Consider this… A new game releases and you want to play it, badly. But, you don’t want to spend the full retail price on it.

You’re not alone.

If you’ve ever wondered how to play practically any game for way less than full-price, you’re going to want to read this. It’s not just for one game either, but often many, many more.

The Subs

What I’m talking about are subscription-based services… But, more specifically, using them to play games for a fraction of the full price.

I know, I know, right now you’re thinking, “but I don’t want to pay another monthly subscription fee!”… The thing is, you don’t have to!

The trick is to sub for a month, then cancel it before the month is finished. Mind-blowing, right? Or, if you really want to, sub for another month!

Something that a lot of people don’t realize is, all of the sub-based services have brand-new games included. I’m talking day-1 releases and often the “deluxe” edition of it.

Want to play Riders Republic, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, or Watch Dogs: Legion? Ubisoft+ includes them all in their monthly sub for about $15. And the best part is, you can play ANYTHING included in their library for that price.

Want to play Sea of Thieves, Age of Empires IV, Back 4 Blood, Destiny 2, State of Decay 2, or tons of others? GamePass for PC includes them and well over 100 other games for… About $10/mo.

Feeling some EA games? Maybe Need for Speed, or The Sims 3 or 4? Well, EA Play has them and pretty much everything else they’ve ever released – like the Dragon Age series, Battlefront 1/2, and basically all of the Battlefields – for about $5/mo, and this includes early access to new releases.

That pretty much wraps up the best sub-based services to check out. Even if you combined them all and played 3 games from their libraries, you wouldn’t be spending as much as you would on a single brand-new AAA game… But, you get access to all of them. And the best part is, you can cancel any time!


I often find myself strapped for cash, or just doubting if I want to pay full price for a game or not… Well, taking advantage of these subscription-based services has helped me out more than once.

For just a fraction of the cost, you can sub to one of these services to play something you’re really itching to… And then cancel the sub before the month is done. It’s really that easy.

I promised to tell you how to play the newest games for cheap, and I think I’ve delivered on that. Short of pirating – which I would not recommend – this is the absolute cheapest way you’ll be able to play a huge variety of both new and old games at your leisure.

Gone are the days of spending full price on every game you want to try out for a few hours. Now, you can spend $5-$20 and get the exact same experience, and then some. Personally, I look at it like renting their library for a month, and once I’m bored of that library, I simply cancel.

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