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Although this game isn’t really a gem by any means, it is surprisingly better than most movie/television based video games. While that isn’t necessarily a ringing endorsement, this game is actually worth playing. The combat is at least fun initially and the storyline will keep you playing until the end. Fans of the series should definitely play through this title. Anyone who is looking for another Grand Theft Auto-like game however, would be better off playing a game like The Godfather, Scarface, or Saints Row.
The Sopranos: Road to Respect isn’t a perfect game. The combat is somewhat fun but unbalanced, there are problems in the presentation, and the game like this would have benefited from being less linear. However, fans of The Sopranos will probably enjoy the story which really does play out like an episode of the television show.
“The Sopranos: Road to Respect” could have been one of the best games this year. It was very engaging, but just when it seems to hit it’s stride, you run out of game.
The framerate chugs from time to time, and the controls feed looser than the strippers at the Bada Bing. Still, the story and dialogue had me laughing out loud a few times. If you are a big fan of the show it is worth a look, but don't expect much.
Clocking in at just around four hours, The Sopranos: The Road To Respect is one of the shortest full-price console games in our memory. Despite impeccable voicework, the subpar visuals and dreadful combat controls forced us to dump it unceremoniously under a bridge in Jersey - never to be spoken of again.
It is cool to walk around in locations that are familiar from the show and interact with characters that have become modern television iconography, but if you’re not a fan of the show you’re not going to find a really good game. Even if you are a fan of the show, you might just be more interested in it as a rental, since once it’s over, there is little incentive to revisit the game.
If you’re a fan of the show then you’ll probably want to finish it at least once just to enjoy the storyline, vocal talent and liberal use of the f-word. Otherwise buy one of the Sopranos DVD box sets, which are both cheaper and longer lasting. This isn't a game. It's a piece of merchandise.
The Sopranos: Road to Respect is enjoyable enough, but when compared to similar titles it just can’t escape from being a very average game. In a few months this is one of those titles that will most likely be forgotten and relegated to the bargain bins where it belongs.
The game really is very simple. Perhaps it's too simple for the majority of Soprano fans. It's definitely too simple for the serious gamer. The story may be worth something if you are a Sopranos fan, but my guess is that it falls well short of the standards of the award winning television series. It has the look and feel of the Sopranos, but is decidedly lacking in plot depth. It feels like more could have been put into this game story-wise, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if the game was not received well by Sopranos fans.
Games like The Sopranos: Road to Respect make me hate my job. Titles like this make a person in my position want to throw in the towel because it’s just not worth it. For the sake of the people in our profession, please quality check titles before publishing them. If at any point in the testing you sense an urgency to find something sharp and jab yourself with it repeatedly then make a mental note that it’s the fault of a poor game. Also, if word of how awful this game is gets back to the locals in New Jersey, you might have a problem of a different sort on your hands. Consider this a friendly heads-up from a concerned citizen.
Considering how important respect is on the television show, The Sopranos: Road to Respect does a disservice to the series. A linear plot, flawed combat and conversation system hinders the title, and a lack of difficulty doesn't help the replayability factor at all. Only diehard Sopranos fans will be interested, but even they will probably make this disc take a dirt nap after playing through it once.
The Sopranos: Road to Respect is one of the shortest, sloppiest games of the year. With such amazing source material, it’s really disappointing that all we got after such a long wait was a half-baked beat-‘em-up with broken controls and sub-par presentation. This game is better off sleeping with the fishes.
It will take you less than eight hours to play through The Sopranos: Road to Respect, and in that time you might die once or twice. The game is very linear, repetitive, and easy, which means it isn't at all fun to play. To make matters worse, the game is ugly, clunky, and full of bugs and glitches. Even if you're a devout fan of the show, there's absolutely no reason to play this game.
Le frisson qui me parcourut l'échine lorsque j'entendis parler pour la première fois de l'adaptation des Sopranos se transforma en indifférence avant de se muer en âpre déception après quelques heures de jeu. Délaissant tout l'aspect psychologique et social de la série éponyme, 7 Studio et THQ ont transformé un diamant noir en simple bout de charbon. Perdu entre une jouabilité trop fade et un scénario fantôme, Les Sopranos : Road To Respect aurait justement dû en avoir un peu plus pour la création de David Chase, au risque de repenser le GTA-like d'un point de vue plus psychologique.
Despite the involvement of many of the show's stars, The Sopranos: Road To Respect fails to live up to the high level of the show. The boring combat mixed with pointless situations make it less than enjoyable. In addition, it only takes a measly four hours to beat. If Tony Soprano was around in real life, he would've ordered this "whacked" right off the bat. Skip this disrespectful game and go watch the TV show instead.
Sadly enough, The Sopranos: Road to Respect does a great job of putting gamers into HBO’s coolest show but drops the ball in making this a game that doesn’t frustrate in every level. With weak controls that do get in the way of the action and story missions that lack the show’s drama, there is very little here to keep gamers and fans of the show interested in seeing this game to the very end. Sorry, THQ, but fans are better off spending their money on the DVD box sets instead.
The voice talent doing a good job does not a good game make, particularly when everything else has been so ridiculously botched. An almost uncountable number of limp combat encounters packed into a surprisingly short running time seals the fate of a shoddy excuse for a game that would almost certainly have earned its makers an appointment with Tony’s goons, not to mention sending the big man himself running back to his shrink screaming. We shudder to think what’s going to happen when someone inevitably picks up the Goodfellas licence. Anyone looking forward to playing Lost next year? No, didn’t think so.
Of the recent gangster tie-ins that have come out over the last few months, Scarface is top of the pile for me. It has character, it has some really stunning visuals that tell me the PS2 still has some life in it, it has longevity (I've been playing for nearly three weeks now), and it's really good fun to walk around being Tony Montana smoking cigars, hitting on women and making massive, multi-million dollar cocaine deals. The Sopranos: Road to Respect pales in comparison unfortunately; it has the feel of a game that was brought out simply to make money off the back of a popular TV show, not something that has had loving care poured into it so the gamer can have a great experience. As far as games go (because when it comes to The Sopranos the show and Scarface the movie, my opinions are a little, not a lot, but a little different), steer clear of Tony Soprano and head for another Tony that will actually show you a good time.
The Sopranos: Road to Respect plays like the developers took all of the worst points of Grand Theft Auto - the frustrating, often counter-intuitive combat, the tricky camera, the ugly indoors settings – and made it into a game without including anything that made Grand Theft Auto a hit. If you're a fan of The Sopranos, go ahead and rent it if you have a free game rental coupon. This game isn't worth the retail price of $50; it may not even be worth the $5.99 that it would cost to play it for half a week.
With a slew of better mob games out there - Scarface for one, Made Man and even The Godfather - there's no reason for settling on this mess of a game. If only they'd put as much effort into crafting the gameplay as they did into animating the lap dancers.
The game’s most redeeming feature, apart from the reasonable voicework (though even that’s let down by bland, clumsy dialogue, laden with poor toilet humour), is that it’s over very quickly. You can stretch it out longer if, for inexplicable masochistic reasons, you want to, but really you’re looking at about five hours of bewildered misery, and absolutely zero replay value outside of that poker mini-game. Compared to this, that flaccid Godfather game suddenly looks something of a gem.
I've already prevaricated over this score longer than it took me to complete the game. Am I being too harsh? Isn't a few hours fun all that fans need? But you know what? Screw that. We need to raise our expectations and stop settling for third best just because we like the characters and, hey, it's still kinda fun if you ignore the crap bits. As we perch on the cusp of a bold new console generation there's simply no justification for games this anaemic and sloppy, especially at full price. Even in its best moments, The Sopranos is dull, shallow and repetitive - a game already five years past its sell-by date. If you love Tony and the gang, and are tempted to give this a spin just to see the result for yourself, a one-night rental will be more than enough to sate your curiosity. Just don't be surprised if you reach the end without breaking a sweat and then completely fuggedaboutit afterwards.
The Sopranos: Road To Respect is nothing more than a shockingly lazy attempt to plunder some loot out of a great brand. As Tony would say, if you like the show and are thinking this might be worth a look, 'Fogedaboutit' - let this one sleep with the fishes.
So, another bad game based on a TV show then. It's all the more galling when you consider the games that get it right. Goldeneye and Scarface can show the way to approach this type of material, and even '24: The Game' was passable, with a half decent action engine tacked onto a plot that was pleasing to the fans. It can be done. Whilst gamers are happy to purchase badly developed, poorly contrived games such as this, sadly those examples will still be a rarity.
EA’s The Godfather may not have been perfect, but it took typical gameplay elements, tweaked them in their own way, and made the game compelling in its storyline, graphics, and gameplay. The Sopranos got one out of three, and it isn’t the most important element, which is fun gameplay. This game sleeps with the fishes.