Lace Up the High Tops and Hit the Hardwood with NBA ShootOut 2003 From 989 Sports®

Exciting New Career Mode Highlights Newest Basketball Release for both PlayStation® and PlayStation®2


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NBA ShootOut 2003 from the 989 Sports® development team is now available in stores, marking the latest release of the popular NBA video game franchise. Combining a completely redesigned game engine with exciting new game modes, NBA ShootOut 2003 brings exciting and authentic basketball gameplay to the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PlayStation® game console.

Featuring a unique and all-new Career Mode, NBA ShootOut 2003 allows gamers to create a player and attempt to develop him into an NBA All-Star. Starting out in the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), the NBA's minor league, players look to hone their skills and generate enough interest to garner a contract from a professional team. With the Career Mode seen through the perspective of the player, rather than that of the General Manager, gamers may find their player traded, demoted, or cut if he doesn't play at a high enough level. Furthermore, as the only officially licensed game with the NBDL and NBA Summer League, the real-life teams, courts, and jerseys are accurately replicated giving the user the full experience of all the NBA has to offer.

"One of our more anticipated releases this year, NBA ShootOut 2003 definitely doesn't disappoint with it's exciting above the rim action, amazing player models, and outstanding game animations," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Our in-house development team did a tremendous job implementing an all-new game engine which takes full advantage of the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation capabilities making this game the most authentic basketball ever available."

For the first time in a basketball video game, NBA ShootOut 2003 utilizes the R3 analog joystick to give gamers the ultimate hoops experience. With over 30 one-touch controls, gamers directly control everything from cross-over dribbles to behind the back spin moves. Along with the Career, Season, and Exhibition modes, NBA ShootOut 2003 brings back the popular Create Dunk Mode allowing users to make the most imaginative dunks possible. Gamers can then implement these new dunks into the game using any of the authentic recreated NBA players. To make the game even more genuine, over a dozen NBA players, including cover athlete Ray Allen, were consulted to help develop playbooks and ensure the most realistic gaming experience possible. The all-new TV-style presentation combined with color commentary from Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton will only further enhance the player's experience resulting in the most enjoyable basketball available on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation consoles.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NBA ShootOut 2003 "E" for "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit

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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