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Like a Dragon: Ishin

Like a Dragon: Ishin is a remake of the samurai spin-off of the Yakuza series. The game takes us to 19th century Japan and casts us in the role of a samurai searching for the murderer of his mentor.

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Like a Dragon: Ishin is an action adventure game that is a spin-off of the Yakuza series. It is a remake of the 2014 game Yakuza Ishin and both projects were developed by the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio team.


The game is set in Japan in 1867, in the city of Kyo which is a fictional version of Kyoto. Like a Dragon: Ishin tells the story of the end of the samurai era, and the main character is Sakamoto Ryoma, a historical figure who played a key role in the overthrow of the shogunate.

Ryoma goes to Kyo following the trail of his mentor's murderer. His only clue is a little-known but highly effective fighting style used by the killer. The school teaching these techniques has been closed, but the protagonist learns that its students have ended up in the aforementioned town.

Interestingly, while Ryoma is a historical character, in the game his appearance and character are modeled on the protagonist of the main installments of the series, namely Kazuma Kiryu, and during the campaign we also meet many other characters who are alternative versions of those from the contemporary parts of the series.

Game mechanics

Like a Dragon: Ishin is an action adventure game in which we explore a small open world, densely filled with missions and activities. In addition to the extensive main campaign, the authors have also prepared a mass of optional side adventures.

At the heart of the gameplay is an extensive arcade combat system, allowing you to use four styles with different purposes and techniques. In skirmishes the protagonist uses mainly sword and fists, but there are also firearms. We can develop the hero's skills, physically strengthening him and teaching him new attacks.

In addition to clashes, the game offers a plethora of challenges, usually in the form of various mini-games , such as singing, dancing, gambling, fishing, cooking or cock racing. All these activities are accompanied by separate stories, often unrelated to the main storyline.

Game modes

The game offers a single-player mode only.

Technical aspects

As befits a remake, compared to the original, the game offers heavily improved graphics. The refreshed version of the production was built on Unreal Engine 4. Thus, it is the first installment of the brand that does not use the proprietary technologies of the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio team.

It is worth mentioning that in the remake many of the characters' faces have been modified to resemble characters from the Yakuza series installments released after the release of Yakuza Ishin in Japan .

Last updated on 17 February 2023

Game mode: single player

User score: 7,1 / 10 based on 16 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 7.3 / 10 based on 83 votes.

Age restrictions Like a Dragon: Ishin : 18+

Like a Dragon: Ishin System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • (30 fps / 1080p) Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon RX 460 or better
  • 60 GB HDD
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Recommended:
  • (60 fps / 1080p) Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 6 GB GeForce RTX 2060 / 8 GB Radeon RX Vega 56 or better
  • 60 GB HDD
  • Windows 10 64-bit
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