989 Sports™ Delivers College Action to the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System With NCAA® Final Four® 2001 and NCAA® GameBreaker® 2001


 Franchises Debut for PlayStation 2 on December 19 as Only College Sports

                  Currently Available for the New System

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the debut of the first two college sports games for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, NCAA® Final Four® 2001 and NCAA® GameBreaker® 2001 from the 989 Sports™ development team, available at retail on December 19. The two titles join the recently released NFL GameDay™ 2001 for the PlayStation 2 as the newest additions in the library of top-selling games from 989 Sports.

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"We are thrilled to bring our college sports titles to the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "By harnessing the power of the PlayStation 2, we have captured the spirit of college sports and provide sports fans with the highest degree of realism and smoothest gameplay offered to date for these franchises."

NCAA Final Four 2001

NCAA Final Four 2001 will allow gamers to experience the intensity of the on-court action with intricately-detailed arenas and player models scaled to actual player height, weight and body style, including such details as tattoos and facial animations. Gameplay that blazes across court at 60 frames per second provides incredibly authentic animations that have been motion-captured from former college stars. Final Four MVP Mateen Cleaves provided strategic insight and helped develop the college-specific playbooks. ESPN's Quinn Buckner play-by-play commentary, real college fight songs and crowd chants, and arenas designed from actual blueprints further capture the spirit and ambience of college basketball.

NCAA GameBreaker 2001

Delivering a balanced attack of detailed graphics, great gameplay and a multitude of features, NCAA GameBreaker 2001 includes all 115 Division I-A programs, plus 64 historical teams, 21 bowl games, new player models and more than 250 motion-captured animations. The game features 600 plays designed by legendary All-Americans, Artificial Intelligence (AI) consultation provided by Washington Huskies head coach Rick Neuheisel and strategic input by last year's Heisman® Trophy™ winner Ron Dayne, as well as animated play-by-play commentary by the legendary Keith Jackson. With Total Control Passing™, quarterbacks can lead or underthrow to receivers based on the defensive coverage. Special moves allow "GameBreakers" to juke overmatched defenders and a well-timed leap can tip the ball away from the outstretched hands of the intended receiver.

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.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® 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 game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation 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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Contact: Jamie Tica of Sony Computer Entertainment America,
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