|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOT SHOTS GOLF� FORE! DELIVERS FUN, REALISTIC AND VERSATILE UPBEAT GOLF GAMEPLAY FOR PLAYSTATION�2
Fourth Installment of Popular Worldwide Golf Franchise Features New Zany Characters, Courses and Gameplay Modes Including Online Play
LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2004 – Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the upcoming summer 2004 release of Hot Shots Golf® Fore!, created exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Developed by Clap Hanz in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Santa Monica Studios, Hot Shots Golf Fore! returns as the fourth installment in the extremely popular franchise that helped bring interest in golf indoors and sold more than 7.5 million units worldwide in the process.
Hot Shots Golf Fore! delivers the fast-paced gameplay that fans of the franchise have grown to love. Hot Shots Golf Fore! provides breathtaking graphics and true-to-life golf physics that will include more golfers and caddies than ever before – 34 in all featuring new off-the-wall characters, returning favorites and several popular PlayStation 2 characters. During gameplay, players will be able to enjoy a variety of 15 different courses, ranging from challenging 18-hole layouts to demanding par three executive courses. Miniature golf also returns with a wacky new twist, and players can share the course with thousands of Hot Shots Golf fans from across the nation with an all new online mode via the Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation®2) featuring head-to-head play and real time tournaments.
“Hot Shots Golf Fore! provides a truly entertaining golfing experience with brilliant graphics, dramatic camera angles and fast-paced arcade, style gameplay. The intuitive controls and adjustable difficulty settings will entice even the most serious golf fanatics into endless hours of gameplay,” said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “In addition, from the wacky antics of the new characters, to the challenging new courses and online gameplay, this is a game that all PlayStation 2 fans will embrace and enjoy.”
During gameplay, Hot Shots Golf Fore! features touch-sensitive controls that demand careful consideration to golf’s many variables, such as wind, ball lie and course elevation. In Hot Shots Golf Fore!, players will be able to test their golf skills in several different modes including tour, tournament, versus (VS) mode, training, and online play. In the online play mode, players will compete in head-to-head competitions, real-time tournaments, as well as participate in the Hot Shots Golf online community. The popular “Hot Shots Points” is also back where players redeem points to unlock more prizes than before including advanced golf equipment, new courses, characters and tons of wacky golf gadgets.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Hot Shots Golf Fore!. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.com.
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Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation®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 game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation 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.