He is one of the most iconic characters in all of gaming. Millions of people instantly recognize his armor and know instantly who he is, even if they aren’t gamers. The Master Chief has had a huge impact on the gaming world and to argue otherwise would be to greatly underestimate his popularity.
You know who else underestimated him? The Prophet of Truth. Let that be a lesson to you.
What drives the mascot of the Xbox to do what he does? Well, instead of going over his entire story I think I’d like to bring up a few interesting things.
A lot of fans complain that in Halo 4 the Chief was not the same character that he was in the previous games. In the original Halo, the Chief was more of less a silent protagonist. From what I’ve seen, Bungie was not in the business of deep and engrossing stories of a galaxy at war with its fate resting on the shoulders of one man. I mean, the game was based upon that concept to a degree but I think that Bungie just wanted to make a good and successful game. They definitely achieved that.
When Halo: Combat Evolved became one of the most popular games ever, Bungie began to develop the backstory of the Master Chief. From their foundation, in my opinion, has come one of the video game characters that can be best summarized with the word “hero.”
When John was a boy he was of great physical prowess and mental fortitude for other kids his age. Dr. Halsey chose him to be one of the kids kidnapped for the Spartan program because she saw his potential. One thing that gets me about the character, and can honestly be seen as his biggest irregularity, is how John had such drive to succeed after his kidnapping. If it had been me, I would of been resisting my kidnappers and not doing anything they wanted me to do for as long as I could. Maybe, I guess, he knew that they weren’t doing any of this in malice; they just wanted the best soldiers that money could buy.
I can’t help but wonder if Halsey knew about the Covenant or the Forerunners. The original Spartan program was developed simply to help fight and quell the resistances being put up on rebel planets. They where the Earth government’s tools to deal with kids who misbehaved. However, almost as soon as the project was put into practice, the Covenant menace arrived.
In almost every science fiction tale, humanity really should have no chance at fighting an advanced alien force. In the Halo universe we really didn’t have that chance, at least not at the beginning. Before we could get a good idea at what was being thrown at us we were having entire worlds being destroyed. However, once we did know for sure that it was an alien menace, we unleashed the most powerful force that our military had to offer; the Spartans.
At the start of the war many of the Chief’s comrades in the Spartans fell. The one’s who survived the initial conflicts became battle hardened tools of destruction. The Master Chief became the most powerful tool in humanity’s tool belt. Alongside its other tools, its marines and other space forces, humanity pushed back.
On a side note, that’s one thing that I’ve always loved about the Halo universe; our basic ground forces fight to the last man and actually are really good. The UNSC Marines are no chumps.
Even with the fight that we gave the Covenant there was no real way to win. They eventually found Earth and the Flood found it with them. It was only through the actions of the Chief that the Covenant was stopped through the use of the Forerunner’s technology and the turning of the Sanghelli. Alongside the Arbiter, who I would imagine is a candidate for the next season of character studies, the Prophet of Truth was stopped. There are still bands of Covenant that are roaming the galaxy but the main threat from them was stopped. Humanity now rests atop the galaxy as its guardian and protector.
Humanity has, if you know much about the extended lore of the Halo universe, reclaimed the galaxy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch the terminal videos from Halo 4.
All of this was due to the work of the Chief. Why is he called the Master Chief? To my knowledge it is because Master Chief is the highest rank that John can attain. In fact, John has attained every medal and award that the UNSC offers besides The Prisoner of War Medallion and… he’s not earning that any time soon.
The Master Chief is one of my favorite characters in gaming. He’s just a great character to look up to and envision saving the world from every threat. Have a zombie problem? Call in the Chief. Being plagued by the return of the Dov? Call in the Chief. Need someone to run to the store to buy you a snack? I would actually probably not call the Chief…
There’s so much more I could say about the Chief; I didn’t even touch Halo 4. I did that because if you haven’t played it then you probably should. The original trilogy is outstanding in its own right, and I am really excited for the story that Halo 4 began. As long as there’s a game to look forward to where you can play as the chief then I’m content.
Especially if we can wear desert robes now.
This is currently my phone’s background because… why not?