Sifu: PS4 and PS5 controls guide and tips for beginners

Sloclap’s new game, Sifu, was released to much fanfare after showcasing the game’s unique aging and retry process of kung fu. The game, marketed as difficult and embodying kung fu’s concept of endless self-improvement, achieves both goals.

Below, you’ll find full controls for Sifu, including tips for beginners. The button layout will take a little time to adjust to, but you have the ability to remap controls.

Sifu PS4 and PS5 Basic Command List

  • Move:I
  • Camera: R
  • Dodge: R2
  • Deviate (parry): L1 (timed)
  • Hyphen: R2 (hold)
  • Keep: L1 (hold)
  • To concentrate: L2 (hold)
  • Light Attack: Square
  • Heavy Attack: Triangle
  • Pick up the weapon: Circle
  • Interact: X
  • Jump and Climb: X (when prompted)
  • Attack downed opponent: Circle (hold, when prompted)
  • Dialog options 1, 2, 3: D-Pad left, D-Pad up, D-Pad right
  • Enter photo mode: D-Pad down

Sifu PS4 and PS5 Advanced Command List

  • Go down: Circle + Triangle
  • Directional Throw: Square + X
  • Weapon Throw: R1 (while holding a weapon)
  • Choose Vital Point: R (when engaged in focus)
  • Launch Focused Attack: R2 (when engaged in focus)

Now that you know the controls, read some tips below to progress through the first level with as few deaths as possible.

Use formation as many times as needed in Sifu

Practice mode can be accessed by pressing X on the wooden Wing Chun dummy.

After playing the prologue eight years prior and selecting your character, you will be shown in the same house where the events of the prologue took place. Here, to access the training, press X on the wooden Wing Chun dummy in the main room.

You can set the AI ​​to Aggressive or Passive. This is a great place to test out combos in the command list, especially when the AI ​​is set to Passive. Even better, setting the AI ​​to Aggressive will force you to learn the basic attack pattern of most enemies. It will also help you time your deflections (parries) and dodges. You can reset the AI ​​by pressing D-Pad up, which will default to Passive. Finish with holding X.

Once you’ve progressed through the game and invested experience points into the skill tree, return to training to test them out before moving on to the next stage. If a particular combo is giving you trouble or you have trouble with the timing of deflects, practice is the best place to master them. Note that no trophies will appear in training.

Remember that endless self-study is the philosophy that drives the game – aside from revenge.

Don’t mash buttons in Sifu!

A scene reminiscent of Oldboy, the close quarters require judicious use of moves rather than button mashing.

As with most advanced fighting and action games, button mashing will only lead to quick and unnecessary deaths. This is why training is so important!

The game has combat mechanics similar to Sleeping Dogs. However, Sifu is a bit more ruthless in battle. You will be attacked by multiple enemies at once rather than having a group around you and waiting for one after another (although it does happen) they are very likely to be carrying weapons, and only very few of attacks will stop an enemy in mid-attack. You can very well dodge another enemy’s attack, or have a bottle or a brick thrown at you from the corner of the screen.

It’s best to try to target one enemy at a time, landing a Four or five hit light attack combo, then jumping. Most enemies will complete their attack, so hit L1 to deflect just as they prepare their attack, it’s too early; wait for them to swing! Enemies with weapons must be Dodged with R2 and hit until they drop the gun.

Land a takedown with a pipe with deadly efficiency.

You can also get a variety of weapons from Sifu by pressing Circle next to a weapon. You can grab a bottle to smash on someone’s head, a brick, a bat, and even a lead pipe. All weapons are also throwable and although you can lose the weapon (which is still recoverable unless durability exceeds capacity with throwing), it will stun most enemies.

Once an enemy has taken enough damage, you will see an icon appear with Triangle + Circle. Hit them together to perform a final Takedown of the enemy, sometimes using the environment near you or the weapon in your hand. Luckily, you won’t be attacked during these kills. If you have a weapon, the Takedown will land with a side effect.

Again, avoid mashing pimples and be disciplined in your approach.

How Structure works in Sifu

Aside from your HP, the other counter to consider when playing is your Structure bar. This is located downstairs. If your structure breaks, you will be vulnerable to attacks.

The structure counter is affected each time you are hit. Deflecting or Parrying with L1 will not only prevent any damage, but will not affect your structure counter. Dodging with R2 will reload a small amount of your structure.

Enemies also have a structure. To break their structure, not only can you hit them with attacks, but also by deflecting attacks with a timed L1. Once their structure is broken, they will be open to attack. Usually this means they are open for a Takedown (Triangle + Circle).

Note that enemies with a glowing aura are under the influence of drugs and more difficult to break their structure.

How the pendant and aging system work in Sifu

You start with five rebirths, but you can also reset your death counter in a number of ways.

Sifu has a unique retry system that focuses on death and rebirth. If your HP reaches zero, you will die. You will be taken to the screen above where you can invest your experience in skills and rise from the dead (hold Square). This will take one of the coins, although there are several ways you can reset the death counter to zero. However, your age will not be reset even if the death counter is reset.

Once you die and get back up, the the death number is added to your age. For example, if your death counter is at three and you are 25, you will be at 28 when you wake up. To reset your death counter, you can defeat opponents by standing up. The other way is to access upgrade the statues through the levels and, with a thousand experiences, reset the death counter.

As you age, there are certain effects. Once you enter a new decade of age, your attack power will increase, but your health will decrease. You trade offense for health, which makes sense if you plan to apply the teaching as you get older. You will also have more wrinkles and begin to gray your hair (also facial hair if you are male).

If you spend all of your Rebirth Coins and suffer a game over, or decide to give up, a few things will happen that will affect future gameplay.

You will be able to replay all the levels you have unlocked the youngest age you were when you reached the level. For example, since you start the first level at age 20, you should always start at age 20. However, if the youngest age at which you had to beat the first level was 36, then you always start the second level again from the age of 36.

Further away, all unlocked skills will be lost. You can permanently unlock most upgrades by paying 500 experience points at least five times. On the plus side, every hint and clue you’ve unlocked on the Detective Board will stay unlocked.

Sifu will be frustrating and will take your patience. Use the tips above to help you progress and remember to be observant and notice the pattern of attacks!