A non-region free copy?

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A non-region free copy?

Postby Jecht Striker » 02 Feb 2014, 09:22

A Canadian friend and contact of mine was recently enamoured with Virtual On, and when I told them Force is region-free, which I was able to verify through my own copy, they decided to get it for themselves

Upon getting the game however, they were greeted with this

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They asked me for help with this, and frankly I have no idea. I've never heard of Force having region coding issues before. They've verified it's NOT the Platinum edition, I just have no idea what is causing this.

Can anybody offer me some insight here?

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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby Fallsmyer » 02 Feb 2014, 13:21

The Japanese version of the game is supposed to be region locked to JP 360's. The Asia region and I think the Platinum and Memorial editions of the game are region free.

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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby MentholMoose » 02 Feb 2014, 16:04

The Japanese version (from the Memorial Box) works fine on my US Xbox 360.
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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby Porcupine » 02 Feb 2014, 18:41

My working copy is from the Memorial Box as well. If I read what KBMF said correctly, he seems to be saying the original Japanese regular-edition of the game is the only version that is not region-free. That's pretty scary. I'm trying to look into it now.

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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby MentholMoose » 03 Feb 2014, 10:39

I've never heard anything about VO4 being region-locked, and even the developers said it is region-free. From their blog post here: フロム開発トゥユーザーさん Vol.7
フォースは日本とアジア(中身は日本と同じ)のみの販売なのですが、実績についてはひっそりと英語に翻訳してあったりもします。実績は世界共通の楽しみですからね!残念ながら正式に欧米での発売はありませんが、実績マニアは国を超えてソフトを買うスキルを持ってるので(笑)、きっとなんとか入手してくれるはず!バーチャロンフォースはリージョンフリーなんで世界中でプレイしていただけますよー。よろしくお願いします!>世界中の実績マニアの方々

I'm not fluent in Japanese but I can tell that "リージョンフリー" means "region free". The translation was also confirmed by various sites such as Virtual-On Force Is Region Free (And In English!).
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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby twistedsymphony » 04 Feb 2014, 05:22

I remember looking into this when I bought my copy and I recall reading that there's a specific version that is not region free but the rest are. I can't remember for the life of me where I read it.

FWIW I have the Memorial Box version, which is fine.

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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby DarkraiZero » 04 Feb 2014, 06:26

That is certainly unusual... I have first-print Japanese copy (The one that is all white with the logo) and it works fine on my console (US Xbox). The only copy of the game that I heard is region locked is the digital version from the JPN and HK Xbox Live marketplace.
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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby GXPT2000 » 12 Feb 2014, 00:17

i am looking into buying a copy of force too, but now that Ive seen this I am scared that it might not work on my xbox..
the cheapest ones online are also the original releases of the game...
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Re: A non-region free copy?

Postby DarkraiZero » 21 Feb 2014, 05:10

Could you ask your friend to send you a picture of the game so you could share it with us? (Case Front, Back, and Side, Disc, and Manual) I have original release JPN version and works perfectly fine. He could potentially have a bootleg copy. (At least I think. A friend told me that sometimes people add / remove region lock)
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