Where to begin…
First, there’s the blatant illogic in its current implementation. They add sprint to make the game faster. Then they increase map size so sprint doesn’t speed up the game despite saying they want sprint to speed up the game. Finally, they add stunning which removes the ability to sprint. With all these downsides that go directly against its purpose, why even put it in the game to begin with?
Why does stun even affect people running towards or parallel to you anyways? That isn’t preventing them from escaping, that’s preventing them from moving anywhere. That harms the game, that doesn’t punish bad play, it punishes normal play.
Oh, and then they make it a base player trait because “it was picked more often than other abilities”. First off, I doubt that’s true. Second, could it be because the other abilities mostly sucked in comparison? And okay, maybe that wouldn’t be so bad, except they also make it impossible to disable it.
Second, there’s this -Yoink- mentality it promotes. People being so used to Halo 3’s slow gameplay and Halo Reach’s sprint that they believe sprint is the only solution. That sprint is the only way to speed up gameplay. That sprint is the best way to speed up gameplay even.
Quite frankly, that’s all a load of -Yoink-. Faster killtimes speed up gameplay. Smaller maps speed up gameplay. More ways to traverse maps speed up gameplay. Simply increasing base speed also speeds up gameplay. In fact, since sprint is a short term burst of speed instead of a long term one it allows people to escape from fights, thus slowing down gameplay.
Now finally, the question: Do I hate sprint? I dislike sprint. I dislike it a lot. It’s pointless, it doesn’t do anything useful, all it does is seem to get me killed for stupid reasons and force me to lower my weapon for 50% of the match, while very rarely allowing me or my enemies to escape a fight.
But it’s tolerable, it’s okay in BTB where it at least has some justifiable reason to exist, and it isn’t anywhere near as significant as other issues the game has.