Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!

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Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! cover.jpg
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Producer(s) Toshihiro Nagoshi
Series Yakuza
Engine Havok Physics
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Release date(s)
  • JP February 22, 2014
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Blu-ray Disc

Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! (龍が如く 維新! Yakuza Restoration!?, "Like a Dragon Restoration!") is a spin-off game in the Yakuza series. The game was developed and published by Sega for PlayStation 3 and was a launch title for PlayStation 4.

Set in the chaotic Bakumatsu period (during and shortly after the American Civil War), Sakamoto Ryoma, is distressed resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and role in the society. Being embroiled in the middle of a Tosa coup d'état and bent on finding the murderer who assassinated his mentor, Ryoma burrows himself with a hidden identity in the streets of Kyoto and joins the grim Shinsengumi.


Sakamoto Ryoma[edit]

Born in Tosa as a samurai of the lowest ranking class; a "gōshi"(郷士). In the midst of the chaotic uprise with other young men, he became distressed over his own aims and accomplishments. However, having the best sword skill in Tosa allowed for his swordsmanship training in Edo. With high expectations from Yoshida Touyou, along with Takechi Hanpeita, the plan for the reform of the Tosa government was in progress. However, on the night before it could be carried out, an incident occurred that changed Ryōma's life immensely.

Takechi Hanpeita[edit]

A person who treated Ryōma as a brother since an early age and had deep trust in him. Like Ryōma, he also grew up with the support of Yoshida Touyou, owing to him the advanced studies he took. He was also the leader of the "Sonnō jōi" movement that won many supporters and tried to recruit Ryōma upon his return from Edo. However, after the death of Yoshida Touyou, both men had to walk their own paths.


The game sold 138,158 copies on PS3 and 82,540 copies on PS4 on its first two days on sale.[1] As of March 31, 2014, the game has sold 390,000 copies.[2] The game was awarded near-perfect scores of 38/40 and 39/40 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 respectively by Famitsu.[3]


  1. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (27 February 2014). "Knack beats Yakuza to Japanese number one". GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (9 May 2014). "How are Sega's video games selling?". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Sal Romano (12 February 2014). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1315". Gematsu. Retrieved 14 August 2014.