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Video Game / The Sopranos: Road to Respect

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Based on the popular TV show The Sopranos, Road to Respect is a PS2 exclusive Action-Adventure game released in 2006.

Taking place between Season 5 and 6, you play as Joey LaRocca, bastard son of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. He's a recent recruit to the Soprano family, and as him, you must prove yourself in order to rise to the top.

This game provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Joey accidentally kills Angie's favorite nephew Mario.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Joey does this while he's hallucinating.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: During the first gym job, while torturing Saul, Christopher demands the following from Saul: half of his steroid business money, some extra for pissing Chris off, and a lifetime gym membership for Joey since his just expired.
  • Bastard Angst: Being the son of a rat is not easy for Joey.
  • Big Bad: Angelo "Angie" Bruschetta, a recently released mob boss for Philadelphia.
  • Book Ends: The first and last mission takes place at the docks.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Wouldn't be Sopranos without it. Most notable during the first trip to Saul's Gym, where Joey forces Saul's hand onto a bed of sauna coals. There are also a number of unusual weapons that make for quite terrifying violent scenes.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Joey has several talks with his dad throughout the story.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Angie. The reason Joey originally thinks the watch is from a girl Mario has.
  • Guns Are Worthless: It's easier to do more damage to an enemy with a random object off the ground like a pool cue, than it is to shoot them with your gun considering its pathetic damage output. Which means rushing people shooting at you is a viable option. Plus there's the whole heat issue with guns you want to avoid anyway.
  • I Am Not My Father: The main source of Joey's disrespect.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Joey is modeled after his voice actor. Also true for the rest of the original cast.
  • It's Personal: Why Tony orders the attack on Angie's porn studio? His nephews ran over AJ with his own car.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you haven't caught up with the show, this game basically spoils Big Pussy's fate.
  • Oh, Crap!: Joey when he realizes Reggie's watch belonged to Mario...
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Before the final battle:
    Joey: You miss Mario? You're gonna meet up with him any minute.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The final mission is basically Joey getting payback after his girlfriend gets raped.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: From the final battle:
    Angie: You can't kill me! You're a punk! Big Pussy's bastard kid? You ain't nobody!
    Joey: I'm Joey LaRocca! Hear that? JOEY LA ROCCA. The last name you're ever gonna hear.
  • So Proud of You: Joey's final talk with Big Pussy has him saying that he doesn't mind Joey joining the family and that he's proud of him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Reggie is basically this. And Joey has no problem killing him later.
  • You Lose at Zero Trust: Use your gun too much and the game fades to black before you instantly get a Non-Standard Game Over where Joey gets whacked at the ocean for bringing too much attention to the Sopranos. You have to pay off the heat levels in-between missions to hope to avoid this, or just not use your gun in general.