MIX IT UP
Gears of War has defined and perfected the cover-based shooter genre and we're willing to fight anyone who argues against that to the death. In fact, we'll go so far as to say it's perfected every facet of that formula starting from the movement and cover navigation all the way shooting itself. With that in mind it's hard to imagine where they could take this particular flavour of gameplay next.
We're going to get a little crazy here and say we'd like to see Epic swallow up another genre and blend it into the current format. Our suggestion is the strategy genre, if you need an example of what we're thinking take a look at Brutal Legend.
Yes, we thought Brutal Legend was a great game, of course we weren't to happy about being blindsided by the RTS bits but we got over it quickly and came to enjoy the unique mix of third-person action and top down strategy.
We're not saying it should be the placed front and centre but it would certainly add a little twist to the long stretches of marching forward and killing anything non-human. Imagine dishing out orders to different units and moulding the battlefield into exactly what you want in a preparation phase before dropping back into the boots of a singular soldier knowing exactly how the battle will play out. With smart enemy AI it could make shootouts far more dynamic and enthralling.