I just bought a game (Forza 4) for my Xbox 360 (bought in the US). When I tried to play the game, it wouldn't load because of region issue. Is there a legal way to solve this (no crack)?

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    Buy a US console and use it in the US? – Matthew Read Jun 26 '12 at 19:12
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    Return the game? – Nick T Jun 26 '12 at 19:26
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    Buy a console from each of the available regions; that way you can save yourself some money with each future game purchase by picking the cheapest region the game is released for. – JonW Jun 26 '12 at 20:21
  • @Jon W Not sure if your comment was genuine or attempted sarcasm but as a Brit now living in the US owning both a UK and US X-Box I would agree that's a perk though I kept both more for the ability to play all my existing Region 2 DVDs – RobV Jun 26 '12 at 22:43

Depending on the version of Forza 4 you have, you might be out of luck. The best solution I can think of (without getting into a system hack) would be to sell your game and purchase a US-region specific or region-unlocked game. This kind of sucks, I admit, but maybe you can get lucky with a trade. Either that, or trade in the system.

If you own an NTSC-U/C (US and Canada) system, and you don't live or purchase games in the US or Canada, make sure the game you purchase is region free or NTSC-U/C compatible. The regioning of a game is up to the publisher, so this will vary.

To find out the region the game is meant for:

On the front of the game case it will be specified below the title on the right:


This title will come in 4 different varieties:

  1. NTSC | J : This means NTSC Japan (like the picture above)
  2. NTSC : This means NTSC-U/C (US and Canada)
  3. PAL : This means PAL Systems (Europe)
  4. Nothing. This will be blank. This usually means the game is region-free.

So look for plain NTSC and blank region-labeled games, and you should be fine.

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