Game Rental Reviews

Rentzero Review

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  • Rating:three stars
  • Free Trial: Yes (14 days)
  • Game Titles: 2,000+
  • Shipping Center: Houston, Texas
  • Shipping Time: 1-2 days (South-Central US), 2-5 (rest of country)
  • Game Consoles: PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, DS, PSP
  • Game Plans: 1 Game = ($13.95) / 2 Games = ($19.95) / 3 Games = ($27.95)




The first impression of RentZero.com was not a pleasant one. For starters, the site appears as if the owner's son constructed it for his 5th grade science fair project. Either that or Stevie Wonder has ventured in the realm or web design. However, the site is not without its merits. The 14 day free trial, plus the fact that RentZero is one of the few sites to send manuals with their games, is enough to separate it from the pack. Like every other video game rental site, there are no late fees or due dates. Despite RentZero's shortcomings, it's still a good investment for those living in the United State's south-central (TX, OK, AR, KS, NE, MO, TN, KY, MS, AL) region... Members in these states will usually see games arrive within 1-2 days.

Rentzero.com Full Review

RentZero is one of those sites that looks like hell but, for some odd reason, you still find yourself visiting it. The site has nothing to offer aesthetically speaking but, I have to admit, they are trying to make up for it in service. RentZero differs from all other video game rental sites in one key area: They include manuals for the video games they ship. This one factor makes all the difference for some gamers. Having a manual for, let's say football games, is not critical since the controls aren't too complicated. However, for a role playing game a missing manual might spell disaster for novice players. All in all, Rentzero's a service that will rock for many but suck for the most of us.

The Basics:

Just like every other site, RentZero offers no late fees and no due dates. In addition, RentZero also offers a 14-day free trial to test out their service before you committ. However, make sure you keep your game queue fully loaded because RentZero.com has one of the lowest selection of titles at just over 2,000 video games. You'll have to wait for a lot of games due to the low number of titles in stock.

Don't expect anything spectacular from this company in terms of console support, either. They keep it extremely basic by only offering Xbox, PS2, and Gamcube titles. Having such a low number of platforms may work for a while, but ultimately, it will suck if you decide to buy one of the many systems Rentzero doesn't support... Kiss that membership goodbye!

Shipping Info:

Most members will recieve their video game rentals within 1-5 days. However, Texas and nearby residents will benefit from their close proximity to RentZero's distribution center in Houston. This means most games will reach their destination within 1-2 days. The map below will give you a better idea of what you can expect in shipping times.

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Features:

If you're a parent who is considering signing up for the service then you'll be pleased to know that RentZero offers parental controls to prevent your kids from renting games that they shouldn't be. Another noteworthy feature is their "Try It, Want It, Keep It." This nifty perk allows you to try out a video game, and if you like it, you have the option of buying from RentZero at a discounted price. Not too shabby is you ask me.

Thumbs Up:

Including the manuals with every game shipped, plus the 2 week free trial are two plusses that help lift, what otherwise is, a mediocre rental service.

Thumbs Down:

Have you visited RentZero.com yet? Ray Charles could've done a better job at designing this site; Plus, RentZero has one of the smallest game selctions in the video game rental industry; Also, delivery can be a tad slow if you don't livein a state in or near their distribution center.

Who Would Benefit From This?

RentZero is ideal for gamers who are hell-bent on having the manuals included with their games; Moreover, members who live within two states of Texas will benefit greatly from the 1-2 day shipping timeframe. This will eliminate the 4-6 day wait experienced at other sites due to their West and East Coast locations.