Gears 5 is a welcome evolution of the franchise, bringing new gameplay features, insane visuals, and an engrossing plot. It doesn't, however, change up its signature third-person cover shooter gameplay, which has occasionally been the topic of debate over the years.
Resident Evil breathed new life into its aging franchise by switching gears (pun intended) to a first-person perspective for Resident Evil 7, to widespread praise. As franchises get older, the need to "evolve" becomes increasingly apparent. If you've ever wondered what the quintessentially third-person Gears of War franchise might look like in first-person, this interesting glitch from AruriusTheMage on Twitter offers a brief glimpse at the possibility.
Glitched Gears 5 into a FPS game! #Gears5 #XboxShare pic.twitter.com/qP8l6x7ynLGlitched Gears 5 into a FPS game! #Gears5 #XboxShare pic.twitter.com/qP8l6x7ynL— ArturiusTheMage (@ArturiusTheMage) September 7, 2019September 7, 2019
Sure, it doesn't work properly, and the gun models glitch through the screen as you might expect, but it's hard not to imagine what Gears' gloriously satisfying violent gameplay might handle like with a more visceral, first-person viewpoint after seeing the video in action. Can you imagine getting right up in a Juvie's face with a chainsaw lancer? Well, I guess we have DOOM for that, but hey, Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront offer optional first and third-person perspectives with little fuss, and Grand Theft Auto V added it as an option with its current-gen re-releases. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
Gears of War was among the first games to truly popularize the third-person cover mechanic on consoles, but I do sometimes wonder if Gears' very strict shooter formula holds it back sometimes. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks @D_R_Fletch for the tip!
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