Like all of the Way of the Samurai games, you have a choice to be righteous or cruel. If you keep doing bad deeds your character be branded as an outlaw and the government will hunt you down. Get caught and you’ll have to answer to the Kinugawa Sisters… and their torture room.
The torture room is a series of hellish mini-games. Spike announced one of them where your dishonorable samurai is tied to a water wheel. You need to hold a button when your character is underwater to hold his breath.