Like a Dragon: Ishin is a spin-off of the Yakuza franchise. Recently, SEGA brought Yakuza and its spin-offs to PC, and Ishin launched for PC on day one. The game isn’t very demanding in terms of PC hardware and requires a modest PC to play at Max settings. However, Like a Dragon: Ishin PC players are experiencing in-game crashes and crash at startup issues, and the following are the fixes.


Like a Dragon: Ishin Crash Fixes You Can Try

Like a Dragon: Ishin could be crashing for multiple reasons, like DirectX, third-party tools, missing/corrupt Visual C++ files, and more. The following are the fixes that PC players report that fixes the Like a Dragon: Ishin crashes.

Crash At Startup Fix

PC players report that the game is crashing at startup. They launch the game, and it instantly crashes. The following fixes for Like a Dragon: Ishin crash at startup issue.

Force DirectX 11

Like a Dragon: Ishin system requirements state that the game uses DirectX 12. However, DX12 is causing the game to crash at startup for some players. The fix is to force the game to use DirectX 11. Right-click the game in Steam library > Properties > Genal tab > type -dx11 under Launch Options and close the window. Launch Like a Dragon: Ishin, and it’ll launch without crashing.

Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Any app or game installed on Windows has Fullscreen Optimization enabled by default. This setting can sometimes crash a game at startup and Like a Dragon: Ishin is no exception. Disable Fullscreen optimizations by right-clicking the game in Steam library > Manage > Browse Lcoal files. A new explorer window will open with game files. Right-click the executable > properties > Compatibility tab > check “Disable Fullscreen optimization” and hit apply. This will fix the Crash at startup issue.

Install/Repair Visual C++ Redistributables

Visual C++ Redistributables are important files required to run any program on Windows. Over time the files can get corrupted, or updated files are required to run games and applications. This might be the case with Like a Dragon: Ishin. This can be confirmed by right-clicking the game in Steam library > Manage > Browse Lcoal files. A new explorer window will open with game files. Launch the game directly through the executable. You will get an error like ‘vcruntime140_1.dll is missing, or MSVCP140.dll Was Not Found.’ Install/update Visual C++ Redistributables to fix the error, and Like a Dragon: Ishin will launch without crashing.

Crash Fix

Like a Dragon: Ishin players report the game crashing randomly while playing. A game could crash in-game for multiple reasons, and the following are the fixes.

Force DX11

Like a Dragon: Ishin requires a DirectX 12 GPU to run, but the game also supports DX11 and has to be forced to use it. DX12 is the latest iteration of DirectX, but sometimes causes the game to crash, so switching to DirectX 11 fixes the in-game crash. Right-click Like a Dragon: Ishin in Stam library > properties > type -dx11 under launch options as shown in the images.

Clean Temp Files

As the name suggests, Temporary files are required by Windows for certain applications. These files build up over time and can cause the games to crash. Press Win + R keys > type %temp% and press enter. A new window will open with some files. Delete all these files, launch Like a Dragon: Ishin, and it won’t crash in-game.

Update/Reinstall GPU Driver

GPU drivers often cause games to crash due to outdated or corrupt files. The best way to fix these in-game crashes is to update/reinstall the GPU driver. I suggest you do a clean installation so that no previous setting can interfere with GPU or Like a Dragon: Ishin. This will fix the in-game crash issue.

Disable In-game Overlay

Almost every game client on PC has its in-game overlay. These overlays can be useful but, in some cases, causes games to crash. This might be the case with Like a Dragon: Ishin. Disable in-game overlays like Steam in-game overlay and GeForce Experience overlay, and the game will stop crashing. To disable Steam in-game overlay, open Settings > In-game > uncheck “Enable the Steam overlay while in-game.”

To disable GeForce Experience in-game overlay, open GeForce Experience > click on the Great icon next to your username > General > turn off the “IN-GAME Overlay” options.

Revert GPU Overclock

GPU overclocked can result in games crashing while playing. Revert the GPU to its default clocks if you have overclocked your GPU. Some GPUs are factory overclocked. Open Nvidia Control Panel > Help > Debug Mode to restore their default GPU clocks. Doing this will force the GPU to use the reference GPU clocks and fix the in-game crash issue with Like A Dragon Ishin.

That is all for our fixes for Like a Dragon: Ishin crashes. Also, see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes if you are experiencing errors with other PC video games or PC.

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