Red Dead Redemption Sells Half Million On First Day
Red Dead Redemption has impressed critics and gamers alike, and so it isn't a huge shock to hear that it's flying off store shelves.
Although the game only launched this past Tuesday, it released to over 450,000 pre-orders and according to VGChartz, the "preliminary data" points towards a total of 550,000 units sold in the Americas on day one. Some analysts have been a little conservative in their estimates, primarily because Western-themed video games have never sold very well in the past. ...but then again, none of them have been even close to RDR in terms of overall quality and level of immersion. Furthermore, the game will release in Europe today, which means that total worldwide sales for the first week should come in around 1.2 or 1.3 million copies. This definitely flies in the face of some predictions that said the game wouldn't sell more than 2 million copies all told; at this rate, it'll break that number in a very short span of time. It may not sell quite as well as a Grand Theft Auto (even though RDR could accurately be described as GTAIV in the Old West), but that's only due to a lack of name recognition. The great word-of-mouth and high review scores should allow the title to be a blockbuster.
Well, it kinda already is. While May is a competitive month, we don't see much in the way of must-haves for the summer so by all means, give yourself a treat and pick up Red Dead Redemption. You won't regret it.
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5/20/2010 9:28:48 PM John Shepard