Experience Your Favorite College Hoops Rivalry With NCAA® Final Four® 2003

Exciting New Game Modes Highlight the Latest College Basketball Simulation From 989 Sports®


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NCAA® Final Four® 2003 from the 989 Sports® development team is now available in stores, marking the latest release of the popular college basketball videogame franchise. Combining all new player models and gameplay with a brand new on-screen player rating system, NCAA Final Four 2003 brings exciting and authentic college basketball gameplay to the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

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Featuring a unique and completely redesigned Dynasty Mode, NCAA Final Four 2003 allows gamers to be head coach of their favorite school over multiple seasons and attempt to lead their team to the National Championship. Players will have the opportunity to use the all-new recruiting feature providing information on high school players including location, interest level, and statistics. With only a specific number of visits allowed, the more you show interest in a player, the more likely he will attend your school. Another play option is Career Mode in which gamers will start out at a small school as a graduate assistant and attempt to work their way up to Head Coach at a major university. Furthermore, NCAA Final Four 2003 offers several other play modes including Season, Dynasty and Practice mode giving the user the full experience that college basketball has to offer.

"Our production team has created new and innovative ways to deliver the tradition and celebration of college basketball making NCAA Final Four 2003 a must-have title for the PlayStation 2," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "With the deepest modes ever created for a college hoops title combined with new on-screen player rated icons and all-new motion blending, NCAA Final Four 2003 is an impressive addition to the 989 Sports collection."

For the first time ever in a college basketball game, NCAA Final Four 2003 utilizes the R3 analog joystick, allowing gamers to perform spin moves and behind-the-back dribbles with one, simple direction press of the stick. The college basketball experience is further enhanced with all-new motion blending technology, ensuring fluid transitions for every move. With more than 300 Division I-A teams to choose from coupled with more than 30 new dunks including reverses, follow-ups and 360-degree jams, the excitement of college hoops will be brought to the PlayStation 2. NCAA Final Four 2002 MVP and cover athlete Juan Dixon provided gameplay consultation and motion captured animations to make NCAA Final Four 2003 the most authentic college basketball simulation to date. All-new player insight and team performance analysis from CBS Sports' Billy Packer and Eddie Doucette along with new camera angles realistically reproduces a college basketball television broadcast.

Sony Computer Entertainment America will support NCAA Final Four 2003 with a blockbuster multi-million dollar marketing campaign including sponsorships of the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge and the Coaches vs. Cancer tournaments. Marketing efforts for NCAA Final Four 2003 will include national television and print across newspapers, sports and consumer publications, online advertising, dedicated point-of-purchase displays and merchandising support, and public relations support.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NCAA Final Four 2003 "E" for "Everyone." 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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