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Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Game Gear Title screen




Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing is a boxing simulation. Holyfield is the only licensed boxer, the rest are fictitious. Rather than a fanciful approach like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, the developers went for a more strategic sim. Differently from its Genesis counterpart, the game is played from a first or third person point of view, with the fighters facing each other directly. The player can choose to see the fight from his or from the opponent's point of view ("through his eyes").

Players can either play a quick exhibition match or fight their way through the Career mode, using a created boxer to work their way up the 15-boxer ranking list until they fight Holyfield himself. During character creation, players can choose the fighter's head, color of skin, trunks and hair, physical and mental attributes. The physical attributes are dominant hand, power, speed, recovery and stamina. The mental attributes are style (brawler, dancer, boxer and dodger), killer instinct (low, medium or high) and favorite punches (jabs, straights or hooks aimed at head or torso, one for each hand). Between matches, career mode offers various exercises to assign the boxer to improve his stats.

The players can choose the view mode (normal or reverse), three kinds of control schemes, round length (up to four minutes) and fight length (up to 12 rounds).


Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Game Gear Guess who's the winner...
Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Game Gear The round statistics
Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Game Gear The round judgement, I lost this one.
Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing Game Gear Between fights, you can choose three (if you win, two if you loose) types of training to improve your fighter abilities.

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Sega Pro (UK) Apr, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Consoles Plus May, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Sega Force (UK) Apr, 1993 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Sega Zone Mar, 1993 66 out of 100 66
Sega Power Jun, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Sega Power Dec, 1993 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 45 out of 100 45 Mar 28, 2019 4 out of 10 40


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Ace of Sevens (4471) added Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing (Game Gear) on Jul 09, 2006
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