FAU-G or Fearless and United: Guards was released today on Android. Players can download the 500 MB game from the Google Play Store. FAU-G doesn’t have any multiplayer option as of now. However, there is a 5v5 Team Deathmatch mode and a Free For All mode which has been described as ‘every man for himself’. It is unclear whether this will be a 10-man game with no teams or a battle royale mode. There has been no official statement by nCore Games about when players can expect these modes. Until these modes come out, FAU-G doesn’t have any esports potential.
FAU-G puts the player in the shoes of an Indian army soldier stationed in Galwan Valley. Chinese forces ambush your unit and capture your squad, while you are left behind. The player’s mission is to rescue your squadmates from the hands of the enemy. Players only have access to hand-to-hand combat and some basic weapons like makeshift clubs, axes, and pipes. This is due to a 1996 bilateral agreement signed between India and China which doesn’t allow guns for combat in the Galwan Valley.
FAU-G is a well-made game in terms of atmosphere and graphics. The environment around players in the campaign mode is immersive and nCore’s attention to detail is great.
The music also succeeds in hyping the player up for the game to come. The graphics are smooth and even better than other comparable mobile games like PUBG Mobile and Free Fire. For the cutscenes, nCore has gone for a comic book/graphic novel approach and a lot of effort has been put into the (although derivative) artwork.
The game menus are in English but the cutscenes and dialogues are spoken in Hindi, emphasizing the game’s patriotic roots. According to IGN India, Ncore Games has said that FAU-G will receive support for other Indian languages, the first being Tamil.
While the graphics, music, and atmosphere of the game stand out, the gameplay is where nCore falls a little short. The player doesn’t have a lot of control when it comes to dealing with situations. There is no stealth mode and you can only choose between hitting and blocking. Players don’t have an option to run past enemies as enemies force your FAU-G into combat mode. The combat is similar to Batman games like Arkham Assylum and can get quite repetitive.
Players can recover health at campfires (at the cost of time) and save their progress similar to Dark Souls. nCore Games has also added an interesting time limit element to the game which forces players to choose between recovering health and moving on.
As of now, there is little variety in combat and enemies which all seem to be Chinese soldiers in different uniforms. The game also features an honor road which lets players complete stages to unlock silver coins and other cosmetics. The store option allows players to choose cosmetics for their weapons or change their FAU-G. The cosmetics bring nothing innovative or new to the table and the assets seem like they are from totally different game genres. While all cosmetics have India-themed names, the assets don’t reflect their Indian origins or even a military theme. The ‘Tandav’ pipe seems like something taken out of the TRON universe while the ‘Prakriti’ club assets make it seem like it should belong in a zombie FPS.
While there is a lot to be impressed with in the game, there are some aspects of FAU-G which need polishing and variety, especially the combat system and gameplay mechanics. As of now the game has over 100,000 downloads and has a rating of 4.1 stars on the Google Play Store.