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We compare all 6 US games-by-mail rental companies, so you pick the best. If you're new to online games rental, check out Rental Basics, or just see the Comparison Table below. We suggest caution picking a video game rental company, as 11 have gone out of business since the recession, but the top three choices at least remain strong.

Table Definitions

Value Rating = Value
Design Rating = Design
Service Rating = Service

Value Rating: Includes prices at all game rental levels and our assessment of what you actually get for your money.

Design Rating: How well the website/interface is designed--ease of use.

Service Rating: This measure of customer service--which includes game rental turnaround times--is the least "scientific" rating, relying on reports we've gathered from the net and personal experience.

Titles: The total available game titles. Bear in mind the number of formats the games rental company has though, as if it only deals with three consoles then a couple of hundred titles is actually a lot.

Films: Some of the companies are primarily DVD rental companies that also have a limited catalogue of games too - we wouldn't recommend these if it is games you're really interested in, but if you are a movie fan too then these can represent good value.

Free Trial: These vary from 10 days to two weeks. Be sure to look at the details of each site if you're pursuing a free trial, as many have strict requirements for cancellation. The latest trend is fof subscription discounts instead of free trials.

Prices: In dollars per month for standard, unlimited 1 to 3 games out-at-a-time subscriptions. This does not include volume discounts sometimes offered when you pay for a year in advance, which are noted in the individual company reviews.

Ranking of all 6 US Game Rental Sites

 

 

 
Rental Companies
(click for review)

 

Value
Design
Service Ratings

 

 
 

Free Trial

 

 
 

Depot Locations

Sites ranked for PS2 Sites ranked for PS3 Sites ranked for PSP Sites ranked for XBox Sites ranked for XBox 360 Sites ranked for Gamecube Sites ranked for Nintendo DS Sites ranked for GBA Sites ranked for Wii   Price/
Month
1
2
3
Games
at a time

 
DVD Rental Option


GameMine Review & Link
7,000+ titles
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating
none New Jersey, Florida
Nevada

8.99*
19.99


Gamefly Review & Link
7,300+ titles
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating

10 days

California,
Florida,
Pennsylvania,
Texas

$15.95
$22.95 $29.95


Gamerang Game Rental
4,800+ titles
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating

1/3 off first two months

California,
Minnesota,
Oklahoma,
New Jersey

$14.95
$24.95 $49.95


Rent Zero Review & Link
titles unknown
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating

14 days

Texas

$14.95
$19.95
$27.95


Gottaplay Review & Link
4,000+ titles (note, share price is now under a penny, we'd be wary in case they go out of business)
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating

30% off first month

California,
Illinois,
Pennsylvania,
Maryland,
Georgia
$15.53
$25.99

PostaDVD Review & Link
2,350+ titles
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating

none

New York

14.99
19.99
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RENTAL COMPANIES
(click for review
& free trial)

 

Value
Design
Service Ratings

 

 
 

Free Trial

 

 
 

Depot Locations

Sites ranked for PS2 Sites ranked for PS3 Sites ranked for PSP Sites ranked for XBox Sites ranked for XBox 360 Sites ranked for Gamecube Sites ranked for Nintendo DS Sites ranked for GBA Sites ranked for Wii   Price/
Month
1
2
3
Games
at a time

 
DVD Rental Option

Game rental prices and terms change frequently; check the company website for the latest.

* limit 2 games per month, not unlimited.

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