There’s Five Spots We Get THIS Close To Seeing Master Chief’s Face In The New Halo 4 Trailer

There’s Five Spots We Get THIS Close To Seeing Master Chief’s Face In The New Halo 4 Trailer

The Halo 4 launch trailer was predictably big budget, but what I found most interesting was how human they made Master Chief look. We usually just see him as a giant hulking killing machine, all armour and visor, but Tim Miller and David Fincher’s clip literally takes the mask off the hero.

We not only see his childhood and the origins of his introduction to the Spartan program, but a great sequence where we see his trademark armour applied by a team of scientists. In a few of these shots, there’s a lot of Master Chief on display, so much so that you can almost see his face, which is one of the greatest mysteries in all of video games.

If you squinted hard enough. And used your imagination.

The trailer opens with Master Chief being “scanned”. While a rapid zoom effect shows us a flash of skin and blue eyes, the only good look we get at his face is at the bones under it.

Oh. Look. There’s his face. Right there, out in the open (so doesn’t count).

Waking up after he’s been surgically transformed into a super soldier, Chief sees that his body is messed up. Maybe it’s time for some self-reflection, and a look in the mirror…

…nope. We get a look at his back and a bit of the side of his face, as he realises he’s one of the only subjects to have survived the process. So lonely.

Cut to a test chamber and his famous armous is being attached.There it is! If only we could zoom in. But we can’t, because the face has been ever-so-slightly smudged by the effects team. Oh, you teases.

Close, but no cigar.

Again, with the Darth Vader-inspired stuff, but no, no full-frontal shot of his face. Or anything else.

There’s a part of his face. A tiny bit. From the front.

And then it’s back to the scanning and some combat, all of which features the big guy with his helmet on.

So, no shot of his face. And you wouldn’t expect Microsoft to just give it away like that in a trailer, anyway. But between the jaw, the back of the head and his skin tone, if anyone wants to fire up Photoshop and give us their best/worst shot, I won’t stand in your way.


  • I really like how despite how much that he’s been put through in order to become the ‘perfect soldier’ he’s still willing to continue fighting to save humanity.
    Usually in this kind of scenario we get ‘the army is evil and stuff, we have to stop them from doing more evils.’

    • The Spartan-IIs were indoctrinated from about the age of 6 with the importance of their mission, to prevent the collapse of the UNSC and the human civilisation backsliding into a new dark age. Whilst they weren’t told about the augmentation processes in advance, nor about the collectively high fail rate and the side effects induced by said failures, they accepted it as a part of the mission when ordered to undertake them. (From the books)

      • Yeah, I know about all the backstory, I was just saying that typically in games, movies and whatnot, the person involved often has a change of heart halfway through and deside to take down the ‘corrupt government.’
        In Halo, we don’t have a corrupt government, but a desperate one.

        • It should be noted that when the Spartan 2’s were made humanity still thought they were alone in the universe and the Spartan’s were expected to fight rebels and pirates. So I guess the Government could have been seen as corrupt back then, but the war with the Covenant changed everything.

          • The government wasn’t corrupt, but rather socio-political models had predicted the complete breakdown of order in the outer colonies inside of about 20 years at best. The only way to combat this, with minimal losses, was the implementation of the Orion program, the precursor to the Spartan program, to quickly and efficiently remove the leaders of the group. However, the genetic incompatibility with the augmentation processes, frailty of the genome in adult subjects and shifting loyalty of the volunteers in the first group were inhibitive of success, so for the second group they brought in Dr Halsey, who tightened the genetic requirements and came to the conclusion the best subjects were children, with a more robust genome mechanism and ability to have the mission ingrained through maturity. To get away from the political implications of a second Orion group, in light of the failures, she also renamed the program to the Spartan-II program.

            tl:dr, the government was desperate to keep humanity united and prevent the colonies from fracturing, so rode the borders of ethics to overcome this.

          • Lol yes. It’s called the Committee of Minds for Security. The info was on Data Pad in Halo Reach.

          • He’s right DeeDee, the council assumed that humanity would eventually make contact with a hostile alien presence, so they secretly set the groundwork for the spartan program under the guise of the insurrection.

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