I disagree, KFD. The art design seems quite a bit more imaginitive than Gears', and you only have to look at most RPGs to see that combat doesn't change much from title to title. Most begin with a basic premise (using RPGs again this would be turn based combat with magic and attack functions), and add in a unique feature of their own (in Persona you get changeable summons, in Final Fantasy you get the job archetypes, in The Last Remnant you got squads and QTEs etc). I think that this will be similar, but in a third-person shooter way. Of course I could be very wrong and it will be a shameless rip-off. Also Syd is a daft name for a main character.
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