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Jeff's Top 10 List of Games On Our Cover System Page

We countdown the games that let you hide behind stuff.

This dude is crouching, much like he would if he were attempting to hide behind something.
This dude is crouching, much like he would if he were attempting to hide behind something.
While reviewing Wanted: Weapons of Fate, I really got to thinking about games that are focused on hiding behind stuff. While Gears of War certainly wasn't the first game to feature "dude, get DOWN" as a core mechanic of its gameplay, the success of Epic's game served as the launching point for a lot of today's modern shooters.

With that, I've decided to compile this list of ten games listed on our Cover System page!

10. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - Drake could totally hide behind stuff.

9. Time Crisis - When you let off that pedal, you could totally hide behind stuff.

8. Full Spectrum Warrior - This entire game is actually based on hiding behind stuff and ordering around troops instead of actually shooting people yourself.

7. Grand Theft Auto IV - When I hid behind stuff in GTA IV, it gave me time to ponder Niko's lot in life. Would he ever find happiness? Or would he forever get stuck behind his own "internal cover system?"

Dude, GET DOWN.
Dude, GET DOWN.
6. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Hiding behind stuff in Vegas 2 is twice as effective as it was in Vegas 1.

5. Killzone 2 - When you weren't busy looking at the smoke or complaining about the controller sensitivity, Killzone 2 was really all about crouching behind things to prevent getting shot.

4. kill.switch - This Namco shooter wasn't great, but it sort of pioneering the style of cover system that Gears of War popularized. I guess that counts for something.

3. Gears of War - Well, yeah.

2. Gears of War 2 - Gears of War 2 has two times the cover of the original. Remember those stupid rock worms? That cover moved. Moving cover is pretty important, but that's almost certainly a separate top ten list.

1. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - With all those helicopters, what did you think 50 Cent was going to do? Stand out in the open and get shot at nine more times? Dude can hide behind stuff like nobody's business. And then? When he's done hiding behind things? He can pop out and shoot people in their fool-ass faces. And then he can blow up a helicopter. And then he can hit that big-ass ramp he's had his eye on for months now. Do you think Rick Ross knows how to hide behind things? THAT GUY USED TO BE A COP, MAN.
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This dude is crouching, much like he would if he were attempting to hide behind something.
This dude is crouching, much like he would if he were attempting to hide behind something.
While reviewing Wanted: Weapons of Fate, I really got to thinking about games that are focused on hiding behind stuff. While Gears of War certainly wasn't the first game to feature "dude, get DOWN" as a core mechanic of its gameplay, the success of Epic's game served as the launching point for a lot of today's modern shooters.

With that, I've decided to compile this list of ten games listed on our Cover System page!

10. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - Drake could totally hide behind stuff.

9. Time Crisis - When you let off that pedal, you could totally hide behind stuff.

8. Full Spectrum Warrior - This entire game is actually based on hiding behind stuff and ordering around troops instead of actually shooting people yourself.

7. Grand Theft Auto IV - When I hid behind stuff in GTA IV, it gave me time to ponder Niko's lot in life. Would he ever find happiness? Or would he forever get stuck behind his own "internal cover system?"

Dude, GET DOWN.
Dude, GET DOWN.
6. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Hiding behind stuff in Vegas 2 is twice as effective as it was in Vegas 1.

5. Killzone 2 - When you weren't busy looking at the smoke or complaining about the controller sensitivity, Killzone 2 was really all about crouching behind things to prevent getting shot.

4. kill.switch - This Namco shooter wasn't great, but it sort of pioneering the style of cover system that Gears of War popularized. I guess that counts for something.

3. Gears of War - Well, yeah.

2. Gears of War 2 - Gears of War 2 has two times the cover of the original. Remember those stupid rock worms? That cover moved. Moving cover is pretty important, but that's almost certainly a separate top ten list.

1. 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand - With all those helicopters, what did you think 50 Cent was going to do? Stand out in the open and get shot at nine more times? Dude can hide behind stuff like nobody's business. And then? When he's done hiding behind things? He can pop out and shoot people in their fool-ass faces. And then he can blow up a helicopter. And then he can hit that big-ass ramp he's had his eye on for months now. Do you think Rick Ross knows how to hide behind things? THAT GUY USED TO BE A COP, MAN.
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50 Cent Blood on the Sand was sweet. If only more people played it. I'm surprised more FPS's haven't put you in third person while in cover, like Vegas. 

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Where's the page for big ass ramps?

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Is this supposed to be "weird top 10 list" day? If so, AWESOME!

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wow
i want those 3 minutes i spent here back

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April Fools?

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What the hell did I just read? lol

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What about Winback, man!?  Back on N64, that was the ONLY game that focused its gameplay solely on hiding behind stuff and then popping out and shooting.  Sure, the control was ass at times, but it was doing something people didn't do back then!  TIS INNOVATIVE!

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Thought provoking read!

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If you keep talking about 50 Cent Blood on the Sand I'm going to buy it.

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You gotta get up to get down.

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Yeah, zombie pie is totally right... Where's the big ass ramp list/page?!

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Man, either they have nothing to do today or they are making up crazy ass lists for April Fool's Day.  Either way, I love it and "YO FIFTY!!  HIT THAT RAMP RIGHT THERE!!!"

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so i herd simms 3 has cover

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Vegas 2 also introduced destructable cover, you can't just hide behind wood, your ass WILL get shot.

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I need an easy way to share this article on facebook. TWITTER AND DIGG ARE NOT ENOUGH.

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When is someone going to make a 2D fighter where I can totally hide behind stuff?

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Winback missing? That game sucked. Really really bad.

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Even 007 briefly abandoned the FPS genre and took a stab at cover-based 3rd person shooting games.  Those games weren't bad.  Everything Or Nothing might be my favorite of all of them.

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Yo fiddy! That's a great list, man!

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I use a cover system when I'm typing on internet forums.

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I really liked kill.switch on the original xbox

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I want an article like this every week. This day is full of win.

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Now this is April 1st, Fool.

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You've got it all wrong.  50 doesn't take cover, cover jumps in front of him.  It's all part of the master plan to ensure his precious life doesn't end too early.  We cannot survive as a species without the innovations he will bring to our world in the next 20 years.

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officer rickey better get down when 50 lays the smack-down! oooh snap booyeeee! 50 has less compassion then your average person.

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Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!ONE1111

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50 Cents got himself shot NINE times.  Dude, that dude must be tough.

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YO FIFTY JUMP OVER THAT BIG ASS RAMP