Critical Love For Heavy Rain Results In Pre-Order Surge
Towards the end of our Heavy Rain review, I said I was "terrified" that it might not be a sales success due to its originality, intelligence, and emotional sentimentality; traits that don't often resonate with a mass audience.
But as we've all learned by now, review scores are absolutely crucial in this industry and PSXE was hardly the only source to deliver glowing praise after the embargo lifted yesterday. This influx of extremely positive reviews has had an immediate and profound impact on the pre-order sales numbers for Quantic Dream's masterpiece; Heavy Rain has rocketed to the #1 slot on Amazon's Bestsellers for Video Games list. It has surged past the 120GB PS3 - a fixture in the top 10 over the past few months - and even huge titles like the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII and the recently released Bioshock 2. If you haven't pre-ordered Heavy Rain just yet and wish to hop aboard the bandwagon, you should know that dropping your deposit on the game will get you the first Episode of the DLC, "Heavy Rain Chronicles," for free. These Episodes will start to hit the PSN soon after the game releases here in North America on February 23; they will cost $4.99 each but as I just said, a pre-order nets you the first one free. I believe GameStop is offering the same incentive.
I have to say, on a personal level, this news made my day. Not only have the majority of critics appreciated Quantic Dream's vision but so many gamers have further responded to that praise. It only proves that we're all growing up. 'little tear'
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
2/11/2010 10:28:14 AM Ben Dutka