Evander Holyfield's 'Real Deal' Boxing
Reviewed by Dale Kulas
Graphics: 8: The boxers looked pretty good during gameplay
and were nicely detailed, well for an old Geneseis game
released around 1992 it was. All the other gameplay menus
are done nicely as well.
Sound: 7: No annoying background music during matches. All
the sound effects are done nicely from all the punches to
the bell toll at the end of the round.
Gameplay: 9: You could do a lot in this boxing game. The
object was to create-a-boxer, and have him go against all
the other boxers in a certain league. For every win you get
more money and after every fight you get to upgrade one of
your personal attributes. After every 5 or 10 fights a
screen with Hollyfield on it will give you encouraging tips.
After you make your way to the top, your boxer will begin to
show his old and his attributes will begin to low, and
Evander Hollyfield will pop up and retiring you. Gameplay
during boxing is really simple to learn, eather to do low or
hard jabs to the stomach area or the head. During each round
as you get beat up, there will be a little head portrait and
chest portrait of your boxer, as he gets beat up a certain
red "blood" meter will start to cover it up, if it gets
filled completely you will fall down and the other boxer
will win by ref's decision. Of course there's also the
standard life bar in boxing games and the more "red" your
chest and head gets the less energy you can regain in your
life bar during rounds.
Replay Value: 8: You can go against your friend in 2-player
mode, and battery-backed memory saves your progress with
your created boxer through his boxing league.
Overall: 8: Sega sure did good in this boxing game. Later
around 1994 or 1995 it would release Greatest Heavyweights
on the Geneseis which used the exact same boxing system as
in Real Deal Boxing, but featured all the greats like
Hollyfield and Muhammad Ali. So if you don't got Greatest
Heavyweights and you are looking for a good boxing game on
the Geneseis, grab this title.