Should You Buy Used Video Games Online

One of my favorite things to do when I have some free time is play video games. With the price of newly released video games reaching $60-$70, it can get pretty expense trying to keep up with the latest and greatest games. It would seem like a good idea to buy used video games rather than new games. Before you do, you might want to consider some of the advantages and disadvantages to buying used and new video games.

Used Video Games

Great deals on used video games

The obvious advantage to buying a used video game is the price. You can save quite a bit of money by buying used games. The amount you save will depend on several factors, like the age of the game and its popularity. You will usually be able to  save at least 50% off the retail price, but many of the older video games can be found for less than $10, a huge savings from the $60 price tag the game sold for when it first hit the shelves.

The disadvantage to this is that you will need to wait for new releases to hit the used game market. This will vary depending on the game, but you can end up waiting several days, weeks, or even months to get the price you want. The longer you can wait to play the game you want, the better price you will be able to get for it. If you are one of those players that just has to play the latest hot release as soon as it hits the stores, then this could be a problem for you.

Another concern when buying a used video game is the quality of the game disc, manuals, and box cover. You are really taking a chance if you buy used games from someplace like Craigslist or eBay. You may get a game with a scratched disc, no manual, or original box cover. Good luck trying to return the game and get your money back. Your best bet is to buy used video games from a reputable company like GameFly.

GameFly has a 100% guarantee that their used games will work. They also include the original case, any manuals, and codes with any used game purchase. You don’t even need to be a member of GameFly, however, if you are a member, you will get free shipping and handling. Members also have the advantage of being able to rent any video game first, to see if they like the game or not. If you like the game, you play it as long as you want before returning it, or you have to option of keeping the game. If you want to keep it, you will be charged a competitive “used game” price and GameFly will send you the game manual and case with no shipping or handling costs.

The decision to buy used video games or new video games basically comes down to price and convenience. Do you want to wait to play that game you’ve been waiting for and save a lot of money? Or do you want to spend $60-$70 so you can play it right now?

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Video Game Rental By Mail

There are several sites on the internet that provide consumers with the option of video game rental by mail, with a monthly subscription fee. The most popular sites are GameFly, Gamerang and GameMine; each site features rental games and vary in the policies pertaining to consumers renting the games.

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Video Games By Mail

Video Games Delivered Straight to Your Mailbox

GameFly charges members a fee each month for a subscription to the video game rental service. The consumers select the games they would like to rent and GameFly sends one to four games at a time through the mail. The monthly membership for renting two games per month is slightly higher than the membership that allows for consumers to rent one game per month.

Consumers that rent games through mail are not subject to any late fees, as long as the consumer’s monthly membership is in good standing. Consumers may generate a list of the games they want to play, and GameFly sends the other games on the list as the previous games are returned. The video games come with a pre-paid postage letter for returns without the consumer having to pay any postage fees to mail the game rental back. GameFly rents games for all the major gaming consoles, and have an inventory of over 8,000 game titles.

GameRang allows consumers to rent games through mail with a monthly subscription, though some of the subscriptions require a deposit when applying for membership. The deposits are required for those applying for a membership that rents four games at a time to the consumer. The membership ranges from the consumer being allowed to rent one game at a time to four games at a time, with no monthly limit on the number of games rented.

The membership packages vary in price depending on the number of games to be rented at once, and the deposit required for renting four games at a time is refunded in a specified period of time. The deposit is simply a protection plan for special cases of games not being returned, or games being returned with significant amounts of damage. GameRang offers consumers new game titles, and some old, for any of the major gaming consoles.

GameMine sells new and used games, in addition to allowing consumers to rent games through mail. A monthly subscription is required, and there are two memberships available for purchase. One membership allows consumers to rent one game at a time, or two games at a time. There are no due dates or any late fees for video game rentals; the only thing that has to be paid is the monthly membership fee. GameMine offers titles for the major gaming consoles, as well as game titles for handheld gaming systems.

In conclusion, on-line sites that offer video game rental by mail provides consumers with an affordable way to rent games. The games are delivered directly to the mail box, and come complete with a paid postage envelope for returning the game free of charge. The price of membership and the amount of games rented at one time vary from company to company.

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How to Rent Wii Games Online

There are many great games available for the Nintendo Wii. One of the best ways to try them out and find out which ones you like is to rent wii games online. This is considerably cheaper than buying the games new.

Console Banners - Wii - 300x250There are several companies that rent video games online, but the one I use and recommend is GameFly. With over 900 Wii titles available, GameFly has the largest selection of Wii games.

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Shipping is free both ways, and you can play the games as long as you like since they do not have any due dates or late fees. I’ve tried a couple other Wii game rental services, but one was more expensive and the other one had very poor customer service.

Choose from popular titles like New Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Mario Kart, and many others. Whether you are looking for a new release or an older title, GameFly is sure to have what you are looking for.

As soon as you sign up, you can start adding games to your queue. GameFly will ship the first available game in your queue right to your front door. When you are finished, send it back in the pre-paid postage envelope and the next game will be sent to you. Or, if you really like the game, you can keep the game and pay a discounted “pre-played” price and GameFly will send you the original case and manual. Personally, I love this option. It saves me a lot of money than if I were to buy the game brand new. If you do not want to buy a used game, they also offer new games for sale. Of course, these will cost more than the used price.

GameFly also has a nice rewards program for loyal customers. You can accumulate GameFly Dollars and earn 5% or 10% off used game purchases. This is a great way to build up your Wii game library without spending a fortune by paying retail prices for new games.

So whether you are a casual or hardcore gamer, you may want to rent Wii games online and save yourself a considerable amount of money. If you are still not sure about renting games, GameFly has a free trial available. You can cancel at anytime so you have nothing to lose.

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HALO 3 Review for the Xbox 360

Halo 3: ODST was a side project developed by the Bungie community to give more insight on soldiers under the UNSC. These Orbital Drop Shock Troopers had a small part in Halo 2, but that was where their involvement ended. This game gives players a chance to be an ODST instead of a supersoldier, like the Master Chief in other Halo games. By going from being a small endeavor to a full-sized game, ODST was the top selling game for Xbox 360 on a worldwide scale.

The setting of this game is in the 26th century, where humans and aliens are still at war. The United Nations Space Command is in charge of the humans and their alien enemies are call the Covenant. The Rookie is the main player and he has a squad of 5 teammates to assist with missions. The entire team enters into their HEVs, or Human Entry Vehicles, and prepare to drop through the atmosphere. They are to head to the ship belonging to the Covenant, but a teammate had changed the trajectory on the HEVs.

This change caused the alien ship to jump into hyperspace, triggering a shock wave that hits the group of HEVs. The Rookie ends up in a collision course with another HEV, due to this shock wave.

The collisions knocks him unconscious for six hours. Once the Rookie awakens, he finds that his entire squad is missing. The game evolves from the need to find the missing squad and the adventures that occur along the way.

As the Rookie finds articles belonging to missing soldiers from his group, a flashback occurs. This moment allows the player to see what the other soldier went through and enables him/her to be in control of that teammate for a while.

Along the way, there are many shootings, rescues of lost teammates, plenty of missions, and even a couple of new characters are thrown into the mix. Other Halo games are played as a supersoldier, but being a UNSC soldier is just as adventurous.

When creating this game, the composer of the musical score decided to not use the traditional Halo themes. Instead, he moved more towards a softer jazz sound, giving a whole new feel to the atmosphere. There were many positive reviews regarding this formation of the game, as well as to how the overall story was set up. Halo 3: ODST started off small but grew into an amazing adventure for Halo followers all over the world.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review

Sony’s Playstation 3 console has had its ups and downs since its initial release at the close of 2006. A few solid titles helped their holiday push and carried them through Sony’s transition into the next-generation console war. When Sony published “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” from developer Naughty Dog they had their first original content classic. Since its release, fans have been clamoring for more of the brazen treasure hunter. With Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Naughty Dog has listened to their audience and responded with a resounding enthusiasm to please their fans.

The teaser trailer that circulated the internet serving as the world’s introduction to their new project finds Nathan Drake seated in a derailed train car that is dangling over the cliff’s edge in a whitewashed mountain range.

The next chain of events–which is also the first playable sequence– is a breathtaking climb up the inverted train in hopes to find the bluff before it plummets thousands of feet to the earth below. Naughty Dog upped the ante with this game focusing a great deal of emphasis on details like this and thus it is ripe with cinematic features rivaling Hollywood’s greatest.

This time around, Drake is in search of the lost city of Shangri-La and accordingly the majority of the intense action takes place in the Himalayan mountain range. As such, this game features a wider range of platforming than the original title–which used these elements as a vehicle to get Drake from one gunfight to the next.

The sequel suffers a bit from the slow pace of the “Assassin’s Creed” style of stealth, but makes up for it with a more immersive environment and a far more gripping tale–a mysterious web of deception, destruction, and desire.

Probably the most original addition to this follow-up project is the online content of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Every shooter-based game of this console generation, especially the FPS titles, have benefited from online play.

Team death matches and base-capturing objectives are now an online shooter staple, and Naughty Dog included this with their online packaging. They have added a co-op mission option that lets you replay parts of the game in different ways with team members too, to keep it interesting and truly unlike anything else. Game progress and online stats earn you cash that you can use towards upgrades and unlockable content, another feature gamers of this generation demand.

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Brutal Legend- Review Of The Game

In recent years, Electronic Arts has consistently published high-quality and well-designed games that have crossed genres and broken boundaries because of their accessibility. Their bread-and-butter staple series of franchise sports games set the bar early for the way they build intuitive interfaces for the dedicated followers who keep them in business. Spreading this formula into their “BIG” line (like NFL and FIFA street), they showed that they could do just as much damage with arcade style action/sports combination’s; and the more recent Black Box has further improved the dynamic of the “Skate” series and it’s revolutionary analog control. There latest game is called Brutal Legend.

Teaming up with “Psychonauts” brilliant creator Tim Schafer–formerly of LucasArts–on his second adventure with his growing company Double Fine, EA has again shifted the thinking of the gaming public by combining action-RPG elements with the one-of-a-kind Jack Black against a heavy-metal-and-Nordic-mythology-inspired universe. This is Brutal Legend.

Heavy metal music is known for its definitive sound and flashy, technical solos, and it is with this in mind that this still relatively new team delivers the fast-paced action of their new project.

Combining the raucous energy of a heavy metal show, a hot rod demolition derby, and a classic dungeon crawler, Double Fine has tweaked some fresh ideas and thrown them into the mix, providing a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

Brutal Legend begins backstage at a rap-metal-emo show where career roadie Eddie Riggs comments on the lost art of metal (which is later than the 70′s, like maybe the late 70′s). Take a look at his big-guitar-wielding, floppy-haired, turn-table-backed performers, and it’s easy to appreciate his frustration. When one of them ignores his warning and climbs the big statue, he falls and though Eddie saves him, he can’t save himself from the crumbling colossus.

He wakes to find himself in a strange, mystical land and must quickly find a weapon to battle some skeletal bad guys. After slashing them with a huge axe, he also attacks with his stringed Axe, “Clementine”–in all her distortion pedaled glory.

Fans of Double Fine–and more specifically Tim Schafer–and their action comics and web-based games will be well prepared for the infusion of humor and action. Brutal Legend captures the spirit of Tenacious D (Jack Black’s musical-comedy duo) with the classic hero-in-a-strange-land legend. It’s a hack ‘n’ slash rock ‘n’ roll action-RPG extravaganza in world that has sadly lost its ability to ‘Rock, ‘ and it is up to Eddie to bring it back to life.

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Netflix Games – Can You Rent Video Games From Netflix?

Looking for Netflix Games? Sorry to disappoint you, but Netflix does not rent games at this time. They were going to start renting games with Qwikster, but that is up in the air now with Qwikster being canned. Netflix may only rent movies, but there is a video game rental service that might be just what you are looking for.

GameFly is like Netflix for video games. They have the best service and largest selection for online video game rentals. You can even try GameFly free for 10 days.

Click here to start your free trial today…it’s free and you can cancel at any time, so you have nothing to lose!

Why rent games? Because renting games saves you money!

You could pay $60 for a game you may not like or that you will beat in a few hours. Or you could get a GameFly subscription and try out as many games as you like for as little as $15.95 a month.

If you love playing video games, then renting games is a no-brainer.

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  • Free Shipping
  • NO late fees
  • Over 7,000 Titles
  • Cancel at Anytime – No long term commitments
  • Option to keep game rental for discounted price

GameFly has been around since 2002 and is the largest service for renting video games online in the US.

They have over 7000 game titles for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 2, PS3, PSP, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance.

It would be nice if you could rent games from Netflix as you can do with movies. I would like to use just one online service to rent games and movies and have them delivered to my mailbox. Right now I am using Netflix for renting movies and GameFly to rent games. Blockbuster used to offer both games and movies by mail, but they discontinued their online game service awhile back.

I’ve been using GameFly for several months and haven’t had any problems. I tried several other services that offer game rentals and found GameFly to be the best one.

Hopefully, one of these days you will be able to rent games on Netflix. Heck, I would even be willing to pay more for my subscription to Netflix if they added a game rental feature.

So what do you think? Did you do a search for “game rentals netflix? If you rent games and movies, would you like to see video game rentals from Netflix? Would you pay more to have the option of renting games from Netflix as well as movies?

Or would you just prefer to rent games from an established game rental service like GameFly? Leave your comments below.

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Benefits of Online Video Game Rentals

I always used to buy any video games that I wanted to play. I never even considered the idea of using an online video game rental service, even though I’ve been renting DVD movies online for several years now. But games are expensive and I don’t have the money to spend on them like I used to. As I look through my game collection, I realize that I have wasted a lot of money on games that have barely been played and some that will probably never be played again. Why do I keep spending $30 to $60 a piece for these games?

The idea of renting games starts to make a lot of sense now. So I went ahead and setup up trial accounts with the top 3 online video game rental companies and gave it a try. I wish I had done this years ago, as I found out there are several benefits to renting video games online.

My favorite benefit of renting video games is having the option of trying out a game to see if I like it before buying it. With so many games to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on what game to buy. Some games might look and sound great on the box cover, but when you plug it into your console, it’s a major disappointment. By renting the games first, you’ll be able to find out if it’s worthy of being added to your gaming library. If you buy a lot of games, this can be a real money saver.

There are some video gamers that like to take a new game and play it from start to finish over several days. Once they’re done with the game, it just sits on the shelf collecting dust as they move on to the next game. For these type of players, renting video games can save them a ton of money. You could knock out 3 or 4 games a month for less than $20, compared to spending $150 to $200 or more buying the games. Even if you only rented and played one game a month, it is still cheaper to rent than to buy.

Game selection is another big advantage with online video game rental companies. GameFly has over 6,000 titles available to rent for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. You won’t find a selection anywhere close to that size in rental stores like Blockbuster. New releases are available as well as all the older games.

Having the games delivered right to your mailbox is another plus. No more driving back and forth to rent and return video games. This might not be a problem if you have a rental store around the corner, but for many gamers, the closest place to rent video games is a 30 minute drive or longer.

You can also forget about having to worry about returning the game on time to avoid getting hit for late fees. Most online video game rental companies allow you to keep the game as long as you like. It doesn’t matter if you go through the game in a couple of days, or a couple of weeks. Return it when you are ready and they will send out your next game.

If you go through a lot of games, or are just tired of paying the high cost of buying games, renting games online might be a great option for you to consider. If you would like more information, I’ve put together a comparison chart and some detailed reviews of my experience with the top 3 online video game rental services here: Online Video Game Rental Services. Or, if you want to just check out my top recommendation, click here.

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Details

The average PS3 owner does not need an introduction Ninja Gaiden Sigma, one of the system’s most popular action games, though it’s a essentially a refined port of the original Ninja Gaiden on the last-gen Xbox. Still, it was a very well done port with some great new content. Having said this, fans should be delighted to hear about the new Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, which is scheduled to be released in Q4, 2009, and will be an updated port of the next-gen Ninja Gaiden II. That’s right, the Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox 360, initially released as a console exclusive. If this isn’t good news for fans of the Ninja Gaiden franchise on PS3, I don’t know what is.

For the most part, Sigma 2 should be a lot like you remember the original being, if you ever had the chance to play it. The gameplay is almost entirely combat-based, and relies on a style of action much reminiscent of the Devil May Cry series. Players can switch between melee and ranged weapons on the fly, allowing for a versatile fighting system that involves a lot of strategy and carefully timed combinations. New weapons, combos, and upgrades can be unlocked as the player progresses through the game.

However, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is not without some significant additions. Two new playable female ninja characters have joined the mix, called Momiji and Ayane. Fans may remember Momiji from the DS game Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, but not many should have to. All you really need to know that this gal Momiji is particularly buff, and carries with her both a massive Naginata (a sword with spear-like qualities, due to it’s especially long handle) and a long and powerful bow for ranged combat. Ayane hails from the Dead Or Alive games, and is quite faster than both Momiji and the series’s main hero, Ryu. Her move-set also has a large emphasis on magical attacks.

The extra content doesn’t end there. For one thing, it’s confirmed that the game will feature an online co-op mode, where two players can compete together to complete up to 30 challenge missions, the high scores and rankings of which can be uploaded to the leader boards online. In addition, around thirty percent of the game’s single player content is entirely new. Throw in the fact that the developers, Team Ninja, have taken it upon themselves to refine the graphics with superior Playstation 3 technology (the effects of which are clearly visible in the game’s development), and it’s clear that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is shaping up to be the definitive version of Ninja Gaiden II.

If you’re not sure if you will like it, you can always rent Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 from GameFly before you buy it to see if it suits you.

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Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga

Eldar Saga happens to be the third installment in the Valhalla Knights series. I won’t lie to you. The first game in the series, which was released on the PSP in 2007, was pretty much horrible; or so every major video game reviewer agrees. And, believe it or not, Valhalla Knights 2 was unanimously considered far worse. The game’s issue? Well, game play. The graphics may be stunning, and the customization may be deep, but the game play itself is that of the incredibly tired and innovation-needy dungeon crawler. Mind you, not all dungeon crawling rpg’s are bad, but Valhalla Knights 1 and 2 were. Still, I suppose I would do well to give Eldar Saga the benefit of the doubt, especially considering that this time around developer K2 is taking an almost entirely different approach in terms of game play.

In fact, there are many stark differences that may account for the probability that this new game will break K2′s losing streak. The first is that while the original Valhalla Knights games were on the PSP, Eldar Saga will be on a home console for the franchises first time, and that home console is the Wii. The change of systems should allow not only for better graphics, but also more content, and conceivably, superior control.

Unlike in past games in the series, Eldar Saga’s game play and story will be somewhat open-ended due to vast amounts of side quests and optional content littered throughout the game’s world. As for the central storyline…well, details are vague, but know that the writer of Final Fantasy XII was chosen to write the story this time around. This should be of comfort to RPG gamers, along with the fact that the length of time it takes to complete the main storyline has estimated at thirty to forty hours of game play. The main story plus all the side quests, however, should clock in at around 60 hours. That sounds like a pretty big game.

For additional replay value, characters are also fully customizable. Starting classes include the Fighter, the Mage, the Thief, the Priest, and the Bard, each with their own respective strengths and weaknesses. And yet, thanks to a complex skill tree, you can develop each of the starting classes over time in a fashion so that each character is vastly different from the last.

In any case, publishing company XSEED Games intends to release the game on September 8th 2009, so we will all see how this turns out then.

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