not only were the titles to few and far between but old titles, games that you would find in the $9.99 and under bin and Gamestop.
Last and definitely least is GamenFlix. In my opinion this is a great concept. I love movies and video games, so why not have a monthly subscription that has both! I was very excited and signed up immediately. Their plans are very affordable, ranging from 1 at a time for $8.99 to 3 at a time for $16.99. I was signed up for only about an hour before canceling my membership. Their movie and gaming selection is horrible and on top of that almost everything has a short wait on it. Searching for a movie is painful as the movies are not in any type of order. The idea behind the company is great but without a wide selection and high availability this video game rental company will never make the cut.
If you choose to rent video games from an online company, choose Gamefly. The have been very successful and have had a very positive track record in customer service, selection and availability.