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'World Tour Soccer 2005' (PS2) In Stores NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 4:57 p.m. PDT

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that World Tour Soccer 2005 from 989 Sports is now available in stores. Now in its third year, the World Tour Soccer franchise, developed exclusively for the PlayStation2, has set the tone for unmatched play options and realism for the core soccer enthusiast.

Featuring more than 900 league, club and international teams from around the world, including classic teams from the past like the 70's Liverpool team, the 80's Milan team and the 90's Barcelona team, along with 18,700 FIFPro licensed players from 30 divisions and 22 leagues, World Tour Soccer 2005 captures the enormous scope and popularity of the global game. From realistic players that have been recreated with intricate detail, to stadiums filled with passionate fans cheering and waving their club and country flags, World Tour Soccer 2005 provides a truly authentic soccer simulation.

With multiple modes of play such as Exhibition Match Challenge and Competition Mode, soccer fans will experience unparalleled gaming action while attempting to qualify for five different continental cups.

Additionally, Season Mode will challenge a gamer's ability to act as owner and provide them the opportunity to manage player contracts, trades, salary caps and injuries, while Career Mode challenges gamers to take a young team and lead them from the School League to the Semi-Pro League and on to a Domestic League of their choosing.

"World Tour Soccer 2005 delivers a captivating performance by recreating the passion, pageantry and excitement of the world's most popular sport," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The combination of state-of-the-art graphics, attention to detail and endless gameplay options are sure to excite soccer fans of all ages."

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's London Studios, World Tour Soccer 2005 features some of the most realistic soccer action ever produced for PlayStation 2. Intuitive controls, immaculately detailed stadiums and successful play that is rewarded by unlocking hidden teams, stadiums and a variety of trophies, provide everything but the post-game oranges for the core soccer fan.

Gracing the cover of World Tour Soccer 2005 is L.A. Galaxy Forward and Guatemalan National Soccer Star, Carlos Ruiz. After bursting onto the international scene as captain of the 2000 Guatemalan Olympic Team, appearing in 24 international matches and scoring 12 goals, Ruiz made an immediate impact in Major League Soccer by leading the league in goals scored two years in a row (2002-2003), was named an MLS All-Star for the second consecutive year and was named the 2003 MLS All-Star Game MVP.

Marketing efforts for World Tour Soccer 2005 will include national print advertising across newspapers, sports and consumer publications, online advertising, dedicated point-of-purchase displays and merchandising support, and public relations support.

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