MLB 2K10 steps up to the plate for the second time as our top game of the week. The reason? Ask a certain gamer who won a million dollars for pitching a virtual no-hitter.
MLB 2K10 [2K Sports]
Available for: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS and Windows PC
Release Date: March 2
On the release date of MLB 2K10, gamers had an opportunity to win a million bucks by being the first to pitch a no-hitter. A ridiculously hard task in reality was accomplished virtually in six tries by Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Ala. Wade's chosen pitcher was the Atlanta Braves' Kenshin Kawakami, who actually pitched a no-hitter in a Japanese league.
With a cool million on the line, it was the biggest game of Wade's life. He says he took it one inning at a time: "I was just trying to think, take it one batter at a time. I tried [pitching a no-hitter] several times, and I couldn't get past the fifth or sixth inning. So I was just trying not to think about it, just trying to concentrate on the pitches and not worry. There would be suggestions where to locate your pitches or what pitches to [use]. I generally looked at the batters' hot and cold zones, and I just tried to go to the cold zone and keep the ball low. I guess my favorite pitch would have to be the two-seam fast ball. I went with it most of the time, but I tried to mix it up so that [hitters] wouldn't know it was coming."
Wade waited two months for the contest to end before learning that his was the first no-hitter. After video confirmation and everything cleared, 2K Sports came to Alabama and presented Wade with his check.
"They told me that after the contest ended, they had to check out my Xbox to make sure that it wasn't hacked, and they had to check all of the finalists' [consoles]," Wade said. "When they came to my house, they actually surprised me there with the checkand that was just completely amazing."
If you are wondering who got blanked by Wade's no-hitter, it was '09 STACK cover boy David Wright and the New York Mets.
STACK's Favorite New Features for MLB 2K10:
Total Control Pitching allows users to outsmart batters and rack up Ks by placing the ball wherever the user wants. Controls are based on each pitcher's personal mechanics; and although they are easy to learn, pitching a perfect game in MLB 2K10 is just as hard as it is in the pros.
With the much improved Total Control Hitting, batters can time up their swings better and place the ball where they want. Hitters can use their power to swing for the fences, place the ball in the open field, or just try to make contact to stay alive.
MLB 2K10 allows gamers to access Inside Edge data to scout opponents and particular players, learn their strengths and tendencies, and develop ways to exploit their weaknesses. Knowing your opponent is the key to success on the mound and at the plate.
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