This Gears 5 glitch offers a glimpse at first-person Gears gunplay

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.

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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!

Related: List of known bugs for Gears 5

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6 Comments
  • No thanks not ready for that with Gears.
  • Nah, Gears is just fine how it is. Every shooter doesn't have to be first-person. They've changed things up nicely over the years even though the changes have been subtle.
  • Agree with EvansRW80. Not every game have to be 1st person.
    1st personal cam limits game design too. e.g. Spinning attack, unless you think a 360 degree camera spin is a good idea? Running with cam shake? Raise one hand blind shooting behind a cover? Grab enemy from behind cover?
  • Although I agree as well, I do however think that it should be an option like there are in some games where you can flip back and forth between 1st and 3rd. This way it won't alienate those who like 3rd person but allow those who like 1st person to play the way they like. I believe some of the earlier Ghost Recon games allowed you to flip between 1st and 3rd on the fly which would be nice to have in Gears.
  • Am I the only one that couldn't care less about this or any other game being 1st or 3rd person? If the developer chooses to make the game a certain way, it's their choice for their art. It doesn't HAVE to be for you.
  • The game is all about gamer's. We are their customers. In my opinion I'm not buying art, I'm buying a product and it should have features that appeal to gamer's or they won't buy it.