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May 21 2002

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NBA SHOOTOUT 2003 TAKES HOOPS TO A NEW LEVEL WITH THE PLAYSTATION®2 COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

NBA SHOOTOUT 2003 TAKES HOOPS TO A NEW LEVEL WITH THE PLAYSTATION®2 COMPUTER ENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NBA SHOOTOUT 2003 TAKES HOOPS TO A NEW LEVEL WITH THE PLAYSTATION®2 COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM


Heralded Basketball Franchise from 989 Sports® Returns With All-New Features


LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 21, 2002 -
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc announced today that NBA ShootOut 2003 from the 989 Sports® development team will be available in stores in September 2002 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Following a year off, the heralded NBA basketball franchise is back and set to take hoops to a whole new level with all-new features including Career Mode, Practice Mode, Create Dunk, and an unsurpassed NBA environment featuring new player models, three on-court referees and player interactions. Coupled with refined gameplay and restructured Artificial Intelligence (AI) that has the computer managing passing, fouls, timeouts and taking advantage of miscues or tendencies, NBA ShootOut 2003 is the must-have title for basketball and sports fanatics.

Featuring eight modes of gameplay including Exhibition, Season, Playoffs and Career as well as new highlights like Career Mode which allow players to put their name and number on the floor with the pros, NBA ShootOut 2003 replicates all the high-flying action of the NBA. The new player models are ultra-realistic as each player features animated texture-mapped faces from authentic NBA photos, accurate body styles down to players' tattoos, and optional customizing features including goggles, head, wrist and armbands. NBA ShootOut 2003 also sports a new Create Dunk feature that will have gamers fabricating unique jams with influences from the most famous dunks in basketball.

"Featuring an assortment of new modes of gameplay, updated on-court graphics and unmatched player models, NBA ShootOut 2003 takes PlayStation 2 hoops to a whole new level," said Kelly Ryan, director, sports product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "With NBA ShootOut 2003, the NBA action is more authentic than ever before from the oncourt referees, cameramen and riotous crowds to new one-touch player controls that put the power of NBA stars in the palm of your hands." With playbooks designed through consultation from NBA stars that include more than 450 team-specific plays that replicate all of the teams, NBA ShootOut 2003 is authentic NBA hoops with an unmatched network-style presentation that features more than 100 hours of commentary from Ian Eagle and Bill Walton.

NBA ShootOut 2003 for PlayStation 2 Key Features -

  • NEW - Player Models have been sculpted from four different skeletal frames for ultrarealistic body styles. Each player features animated texture-mapped faces from authentic NBA photos, unique head shapes, skin tones, tattoos and optional goggles, head, wrist and armbands.

  • Developmental League (NBDL) - Players work on their game playing in the officially licensed NBDL and wait for the call-up to the "show."

  • NEW - Create Dunk will have gamers fabricating unbelievably unique jams with bits and pieces of the most famous dunks in basketball.

  • NEW - Authentic NBA Environment including animations for three on-court referees and television cameramen.

  • Refined Gameplay & Restructured AI brings fast-paced NBA realism to a whole new level. The computer better manages passing, the clock, fouls and timeouts and is sure to take advantage of any of your miscues or tendencies.

  • 18 1-Touch Player Controls include Screen, Auto Defend, Pump Fake, Special Dribble and more. You won't get bogged down with cumbersome controller combinations as more advanced controls have also been simplified for quicker and better player movements.

  • Network-Style Presentation now features a two man-booth. More than 100 hours of play-by-play from Ian Eagle is now complimented with commentary from Bill Walton.

  • Playbooks Designed with Consultation From NBA stars include more than 450 teamspecific plays and sets that replicate every team in the NBA. NBA players consulted include: Stephon Marbury, Chris Webber, Jason Kidd, Jerry Stackhouse, Paul Pierce, Robert Horry and more.

  • NBA Signature Animations from more than a dozen NBA stars. Motion-captured animations include all aspects of the game including dribbling through traffic, passing, shooting, rebounding and more than 50 signature dunks.

  • Hot and Cold Streaks will affect the game just like the pros. Hit three consecutive shots to put a player in the zone. Miss three consecutive and you'll have trouble hitting from the paint.

  • Create Player utilizes player ratings to create an all-world talent or design a player to reflect your own characteristics.

  • Extensive Roster Management allows you to edit your starting line-up, trade players or release and sign free agents to build your dynasty.

    The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NBA ShootOut 2003 "RP" for "Rating 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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