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March 12 2002

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HOT SHOTS GOLF® 3 TEES UP A HOLE IN ONE ON PLAYSTATION®2

HOT SHOTS GOLF® 3 TEES UP A HOLE IN ONE ON PLAYSTATION®2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HOT SHOTS GOLF® 3 TEES UP A HOLE IN ONE ON PLAYSTATION®2


Acclaimed Next-Generation Golf Franchise Delivers Fun and Realistic Golf that Everyone Can Enjoy


FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 12, 2002 -
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced the release of Hot Shots Golf®3, exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Produced by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and developed by Clap Hanz, Hot Shots Golf 3 has already sold more than one million units globally. With wacky caddies and characters, new features and game modes as well as six challenging courses from around the globe, Hot Shots Golf 3 appeals to everyone from novice gamers to scratch golfers.

With quick-paced, arcade-style action that showcases the spirit and realism of one of the world's best-loved sports, Hot Shots Golf 3 offers award-winning gameplay and impressive 3D graphics. Detailed ball animations, tree-lined fairways, chest-deep bunkers and manicured greens along with convincing weather and seasonal affects and dynamic replays, provide the true golf experience for players with any handicap. Featuring 15 unique playable characters and seven caddies that accompany the player throughout the game, there will never be a dull moment on the course. Each character has its own animations and personality, providing gamers with hilarious entertainment and countless chances to tee-up.

"Hot Shots Golf 3 provides a truly entertaining golfing experience with rich, lush graphics, dynamic camera angles and fast-paced arcade-style gameplay. From the wacky antics of the new characters, to the challenging new courses, this really is a game that golfers and non-golfers alike will embrace and enjoy," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "The game's intuitive controls will entice even the most serious golf fanatics into endless hours of gameplay."

Beginning in April, Hot Shots Golf 3 will bring the golfing and gaming communities together to compete in a new National Tournament mode which allows players to compete in monthly tournaments across the nation to earn bragging rights and win prizes from Toysrus.com teamed with Amazon.com. To enter the tournament, gamers must register at the official Web site, www.hotshotsgolf3.scea.com and retrieve a code that determines the parameters for the monthly competition, including factors such as the course, the character and the time of year. Upon completion of the golf challenge, each player will receive a unique code to enter on the Web site, where they will be ranked among other Hot Shots golfers.

Hot Shots Golf 3 features intuitive gameplay and improved controls enhanced by a variety of new swing meters that reflect difficult lies and a multi-dimensional grid system for putting. Five different play modes, including Match Play, Stroke Play, Versus (VS) Mode, Nine Hole/Par Three course, plus National Tournament Mode, allow players to compete in numerous golf challenges. Players can win rewards and "Hot Shot Points" for superb performances, spectacular shots and remarkable putts. The points can then be used to upgrade golf gear including clubs and balls, and also to purchase additional features such as the ability to control the weather or release special "environmental capsules."

Hot Shots Golf 3 truly is "Golf for the People" and combines the franchise's award-winning gameplay and the power of the PlayStation 2 to offer every golf nut an exciting day at the course, and spare every rookie from those embarrassing moments.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Hot Shots Golf 3 "E" for Everyone. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.