Odds and Ends: Gamefly, A Bear and His Bird, Etc.

My tears shall know no end.

Ever heard of Gamefly? It’s a game rental service that operates purely online, much like a slightly nerdier version of Netflix. I’ve never used it myself, given the monthly fee, but the service does have one spectacular use: a tantalizing selection of used titles for all consoles, most with heavy discounts. Gamefly also likes to offer select titles for crazy cheap prices during weekly promotions, the latest of which was Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, for the low, low, so very low price of $15.

The deal ended yesterday. I didn’t even see the notice at cheapassgamer until about an hour ago. That surprisingly high-pitched wailing sound outside your window? That’s not the wind, ladies and gents.

Even if Star Wars isn’t your thing, I’d recommend keeping an eye on Gamefly’s used store. A quick glance at it’s current selection didn’t show anything to my liking, but there are still a lot of discounted games available that might tempt a less snobbish gamer. I can also vouch for the quality of Gamefly’s used copies, as the three or four titles I’ve ordered in the past arrived in nearly mint condition. On rare occasions you might receive a scratched disc or one that won’t play at all, but Gamefly is great for replacing bad copies free of charge, so don’t be afraid to bite on anything that catches your eye.

And don’t worry about shipping, either. It’ll cost you a couple of extra bucks to send a title your way, but that’s money easily spent when you consider how much you’ll save purchasing online instead of in-store. Gamestop currently lists The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360) for $45 used. Compare that with the amount you could have spent yesterday on the same title and throwing down a few more dollars for shipping suddenly won’t seem such a nuisance.

But there are other deals to be had, one of which grows more and more tempting by the second. Amazon is offering Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for $20, though only for today. Nuts & Bolts warranted a lot of suspicion when it was first announced, given how completely different it is from retro classics Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. But the dust has long settled, particularly now a couple of months after its release, and the consensus is a surprisingly large one: Nuts & Bolts is a great game. A demo is currently available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for those who need a little more convincing, but I’d still recommend it, given both the reputation of the series and the fact that it’s 50% off of retail price.

Curious to see more savings? Check out cheapassgamer’s forums for more deals, and keep an eye out in particular for Gamefly’s next weekly promotion. I’ll be busy myself with a recently-borrowed Playstation 3 — anyone out in the audience have recommendations for a game I should rent?

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  1. Brian
    09/03/2009 at 3:26 am Permalink

    Recently borrowed ps3… might that be zach’s?

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