All New NFL GameDay™ 2002 Kicks Off Another Season on the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. - 07/18/2000

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that the all new NFL GameDay™ 2002 from the 989 Sports™ development team will hit stores on December 4, marking the debut of the popular football franchise following a ground-up off-season redesign. Sporting a new game engine, NFL GameDay 2002 features updated graphics utilizing revolutionary 3D player scanning technology, unbelievable realism through the use of exclusive multiple-player motion capture and next generation artificial intelligence (AI) that combine to bring authentic NFL action to life.

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NFL GameDay 2002 brings the excitement and competition of the NFL to PlayStation 2. Revolutionary game physics allows players to spin off would be tacklers, stiff-arm oncoming defenders or make one handed grabs and two-handed snags in the end zone for "six." Completely new player models promise undaunted realism as players from every position were scanned in full uniform to bring them to life like never before.

"NFL GameDay 2002 is a completely revamped title that promises to be a fully immersive football gaming experience," said Kelly Ryan, director, sports product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Following a ground-up redesign that includes a new game engine, the use of revolutionary scanning technology and multiple player motion captures, NFL GameDay 2002 is more technologically advanced than ever before."

With the addition of motion capture and game consultation from Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback and cover athlete Donovan McNabb, NFL GameDay 2002 provides the ultimate in gameplay. NFL GameDay 2002 also features all-new commentary from the legendary Dick Enberg and color commentator Dan Fouts. Additionally, NFL GameDay 2002 features fully updated team rosters, team and individual player statistical tracking in 163 categories and impressive stadiums and playing environments so the football action is nonstop whether honing your skills in Exhibition Mode, or trying to win it all in Season or General Manager Mode.

NFL GameDay 2002 for PlayStation 2 New Features:

-- Revolutionary 3D Player Scanning Technology -- Using the latest 3D scanning equipment and cameras, the NFL player comes to life like never before. Portraits of faces, arms, torsos and legs have been scanned in full uniform to deliver incredibly lifelike facial features, skin colors and uniform textures of favorite NFL stars.

-- Exclusive Multiple Player Motion Capture -- All new technology translates into jaw-dropping realism that captures the power and athleticism of the NFL in amazing detail. For the first time, simultaneous motion capture sessions with two defenders trying to tackle a relentless ball carrier deliver sophisticated gang tackle sequences. See drag downs, multiple player tackles, lineman battling for position, pass protection blocks and ankle tackles.

-- Awesome 3D-Physics Based Gameplay -- Feel the smoothest and most responsive gameplay. Each player occupies their own personal 3D space that allows players to move around the field like a ball carrier during a NFL game. State-of-the-art physics allows gamers to spin off would be tacklers, stiff arm oncoming defenders and drag down or throw down ball carriers with authority.

-- Next Generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) -- See offensive lines perform trap blocks on bull rushing defensive linemen, receivers running underneath routes after reading a zone defense, and quarterbacks executing screen passes to rattle blitzing defenses. On defense, players communicate changes in coverage and alignment based on the offensive formations at the line of scrimmage.

-- Donovan McNabb Motion Capture and Gameplay Consultation -- Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl Quarterback and cover athlete, Donovan McNabb, has been motion captured and consulted on the gameplay to deliver the most realistic football gaming experience.

-- New Dan Fouts and Dick Enberg Commentary -- Play-by-play legend Dick Enberg and color commentator Dan Fouts have been recorded to recreate the ultimate TV style broadcast. Innovative back and forth banter, key play analysis and player identification will keep gamers glued to the TV.

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

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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