With DLC and Multiplayer are renting games still an option?


So I got to thinking and I started wondering although great services (in theory), are renting games still a viable option?

Companies like GameFly, Redbox, and Blockbuster have provided gamers over the years with the option to “try before you buy” method, to allow customers who were on the fence about a full retail purchase the ability to ease or confirm their doubts by way of rental.  Now before this generation that was a superb option when your talking about one, saving yourself some money and two, if you did not deem the game as a “classic” or something you viewed as collection worthy you could finish the game in a week and return it.With this generation not so much.

Now some years into this generation of gaming as single-player stand alone titles are going the way of the dinosaur and DLC and Multiplayer have almost become standard, you can add to that now the online pass, (which makes you pay a fee for not purchasing a game new) it begged the question why rent? I look at a couple of things while considering this.

For me it hit home when looking at the release of Mortal Kombat.  I considered GameFly-ing it but opted not to because in reality I said to myself I am going to buy the game eventually and a big part of the game is the multiplayer so essentially what that means is I would have to buy the online pass to play competitively online, the DLC– acquiring  the characters and knowing  I have to return a game that is built to last. You may say well once you buy the DLC it is yours,  true but if your thinking economically your not going to want to spend $20 on DLC when your not going to buy the game for the next 6-12 months. So having to invest in all of these led me to believe I would be spending more at the end of day by renting it than just straight up buying it when I am ready. You may say this philosophy works against me because I knew I wanted the game, okay so what if  I was not  sure about the game, would renting work then? Lets look into that. It seems it is hit or miss, if I am not sure and I wound up loving the game then I wasted money, if the game actually sucks or it is an okay game then great decision but I see this only working if you  only care about the single-player and your sure it is a game you will only want to play once. Other than that it does not seem renting would be  very helpful. It may ultimately come down to what you want the game for, but it seems that there is way more incentive buying the game then renting the game.  It is even getting harder to justify that reason — look at a game like Heavy Rain that has 22 endings, you could say yeah “I will just hurry up finish the game and return it” but then your sacrificing experiencing the other endings. It may be your best bet to follow the game from development to release, do your homework, look at some reviews and trust your instincts. It is almost like you have to know your not going to fall in love with the game to justify renting it. Economically like I said may not make sense either. All that I didn’t even mention pre-order bonuses.

So is renting still and option? There still has to be a good reason for renting right? DLC is built to give the games we love legs, how long? 1, 2, 6 months  possibly, a year if your Rockstar lol, but multiplayer is forever or at least a year or two, lol I still play Uncharted 2. What is your opinion? CCU wants to hear from you.

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