Regular visitors may have noticed that GameSpot has undergone some subtle changes this week--it has reworked its subscription model. The GameSpot Complete premium subscription plan has been replaced by GameSpot Total Access, while a new midlevel GameSpot Plus plan has been introduced for users looking for some specific features.
All registered GameSpot readers will still be able to read the site, download files from rate-limited servers, use the forums, and keep their own blogs free of charge, but Plus subscribers will be able to download game guides, get live coverage of events, like the Electronics Entertainment Expo, and will receive a few more perks. At the highest level, Total Access subscribers (which include every current GameSpot Complete subscriber) can view the site free of intrusive ads, take part in GameSpot tournaments, and have access to high-speed file downloads and exclusive beta tests. Total Access sign-ups who pay annually instead of monthly can also choose to receive free subscriptions to two of three magazines, including Wired, Details, and FHM.
GameSpot Plus memberships cost $2.95 per month or $19.95 per year, while GameSpot Total Access is $5.95 per month or $39.95 per year. For the full details on each subscription plan's perks, check out the