The basic controls for Rurouni Kenshin: Saisen are simple enough to pick up. Back to guard, down to crouch, square for weak attacks, triangle for a medium attack, and circle for a strong attack. X is for jump, but that isn’t the only kind of jump in the PSP fighter.
You can press down and X to do a high jump. Hit X while you’re in mid-air for a double jump. Banpresto also created a "search jump." This move, activated by pressing down, towards then jump has players leap towards an enemy. It’s something like a quick shuffle to close distance.
All characters also have the ability to counter attacks. Trigger a repel defensive move by guarding and hitting an attack button right before an enemy strikes you. As an example, Kenshin blocks the blow and retaliates with an arched sword throw.
The repel attack takes up 1/4 of a player’s sword spirit bar. This meter automatically fills up when you take damage or attack. Alternatively, you can charge the meter by holding the L button. When it’s full you can unleash a powerful secret technique.