Problems Importing to Europe (Afrika)

#1 Posted by SerHulse (685 posts) -

Hey everyone,
 
I know I'm incredibly late to the game on this one but, i just recently watched some old QL's and came across the one for Afrika,
 
After the initial shock of realising the game actually came out outside of Japan I proceded to attempt to import it, but no luck.
The game is in stock where I've checked but I have been told straight up that importing the US version to Europe is impossible.
I have tried purchasing it at Play-Asia where I get most of my imports and Amazon.com, I've not had this trouble with other games in the past so my question to anyone who can answer is:
 
Is there some exception made for Afrika that is preventing Europeans from importing the US version? 
Otherwise does anyone know where I can buy the US version?
 
If for some reason I can't get the US version I plan to import the Chinese one instead as I understand it comes with English subtitles (though Engrish may be a problem)
 
Thanks for any and all suggestions, and hello Duders I've been a long time lurker but first time writer :)

#2 Posted by Bolt3 (125 posts) -
#3 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

eBay :)

#4 Posted by phrosen (144 posts) -

Were those other games Playstation games as well? Because as I understand things, Sony really frowns upon importing games from other regions into the European Union. So much so that they practically sued Lik-Sang out of the videogame online business. ( http://www.lik-sang.com )
You might try and get a copy off of ebay though.

#5 Posted by SerHulse (685 posts) -

Yep, Play-Asia says: "This item is not available in your territory" when I view the the product page and if I attempt to buy it it tells me: "You have items in your cart that cannot be sent to your location. Please remove the item(s) in question and proceed to checkout again."
 
Amazon says something similar, and those messages don't appear if I try and order it from a different territory (like Japan, Korea or China)
 
Also I tried to do it whilst behind an American proxy and it lets me get through checkout until I tell it where I want to ship it to at which point the error message pops up again 
 
:(

#6 Edited by SerHulse (685 posts) -

Hmm, why didn't I think of E-Bay?
 
I'm such an idiot sometimes! thanks I'll try there.
 
Now that you mention it, I just looked at Yakuza Of the End's page and it won't let me import that either, but it will let me import the Chinese version of Afrika,
 
What's the point of having a region free system if you aren't going to let people take advantage of that?

#7 Posted by mosespippy (4103 posts) -

Sony hates Europe. Didn't you get the memo?

#8 Posted by Masha2932 (1241 posts) -

Did you manage to get the game? Is it any good?

#9 Posted by Brackynews (4059 posts) -

@SerHulse: I'll be the second person to ask if you finally got a copy of Afrika.

Just loaded mine up again (357 days since last played) and the bloody thing is ignoring my save. Thankfully it was only about 5 hours in, but still... Amazingly bad job.

#10 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

And here i was, thinking how you were gonna start talking about the influx of Islam and muslims to Europe. That was probably just me though.

#11 Posted by foggel (2763 posts) -

I don't think you can import any PS3 games to Europe from outside countries. Atleast, Sony is actively trying to stop it.

#12 Posted by SerHulse (685 posts) -

@Brackynews: I did get the game yes, I'm not sure why but on one fateful day Play Asia let me put my order through, so I went and did it ASAP, I don't know why, maybe something happened that made Sony change their mind.

I'm glad I got a chance to play it, but unfortunately I am a little disappointed with it, It wasn't what I expected, or hoped.

@foggel: I definitely remember Sony preventing PSP sales from outside the EU to inside it, but I never (at the time at least) believed the same policy stretched to the PS3, which again beggars the question: "Why is it region free?". I also recently learned the PS3 is region locked for DVD's

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