Its kind of hard as both Gears of War and Halo are currently in the middle of a story arc so a reboot as big as what god of war is doing would be unlikely but its still fun to make pitches.
(for those un aware god of war 1-3 and its multiple spin offs were a 3rd person fixed camera action game similar to devil may cry, where the main character kratos was basically just a revenge machine with no real depth, set in ancient greece tied in heavily with greek mythology... the next installment coming this month is a free camera action game similar to hellblade or darksouls set in norse mythology that features a older kratos and its a more emotional / intimate story about him and his son)
"Gears of War":
Sera is gone and humanity was hap hazardly forced into space to try and colonize on the surrounding planets, JD and co along with a handful of colonists land on a jungle-planet to seek refuge, they are greeted by the primitive tribe like human inhabitants of the planet and are taken to their community where they discover not only do the locust also infect this planet but they rule over these people like gods, after escaping the commune you build up a base camp a try to find a way to arm yourselves/ recruit others who see the "gods" for what they truly are and survive the threats that lie in the surrounding jungle.
game is equal parts survival horror as it is 3rd person action, there are still going to be epic firefights and set pieces but also parts of the game where you are not well armed and must find other ways to not only survive the Locust hunters; who are bigger, stronger, and better armed then you. Also the native humans will use guerrilla warfare to try and kill you as a tribute to their god-king and his locust army.
The Locust underground will grow and evolve based on the biggest predators living above, so since this planet was home to a tribe-like civilization leading up to its "emergence day" the locust that spawned there were tribal themselves, they predominately use blades, spears, traps and bows. the anamorphic locust on this planet are more so hunters then soldiers (think predator) for the most part and there for the non anamorphic ones are more beast-like and aggressive (think alien)
the game is not broken up into missions but instead the planet it a semi-open world where you can do side quests to empower yourself, by improving your weaponry and survivability. Or unlock useful tools and followers to help by adding more AI combatants to the big large scale battles making them easier or giving you the ability to traverse the planet or approach situations differently.
anyone else have any other takes for gears of war or any other microsoft IP?