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May 21 2002

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NCAA® FINAL FOUR® 2003 DRIVES THE LANE FOR ANOTHER COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON ON PLAYSTATION®2

NCAA? FINAL FOUR? 2003 DRIVES THE LANE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NCAA® FINAL FOUR® 2003 DRIVES THE LANE FOR ANOTHER COLLEGE HOOPS SEASON ON PLAYSTATION®2

New Player Models and Upgraded Gameplay Make 989 Sports®' Latest Installment of the Heralded Basketball Franchise the Best Ever

LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2002 -
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NCAA® Final Four® 2003 from the 989 Sports® development team will hit stores in November 2002, marking the release of the latest installment of the heralded PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system college hoops franchise. Featuring new player graphics, every game mode imaginable and new play analysis and player evaluations from broadcasters Billy Packer and Eddie Doucette, NCAA Final Four 2003 captures the spirit and pageantry of college hoops like never before.

With the creation of 70 new player models, each consisting of over 4,500 polygons, NCAA Final Four 2003 hoopsters are recreated in jaw-dropping detail. From muscle definition to wrinkles in the uniform, players are more lifelike than ever before as upgraded gameplay features allow the performance of over 30 new dunks including reverses, follow-ups and 360 degree jams. All-new "motion blending" technology creates seamless transitions in every animation, and ultra smooth player control, as true-to-life details like the backboard and rim shaking after a crowd-pleasing dunk, epitomize the adrenaline-pumping action of the college hoops game.

"NCAA Final Four 2003 captures the high-flying madness of college hoops with unmatched realism," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Combining remarkable new player graphics and new gameplay features with over 300 Division I teams, NCAA Final Four 2003 is the most authentic and exciting college basketball game available for PlayStation 2.

With over 300 Division I teams from every big and small conference including the Pac-10, Big 12, SEC and Atlantic 10, NCAA Final Four 2003 brings to life the exhilaration of college hoops all in remarkably recreated authentic arenas. Whether sharpening your jump shot in the new Practice Mode, building a powerhouse collegiate program over multiple seasons by recruiting freshmen to replace graduating seniors in Dynasty Mode or starting as an assistant at a small school and attempting to climb the ranks to major university head coach in Career Mode, NCAA Final Four 2003 provides every imaginable option for the ultimate in college hoops action.

NCAA Final Four 2003 for PlayStation 2 Key Features:

• The Best Player Graphics Ever: The creation of 70 new player models, each consisting of over 4,500 polygons, recreates the college hoopster in jaw dropping detail. With the aid of "specular lighting", you will be able to see muscle definition and uniform folds and wrinkles from every angle imaginable.

• Every Game Mode Imaginable: Sharpen your skills in a new Practice Mode. Build a powerhouse collegiate program over multiple seasons by recruiting freshmen to replace graduating seniors in Dynasty Mode. Start off as an assistant coach at a small school, and see if you can work your way up to head coach at a major college basketball program in Career Mode. Play a season or simply enter the Big Dance™ in Tournament Mode.

• Upgraded Gameplay and Artificial Intelligence - Perform over 30 new dunks including reverses, follow-ups and 360 degree jams. Watch the backboard and rim shake after a crowdsilencing dunk. All new "motion blending" technology creates seamless transitions in every animation, which results in ultra smooth player control. Gameplay consultation from a famous college coach has each team playing exactly like their real life counterparts. The ultimate computer opponent awaits your challenge!

• New Commentary - Listen to all-new play analysis, player evaluations and insight on team performances from sportscasters Billy Packer and Eddie Doucette. Enhanced commentary with new camera angles reproduces a college basketball television broadcast.

• Over 303 Division I Teams and Arenas - Select your team from every big and small conference in America. Choose your squad from the Pac-10, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, SEC, Big Ten, Big Sky, Big West, Ivy League, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, MAAC, Northeast, Southern, Sun Belt, West Coast, Mid Continent and Mid-American conferences. Brand new arenas bring out the home court advantage that makes college basketball pure adrenaline.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NCAA Final Four 2003 "RP" or "Rate Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About 989 Sports

989 Sports® is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

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.


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