With Microsoft, Life’s a “Game!”

Redmond, WA, July 1996 — This holiday season, games for the PC take on new life and dimension with a host of new titles from Microsoft that combine incredible realism with amazing depth of play. For holiday ’96, there’s no doubt that Microsoft knows games!

From action and arcade games to simulations, sports and strategy games, this season Microsoft takes you from the ocean floor to 33,000 feet above sea level. Enter the underwater world of Deadly Tide
™
. Come up for air with a game of basketball with NBA Full Court Press
™. Then take off with Microsoft® Flight Simulator for Windows®
95. Whatever the challenge, whatever the mission, you’ll find yourself somewhere between reality and your wildest imagination. And it’s all amazingly realistic…and intense. Best of all, these games are on CD-ROM for Windows 95, making them easy to load and ultimately more realistic and sophisticated.

Welcome to the world of Deadly Tide, Microsoft’s thrilling cinematic underwater action shooter. Set in 2500 AD, Deadly Tide features stunning 3-D graphics and a powerful musical score. Experience the excitement as you move from mysterious sunken ships to alien mining operations to battles on the open sea while you attempt to save humanity from the enemy.

The state-of-the-art graphics in Deadly Tide were created by the same Hollywood designers responsible for producing the captivating worlds of
“SeaQuest”
and
“Star Trek: The Next Generation”
television series. Deadly Tide creates pulse-pounding action and the need for lightning-fast reflexes. As hydrofighter pilots, your mission is to destroy aquatic-based aliens as you venture into numerous underwater passageways.

A seamless integration of cinematic sequences adds to Deadly Tide’s intense game play. Deadly Tide features nonstop encounters with powerful biomechanical aliens, who continually challenge you to make strategic as well as combat choices. The breathtaking sights of Deadly Tide are complemented by a powerful, full-throttle cinematic score produced in true CD-quality sound. Atmospheric effects make the underwater environment realistic and compelling.

Come back to dry land and get ready for the most intensely competitive basketball game short of being on the court. NBA Full Court Press will thrill fans seeking to play official NBA-style action on their PCs with a captivating, competitive experience. Elevate the excitement by competing against other PC hoopsters in real time via modem or network, allowing any combination of two to four players to control a team in full, five-on-five basketball play. You can also compete in single games, play an entire season schedule, organize tournament play or work on your game in practice mode. Intense, unpredictable competition is enhanced by an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that draws on more than 100 actual NBA plays.

NBA Full Court Press also delivers a striking degree of realism, demanded by sports gamers. It offers dazzling, true-to-life, high resolution graphics and amazingly life-like player action and movements, including more than 250 motion-captured animation sequences. Crowd

noises are recorded and digitized to give gamers the home-court advantage. In addition, all 29 NBA teams and rosters are represented in NBA Full Court Press. Every dunk, rejection and rebound is provided by the emphatic play-by-play commentary of Kevin Calabro, the voice of the Seattle SuperSonics.

Take your adrenaline from the court to the green with Microsoft Golf 3.0, the latest version of the classic, award-winning sports game and leading golf simulator for Windows. Golfers can play the courses with photorealistic graphics, fly-bys and tips from the course professionals on each hole. A dozen add-on championship courses allow golfers to play some of the most challenging golf courses, including Pinehurst®
and Banff Springs without having to make an early tee time! Microsoft Golf 3.0 golfers can easily connect using a modem or network to play and socialize in twosomes, threesomes and foursomes. Golfers can challenge friends to a round, get a lesson, or provide
“expert”
commentary on a match. This new version of Golf also offers instant hole rendering so you don’t have to wait between shots, a new user interface for easier navigation, customizable computer opponent, and new ways to compete including Best Ball and Match Play.

When your quest for adventure on land subsides, soar to new heights with Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95, the most realistic civilian-aviation computer simulation. Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95 marks the first time the world’s longest best-selling PC entertainment title will be available for Windows. This new version of Flight Simulator offers a highly realistic flight-simulation experience, from rich graphic scenery to the authentic look and feel of the cockpit and control panel.

The new version will appeal to both experienced fans of MicrosoftFlight Simulato r and to aspiring
“virtual pilots”
who want to experience the thrill and challenge of flying on their PC. New users will appreciate the new AutoInstall feature in Windows 95 and online help. In addition, Interactive Flying Lessons make it easier to learn to fly so you’re in the air in no time! Experienced users will enjoy two new aircraft, more new cities, more detailed and realistic scenery from around the world, and new challenges and adventures. There is no better way to experience the thrill and challenge of flying.

Take your piloting skills to another realm with Hellbender
™
, an intense action shooter that offers hard-core gamers an integrated science fiction story line. Designed to appeal to hard-core and casual gamers alike, Hellbender features nonstop game play with a variety of player options. The alluring plot, written by sci-fi screenwriter Geof Miller (
“DeepStarVI”
) and narrated by
“The X-Files”
star Gillian Anderson, allows for richer game play and added strategic elements. Hellbender also takes advantage of state-of-the- art technology, including Direct 3D for stunning 3-D graphics and multiplayer for head-to-head competition.

Need a return to reality now? Why not stir up some good ol’ dirt with a monster truck? Microsoft moves the simulation experience from air to ground by delivering Monster Truck Madness
™
, the world’s first PC monster-truck racing game. Monster Truck Madness is the most radical and outrageous racing simulation because it seats you behind the world’s most powerful vehicles as they crush, splatter, jump and roll their way to victory. It provides an exhilarating off-road driving experience by offering various racing modes across the most rugged and challenging terrain.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for businesses and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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Microsoft, Deadly Tide, Full Court Press, Hellbender, Monster Truck Madness and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Pinehurst is a registered trademark of Resorts of Pinehurst, Inc.

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