I woke up this morning, you bought a PS2
Let’s review The Sopranos: the road of respect, which was released last week 15 years ago, on November 7, 2006. In the midst of soprano resurgence, it’s a happy birthday to celebrate, but as anyone who’s played this game in the past 15 years knows, it’s not very good. It’s not even see Well.
Instead, all of our characters, including James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, Michael Imperioli’s Christopher Moltisanti, and our protagonist Joey LaRocca (voiced by Christian Maelen), look like boiled ham shanks, all too circular or too sharp where they shouldn’t be.
The pitches aren’t much better, mostly made up of pale white walls and boring to bloody asphalt. Even our base, the Bada Bing club, is devoid of all the dirt characteristic of the exhibition venue, but populated with smoother walls and floors and, yes, a few tables.
In the game we are Joey, the brutal bastard child of Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore) who never makes it to the TV series. Tony sees us carelessly stealing shit, smashing car windows and tripping over our faces like an embarrassment, outside Satriale’s pork shop and decides to bequeath us to Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) . Paulie makes us do things like slam a guy’s head in a urinal until he looks dead, then make his body disappear in the waters of New York Harbor.
When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we sometimes receive a visit from our daddy’s ghost, who denigrates us and encourages us on the road to membership. family. Eventually we come together swearing our blood to the Sopranos, and along the way we fall in love with Trishelle, who admittedly isn’t so much into the game, but I feel like we should be spending some time. on it since it’s a column on women in video games. She is, after all, a woman in a video game.
Like the majority of the female characters in The road of respect, Trishelle is a sex worker, blonde with an hourglass figure. Her voice actor, Monica Keena, lends her a soft New Jersey accent, familiar to Joey, who remembers her from childhood when they met at a gym.
After that, Trishelle’s brief screen time consists of a rave gone awry, getting bombed at her workplace (but then sharing a steamy kiss with Joey when he saves her), and being brutalized by the boss of the Mafia rival of the Sopranos after Joey gets fucked. So generally a rough ride for Trishelle, who otherwise appears to be a generous and forgiving girl next door.
It’s hard to really compare The road of respect to the TV series, mainly because soprano screenwriter David Chase has noted, um, “I think [they are] two separate experiences. Playing a game and watching a drama are two completely different things ”, but it’s worth considering how soprano interacts with women and marginalized characters in one of his mediums. To put it succinctly, this approach can be called “bad”, but it’s hard to expect more from the murderers of 2006 whose daily life consists of poking other guys’ heads into urinals. For the Sopranos, women are tools, things that we keep because others do. They help you from time to time.
It’s unpleasant to be witnessed here, in its awkward gaming glory, the all-white, naked women rolling their bodies for glitchy drunks in Bada Bing, but it looks like the real thing. Like I said, they are bad men. Unfortunately, in this bad game, the skinny plot keeps us from trying to figure out why they are so bad with the people around them or what they think about them.
When Trishelle hints at sexual assault, we immediately jump on Joey for revenge, pressing X to smash the bones into the ground instead of spending time on what just happened. Does Joey want revenge because he cares about Trishelle, or does he feel personally disrespectful? Why does his instinct win out violence over consolation? While the show may have spent some time thinking about motivation, the game is tearing it apart.
It’s fun to remember, 15 years later, but, for women and for everyone, The road of respect it’s more novelty than empathy.