Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing

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a game by Acme Interactive, and Novotrade
Genres: Shooting Games, Sports
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, GameGear
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Boxing Games, Download Sport Games
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing
Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing

Sega scores a solid KO with Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing. Hands... err, gloves down, this is one of the most enjoyable boxing games for any home system!

Whats a "Real Deal?"

Real Deal showcases "real deal" graphics. They're extremely well-rendered and lifelike. From Evander's image on the photo-realistic startup screen to the babe-o-rriffic, bikini-clad model announcing each new round to the gruesome spurts of sweat and blood when someone gets rocked, it's clear that Sega's video artists went the distance for every pixel and sprite.


  • Block low and follow with uppercuts every time your opponent goes for your body.
  • Use your less favored arm to keep your opponent at a distance with several jabs. Follow with a solid hook from your favored arm.

The action in the ring appears in a unique third-person perspective that mimics a camera moving completely around the perimeter of the ring. Although the boxers are seen waist up from the side, they move freely throughout the ring. A handy overhead map charts the position of each fighter.

Force your opponent into a comer as much as you can.

Contenders and Bums

Real Deal's stable of fighters is a knockout! Choose a Single-player, Two-player, or a Computer vs. Computer fight with 30 different boxers to choose from. Each boxer is ranked according to a fight history and ratings in four Attributes: Power, Stamina, Speed, and Defense.

The game's best feature, however, is the ability to create your own fighter almost down to his toenails! Choose between right- or left-handed, the pigment of his skin, the tint of his hair, the color of his trunks, the shape of his head and a snappy fight name. Each hard-earned victory enables you to add units to your fighter's Attributes. Not being able to save your boxer is the game's low blow.

In the beginning, concentrate units on Stamina and Defense Attributes. Build up Strength and Speed later.

Murder da Bum!

Game play emphasizes rhythm between punching and blocking. The controls are silky smooth as well. Unlike arcade fighting games, which emphasize nonstop action and radical moves, these fighters (like real-life boxers) can only punch so fast and take so many blows. You throw left and right jabs, hooks, and uppercuts at the head or the body. You block either high or low.

  • Back off and retreat to replenish your Strength meter.
  • Always use your favored arm for the killer blows. Uppercuts cause the most damage.

Three-minute rounds can range from three to 12 rounds. At the end of every round, judges award each fighter up to 10 points. You can win either by a KO (Knockout), a TKO (Technical Knockout), or by out-pointing the other fighter.

If you hit the deck, hit A as fast as you can. It might revive you just in time.

It's a Hit!

Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing is the champ! One-player mode is extremely challenging, but the two-player action is the most fun. It's the perfect way to take out your frustrations and settle old scores! This game stands on its own with or without Evander Holyfield's endorsement. This is the Real Deal!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Though Evander Holyfield lost his crown, he delivers a knockout with Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing for the Game Gear. This one- or two-player cart scores with its unique fighting perspective and options, even though the controls are sometimes sluggish, especially when executing combinations. Holyfield provides a first-person view, or you can watch yourself from your opponent's perspective. Although the depth perception is difficult to determine at times, the overall digitized graphics are realistic.

EH offers exhibitions against the computer, a championship tournament, or head-to-head boxing against a brawling buddy via another Game Gear and cable.

If you're not satisfied with the preprogrammed fighters, don't worry - you can create your own fighter with your own style.

EH's unique view and numerous options more than make up for its minor flaws.

Either start or continue your career with "THE BEAST" boxer and begin your fight with the next challenger. Wait until THE BEAST has raised his hand and the crowd has cheered. When the camera scrolls, and is not pointing to either boxer, press START and then choose to quit. You will be taken to the training screen, and you will have won the fight! This screen will also show that your power meter has sustained some damage. Use the training options to build up your energy so you can do well in your next fight. Repeat this method and you will build up an incredible winning record!

The bell sounds, but you think of nothing but your opponent, staring at you, with dark eyes and $50 million fists. You don't think of the other fights that have gotten you to this point in your career. You don't think of all the training, your increased strength or stamina. All you can think about is the fact that you're trying to stare down Evander Holyfield, the Heavyweight Champion of the world.

If you always fancied your hand at boxing but don't have the physique for it, then Evander Holyfield has given you a chance with this game. You get to make your own boxer from scratch and train and build him up to turn him into a heavyweight contender. There are 28 opponents you will face during the course of the game, only by beating them all will you be victorious. There are also exhibition modes where you can play against the computer or a friend.

Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing is a game of quick jabs, uppercuts, and dancing out of the way of your opponents punches. Go twelve rounds, knock your opponent out, and make it to the "Real Deal" himself, Evander Holyfield. Along the way, increase your strength, stamina, speed, and defense through training, all the while earning a larger paycheck with each fight.

Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing is viewed from a side on perspective. Your health is represented in the form of a bar labelled "energy". When that empties you'll be knocked out. At the top of the screen you're given a plan view of the ring and where the fighters are in relation to it so you can see if you're about to be backed up into the ropes. The time left in the current round and the round number are also displayed at the top of the screen.

Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing features:

  • The ability to create your own fighter
  • Almost 30 other fighters to get past
  • If you get past them then you get a title shot at Evander Holyfield himself
  • Action for one or two players

I am 10 this boxing game is wierd when you hit the enemy he does lose life.

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