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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty much what you expect, another year of Xbox.

    Posted
    DefEdge
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I have been asked to review the 12 month Xbox live 12 month gold membership. Personally, this request is silly, we already know what this is. The main reason I bought this was during the time when it was about half the price it normally is. For those who don't know, Xbox Live is a paid service that is much cheaper to buy by the year than it is by the month. Yes, it isn't Playstation Network where it is free, and it also isn't Playstation Plus, which you also have to pay for. What you get with your membership to Xbox Live Gold (Not paying for it is called Xbox Live Free, or the old name of Xbox Live Silver) is the ability to play online with other people in multiplayer games, talk to more than one friend at a time using parties (on the 360 you could chat with one friend at a time, no idea how this works on the One) and you also get a higher discount during Tuesday's deals that are brought out. Also, each month you get access to a couple of free games, this program is called Games With Gold. Xbox 360 games are currently cycled out each half month, so you get 2 games there, and if you have a Xbox One you can play them on there as they are all backward compatible when released as a Games With Gold. For the Xbox One you get the chance to download these for a month, but new ones are introduced each half month and cycle for a month. For example, a game from the previous month introduced on the 16th will cycle out on the 16th of each month, and the game introduced on the 1st of the month will cycle out on the 1st of next month. In addition, you get to keep these games, even if you lapse on Xbox Live Gold and get dropped to a free membership. To regain Gold features, just renew your Gold with a store card, or you can use a credit card. Personally, if you go with bought cards, they usually go on sale for nearly half price throughout the year, just pay attention and/or stock up to when this happens. While I don't use much of the multiplayer features for some games, I feel that the advanced features on offer that work *most* of the time (ever since Xbox One was introduced there have been a few times when a feature goes down) are generally worth the cost for a system that is usually up a majority of the time. Purchasing this product for the first time, I feel this review might be informative, but for those who are buying this to renew, you pretty much know what it is. It is a time renewal card to allow you to use the features for another year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Download was easy. great product

    Posted
    my5sons
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I have been a member of Xbox live for over 10 years now and love it. Xbox live is one of the best ways to interact with people. I have met some of my best friends on Xbox Live. There are some annoying jerks that talk trash from time to time, but you can't keep people from speaking their minds. For what you get, it is very much affordable. I found it funny when people gave Xbox live a bad rating because it caused them to to drop loads of money into it for their kids... That isn't really a justifiable excuse to give a 1 star rating. I wouldn't allow younger children to interact or talk as much online for what some people say or how they act. It can be regulated for younger children but in my opinion more for adults. It is well worth the money, especially with all of the applications and features that have been added over the years. You can even buy digital copies of games that often are cheaper than buying them at the store.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Xbox Live Gold and for being a Xbox Live member for more than 10 years! We're glad that it's been such a big part of your life and allowed you to meet and communicate with new friends online. And thank you for calling out that a Gold membership is for more than just online multiplayer, giving you access to new free games each month (up to $700 worth over the course of a year) and deep discounts on Xbox games and apps in the Xbox Store. We hope you continue to be a Gold member for a long time to come!

      Happy gaming,
      Chuck
      Xbox Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Prepaid Is Better

    Posted
    LSherman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    To start off, I'd like to say that X-Box Live is amazing and worth every penny. Online gaming is incredibly fun and quite a good way to pass time. That aside, there are downsides to X-Box Live that can be avoided through prepaid cards. Number one, you always run the risk that unwarranted transactions will be made if your credit card information is stored on your X-Box 360 system. It may not happen all that often, but it's best to avoid it all together. The biggest reason to buy prepaid Xbox Live card is the renewal process that happens when you don't use one. If you order X-Box Live through your system, it'll renew every time your subscription runs out. This wouldn't be a problem except that it's not that easy to cancel. Instead of canceling through your system, you have to go through the hassle of actually calling X-Box Live support. Even then, depending on the representative you get, you may be hassled to keep your subscription because they really don't want you to cancel it. I'm guessing that's part of their job to convince you to keep it, but it still is frustrating to the person that is trying to cancel it. You'll have to go through this process every time you want to cancel if you don't use a prepaid card. Is that hassle really worth it? I don't think so. Therefore, avoid all of the problems by simply buying a prepaid card. You won't be sorry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable and Well Featured

    Posted
    Xiasmem
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Affordable and Well Featured The Xbox live 12-month membership provides so many great features and with its cost it's an excellent value! The first great feature is getting to communicate with all of your Xbox live friends in a party chat (8 for the Xbox 360 console and 12 for the Xbox One console). This can be done while either playing multiplayer with them or simply using another one of the many applications available for this console. Secondly, the Xbox live games for gold program is excellent; they offer many great titles, albeit older, but nonetheless the ability to have these games to play is a good deal. There is also a feature to upload your game saves to the cloud so you can use your game save while over at a friend's house just by signing in, starting up the game, and accessing your cloud save. Finally, you get access to exclusive Xbox live gold member discounts for purchasing games and some gold exclusive trials and betas not available to silver members. Overall, I would say Xbox live is a pretty reliable service and with all of the following being said I believe it is definitely worth at least trying if you’re not already a member.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Upgrade From Old XBOX Live

    Posted
    Xavier
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Back in the day you used to pay $60 to simply play online - not anymore. Finally it's worth paying for XBOX live because of a few new features: 1. Games with gold. Free games that you get to keep, many of which are at least decent if not great. 2. Games with gold discounts. I buy primarily digital games (see point 3) and instead of paying full price I usually wait till games with gold discounts apply. Already picked up 3 relatively new games for 50% off. 3. Family sharing. Got a family member or friend you want to share ALL of your digital games with ANYTIME? You can even play those same games together at the same time. Read it up online, it's a really sweet benefit. FYI Only ONE person can be your designated to share with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sale price, but pick it up

    Posted
    OldSchoolGamer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased this 12 month live card because my subscription was approaching expiration, I ordered the card online and just had it shipped to house. When I tried to redeem the code an error message popped up telling me that the code wasn't activated. Brought the card my nearest best buy store, and they couldn't activate it either, ended up getting a whole new card, didn't cost me anything as I had already purchased a card. Long story short, if you purchase any cards online from best buy, just pick it up in store, as I don't believe they activate them before they ship them. Had the same issue with my gamers club card. I have this 4 stars because of sale price and how friendly the clerk was at customer service counter. She tried to help me as best she could, and eventually got to bottom of the issue. Would be 5 stars if card was previously activated I had no problems

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Deal and a Must Have for Xbox 360/One Owners

    Posted
    keram55
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    If you own an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, this card is a must-have. You need a Gold-level membership to play online, and not only is online multiplayer a component of most games, but some games require you to have Gold to even play them (i.e. Destiny). If you choose to subscribe to Gold on a month-to-month basis, you'll end up paying $10 a month, or $120/year. With this card, you'll only pay $60/year instead. As an added bonus, with your Gold membership, you'll get free games every month for both the 360 and One via the "Games with Gold" program. If you have a One, certain 360 games are backwards compatible and can also be played on the One, so this card will pay for itself after a just a month or two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Never again

    Posted
    Neveragain
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    It all started with a set of headphones that I had to return. Despite paying for extended repair or replace the only option I was given was a gift card (strike 1). that Best Buy refused to turn into cash (strike 2). I then ordered a Amazon Firestick which came with a free cover. The next day I got an email telling me that it was on backorder so I tried to cancel the whole order but was told I could only delete the fire stick. They then billed me for the free item (strike 3) Upon receiving my order the Gold card had not been properly processed so it wouldn't work (strike 4?) they resent the card which did work. like I said NEVER AGAIN!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Xbox Live

    Posted
    JoshJ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    The biggest reason to buy prepaid Xbox Live card is the renewal process that happens when you don't use one. If you order X-Box Live through your system, it'll renew every time your subscription runs out. This wouldn't be a problem except that it's not that easy to cancel. Instead of canceling through your system, you have to go through the hassle of actually calling X-Box Live support. Even then, depending on the representative you get, you may be hassled to keep your subscription because they really don't want you to cancel it. I'm guessing that's part of their job to convince you to keep it, but it still is frustrating to the person that is trying to cancel it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked as described

    Posted
    Kevin
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    12 months of Xbox live gold pretty straight forward redeemed the code on the Xbox live store. Had no issues adding the code. I wish Xbox and PlayStation did not charge to play online games like on PC. With Xbox and PlayStation you get free monthly games. I will have to say that Xbox has given out much better games over the past year. So it does help off set or justify the annual cost. Also as a console and PC gamer I will have to say the Xbox play anywhere games the few that are available at this time, is nice I can buy digital get a copy on both Xbox and PC I can switch back and forth and game progress goes back and forth between the two systems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cant beat Xbox Live

    Posted
    Doug
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I prefer to buy these prepaid cards for Xbox live for two reasons. First because Best Buy often has them on sale or discounts them with other purchases such as system or game combos. Microsoft never discounts their Live service. Secondly I like to earn rewards points with my purchases as well. Eventually all those points adds up & means cash back for you. Easy enough to use. Depending on what type of card you buy & if you have the Kinect Sensor - redeeming is easy. Either enter the code on the back of the card or on your receipt or hold up the card so that the Kinect sensor can read it. Done Xbox Live renewed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have for the Xbox

    Posted
    Maverick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    When the 12 month subscriptions are on sale at best buy I like to stock up on them. I bought two at $35 each and I never regret the decision. I also have been buying them for 13 years now and may be in the state of mind that I just can't let my subscription ever run out. You do receive free games every month and you can play if you so desire multiplayer games against your friends (these are the people that you never see but only hear in your head). I may be in the minority here but I prefer this over the PSN+ subscription if only because of the time that I got locked out of online gaming on PSN for a week when the network was hacked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Glad it adds time, not doubling up

    Posted
    ladychev
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    When we bought the new Xbox One, it came as a special. Buy the Gold membership at the same time and save $15. Well, we already had the gold, and asked if this would add time to our current subscription or "double" up and just go for 12 months from date of purchase. (the sales guys had no clue). We decided to make the purchase anyway since we would be saving $15 (we had 3 months left on our current subscription) when we entered the information it showed that it would expire in 15 months..... Long story short, if you forget when your current gold subscription runs out, no fear, this will just add to that time!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My son has to have this

    Posted
    Jeepsgirl
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    This is the second year I purchased this for my son for Christmas. This is his favorite gift because it just keeps on giving. Easy to redeem on his Xbox and gives him a year of playing games with his friends and he tells me he gets such great deals on game downloads for being a gold member. Games I bought him in stores for like $40-$50 he has found for like $5-$10 using this membership so I just by him this card instead of all the expensive games, it saves me money, and makes him happy. He also gets a lot of free game downloads so it's a gift that just keeps on giving and he never runs out of games to play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A waste, really.

    Posted
    ChuckG92
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    This used to be the only way to use most online features of an XBox, but no more. To make up for that, they give away *"free games"--* free as long as you're a Gold member, but they're all delete bin games you probably don't want anyway. Most you can get for a couple bucks online. Every year, it's less and less a deal and now that Microsoft protects the MSRP so well, you're always going to pay close to retail for it. My advice is pass. I bought it just to finish two games I got "free"--. In over two years of these "free" games, that's all I could find worth a dame--for EITHER XBox system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good idea to never buy online

    Posted
    Juant21
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought this online when it was on sale for $40 and thought to save a trip to the store and have it shipped to my house but when it arrived code never work even days after still didnt work when I got to the store the guy at service desk told me there was nothing he could do to help me activate it even when Microsoft told me to take it back to the retailer So I can have it activated no problem so i call BB customer service they sent me a new card and they waved express shipping so that was nice but still very annoying I had to go to that process never again will I buy an Xbox live card threw the .com

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it for the games alone

    Posted
    Archangel
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you own an Xbox One, you owe it to yourself to get Xbox Live Gold. It may feel like paying for online access but you're getting much more. I honestly rarely game online. However, Gold gets you now (on Xbox One) 4 free games a month! 2 Xbox One games, and 2 backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, all included in your membership. No, you won't like every game they give you, but it only takes a couple here and there to start making this immediately worth your money. If you also game online, it's that much more worth it. Plus there are some exclusive offers and deals you can get as a member.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Deal w Xbox purchase

    Posted
    tdawg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I Got this system for one of the best prices I could find online. I did get it in person at the store with the purchase of the Xbox for my 5 children for Christmas. The membership was surprisingly easy to set up however the gaming console itself was another matter. Those of you who aren't very tech savvy or don't have the fastest internet service may want to think twice about getting one because it took the better part of a full day to get set up for the first time and download the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Christmas Present for 24 year-old Son

    Posted
    Stacell
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My Son knows one of his Christmas Presents every year is his annual XBOX Live Membership renewal. And he makes sure that I don’t forget that! He loves the games with gold discounts they offer, and he says they even provide free monthly games. I know he can’t play his XBOX without his membership, so we are extremely satisfied and happy with this purchase. And as always, the staff at our local Best Buy were very helpful and accommodating with all my questions and concerns.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    What really grinds my gears

    Posted
    Glennyboytonno
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    Microsoft does it again and again. I swear they are in bed with EA for how bad they nickle and dime their customers. The allure of purchasing a new xbox only lasts 1 year until your xbox live membership expires. Here we are again 12 months later having to spend 60 dollars for the ability to go online and play against other people. Its a necessary evil if you want to have fun with online gaming. This service should be included for lifetime with the purchase of an Xbox.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend