Fearless and United Guards, or FAU-G, is a free Android game developed and published by nCore Games. The game has you joining a group of elite commandos on patrol to protect dangerous Indian border regions. The single-player action is breathtaking on mobile screens, with promises of online multiplayer in the future.
Guard the borders
The game’s premise is thrilling, yet straightforward. You become a member of the special FAU-G commandos, engaging with hostile invaders of your soil. The terrain and your enemies work against you as your patriotic spirits push you to fight for the country.
The release pays tribute to the nation’s armed forces, reliving real-life events in the game medium. The impressive graphics and cut scenes get pretty emotional at times, immersing you with the story of patriotism and heroic sacrifice.
Single player only
Although FAU-G is advertised as a multiplayer game, only the campaign single-player mode is available for now. The campaign is dubbed ‘Tales from the Galwan Valley’, commemorating the clash between the Indian and Chinese soldiers at the border.
Online battle royale 5v5 team deathmatches and ‘free for all’ combat are to follow, but not until later.
The combat is the meat of this game; most of it is close-contact, which sets it apart from competitors such as PUBG and Call of Duty: Warzone.
You’ll follow a path from one checkpoint to the next, pick up weapons, and deal with the enemies you come across. Three movement controls are available: walk, strike and defend. Certain checkpoints come with bonfires that let you regenerate lost health.
The battles are straightforward but become more challenging as you progress, with hordes of stronger enemies attacking all at once and with shorter time requirements for each mission.
FAU-G features an in-game store with exclusive merchandise and in-game coins to exchange for player and weapon skins. It lets you personalize your character, while the developers donate part of the profits to an Indian foundation for the paramilitary forces.
Fun for a bit
Overall, FAU-G is yet to prove its worth to international audiences. It looks great and runs smoothly, but the single-player campaign isn’t the best spot for such a linear narrative. The most enjoyable elements are likely to shine through with multiplayer modes, but as it is, the gameplay gets repetitive after several hours.