NEWS - Monday, August 12, 2002

Oh Blitz! Another football game

Midway Sports Kicks Off Football Season With New NFL Blitz 20-03 Videogame -- the Most Intense Version of the Popular Adrenaline-Style Football Franchise The ’Blitz’ Sacks Next-Generation Systems with Aggressive 8-on-8 NFL Football Gameplay and New Features
CHICAGO--(BW SportsWire)--Aug. 12, 2002-- Midway Sports(TM), the sports brand of leading software industry publisher and developer Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY - News), announced that NFL® Blitz® 20-03, the next iteration in the popular adrenaline-style football videogame franchise, ships today for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy® Advance. With gameplay as exciting as a sports highlight reel, NFL Blitz 20-03 is the only dedicated adrenaline-style football videogame franchise and is officially licensed by the NFL and Players INC. NFL Blitz 20-03 also features an all-new Create-a-Player mode, which allows gamers to build their alter ego into the game. Showcasing intense 8-on-8 gameplay coupled with NFL strategy, NFL Blitz 20-03 allows gamers to execute the skills needed for the "big game," with aggressive over-the-top moves such as bulldozing, stiff-arming and outrageous dives. "NFL Blitz 20-03 is the perfect blend of real teams and players involved in adrenaline-style action that delivers to both action fans and sports lovers the most intense and entertaining football videogame experience available," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. Midway signed an exclusive deal with New York Giants star defensive end Michael Strahan to appear on the package cover and in advertising materials. To add more realistic attributes to the action-packed gameplay, this three-time NFL Pro Bowler also designed plays and provided audio capture for the game. NFL Blitz 20-03’s DVD content also features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, where other top pro players designed plays and performed audio capture for the game. NFL Blitz 20-03 PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube Key Features: Officially licensed by the NFL and NFL PLAYERS INC -- Includes all of your favorite NFL teams, players and stadiums New York Giants Star Defensive End Michael Strahan -- This three-time NFL Pro Bowler, who appears on the game’s cover, designed plays and provided audio capture for the game Over-the-Top, 8-on-8 Adrenaline-Style Gameplay -- Players leap, soar, dive for passes, stiff-arm and bulldoze would-be defenders and strong-armed, precision-passing quarterbacks throw darts, bullets and bombs Create-a-Player Mode -- Customize your own player down to the height, weight, position -- even gear All-New Fantasy Stadiums -- Experience locations never before seen in a licensed NFL videogame NFL Equivalent -- Updated rosters, schedules and uniforms with the addition of the Houston Texans Improved Controls -- More intuitive, fast-action adrenaline-style controls Enormous 3-D Graphics -- Bulging muscles and real player faces bring the NFL up close Unrivaled 3-D Game Engine -- Play in various weather conditions from sun to rain to snow Dynamic Camera Angles -- Catch all of the deep crossing routes, monster sticks and impossible catches Outrageous, Over-the-Top Animations -- Play like your favorite NFL players only dream they could Two-Man Booth -- High-powered play-by-play and color commentary to describe all the action Explosive Soundtrack -- Licensed music plus outrageous sound effects DVD Content -- An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, where top pro players designed plays and performed audio capture for the game


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