The Sopranos: Road to Respect review

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

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Ogling Bada Bing strippers

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    Great voice work from the cast

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    Terrific soundtrack


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    Crappy combat controls

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    choppy graphics

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    Zero replay value

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Goombahs that go to work for Tony Soprano and his cronies tend to have startlingly brief lifespans. Yet despite the lack of job security, a remarkably determined (if dimwitted) batch of new recruits keep trying to make their way into the Family. THQ%26rsquo;s take on HBO%26rsquo;s megahit places you squarely in the shoes of just such a fellow - and much like a typical mob soldier's life expectancy, it ends almost as quickly as it gets started.

Evidently, Salvatore %26ldquo;Big Pussy%26rdquo; Bonpensiero's convenient "disappearance" a few years back wasn't enough to quash his son Joey's dreams of mobster glory. Despite plenty of people hinting at Tony's involvement, he gladly accepts an offer to become a Soprano employee. What unfolds is a tale of sex, violence, murder, and revenge - in other words, everything we love about The Sopranos. For all its faults (and there are plenty, believe you us), it stays true to the brutal spirit of the show, with a full season's worth of f-bombs, bare breasts, offensive slurs and busted skulls on parade.

Road to Respect is fundamentally a beat-em-up, following a linear path that couldn't be straighter if it were the Prime Meridian. In just about every situation, Joey winds up brawling with anyone he comes in contact with - not just street punks and gangstas, but heaps of bodybuilders, lawyers, pharmacists, even old men.

Theoretically, there are all sorts of combos for beating the snot out of everyone, but the controls are so sloppy that simply mashing the living hell out of the two punch buttons will take care of business most of the time. In case you're not interested in speaking with your fists, just grab one of the plentiful (and remarkably efficient) random weapons strewn throughout the levels. Did you know that bashing a head with a crowbar sounds like kicking a tire? Neither did we, but apparently it does (at least in New Jersey).

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DescriptionThe massively popular and totally engrossing TV show becomes an appropriately violent game.
Platform"PS2","Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Mature","Mature"
UK censor rating"",""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)