989 Sports Gears Up for Another Exciting Baseball Season on PlayStation® With MLB™ 2004

Most Popular Baseball® Game Available for PlayStation® and PS one™ Returns for its Eighth Season


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that MLB™ 2004 from the 989 Sports® development team is now available in stores, marking the availability of the officially licensed Major League Baseball® game for the PlayStation® and PS one™ consoles. The latest installment in the most popular baseball franchise for PlayStation features detailed player and stadium graphics, updated rosters and statistics, and unrivaled gameplay, delivering an exciting and an amazingly authentic baseball game experience.

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With consultation from more than 20 MLB players, including cover athlete Shawn Green from the Los Angeles Dodgers and World Series MVP Troy Glaus from the Anaheim Angels, MLB 2004 features an incredibly realistic Artificial Intelligence. In order to win one of the many official MLB trophies, such as the MVP and Gold Glove, gamers will have to demonstrate baseball savvy by taking advantage of pitchers in hitters counts and limiting extra bases by positioning the defense and hitting the cutoff man. Furthermore, MLB 2004 now boasts more game modes than ever before with 10 different options such as Spring Training, Season, and General Manager, supplying baseball fans with an endless supply of hardball action. In Spring Training Mode, gamers can create a player and try to impress the manager in order to win a spot on the Big League roster, and in Season Mode, users have the opportunity to lead their favorite team to the World Series® as they track the year with more than 100 statistics.

"In its eighth season on PlayStation, MLB 2004 continues to be a game that will captivate the hearts and minds of baseball fans of all ages," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "With consultation of numerous Major League Baseball all-stars combined with quality gameplay and enhanced graphics, MLB 2004 delivers the same spirit and tradition that has made baseball into America's National Pastime."

Improved gameplay allows users to play exactly like the pros. With Total Control™ Pitching, Fielding and Hitting, players can take charge of all aspects of the game from throwing the high heat to leaping over the fence to rob a home run to putting on the suicide squeeze. The TV-style presentation with new camera angles and updated commentary from Hall-of-Famer Vin Scully and sportscaster Dave Campbell will make players feel closer than ever to the action and keep them on the edge of their seat throughout the entire nine innings.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates MLB 2004 "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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