Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxinga game by Acme Interactive
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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