ESPN College Hoops 2K5 is Now Shipping


Pass-N-Go, Legacy Mode and Enhanced ESPN
Presentation Top the List of New Features

SAN RAFAEL, CA-(November 17, 2004)- ESPN
Videogames today announced that ESPN College Hoops 2K5 is now shipping to
retailers for both the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(r)
videogame system from Microsoft(c).  This critically acclaimed college
basketball title delivers the most realistic college hoops experience by
introducing new gameplay features including an all new passing system called
Pass-N-Go, a deep new franchise offering titled Legacy Mode, enhanced ESPN
presentation, and new visuals that promise gamers the most authentic ‘college
hoops’ experience on the market.

The innovative Pass-N-Go passing system allows
gamers to utilize two different passing techniques, regular directional passing
and lead passing to beat their opponents to the hoop.  These two passing
mechanics give the user freedom to pass to the open man, or make a riskier lead
pass that leads a teammate to the basket.  Both passing buttons also feature
advanced controls where a gamer can perform a give-n-go pass or an alley-oop at
great risk, but can result in an even greater reward.

Legacy Mode starts the player in the role of a
head coach for a "small-time" college program.  The player must learn how to
manage the elements of recruiting the right talent, scouting potential players,
and teaching suitable skills in order to improve the current team’s win record. 
By balancing budget and time resources properly, the gamer will attain specific
goals and improve his or her attributes.  Players who can continue a successful
coaching trend may be offered new positions at prominent colleges.  Accepting
new job offers gives the player better budget resources, allowing for better
recruiting and scouting.  As they progress through their career, Legacy Mode
players will receive new and more difficult goals to accomplish.

ESPN College Hoops 2K5 promises sports fans
unparalleled ESPN telecast-style presentation featuring the return of Jay Bilas
and Mike Patrick giving all the play-by-play and more stylized wipes and
graphics. Enhanced audio in ESPN College Hoops 2K5 delivers the most accurate
crowd noise, college chants and fight songs. 

ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts –
SEGA’s sports studio

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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.
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