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ESPN Videogames Announces ESPN NBA 2K5 Now Available In North American Retail Stores
SAN RAFAEL, CA --(September 30, 2004)-- ESPN Videogames today announced that the number-one rated* pro basketball video game, ESPN NBA 2K5 is now available at major retailers across North America. The highly acclaimed series continues its legacy of innovation as well as unmatched gameplay and visuals to create the most authentic virtual NBA experience. ESPN NBA 2K5 is available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft©.
"I am immensely proud of ESPN NBA 2K5," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts - makers of ESPN Videogames. "No other NBA video game matches the visual quality and realistic gameplay mechanics featured in ESPN NBA 2K5. Consumers are going to love the extensive additions made to The Association, an even greater integration of ESPN's signature presentation, and the enhancements found in IsoMotion2, and the 24/7 mode. Simply put, ESPN NBA 2K5 is the most realistic basketball video game ever."
IsoMotion2 builds upon the revolutionary IsoMotion system, giving players the creativity and freedom to perform tricky moves to throw off their opponents. IsoMotion2 expands the ability to perform crossovers and spins in the backcourt, adding new techniques to mid-range and 'in the paint' plays. The new hop step allows gamers to perform a forward hop step or a lateral spin step to get into the post. Once a player is 'in the paint,' IsoMotion2 can be used while backing down a post-up defender to deftly execute pump fakes, pivot feints, and up-and-under maneuvers. ESPN NBA 2K5's IsoMotion2 gives gamers the ability to recreate the breathtaking moves seen in every NBA highlight reel.
The popular 24/7 mode - an original mode that allows gamers to create the best streetball players - gets an extreme makeover becoming twice its previous size by adding over 100 new items, multi-player games, and new training and timed mini-games. In 24/7 mode, gamers will personalize their create-a-player with hundreds of different accessories, train the player in various exercises and drills, and take on the NBA elite to become the best streetball player. Featuring more player customization, "create your own shoe" and online exclusive items that gamers can win only when playing online, 24/7 promises round-ball fans a unique and addictive basketball experience.
ESPN NBA 2K5 also introduces a groundbreaking approach to team management, with a new franchise mode, The Association. Gamers experience all the drama of running a pro basketball franchise as the importance of maintaining good team chemistry is stressed. New to any NBA video game are Player Personalities, which are used when NBA players visit the general manager with specific questions or concerns that need to be addressed. Different personalities require different responses and the user's response can make the difference between greater team chemistry and a lackluster team effort. The Association also introduces the Full Authority simulator, which allows gamers to simulate basketball games while retaining full control of decisions and strategies for each player.
ESPN-stylized overlays and camera angles infuse ESPN NBA 2K5, providing an enhanced ESPN presentation complete with commentary by Hall of Fame legend Bill Walton and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts, SEGA's sports studio.
*According to GameRankings.com average scores of 2003-2004 basketball videogames
For more information, log onto http://www.espnvideogames.com
About Visual Concepts Entertainment
Visual Concepts Entertainment is the maker of the critically acclaimed 2K series of sports games. The company is responsible for the full development and marketing for all ESPN Videogames titles and is committed to delivering the best, fully integrated sports gaming experience for all consumers. Visual Concepts Entertainment is wholly owned by Japan-based SEGA Corporation.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is a multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia assets in sports marketing with over 40 business entities. The company is comprised of seven domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Now, ESPN Today), ESPN HD (a high-definition simulcast service of ESPN), ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (25 international networks and syndication), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, SportsTicker, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN Broadband, ESPN Wireless, ESPN Video-on-Demand and ESPN Interactive. Based in Bristol, Ct., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc, which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox®, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands) and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.
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Contributed by Xoleras (66094) on Jun 27, 2005.
- The Association : la nouvelle référence en matière de contrôle de franchise.
- Nouveaux modèles de simulation et nouvelles possibilités de gestion des principaux attributs de l'équipe : entraînements hebdomadaires, personnalité des joueurs, collectif. Jamais vous n'aviez aussi bien contrôlé votre franchise NBA !
- Création de joueur améliorée : créez le joueur de vos rêves ! Personnalisez son style !
- Full Authority’ : avancée remarquable en matière de simulation des matchs, ce mode autorise un système de coaching dynamique, qui vous permet de commander les duels de vos joueurs et de modifier les stratégies choisies.
Des rediffusions apportent un supplément d'intérêt aux événements du jeu.
- IsoMotion2 : plus efficaces et plus intuitives, les commandes Iso-Motion vous permettent d'exécuter vos gestes les plus fous, avec plus de précision que jamais.
- 24/7 : de nouveaux objets à déverrouiller et un système Respect novateur apportent un parfum différent à votre parcours sur les playgrounds.
- Présentation ESPN : de nouvelles cinématiques, de nouvelles images, les stats sans compter les commentaires de Bill Walton et Michele Tafoya
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Contributed by Xoleras (66094) on Feb 14, 2005.
THE #1 RATED PRO BASKETBALL GAME*
"The most complete hoops game on the market" - IGN.com
The Association - The new benchmark in Franchise gameplay featuring unique simulation models and management of key team attributes including weekly training, player personalities, and team chemistry bringing an entirely new level of control to your NBA franchise.
The Next Movement - Experience a revolutionary difference in control between various types of players as this momentum based movement system now takes into account a player's ability and physical mark-up.
Full Authority - A bold new advancement in simulating games for your franchise featuring a dynamic coaching system that enables you to dictate player match-ups and alter coaching strategies while full motion replays bring in-game events to life.
IsoMotion - Own your opponent on both sides of the ball with new crossovers, hop and spin steps, and up-and-under moves in the post while containing advancing ball-handlers and forcing turnovers on defense.
24/7 - One of the most innovative features in sports games gets twice as big with over 100 new items, new timed mini-games, a respect system and multi-player games.
Presented by ESPN - New broadcast camera angles, follow cams, stat overlays and commentary featuring sideline reporter Michele Tafoya and Hall of Fame legend Bill Walton dissecting the action, all in the style of "The Worldwide Leader in Sports".
Contributed by Corn Popper (69555) on Oct 18, 2004.
"The most complete hoops game on the market" - IGN.com
- The Association - The new benchmark in Franchise gameplay featuring unique simulation models and management of key team attributes including weekly training, player personalities, and team chemistry bringing an entirely new level of control to your NBA franchise.
- The Next Movement - Experience a revolutionary difference in control between various types of players as this momentum based movement system now takes into account a player's ability and physical mark-up.
- Full Authority - A bold new advancement in simulating games for your franchise featuring a dynamic coaching system that enables you to dictate player match-ups and alter coaching strategies while full motion replays bring in-game events to life.
- IsoMotion - Own your opponent on both sides of the ball with new crossovers, hop and spin steps, and up-and-under moves in the post while containing advancing ball-handlers and forcing turnovers on defense.
- 24/7 - One of the most innovative features in sports games gets twice as big with over 100 new items, new timed mini-games, a respect system and multi-player games.
- Presented by ESPN - New broadcast camera angles, follow cams, stat overlays and commentary featuring sideline reporter Michele Tafoya and Hall of Fame legend Bill Walton dissecting the action, all in the style of "The Worldwide Leader in Sports".
Contributed by JPaterson (9118) on Oct 05, 2004.