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Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin (released in Japan in February 2014) is a spin-off game set at the end of the Edo period of Japanese history (known as the Bakumatsu period), a period when the Tokugawa Shogunate came to an end and imperial rule was restored (Meiji Restoration).

Sakamoto Ryoma is living undercover, with a false identity, as "Saito Hajime" in Kyoto. One year earlier, on the eve of the coup d'├ętat of Tosa, Ryoma's foster father, the man who raised him, was murdered before his eyes. The only lead he had to discover who the killer was is that he used the Tennen Rishin style of fighting. This is a style used by the Shinsengumi, so Ryoma infiltrates their ranks, becoming captain of the 3rd Shinsengumi unit, in attempt to find the killer.

Big thanks to Kevin Debrabandere for creating a PDF for the entire Ishin guide. You can download the PDF version of the guide here.


Below are the basic controls for the game

Walk / Run Left Analogue Stick
Camera Movement Right Analogue Stick
Camera Reset Position L2
Attack Square
Strong Attack Press Triangle during a Square combo
Grab Enemy Circle
Grab Attack Square or Triangle when you are holding an enemy
Throw Circle when you are holding an enemy
Strafing R1
Guard L1
Parry Press L1 when an enemy attacks you
Evade X (you can use the left analogue stick to evade in a specific direction)
Change Fighting Style Directional Buttons
Left = Sword
Up = Wild Dance
Right = Pistol
Down = Hand-to-Hand
When you press down while already in Hand-to-Hand mode, you switch to your equipped "special weapon" (which is any weapon that isn't a sword or gun - such as long poles and cannons)
Pick Up Weapon Press Circle when next to an object with a blue arrow indicator above it
Throw Weapon Press Circle while holding a weapon
Sprint Hold down X to sprint in adventure mode. You can only do it for a limited time before Ryoma gets tired.
Action/Confirm Circle/X - If you are using a European console, X will be the confirm button and circle will be the cancel button. If you are using an American or Japanese console it will be the other way round
First Person View R3
Pause Menu Start Button
View Map Select Button