OH LOL Grumbler
Lets see ummm KILLSWITCH, Winback and crappy sequels, this sub genre has been DONE many times before but by the "wrong" people it seems the game is untouchable even though its got HUGE flaws because MS made it.
You clearly know nothing about shooters.
I generally play a lot of games where all you do is shoot stuff. I've never played a shooter like Gears of War, with such a massive focus on cover, flanking and teamwork.
Kill.switch is the most probably similar game to it yeah, but only in that it's 3rd person, and you can attach yourself to cover. You're alone in it most of the time and cover isn't anywhere near as flexible as Gears. You can't seamlessly roll from one piece of cover to the next, dart across a doorway and then suppress the enemy with covering fire so that the rest of your team can move forward to shoot their legs off, attach grenades to them and then leap over a wall to safety.
Don't you understand how something can be unique within a genre? By you're thinking, is Pikmin generic because there are already vaguely similar games in it's genre like Sacrifice?
And I'm one of the ones that doesn't rave on about GoW being game of the year, so don't give me that fanboy bullshit.
And what are the flaws exactly?