[SOLVED] Yakuza: Like a Dragon Crashing on PC

The game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a successful pivot from traditional Yakuza mainstays, which goes heavy style while still packing in enough substance to keep players satisfied. But the crashing issue does greatly affect players’ gaming experience. If you’re also encountering the crashing issue, don’t worry. In this article, we’ll walk through how to fix it.

Try these fixes

You may not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

  1. Allow your game through controlled folder access
  2. Disable unnecessary programs running in the background
  3. Update the graphics card driver
  4. Disable fullscreen optimizations
  5. Run Steam and your game as administrator
  6. Disable overclocking and overlays
  7. Make your game run in high priority
  8. Run your game on a dedicated graphics card
  9. Perform a clean boot

Fix 1: Allow your game through controlled folder access

Sometimes Windows Security may block your game from running. So you should manually add your game to the list of allowed apps to prevent it from being blocked.

To do so, you can:

1) In the Search box, type windows security and click Windows Security from the results.

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2) Select Virus & threat protection from the left pane. Scroll down and under the Ransomware protection section, click Manage ransomware protection.

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3) Switch the Controlled folder access setting to On.
Then click Allow an app through Controlled folder access.

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4) Click Add an allowed app > Browse all apps.

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Then go to your game’s installation folder: C:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Yakuza Like a Dragon\runtime\media. Now add your game YakuzaLikeADragon.exe through controlled folder access.

Also, if you have any third-party anti-virus software like McAfee, Bitdefender and Avast, make sure that they’re not blocking your game.


Fix 2: Disable unnecessary programs running in the background

Sometimes, the programs running in the background might be interfering with your game. And too many programs running in the background can overload your computer. So to avoid crashes, you’re supposed to end those tasks.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and at the same time to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type taskmgr, then press Enter on your keyboard.

open task manager

3) Under the Processes tab, right-click on the unnecessary or CPU-intensive programs and select End task. (Note: don’t close your game and Steam.)

disable unnecessary programs running in the background to fix Yakuza Like a Dragon crashing issue.

After you’ve done these, launch your game to check if it works.


Fix 3: Update the graphics card driver

Your device drivers, the graphics card driver in particular, are very important because it directly impacts your game performance. If you’re using a faulty or outdated graphics card driver, you’re more likely to encounter crashes. In order to fix it, you need to update your graphics card driver.

There are mainly two ways you can update your graphics driver: manually and automatically.

Option 1: Manually update your graphics card driver

NVIDIA and AMD release updates for their drivers regularly. All you need to do is go to the official website of your graphics card manufacturer. Then find the driver corresponding with your Windows version and download it manually. Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers. For Nvidia users, you can also use GeForce Experience to check for the driver.

Option 2: Automatically update your graphics card driver (recommended)

Updating drivers manually can be time-consuming and risky. So if you don’t feel like doing it on your own, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. It’s a useful tool that automatically detects, downloads and installs the correct or missing drivers for your system. And you can also roll back to your previous driver version if you’re not satisfied with the updated one.

Here’s how it works:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

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3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
(This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to upgrade to the Pro version, you can also update your drivers with the FREE version. All you need to do is to download them one at a time and manually install them.)

update drivers automatically with Driver Easy to fix Yakuza: Like a Dragon crashing on PC
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

After you’ve updated your drivers, restart your computer for them to take effect. Then launch your game to check if the problem persists.


Fix 4: Disable fullscreen optimizations

There are certain games particularly affected by low FPS and crashing issues when players enable fullscreen optimizations. So if you get constant stutters while playing Yakuza: Like a Dragon, turning off this feature may actually improve your gaming experience.

1) Open your Steam client, head to LIBRARY > Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Right-click your game and select Manage > Browse local files.

disable fullscreen optimizations Yakuza: Like a Dragon

This will open your game’s installation folder.

2) Open runtime > media folder. Right-click on YakuzaLikeADragon.exe and select Properties.

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3) Select the Compatibility tab. Check the box next to Disable fullscreen optimizations and then click Apply > OK.

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After applying the changes, try to launch your game to check if your problem is resolved.


Fix 5: Run Steam and your game as administrator

Granting Steam and your game with administrator rights can solve many issues including the crashing issue.

Here’s how you can run Steam and your game Yakuza: Like a Dragon as administrator:

Run Steam as administrator

1) Right-click on the Steam shortcut from your desktop and select Open file location.

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2) Scroll down and find the Steam application. (It should be highlighted.) Right-click on it and select Properties.

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3) Select the tab Compatibility and check the box next to Run this program as an administrator. Then click Apply > OK.

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Run your game as administrator

1) Open your Steam client, head to LIBRARY > Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Right-click your game and select Manage > Browse local files.

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2) Open runtime > media folder. Right-click on YakuzaLikeADragon.exe and select Properties.

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3) Select the Compatibility. Check the box next to Run this program as an administrator. Then click Apply > OK.

run YakuzaLikeADragon as an administrator

After you’ve done these, try to launch your game to check if it works.


Fix 6: Disable overclocking and overlays

If you’re using MSI Afterburner or other GPU tweaking programs, you cannot play your game smoothly. The game engine doesn’t really support cards that are overclocked. And overclocking can be causing game instability and thus the game might crash. So to fix it, you should disable it.

Also, it’s very important to remove all those overlays, Steam, Discord or whatever overlay you’re using. It’s usually causing some issues like crashing and thus affecting your performance.

You can disable overlays on SteamGeforce Experience and Discord by following the instructions below:

Disable Steam overlay

1) Launch the Steam client and select the tab LIBRARY.

2) Right-click on your game and select Properties.

disable overlay Yakuza Like a Dragon

3) Select GENERAL and uncheck the box Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.

disable overlay Yakuza Like a Dragon from Steam

After applying the changes, exit Steam and run your game to see if this fixed the issue.

Disable Geforce Experience in-game overlay

1) Click on the Settings icon.

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2) Under the GENERAL tab, scroll down and switch IN-GAME OVERLAY to OFF.

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After you’ve applied the changes, remember to quit the app.

Disable Discord Overlay

If you have Discord running, you can disable overlay by following these steps:

1) Click on the Users Settings icon.

2) Click on Overlay and switch Enable in-game overlay to OFF.

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After applying the changes, quit Discord.


Fix 7: Make your game run in high priority

There are certain games particularly affected by low FPS and stuttering issues when players enable fullscreen optimizations. So if your game constantly crashes, turning off this feature may actually improve your gaming experience.

1) Launch your game.

2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

3) Type taskmgr and then press Enter.

open task manager

4) Under the Apps section, navigate to YakuzaLikeADragon. Right-click it and select Go to details.

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5)Under the Details tab, your game’s exe file will be highlighted. Right-click YakuzaLikeADragon.exe and select Set priority > High.

set priority to high Yakuza Like a Dragon

6) Click Change priority.

Now you should be able to continue to play your game without crashes.


Fix 8: Run your game on a dedicated graphics card

The integrated graphics chipset is built into the processor and makes sure that your computer can use a display even without a dedicated GPU. However, more demanding tasks such as gaming require a stronger GPU, which in most cases is the dedicated one. 

The biggest benefit of a dedicated GPU is performance. Not only does a dedicated graphics card have a sophisticated RAM for the task of processing video, but also has dedicated RAM for the task, which is typically faster and better optimized for the task than your general system RAM.

Find out if your computer has more than one GPU

If you’re not sure how many GPU your computer has, follow the instructions below to find out:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.

open Device Manager

3) Double-click Display adapters to expand the list. And you can see if your computer has more than one GPU.

find out how many GPU your computer has

Run the game on a dedicated graphics card

After you’ve got the information of your graphics card, you can manually make your game run on that specific graphics card. To do this, simply click on the links below:

NVIDIA
AMD

If you’re a NVIDIA user

To improve your gaming performance, you can run your game on dedicated graphics card:

1) From your desktop, right-click on the empty space and select NVIDIA Control Panel.

open NVIDIA Control Panel

2) On the left pane, click Manage 3D settings. Then click Program Settings and Add.

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3) Navigate to your game’s exe file and then click Add Selected Program.

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If your game isn’t on the list, then click Browse and go to the game’s installation folder (C:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Yakuza Like a Dragon\runtime\media). Then select the game’s exe file and click Open.

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4) In the Select the preferred graphics processor for this program section, click on the down arrow and select High-performance NVIDIA processor. Then click Apply.

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Then you can follow the same steps to add the game’s startup.exe to the list and select High-performance NVIDIA processor for it.

After you’ve applied the changes, try to launch your game to see if the crashes persist. If your game still crashes, try the next fix.

If you’re an AMD user

1) From your desktop, right-click on the empty space and select AMD Radeon Settings.

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2) Navigate to Preferences > Additional Settings > Power Switchable Graphics Application Settings.

3) Select the game from the list of applications. If it is not in the list, click the Add Application button and select the .exe file of the game from the game’s installation directory.

4) In the column Graphics Settings, assign the High Performance profile to the game.

After you’ve applied the changes, try to launch your game to see if the crashes persist.


Fix 9: Perform a clean boot

Clean boot is one of the troubleshooting techniques that helps in identifying the application or service that is causing an issue. By performing a clean boot in Windows, you can determine whether a background program is interfering with your game. Here’s how to do this:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2) Type msconfig and then press Enter.

open System Configuration

2) Click on the Services tab. Check the box Hide all Microsoft services and click Disable all > Apply > OK.

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3) Click Restart.

After restarting your computer, launch your game to see if it fixes the issue.


That’s it – the full list of fixes for Yakuza: Like a Dragon crashing on PC. Hopefully they’re helpful to you. If you have any ideas or questions, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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