989 Sports® Kicks Off the Football Season with NFL GameDay™ 2003 for Both PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 Platforms

Innovative New Gameplay and Online Mode Capture the Power and Athleticism Of the NFL™ in the Most Technologically Advanced Football Simulation Available


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NFL GameDay™ 2003 from the 989 Sports® development team is now available in stores on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PlayStation® and PS one™ consoles. The latest installment of the GameDay franchise captures the power and athleticism of the NFL with realistic gameplay and new high-resolution player models that recreate the NFL experience in precise detail. The new Network Adaptor (Ethernet/Modem) (for PlayStation®2) revolutionizes gameplay and will allow gamers across the country to experience this new game with the more than 300 all new tackles, catches, and blocks as they challenge players from coast-to-coast via the new Online feature.

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With consultation from dozens of NFL players, including this year's cover athlete and Super Bowl XXXVI MVP, Tom Brady, NFL GameDay 2003 brings authentic, hard-hitting football action to life. The combination of more than 70 new "break tackle" animations, causing a unique outcome to every play, along with unmatched responsive control and detailed and fluid animations, make NFL GameDay 2003 the must-have for the football season.

"NFL GameDay 2003 is a definitive example of how 989 Sports has rededicated itself to producing the most technologically superior and realistic sports titles available," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "No other football game replicates the intensity and the competition of the NFL better than NFL GameDay 2003 with all new player models, textures, detailed lighting and camera angles, and the new Online feature that allows gamers to play anytime with anyone across the country."

Featuring all 32 NFL teams including the expansion Houston Texans, NFL GameDay 2003 provides the most authentic NFL simulation available, as improved stadium models feature texture enhancements, renovations, progressive field wear and real-time weather. With the addition of the first ever three-man booth made up of play-by-play legend Dick Enberg, Hall-of-Famer Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle, the unparalleled TV-style presentation comes to life as cameras zoom in on players doing pre-game warm-ups. Whether playing multiple seasons and drafting, trading and signing free agents under the salary cap in General Manager Mode, or challenging gamers across the country for gridiron superiority in the all new Online Mode, NFL GameDay 2003 offers an array of player and game options that will have gamers feeling closer than ever to non-stop NFL action.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NFL GameDay 2003 "E" for "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit http://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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