A combination of word-of-mouth promotion and a one-day discount has propelled Access Games and Ignition Entertainment's Deadly Premonition
to the top of Amazon's Xbox 360 sales chart this week, according to Gamasutra
. The low-budget survival horror game received an unusual range of reviews
-- from a 2/10 from IGN
10/10, with everything in between. Those that did like the game
describe it as a combination of Twin Peaks
–like storytelling and awkward writing, which are often the key ingredients for a cult hit.
Of course, the main motivator for Deadly Premonition's
uptick in sales was Amazon's discount. On Wednesday, it was the retailer's Deal of the Day, with its price knocked down from $19.99 to $14.98. Apparently, a lot of people were waiting until it dropped under $20. Sadly, the game has returned
to its exorbitant original price.