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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: Throughout the game, Joey has hallucinations of his late father who gives him advice..
  • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • When Big Pussy is chewing out Joey for not telling Tony about the trouble AJ's been having with the dreads, Joey said he didn't lie, just omitted part of the truth.
    • As a drunk Neil comes in trying to justify him having his drugs supplied by Angie, Tony calls him an addict. Neil prefers the term "recurring abuser".
  • 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 Nonstandard 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.