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'NCAA College Football 2K3' Debuts On XBOX

by Rainier on Aug. 13, 2002 @ 9:14 p.m. PDT

SEGA of America, Inc. announced today the release of "SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3" for the Xbox. Produced by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, and developed by Avalanche Software, "SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3" delivers a host of in-depth features including a comprehensive list of bowl games, team-specific playbooks, college-style player models and a Legacy Mode that lets gamers recruit blue-chip prospects, develop talent using the extensive Spring Training option and build their program into a national powerhouse. Taking full advantage of the powerful Xbox hardware, SEGA Sports' college gridiron franchise features all of the trimmings fans might expect from the standard-bearer in sports video gaming.
"It is exciting for us to deliver the 'SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K' franchise to Xbox gamers for the first time, allowing them to experience the ultimate simulation of the college gridiron," said Tom Nichols, vice president of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "The first product in the 2K3 lineup to feature an ESPN telecast-style presentation, 'SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3' authentically delivers the purity and ambience of the college game."

"SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3" provides a host of college football-specific details, from the multiple polls and rankings to the extensive recruiting options. The enhanced Legacy Mode lets players compete for the nation's top high school recruits and guide one of 117 Division I-A or select Division 1-AA schools to one of the 25 post-season bowl games, including the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game; or create your own school and build a program from the ground up. Gamers also have the ability to edit names and ratings and fully customize any individual player attribute, and even import graduating seniors into the "SEGA Sports NFL 2K3" draft. Revamped playbooks ensure that each team reflects the exact tendencies of their real-world counterparts, while more than 6,000 new situation-specific lines of commentary break down the action for heated college gridiron rivalries. Exclusively on Xbox, gamers also have the ability to save replays of their most impressive plays and view them in a replay gallery.

Visually, the players in "SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3" are modeled to look distinctively like college-aged athletes, and more than 500 new
college-specific animations, such as the revamped option play, capture the unique styles and movements of NCAA football. Adding to the realism are more
than 117 3D stadium models that are designed to the exact specifications of the actual stadiums, while cheerleaders, mascots and more than 50 unique school fight songs help bring the NCAA gridiron to life.

Rounding out the complete package is a lifelike ESPN telecast-style presentation. From the game's SportsCenter introduction to the ESPN style graphical menus and statistical layouts, the presentation in "NCAA College Football 2K3" puts players inside a virtual telecast on gameday.

"SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3" is endorsed by former University of Nebraska quarterback and 2001 Heisman Trophy Winner Eric Crouch. "SEGA Sports NCAA College Football 2K3" is currently available for Xbox for a suggested retail price of $49.95. The game is also available for the
PlayStation2 and will soon be released on the Nintendo GameCube.

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