Yakuza Ishin!

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Yakuza Ishin!
Developer(s) Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher(s) Sega
Series Yakuza
Release date(s) JP February 22, 2014
Release type PlayStation exclusive
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player
GameID(s) BLJM61149 (IRD), NPJB00532, NPHB00654
Internal resolution 1152x720
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Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! (Japanese: 龍が如く 維新!, lit. Like a Dragon Restoration!), unofficially known as Yakuza Ishin!, is a spin-off game in the Yakuza series. Set in the chaotic Bakumatsu period (between 1853 and 1867), Sakamoto Ryōma 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. Despite being the second Yakuza series spin-off set in samurai era instead of modern-day Japan, this game is unrelated to Yakuza Kenzan!, which was released in 2008 on the PlayStation 3. Yakuza Kenzan! is set two centuries before Yakuza Ishin!, hence the plots are not related with each other since both games focus on different characters, the historical figures of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) and Sakamoto Ryōma (1836-1867) respectively.

A remake, Like a Dragon: Ishin! (Japanese: 龍が如く 維新! 極, lit. Like a Dragon: Restoration! Extreme), was announced in September 2022 and was released in February 2023.


Options that deviate from RPCS3's default settings and provide the best experience with this title are listed below.

CPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
SPU block size Mega No improvement to performance but reduces the number of SPU cache objects.

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Framelimit Auto Use 60 instead if using Vblank to reach 60fps
ZCULL accuracy Relaxed Improves performance when paired with SPU MLAA patch.

Advanced configuration

Setting Option Notes
Sleep timers accuracy As Host Improves performance.
Vblank rate 120 Optional. Allows for 60fps gameplay, requires framelimiter set to 60 instead of Auto to fix menu gamespeed. Some minigames will be sped up.

Recommended patches

Game patches are available through the RPCS3 Patch Manager. To enable them, right-click a game in RPCS3 then select "Manage Game Patches". Game Patches are created by RPCS3's community, and can alter how a game runs. More information can be found here.

Recommendation Patch name Notes
Highly recommended patch Disable SPU MLAA Improves performance

Known Issues

Random Crashing - Issue 4489

The game currently suffers from random crashing without any log output.

Sun / Lens Flare goes through objects - Issue 4489

The sun shines through everything.

Room with wrong colors - Issue 4489

A specific room during a story mission will show incorrect lighting, looking like a cartoon world.

Special Notes

SPU MLAA removal patch

Thanks to Whatcookie, a SPU MLAA removal patch is available for this title. Do note, it won't work at 100% resolution scale, needs to be either above or below. No visual issues were found using the patch.

Netplay testing

For the complete list of games tested with RPCN, please check the RPCN Compatibility List.

Game Version RPCS3 Version Connects? Create/Join lobbies? Match with others? Online features working? Requires custom servers? Notes
N/A Untested Untested Untested Untested Untested