Following Screenselect's October 2006 merger with Lovefilm, the combined company is now tracked on the Lovefilm page.
The top UK DVD rental company, Screenselect, are now offering games rental too! Better still, their games rental is not a separate package of games only, and, unlike some other games and DVD rental companies packages, its not on a separate, higher tariff either.
We think Screenselect's games rental could turn out to be a real winner.
The site is easy to navigate. Games are easy to browse by console and then by genre. They also include recommendations such as hot lists, most popular listings, all time favourites, new releases etc. Should you choose to rent DVDs too, you also have access to a vast range (51,000+ titles).
Screenselect are currently offering games for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP and Gamecube and will also be doing games for Nintendo DS and GBA in the near future. They have a surprisingly large catalogue of titles, equivalent to the big games-only rental companies, of 1200+ games for PS2, 25+ for XBox 360, 700+ for XBox and also list for PSP (75+ titles) and GameCube (400+ titles).
By including games in their DVD package at no extra cost they offer a very competitive deal for games rental, with the bonus of DVD rental, and a fantastic free trial - which is currently extended even further from their standard 21 days to a unrivalled 30 days.
Games rental with ScreenSelect is fairly recent so we've heard limited feedback on their games service as yet, but from reviews on their DVD rental service from our sister site we know customer service is quite good for a large company, and any problems that arise can be resolved swiftly by phone instead of waiting for email replies. They do seem to be suffering a few teething problems with the games rental side of things - possibly demand is rather higher than they'd anticipated!
From our own experience, we suggest, if it is games you are after more than DVDs, make a disproportionate amount of your wishlist games, and keep your wishlist short - effectively encouraging them to send games out rather than DVDs.
Screenselect and Lovefilm will be merging in the future, and we will keep the site updated with any developments on this and any changes it may bring.
Prices: Screenselect offer three price plans: 1game/DVD at-a-time for 9.99. For 2 at-a-time and 3 at-a-time games/DVD rentals, Screenselect out competes rival companies with charges set at 12.49 and 14.99 per month respectively.
Screenselect are offering a rare 30-day unlimited disc free trial (their normal free trial is only 5 discs within 21 days).To take advantage of the offer, click our "Start Free Trial" button below and then when you reach the Screenselect site, enter promotional code TDV30 and press the grey "Go" Button next to the special promotional code; DO NOT press the red "Get 5 Free DVD rentals today" button, or you will not get the special, 30-day offer.
It is possible (and unlike other companies, easy) to cancel within the free trial period. If you cancel sometime after subscribing, Screenselect will likely contact you a few months down the line offering a "2 months for the price of 1" deal if you come back.
If you have used Screenselect, or any of their ScreenSelect-powered DVD rental sites before it is unlikely that you will be eligible for a second go at their free trial.