Underground Fighting and High-Stakes Gambling Come to the PSP(TM) (Playstation(R)Portable) System in The Con(TM)

Unique Gambling and Betting Elements in The Con Turns Each Fight Into More

Than Just a Fight, but a Gamble Itself

Oct 18, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

    FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment
 America Inc. announced today the release of The Con(TM), an innovative 3D
 fighting game exclusively for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system.
 Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment America and Think & Feel Inc., The
 Con combines the excitement of underground fighting with the intrigue of high-
 stakes gambling.  Players compete in an underworld setting where fighting
 skills are equally matched by street smarts.  During the fight, players can
 bet for or against themselves to take advantage of the odds and work the Con
 for the big payoff depending on if they win or lose.
     In The Con, players create and customize their characters by learning and
 training reprogrammable fighting combinations based on five different brawling
 disciplines -- Street Boxing, Wrestling, Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Jeet
 Kune Do .
     "With The Con, we have created a fresh new approach to the fighting genre
 on PSP with a gambling twist," said Susan Nourai, director, online and product
 marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America.  "The Con lets gamers
 experience what it's like to be an ex-con fighter in it for the money where
 the outcome is not based on wins or losses, but rather how much money you make
 from working the crowd."
     Gameplay Description For The Con
     In The Con, players can train a fighter in Story Mode, where the ability
 to build up a team and implement match-up strategy plays an important role in
 gameplay.  Players can gain experience and decide how quickly their
 character's fighting abilities enhance as well.  Players can also access Quick
 Play Mode for arcade-style fighting.
     Story Mode allows players to work towards paying off a debt, establishing
 a crew and earning enough money to "buy in" to the ultimate underground
 fighting tournament.  Players can select a character or create their own by
 selecting various appearances and attributes that affect the fighters
 strengths.  "Over-the-shoulder" camera angle puts players directly behind the
 action, and intuitive controls allow for easy entry for gamers of all ages.
 In addition, as the player progresses through the game, they can unlock new
 moves and create custom fighting combos through the use of the controller
     About Underground Gambling in The Con
     Unique gambling/betting elements turn each fight into more than just a
 fight, but a gamble itself.  Players can bet for or against themselves to take
 advantage of the current odds.  Players can pull off a con by timing the
 placing of bets, taking dives or exaggerating punches (mid-fight) to tilt the
 odds and turn the tables of the fight for a major payoff.  Use hard-earned
 cash to pay off debt, buy hundreds of items, recover faster after injury, or
 train for new combo techniques.
     Wireless Features For The Con*
     In The Con, players have access to a variety of wireless features,
 utilizing ad-hoc mode that include both "game-sharing" and head-to-head
 fighting matches.  During  "game-sharing," players have the ability to fight
 each other via ad-hoc mode with players that don't have the UMD disc to
 participate in a head-to-head wireless match.  Additionally, via ad-hoc mode
 with one other player, players can compete in various head-to-head fighting
 matches, as well as raise the stakes by placing unlocked items on the line.
     The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated The
 Con "T" for "Teen." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.
     About Sony Computer Entertainment America
     Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the
 entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(TM) game console,
 the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the PSP(TM)
 (PlayStation(R) Portable) 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.  PSP system is a new entertainment
 system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion
 video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
     Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment
 America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops,
 publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the
 PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP 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.
     NOTE:  "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks
 and "PSP" and "UMD" are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  All
 other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
     *Certain limitations apply to Wi-Fi connectivity.  See manual for details.
 Player responsible for Wi-Fi fees.

SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.