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Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!

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Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!
YakuzaIshin cover.jpg
PS4 cover
Release Date: February 2014(JP, original release)

February 2023(WW, as "Like a Dragon: Ishin, JP, as Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin Kiwami)

Developer: Ryu ga Gotoku Studios
Publisher: SEGA
Series: Yakuza
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Playstation 4
Genre: Historic, action, shooter

Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! (龍が如く 維新!, lit. "Like a Dragon Restoration!") is an historical spin-off of the main Yakuza series. Previously unavailable outside of Japan until 2023, when it was remastered and was released as Like a Dragon: Ishin! (龍が如く 維新! 極, Ryū Ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami, lit. "Like a Dragon: Restoration! Extreme") It follows character Sakamoto Ryoma through the Bakumatsu period of Edo period. While mostly focused on sword fighting, firearms do appear which is accurate to the era.
The remaster does not make any changes to the firearms present.


The following weapons appear in the video game Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!:


Break-action look-likes pistols

Many antagonists use automatic pistols, that look like break-action single-shot pistols. Notable are Yamauchi Yodo, Takeda Kanryusai and Thomas Glover (the latter two are using a different kind of pistol than Yodo).

Broqua&Scholberg Marked .44 breech-loading pistol.
Yamauchi tells Ryoma his plan to sell Japan to the UK and become a British colony. In an ironic case of life imitating art, five years after this game was released, the real British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would come up with a similar plan to sell the UK to the USA and become an American colony.
Alternative view of the pistol.
The same view, but in Ishin Kiwami. Unreal Engine sure makes this game look beautiful.
Takeda Kanryusai showing off his auto-loading high-caliber twin shooters that killed Inoue Genzaburo, On the left we have the original Takeda who resembled Hiroshi Hayashi. On the right we have the Kiwami Takeda who resembles Hiroki Awano.

"Imported Revolver"

A revolver similar to the Colt 1861 Navy model appears in cutscenes and forms the "Imported Revolver" class of pistols. It also has a Colt 1851 Navy hexagonal barrel, Colt Walker's square shape triggerguard (which is mounted backwards) and cartridge-converted cylinder. Bizarrely, the weapon also still appears to have the loading lever of the percussion cap model, though it is encased in a surround which would render it useless. It also has a S&W-like hinge, which means that it should work as a top break.

Colt 1861 Navy - .36 caliber
Todo Heisuke (who resembles Shigeki Baba in the original Ishin) aims the Colt. Note the frame under the barrel surrounding either an offset and useless extractor rod or an immobilised and even more useless loading lever, and the front top-break hinge.
Yamamoto Yae in Ishin Kiwami with her Colt. She prefers to use her rifle in fights.
"Imported Revolver" in the blacksmiths' menu.
"Quick Fire" version in the blacksmiths' menu. It in particular, returns the revolver to his native trigger guard, and removes the under-barrel frame. Here it can be seen that the former loading lever appears to be a cylinder retaining pin.
A modified version of the Colt that's so steampunk it looks like it came straight out of Jack's gun collection.

"Double Strike"

The "Double Strike" is a modified version of "Imported Revolver". It, however, looks very different, somewhat resembling the pinfire revolvers of that time.

Lefaucheux Model 1854 - 12mm Pinfire.
"Double Strike" in the blacksmiths' menu.

Smith & Wesson Model 2

A revolver based on the Smith & Wesson Model 2 appears in various cutscenes and is also Ryoma's first revolver model, fittingly named the "Model 2." It also has grips from Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 and a trigger group from Colt Dragoon (which trigger guard is mounted backward, as on the "Imported Revolver"). This forms the basis of the "Model 2" class of pistols, the ultimate version of which is called the Golden Gun and appropriately has a golden finish. The Golden Gun then returns in Yakuza Kiwami.

Oddly enough, its upgraded versions are called "Model 3", "Model 10" and "Model 14". However, it is the same Model 2 only with a different finish.

Smith & Wesson Model 2 - .32 Short
The "Golden Gun" Model, as it appears in Yakuza Kiwami.
A group of men aim their Model 2 revolvers.
The "Model 14" description in Ishin Kiwami.

"Domestic Revolver"

This model appears as the "Domestic Revolver" group and weirdly appears to have a wooden frame. It seems to be portraying a makeshift copy of above Model 2 (it seems also sharing its bottom-break action), and bears a passing resemblance to the Dreyse-Kufahl needlefire revolver.

Dreyse-Kufahl needlefire revolver - .35 caliber
"Domestic Revolver" in the blacksmiths' menu.
A rendering of the "Kogarashi", one of modifiled versions of "Domestic Revolver".
Ryoma points his modifiled Domestic Revolver at an unseen foe.

Percussion Pistol-Style Revolver

The "Hayate", also known as the "Sturm und Drang" in Ishin Kiwami, one of the many revolver models available on the game is one that has apparently been dressed up to look like a percussion or flintlock type pistol. It is an updated version of "Domestic Revolver", but unlike other versions, it seems nothing like it. It resembles the early flintlock revolvers, although the lock is missing and it evidently fires metal cartridges.

Tower Percussion Pistol
Pistol in the blacksmiths' menu

"Wooden Gun"

The "Wooden Gun" is a group of revolvers, with a design resembling the Savage 1861 Navy.

Savage 1861 Navy - .36 caliber
The Wooden Gun description in Ishin Kiwami.
"Spring in Full Bloom", a modified version of the "Wooden Gun" in the blacksmiths' menu, featuring a bunch of finery.

"Worn Pistol"

The "Worn Pistol" group of revolvers resemble Bafuku-era revolver copies.

The "Worn Pistol" description in Ishin Kiwami.
The "Rusted Pistol" render in Ishin Kiwami. It gained it's grip back and...looks operable enough.


Springfield 1861

Certain enemies use what appears to be a shortened carbine version of the Springfield 1861 caplock musket. It is also used by men of the British privateer force towards the end of the game.

Springfield Model 1861 - .58 caliber Minie ball. Note curved hammer and conventional priming.
A man about to shoot Ryoma in the back with the musket. Note the placement of the rear sight and hammer which help ID it as a Springfield.
Ryoma showing the man that the fist is not dead in the age of the gun.
Another man reloading his musket.
Thomas Glover's British men have Springfield rifles.
"Miss Tatsu", real name Yamamoto Yae threatens with her musket in Ishin Kiwami.


Carriage Mounted Cannon

The blacksmiths' workshop has a cannon mounted on a carriage.

cannon mounted on a carriage with enough positive camber to give a stanceboi a heart attack.
Cannon in the blacksmiths'

Gatling Guns

A large, four-barrel Gatling gun appears in the arms dealer shop. It appears to mount to a wheeled carriage, two of which are placed in front.

British M1865 Gatling Gun at the Royal Artillery Museum with hopper feed - .58 Rimfire / .50-70.
Ryoma gazes on the slightly misshapen Gatling Gun.

A more accurate Gatling gun model appears later on in the game.

Gatling Gun in Sengoku Toranojo's mansion.
First-person view.
British men with Gatling guns.

Large Cannon

Okita Souji can be seen firing a large cannon to blast open a gate in the opening video.

Okita Souji lives up to his reputation by blowing the gate to smithereens with the cannon.

Naval Artillery Guns

A barrage of 3 large naval guns are mounted towards the bow of Thomas Glover's ship.

Okita and Ryoma confront Glover on his ship with the artillery guns in the background.

Wheeled Cannon

A smaller cannon on a wheel mount is used by Dr Shinbei during his training, in what is essentially a re-hashing of the baseball mini-game on other Yakuza titles. It has a store for cannonballs on the side, although it is muzzle loaded. The pistol version of this training shows that Shinbei can apparently load the cannon with multiple balls at a time and fire them sequentially.

17th century Naval cannon
Sakomoto prepares to bat for a thousand against Shinbei's cannon.

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