On the television, you’re likely to see a commercial for GameFly at some point or another. They offer online video game rentals for a monthly fee, and the games get sent to your doorstep. You can keep getting games as long as you’re a member. However, not many people have heard of Gottaplay, which is another company just like GameFly (and Gamerang) that offers the same services.
Gottaplay is like the younger sibling of GameFly and Gamerang. Sadly, their library is the smallest of the three major online game rental services with less than 4,500 titles available. They are adding more all the time, but they won’t catch up to their competitors anytime soon. Also, Gottaplay has a longer turnaround time than GameFly. It takes anywhere from 2 to 6 days for games to arrive at your mailbox, while GameFly has a turnaround time of 2 to 4 days. Most people won’t find any problems with this difference of only two days though, but the difference in shipping times means you end up paying more over many months even though you’ll have games less often.
As for cost, Gottaplay is the cheapest online game rental service out there. It’s one and two game out at a time plans are $12.95 and $20.95 respectively. For comparison, GameFly’s respective plans are both a few dollars more expensive. Unlike GameFly, however, Gottaplay doesn’t offer 3 and 4 games out at a time. Since Gottaplay is cheaper, you get less than you do with GameFly. There is no rewards program, although you can save a little bit of money on your membership by prepaying a few months in advance. On top of this, Gottaplay’s smaller library of games means that it also has less copies of each game available, so it may seem like you are fighting other users to get a copy of the game you want. You’ll be able to get a hold of the newest releases, but you may have some trouble finding older games for current and past generation consoles.
In reality, Gottaplay is the online rental service that would be best suited for casual gamers because it’s the cheapest. On the other hand, hardcore gamers will prefer GameFly for its high availability of titles available and its sheer number of games that can be rented. Any gamer focused on cost-effective video game rentals will have no issue with the minor pitfalls of Gottaplay. It’s worth the price you pay for either game plan. In a few years, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Gottaplay rise up and be fairly competitive with GameFly, but Gottaplay will have to settle for a third place finish in the realm of online game rentals. GameFly and Gamerang are the best options available with respect to quick shipping and game libraries. Gottaplay’s low cost may take it to the next level in the next few years though.