This is one Gears game I will probably skip out on, but not for this reason. Played it at the expo and just really did not think much of it.
That sounds terrible. I'll give it a few goes before totally dismissing it, but it doesn't sound like Gears at all.
Gears forum dudes are mentioning the Gnasher as being a pick up weapon in free for all. FFA is a totally different ball game though. I also noticed you no longer pick up ammo from dropped guns, it's auto, and that you can also dual wield the boomshield and gnasher. Avoiding the SP videos.