NFL GameDay™ 2002 Takes to the Gridiron for Another PlayStation® Season

PlayStation Game Console's Original Football Franchise Brings On the NFL's Best


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NFL GameDay™ 2002 from the 989 Sports™ development team is now available in stores, marking the release of the latest installment of the original PlayStation® football franchise. NFL GameDay 2002 features new gameplay with updated graphics, as well as customizing options for playbooks, rosters and players. Coupled with advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and more refined player models, NFL GameDay 2002 gives gamers the license to be the athlete, the coach or the fan and to experience football as it was meant to be played on the PlayStation game console.

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No other PlayStation football game replicates the competition in the NFL™ better than NFL GameDay 2002. Featuring updated graphics, NFL GameDay 2002 brings gamers the true-to-life power and athleticism of the NFL. On offense, players break shoestring tackles and shake would be tacklers on second and third efforts. On defense, drag downs and upending tackles combined with perfect hits that blast the ball loose from the ball carrier make for a sheer football adrenaline rush. NFL GameDay 2002 combines the detail of players' actual sizes, weights and body types with play-by-play commentary from the legendary Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts to produce a truly exciting football gaming experience.

"NFL GameDay 2002 provides the most exciting football action available for PlayStation," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "The 989 Sports team has developed yet another addition to the NFL GameDay tradition of superior football games through realistic graphics and ultimate gameplay."

Whether playing multiple seasons and drafting, trading and signing free agents under a salary cap in General Manager Mode, or sharpening your skills and increasing your knowledge of numerous offensive and defensive playbooks in Training Camp Mode, NFL GameDay 2002 offers an array of player and game options. With the addition of motion capture and game consultation with Philadelphia Eagles' All-Pro quarterback and cover athlete Donovan McNabb, NFL GameDay 2002 delivers the complete football experience.

  NFL GameDay 2002 for PlayStation Key Features:

  --    Updated Graphics:  Refined player models recreate every NFL player
        in detail, from actual size and weight to body type.
  --    New Enberg/Fouts Commentary:  Play-by-play legend Dick Enberg
        returns with color commentator Dan Fouts to deliver new commentary,
        innovative back and forth banter and key play analysis and player
        identification that keeps gamers glued to the TV.
  --    The Smartest Computer Opponent Ever:  Advanced AI adjusts to
        opponents' tendencies on offense and defense to shut down attacks.
        If there is no variety in play calling on offense, failure will be
        the result.
  --    New Moves:  New animations bring the power and athleticism of the
        NFL to PlayStation.  Players can witness drag downs, shoves and chop
  --    Donovan McNabb Motion Capture and Gameplay Consultation:
        Philadelphia Eagles' All-Pro Quarterback Donovan McNabb was motion
        captured and consulted on the gameplay to help deliver the most
        realistic football gaming experience on PlayStation.
  --    Enhanced General Manager Mode:  Play in multiple seasons as a coach,
        player and general manager, while drafting, trading and signing free
        agents over several seasons with a salary cap.
  --    Upgraded Training Camp Mode:  Sharpen skills and increase knowledge
        of various offensive and defensive playbooks.  Select both the
        offensive and defensive plays in order to identify the strengths and
        weaknesses of certain plays and formations.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NFL GameDay 2002 "E" for "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit

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.

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