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The Sopranos: Road to Respect review

Fugghedabout it - Tony and crew take a short road to boredom in an unremarkable mob tale

When you're not yawning through mindless fisticuffs, gunplay will occasionally rear its ugly head. Shooting skills aren't necessary, though, since there's no aiming - simply hold the L1 trigger, and the enemy will be right in your sights. It's understandable that gunning down foes is not stressed as an important gameplay mechanic (after all, leaving piles of bullet-ridden corpses is a surefire way for anyone to get pinched by the law), but what little there is shouldn%26rsquo;t be so lame.

The lone strength of Road is the simply perfect voice acting and representations of Tony, Paulie, Christopher, Silvio, and Vito (who evidently hasn't yet had his, um, coming-out party). You'll have missions with all of them, and plenty of the conversational traits are nailed just right, including Silvio's shrugging cynicism, Paulie Walnuts' pointed sneer, and Vito's bizarre waddle. If you didn't already hate A.J. Soprano, you will now, since a sizable chunk of your (brief) gametime will be spent working through his botched attempts (and subsequent dire consequences) at establishing a party business.

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DescriptionThe massively popular and totally engrossing TV show becomes an appropriately violent game.
PlatformPS2, Xbox 360
US censor ratingMature
Release date7 November 2006 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)