They ask for real name, real address, real phone number... CELL PHONE number is required information. They want ID card number or passport number. They want so much information zzzzzz. All for a free game without use of credit card or anything else. Also when you login it wants you to type in a manual confirmation code that consists of a number that is shown with images on the right, I guess it prevents automatic login scripts or tools that can scam your password somehow.
Using http://world.altavista.com/tr, I was able to figure out the questions, and using google.com searches I was able to find good enough fake answers, like a random passport number, some real chinese phone numbers, etc etc.
I was quite surprised when it succeeded, I have tried things like this before and gotten rejected because I cannot fake the information well enough. Anyway, you don't need to confirm anything by email (but of coz they want your email address)... within 10-15 seconds you are ready to join.
DIFFERENCES: You have the old gunbound buddy program. It's like AIM/MSN, you run it and it can sit in your system tray. You can find gunbound buddies as usual, but you can also click a button to just join their game automatically from the buddy list (something I couldn't use since I am buddyless). You can also do traditional buddy mode things like set yourself as away/do not disturb.
A boring little screenshot:
Once you're in the game, the buddy tray icon keeps running but you don't deal with it anymore, you have the usual gunbound buddy system in the game.
There's slightly different art/logos for the entrance screen, and some other company's name flashes before you begin. Kinda zzz.
Their wallpaper section is hella nice though:
Zone 1 and 2 aren't noob servers as I expected, I saw a red wand float by. I guess they're free zones.
Zone 5 and 6 are 0 wind zones! The wind starts at 0 and never changes because the wind change weather effects are removed. Screenshot:
Also, your default boy avatar is a bit different, I don't recognize it, but it looks a bit like the red devil suit but with black and gray and red.
Because of my lack of chinese, I joined and readied with boomer in an all aduka room. It took me a second to realize it. About 3/4ths through the game the adukas were doing 700 damage duals, and everyone was ???ing at my english (and my noob boomer shots). I made a nice dual hook for a piddly 500 and one of the chinese girls said "PIG". LOL!
Random screenshot from that game:
I am sad that I didn't screencap much. Other major differences:
They haven't updated major parts of the game yet! The game plays like it did over a month ago. Aduka has his old shot 2 (2 bullets) and old SS (3). Boomer and grub SS do weaker damage. Cake has his full angle range still. The cave B and nirvana B maps aren't there. But strangely some other things ARE updated, for example you can read a lot of all the chat in the ready room... but instead of the orange box that we have, the text just floats in front of the mobile selection window. Also some of the maps are completely different :D
Notice the different power/shot graphics. I had the usual graphics, not these. I guess
Their page is a bit nicer, notice pix of the shots, you can see aduka's unchanged yet:
Also, check out this guild page:
See those big numbers like 497, 500, etc? That's how many people are in these guilds :o
A buddy told me about this, so I was expecting really massive, full servers. Surprisingly they were quite empty. None of them were in the orange or red "fullness level", and several of them were literally empty, 0 players. I don't have any idea where all these people are playing.
Ranks are the same, but their white dragon has 212,000 GP, 60,000 more than our white dragon. To give you an idea of how sick that is, our #1 would need to make a second account, bring it up red wand, then go 17,000 GP beyond that point to equal the GP of China's white dragon. They also keep track of guild total GP. KNAT is up there with
2 blue dragons, but is still a bit over half of the GP of the leading guild.
I think that about covers the big ones. Avatars are the same except for the boy default I had. They don't have panda gear and some other new items yet.
If anyone wants more info on how to get on chinese gunbound, I'll be glad to help.
However keep in mind that you need to completely uninstall other versions of gunbound to make it work. You cannot keep both on the same PC. You can't even just choose to install china gunbound in a different folder, the game checks something in your registry and gives an error if you try to run it. I had to redownload gunbound all over again to get back onto gwai-lo gunbound :(